I love little surprises. Just that something extra that makes life fun and magical. I love giving these little moments to others. At Christmas time I try to find things to re-create that magical feeling I got as a kid when it was time to open the little door on the advent calendar. The door was about an inch tall so the prize was always small, inexpensive – but it was that something extra, an unknown, and it was exciting. A few years ago I found this pattern for a snowman wrapped Hersey bar and it fit the bill. I’ll use these as place settings if I have a dinner during the holiday, or as stocking stuffers, if I don’t. They’re simple to make, use mostly just household items, and the cost is minimal! I actually keep one year round in my chocolate drawer in the refrigerator so I can get the ‘feeling’ anytime I need a fix.
So here goes:
- Here’s what you need! Felt, glue, a piece of typing paper, a big Hersey’s bar, a piece of string, a small bell or ornament, and some markers or crayons.
- With the typing paper sideways, draw the above design. As I’m not all that artistic, I use pencil for this so I can erase.
- Using crayons or marker, color in your drawing.
- Glue the paper around the Hersey Bar, centering the face on the front, glue seam on the back.
- Measure red felt 4 1/2 inches high and long enough to fit around your size Hersey bar. Then cut 2 inch high and half inch wide fringe along one long edge.
- Glue felt around the top of the candy bar, as a hat on top of the face, with fringe side up and seam at back.
- Put your bell or ornament on the string.
- Tie the string around the top of the hat, catching the fringe.
- Cut one more piece of felt, an inch wide and six widths of the candy bar, fringing each end.
- Tie around candy bar under the snowman’s face. This is his scarf!
- Surprise someone and see them smile!
In A Heartwarming Holiday, Tara Taylor Quinn contributed Christmas Past. Her most recent release is included in Falling for You, a $0.99 anthology.