I was looking at my Pier 1 e-mail from the other day and saw so many cute things for kids but let's face it some of those items are EXPENSIVE.
Look at Holiday Crispie Pops. Cute, right? But $3.20 for ONE?! Ouch. You can make a whole slew of "Crispie Pops" for far less. You'll need Rice Krispies, the ingredients for their treats, Popsicle sticks and chocolate to coat the treats. Follow the directions at the Rice Krispies site but cut the bars so they're longer and insert a stick into each one. Once they cool off coat with melted chocolate, let sit on a cookie rack then wrap. Of course you can add sprinkles and other stuff to it. You can probably make a dozen or so treats for under $10 (to buy 12 treats from Pier 1 would cost you around $38 plus tax).
I'll make some this weekend for the kids and post step-by-step instructions then.
Here's another idea. It costs $8 for a bag of cocoa, probably not even "GOOD" cocoa to give as gifts. Well you can go to the store and buy boxes of cocoa mix for $1 (typically has 8 to 10 packages). Get some Christmas fabric from Joann's along with fabric glue (or you can sew the bags) and ribbon to tie. Cut the fabric to fit each packet of cocoa (one or packets) then glue the fabric to form a pouch or sew it. I think using quilters quarters would work find but if not, you can pick up a yard of fabric for around $5 and ribbon spools start at $1. So basically for less than $10 you can make nearly a dozen cocoa gift pouches.
I'll be making those with the kids as well for their friends so I'll have exact costs and details this weekend as well.
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