Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Holiday Full of Hugs and Kisses

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
There are three things I love about the holidays... making, sewing, and giving.  As the weather gets colder outside, my little apprentice and I are usually making something tasty, putting together little gifts, stuffing envelops, or decorating.  My favorite gifts are the ones that are home made and from the heart.
Making cards during the holidays is one of our favorite things to do.  My little lady loves getting involved in crafts and what a treat to receive something hand made.  This year we made the cards a little sweeter because it comes with Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's Hugs!   
I'm a big sucker for sending cards that have the kids hand prints and foot prints on them because I'm sentimental.  I think, their hands and feet won't ever be this little again!  So, we painted the little man's foot and placed it on the card.  I didn't realize how big his foot has grown in just a year!  Using glue dots we added eyes and Hershey's Kisses as the nose.
For the other reindeer version we used the little lady's hand.  We added teeny eyes and a Hershey's Kisses as the nose along with a bow.  I know the grandparents and great grandparents will absolutely love these! 
For the neighbors and our friends we did the mistletoe.  You know the rule, when your under the mistletoe you have to give that person a kiss!  I thought this would be a fun way to spread some sweet hugs and kisses around without getting the germs.  
If the kiddos are making this you can use paper to cut the leaves and glue them on.  I added a little texture to the card by using felt. You'll need three small pieces of felt, the card printout, some card stock for the back, and Hershey's Hugs and Hershey's Kisses
 I hand cut the leaves but you can print out a picture and use it as a stencil as well. 
I placed them where I wanted them on the card, then sewed one straight line down the middle.
Use glue dots to add two red Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's Hugs.
And in no time an adorable and yummy card to give. 
Why not give a little sweetness with that holiday wish?
You can use any of these templates to print out to create your own Hershey's Hugs and Hershey's Kisses Holiday cards.
This next craft is definitely one I hold close to my heart and will become our regular tradition.  Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money and I remember only getting a mesh stocking full of candy for a few years.  That was it.  A red mesh stocking.  That candy stocking was such a treat, and I truly cherished it.  Decades later I can still remember.  Wow how times have changed!  This year, I wanted to recreate that stocking for the little ones to remind them that it's the little things that make life sweet. 
The stocking is really easy to make and is so adorable!  You'll need the following:
I printed out a picture of a stocking and used it as my stencil to cut the vinyl.  Label on stocking the front and one the back.
Sew the rectangle piece on the front so the right side is facing up and the rectangle piece on the back so the wrong side is facing up. 
Fold over to create a trim for the top of the stocking and sew.
Trim off the excess. 
Sew all the way around the stocking.  This makes it easier to attach the bias tape.
Sew the bias tape all around the stocking.
Cut a little piece of bias, fold over, and attach it to the right corner.
In no time you'll have the perfect stocking for those Hershey's Hugs and Hershey's Kisses
What I love about this gift is that you can customize it to each person in the family based on what they like!  My hubby likes Hershey's Kisses Special Dark Chocolates and Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates with Almonds. The kids like Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates.  I love the Hershey's Kisses Candy Cane Mint candies, Hershey's Kisses Dark Chocolates with Mint Truffle Chocolates, and of course the Hershey's Hugs.  
Play some Christmas music, lay out the hugs and kisses, and have the family help you stuff each stocking to pass out as gifts.  
These stockings guarantee a holiday full of hugs and kisses thanks to The Hershey Company
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