Rudolph will show up in unsuspecting places this holiday season when your preschoolers or young school-age children create his sweet image on gift bags made with simple, inexpensive paper lunch bags. The secret charm in this family-time DIY craft is that your kids’ hands create the personalized design for the antlers.
1. Trace your child’s hands on brown construction paper, cardboard or craft foam. Cut out each hand shape. If you are making several Rudolph gift bags, trace your child’s hands on a sheet of paper, cut it out, and use it over and over as a pattern.
2. Close the top of a brown paper lunch bag by folding it forward 2 inches. Punch two holes through the folded top of the bag, about 1 inch apart.
3. Use double-stick tape or glue to attach the hand-shaped “antlers” (at the wrist) to the top corners of the folded bag. The fingers and thumbs will extend beyond the top fold of the bag.
4. Cut two small oval ear shapes from light-brown paper, cardboard or craft foam, and glue one ear onto each rein-
deer antler (at the palm of the hand shape).
5. Use markers or crayons to draw a reindeer face on the bag. Googly eyes or buttons are cute for eyes, and a red pom-pom or small red ball ornament is perfect for Rudolph’s “nose so bright.”
To use, unfold the top, place a gift inside the decorated bag and refold it. Run ribbon through the left hole, across the back and out the right hole. String a jingle bell and tie a bow to close. Tie on a gift tag, if you wish.
Extra idea: If you cut out the bottom, these gift bags (minus the gift, of course!) make great holiday puppets!