DLTK's Gifts Kids Can Make
Pastry Bag Packages
© by Leanne Guenther
Although you do have to do a bit of shopping to make these gifts,
they're a terrific choice for children to make for Christmas (most
children will be able to purchase the supplies with their own money from
allowance or doing extra chores around the house).
The project can be done with hot chocolate (pictured to the right),
smarties, jelly beans or other candies. You can save any left over
bags to fill with mom or dad's favorite colors for birthdays, orange
jelly beans (with a green ribbon tie) for Easter or red candy hearts for
Valentine's Day. Also, the hot chocolate version can easily be
sold by kids for $5.00 per piece at Christmas craft sales or as a
holiday fund raiser.
The things I love about these projects are:
- cost is under $1.00 per gift.
- easy and quick to make (which is wonderful when the children are
making a dozen or so gifts for family, friends, babysitters,
teachers, etc -- I always keep my eyes open for gifts that can be
- can use an "assembly line" style to include siblings of
- great gift for children, men or women (grandpas or grandmas
- they look cute hanging from the Christmas tree.
Materials for pastry bags:
- Clear disposable pastry bags -- can be purchased at most craft stores or
(visit the Amazon links below to see what the product looks like if you
aren't sure what I'm talking about)
- ribbon in an appropriate Christmas color.
- optional: twist ties.
- optional: candy canes.
- something to fill the bag with:
- hot chocolate: store bought hot chocolate powder, chocolate
chips, mini marshmallows
- Christmas colored smarties or M&M's (red and green)
- red, green and/or white jelly beans
- Fill the bag 3/4s or so full of the filling you are using.
- You can mix things together or make nifty layers:
- Hot Chocolate: put in enough hot chocolate dust for two
servings, add a thin layer of chocolate chips and a thin layer of
- Jelly Beans: layer red and white jelly beans to give a
"candy cane" effect.
- Optional: use a twist tie to seal the top tightly (this is a good
step for an adult to do if a younger child is tying the ribbon).
- Tie a 6" (or so) length of ribbon tightly in a knot around the top of
the pastry bag.
- Optional (if you want to hang your bag on the tree): Tie a12"
(or so) length of ribbon in a loop and tie it to the bag.
- Optional: Tie a candy cane onto the bag -- candy canes are nice as
"stir sticks" with hot chocolate. Having said that, we found
it a bit finicky to tie them on and they tended to break when we were
traveling with the gifts so we ended up taking them off (personally, I would
only use this option if the present was going right from assembly onto the
Printable version of these instructions