Happy Wednesday, Friends! Have you ever accidentally started a Christmas tradition? Sometimes those that aren't thought out or planned, but just stick on their own can be the sweetest. Here's the story of how I became the annual reindeer food maker....
Several years ago, I put together a Christmas bag for my friend Carly's little boy, Maddux. Inside, I tucked several small gifts, including a little plastic tube of "reindeer food" that I'd bought on sale. The packaging was cute and I thought it was a fun gift idea. At the time, I remember thinking it looked like granola with glitter added ;) Well, Maddux was delighted and couldn't wait to scatter it outside. Since then, he has requested it every year. Although Carly has offered to make it, Maddux seems convinced that I have a secret recipe, so I am happy to oblige. This year, I decided to create an upcycled gift bottle. It was just after the holidays last year that I found these favorite coffee drinks marked 75% off and the bottles have just kept on giving. I've used them as upcycled bottle vases for both St. Patrick's Day and Mother's Day as well as craft storage. Why not reindeer food?
I started with an empty bottle...
....then raided my craft stash and came up with some sparkly foam snowflake stickers. I'd spray painted the bottle lids some time ago.
Now to raid the pantry, or in my case the fridge where I store cereal that I eat infrequently enough that it becomes stale otherwise. Actually, since this project will be scattered in the yard, it doesn't matter if it is a little stale. I used about a cup and a half for this bottle. Use what you have on hand and add sprinkles, which I use instead of glitter to make it edible/safe for curious little tasters and pets.
Last, add embellishments to make it festive for gift giving. I added a small chalkboard label,
tinsel trim and jingle bells!
So this year, when you leave milk and cookies for Santa, don't forget the reindeer food!
I've really enjoyed visiting link parties during the holidays and seeing all of the festive decor and creative ideas. There's two opportunities to link here this week: Come back tomorrow for the Vintage Charm party...
...then link as many times as you like at Creating Christmas, thru Christmas Eve!