Hello! My name is Toni and I blog over at Design Dazzle. My site is all about design and decorating for kids! We share ideas and inspiration for kids rooms, baby nurseries, kids parties, kids crafts, DIY projects. It’s all about celebrating childhood through design!!
Thank you to Kari for inviting me to be a part of her “Simple Gifts Series”. For as long as I can remember, our family has given homemade gifts to our friends, neighbors, teachers, Seminary & YW leaders, etc. For this post I’m sharing how to take a plain oven mitt (dollar store!!) and turn it into a darling, “You are deer-ly appreciated gift”. This is a super easy project to make with your kids. For me, Christmas is about making gifts to give to family and friends.
- 1 tan oven mitt (purchased at the dollar store)
- 1/8 yard of flannel in red, black, cream and brown (this is the minimum the fabric store would let me purchase, you only need scraps)
- 1/8 yard Pellon Wonder-Under Iron-on fusible webbing
- Free “deer” printables
Sizing template: Right click and save to computer for sizing. There are two sizes – one for the oven mitt and one for a Deer paper bag (not shown). Tip: when you print this image from your computer, be sure to “print actual size” or choose 4×6 photo.
Step 1: Iron Wonder-Under to wrong side of fabric or in this case flannel (there really isn’t a wrong side to flannel). Read the Wonder-Under guidelines for detailed instructions
Step 2: Use the template guide (above) to cut out the various oval/circle shapes needed from each colored flannel.
Step 3: Cut two brown flannel rectangles 2.5 in. wide by 5.5 in. tall. Fold the flannel in half lengthwise and draw the antler outline on the back. Cut out.
Step 4: Peel off paper backing from all the flannel pieces. Place fusible web side down and lay on top of oven mitt. Line up the eyes, nose and antlers to make sure it’s in the exact place needed.
Step 5: Use a pressing cloth and iron according to directions on Wonder-Under label.
Voila!! You have a darling, simple gift that is under $2.
Click here to download your FREE “Deer” printable tags.
For that special friend or teacher, what about adding a frozen cookie dough package inside the oven mitt? This has been a favorite homemade Christmas gift that we have given out over the years. An oven mitt+ cookie dough = a perfect combination!
For detailed instructions check out my step by step instructions on how to make frozen cookie dough for a gift.
And here is a really fun neighbor gift to give anonymously …a package with a mailing label from Santa Claus!
This adorable FREE North Pole mailing label printable is available for a limited time.
Put together a special gift you would like someone to receive before Christmas, print out the label and attach to your package. Place the package at the gift recipients front door, ring the doorbell and run! The magic happens when your friends/family go to the door and see a package addressed to them from Santa himself! Imagine their surprise!!! For additional fun: place the package in your fridge or freezer for a bit to get it cold. Nothing like getting a package from the North Pole and it’s still cold : )
Items to place inside the package…
- a Christmas book – a book to read throughout the Christmas season
- pajamas – we always got our Christmas PJ’s on Christmas eve. I like the idea of getting them sooner and wearing them all through December.
- an elf! What would happen if Santa’s elf came to stay for a visit?
- frozen cookie dough (for an afternoon of baking cookies)
Thanks for having me today!