DIY Gift Toppers December 4, 2015 December is HERE! Can you believe it? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were talking about getting organized for the fresh, new year? We are so excited to officially be entering into the Christmas season. There’s something so special and sentimental about Christmastime. Bundling up next to the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music in the car with the kiddos, or simply enjoying the cool weather – maybe even snow if you’re lucky! (Some of you may not consider snow “lucky”- but we Texans get VERY excited if we’re lucky enough to snag a few inches every few years!) One of our personal favorite Christmastime traditions is gift giving. Receiving is always a fun surprise, but the most rewarding for us is the excitement of shopping and wrapping – just knowing how much your loved ones will love their gift. Homemade gift toppers make the perfect personalized touch to your wrapping, while adding a little bonus gift – a gift topper that is easily reused as an ornament! These little gift toppers are a perfect craft to make with the kids, and they’ll love adding these to the top of the gifts they plan to give to teachers, grandparents or friends. After all, who doesn’t love homemade trinkets made special by little hands? Here’s what you’ll need: Green and white felt (you can use small white pompoms, or substitute white with red) Scissors Twine Hot glue gun Floral wire 1. Draw (or trace) and cut out your template. You can print one off of the computer, or draw a simple sprig of mistletoe as we did. 2. Trace template onto green felt and cut out. 3. Cut several small pieces of wire and with hot glue, glue felt leaves around wire. 4. Continue following this process until you have several sprigs. 5. Take floral wire and make a loop at the top. 6. Wrap felt sprigs around wire, alternating the height placement. 7. Cut a thin piece of felt and wrap around exposed wire to cover. Secure with hot glue. 8. Cut small circles out of white felt (or use pompoms) and glue arbitrarily onto the various sprigs. To use as an ornament, tie a piece of twine or string through the loop. Alternatively, you can tuck your mistletoe sprig under a ribbon, enhancing a gift in such a simple way that adds a sweet touch to their gift. Enjoy this craft and enjoy the season!