Friday, December 19, 2014

Don't Panic! 5 Minute Student Gift!

Happy Winter Break to all of my friends who ended school today! For me, I have two more days next week. So, it was my goal this weekend to complete my students' gifts. If you read my blog post a few days ago, you know that I've been collecting my favorite, easy DIY student gifts. Now it's time to reveal what I made this year… gingerbread play dough!!!

Last year, I made candy cane play dough. I loved it; they loved it, but I wanted to change it up a bit this year! So, I shopped around the grocery store and grabbed those holiday-favorite spices!

Dry ingredients: 
2. Flour (2 cups)
3. Salt (1 cup)
4. Cinnamon (1 tbsp.)
5. Ginger (1 tbsp.)
Step 1: combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Step 2: Add the wet ingredients (2 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil, 1 cup water)
Step 3: Mix well until it forms a ball.
Step 4: Knead by hand until smooth.
Now it's time for the packaging! I bought small Betty Crocker tupperware so that my kiddos can store their play dough in an air-tight container. {Also so that it doesn't dry out by the time I give it to them on Tuesday!} For me, one batch made enough for 10 gifts.
Here's my little packaging station. I got cello bags from The Christmas Tree Shop, ribbon from The Dollar Tree, the tupperware from The Dollar Tree, cookie cutters from The Dollar Tree, and I printed up some cute gift tags on card stock.
First, I put the tupperware in the center of the cello bag and tied it with about an arm's length of ribbon. Next, I slipped a cookie cutter on one end of the ribbon, and a gift tag right after it. I made a double knot around the cookie cutter/gift tag. 
The last step was to curl the ribbon! Here's the final product! My apartment smells AMAZING, and all of these little gift bags lying around make me super happy! Making the play dough took about 5 minutes, and the whole process {including wrapping 16 gifts} took about a half hour. I definitely recommend trying out this fun holiday gift, even if you're not in a pinch!
Enjoy your weekend!
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