Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Purim Mishloach Manot Ideas with Crafting Jewish Style

It's that time of year again. Purim time! Time to whip up some adorable costumes, a tasty feast and wonderful mishloach manot that will please all. So while I can't help your kids make up their minds as what to be this year (I have mine to deal with and I'm dreading that, "Can I be ---?" at the last       minute and then I'm stuck sewing some crazy costume at the eleventh hour) I do have some easy      mishloach manot packaging ideas that the  kids can craft all by themselves-saving you time for all the rest the preparations. Here are three fun samples that are really simple, inexpensive and doable for all age levels.  Load them up with some yummy treats (I'm partial to all the great kosher candies and chocolates, form Israel that my local supermarket bring in.                                                                                                                                 
EASY: Embellished paper sacks           
You'll  need:  
Paper  lunch bags  in the color(s) of your choice    (ours are from WalMart)
scrapbooking paper (we used Crafting Jewish Style  Rosh Hashanah red apple paper)                                  
hole punch scissors and decorative edge scissors                                                                        
1.Cut a wide strip of scrapbooking paper so that it will fit over the bag and hang over both sides; crease in the center of the strip. Cut the short edges with a decorative edge scissor.
2. Place the folded cardstock over the filled lunch bag. (The top of the bag folded down.)
3. Punch 2 holes about an 1 1/2" apart towards the top of the bag.
4. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow. Insert lolly and decorate bag with tags or stickers if you wish. 

Notice how just by using the reverse side of the paper and a different colored bag you get a totally different look.

Easier: Embellished paint cans

You'll need:                                                                                                                                                

Clear plastic craft paint can (Michael's)
Scrapbooking paper (we used Crafting Jewish Style Rosh Hashanah red apple paper)
 chalkboard label stickers (Martha Stewart for Avery @ Staples)

1. Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside paint can and insert.
2. Embellish outside of can with stickers and label-I absolutely love this chalkboard label
3. Tie on bow and insert lolly into bow loop

EASIEST: Embellished pencil case

You'll need:
Pencil case (Michael's)
Purim sticker downloads

This couldn't be easier.
1. Print out Maya's Purim labels. (I printed them on clear adhesive paper) Cut out and adhere to pencil case.
2. Done! How's that for a Purim miracle!

Enjoy Purim and send us pictures of your Purim craftiness and creativity. We'd love to post them.
How will you be celebrating Purim this year?
Do you sew/craft your own costumes? Are you into mishloach manot themes?
Leave a comment and you'll be entered to win some wonderful Crafting Jewish Style products.

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