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« on: October 31, 2005 07:49:46 PM »

I work in an elementary school with 40 plus staff members.  In the past I have put a homemade bar of soap (my cousin makes them and they are really nice but expensive) , candles,  and last year just plain candy canes in their mailboxes as my Christmas greeting/gift.  I'd like ideas for this year that are not super time consuming but cute and homeade. And inexpensive to boot.  Sounds like a tall order doesn't it? It was easier when I worked in a school with a staff of 11!  I was thinking of doing something with candy canes again only maybe with a decoration on them this time. I'll take any ideas I can get from you all.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2005 07:56:27 PM »

Well when i think of candy canes with decorations i think of the little candy cane mice, or you could do the little candy train made of diff types of candy...
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2005 09:27:15 PM »

I have on several occasions made candy cane reigndeer. You need red [or brown pompoms - wee ones], google eyes and pipe cleaners. You cut a length of pipe cleaner, fold it in half around the candy cane and twist it, then add smaller pieces off those to make branches on the antlers. Then you glue on the eyes [hot glue works well] and the noses on the short end of the candy cane. You can add little pipe cleaner scarves as well, or glitter in the antlers, etc. You could even add little brown felt ears.

This diagram shows it well: http://usscouts.org/bbugle/bb0411/bbff_files/image002.gif
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2005 04:47:12 PM »

if you are handy on the computer-make up your own candy wrapper with holiday message and clip art to cover candy bars, roll of mints, packs of gum etc. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2005 12:26:37 PM »

I enjoy making the chocolates from the molds...they are super easy and I've always gotten compliments on them.  The best part is one is sufficient for each person.  They don't take a lot of time, mostly just melt it and put it in the fridge for a little bit.  If you enjoy baking you could also make some cookies on a stick...just ice them and write happy holidays on them.

I like the candy cane idea, but I get really sick of candy canes around christmas because everyone gives them out!
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2005 12:29:12 PM »

You could make little Christmas magnets, like the marble magnets using holiday themes. Or some type of easy handmade ornament?
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2005 02:00:57 PM »

You could make little Christmas magnets, like the marble magnets using holiday themes. Or some type of easy handmade ornament?

Ohh.. I love the marble magnets!  great idea.  You can get little tins in bulk too, to package them in.
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2005 02:03:02 PM »

I like this thread.. I have a department of 12 under me & I would like to give them something, as well as all of the managers in the building.  So, about 30 gifts in total.  Mine would have to be "Holiday" gifts, rather than Christmas though... because we have a plethora of religions in the building.

I do like the magnets tho..
Hmm.. what else...

I saw bath cookies in the health thread, I think.  They sounded NEAT!  Maybe make a few batches & wrap them in cellophane.  (they are choco chip cookies that melt in the bath water..mmm..lovely!)
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2005 02:32:27 PM »

Nest posted a good idea about making reed fragrance diffusers, along with sources. They might be a bit pricey for larger groups, but not so bad for smaller ones.
Someone else also posted a really nice idea about "wish ornaments" and boxes recently.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=61434.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=60382.0

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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2005 11:22:29 PM »

Remember those little horse heads on sticks that we used to ride around on as kids (or as bored college students in kmart's toy dept...  Wink )??  Well, I've seen candy cane covers made to look like toy horse heads then slipped over the top of the cane to make a tiny toy horsey thing.  It's just 2 pieces of felt cut out in the shape of a horse head profile, then decorated with eyes, ribbon, frilly ribbon for a mane, etc.  They turn out really cute, I'll have to try to get a picture, but I know all the xmas stuff is buried...  Undecided
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