Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
The holidays are over and life returns to status quo as we get back into habits and routines. The weather is cold and the sky might be dreary. Some of us may just want to wrap up in a blanket and stay home in front of a sizzling fire. For others, dark, rainy, or freezing winter days can make us feel sad.
Here’s an easy craft for you to make and give a friend or loved one that’s sure to warm up the coldest of days and put a smile on their face.
First, gather your materials:
- various round-shaped sponges—purchased or cut out your own from a regular sponge
- glue stick or hot glue gun
- paint-acrylic, tempera, or water color
- thin brush-for painting a hat, nose, and mittens
- ribbons or rickrack
- brown bags
- colorful tissue
Next, dip your sponge into white paint. Blot it a little on a newspaper or paper towel so it doesn’t clump. Proceed to make your snowman on the bag.
Using half of a sponge, blot “snow” around the bottom of the bag
Also using the white paint, press a snowflake stamp to make snowflakes. After the front is dry (about 30 minutes) flip the bag over and add snowflakes to the back. I usually make a dozen bags at a time. When I complete the snowman on my last bag, the first bag I started with is usually dry.
Then, paint a hat, gloves, and nose. I find it is easier to make the dots for the eyes and mouth with a fine point black marker.
Next, cut a cute scarf from rickrack or ribbon. You can attach the scarf and buttons with Tacky Glue but I prefer to use a glue gun to ensure the scarf or buttons won’t come off. Using a fine point marker, sign and date the bag.
Finally, fill your bag with a treat for your friend.
Fill the bag with a bag of coffee, hot chocolate and marshmallows, or cider, and a mug. For a warm lunch, insert a can of soup and crackers. For the tired school-aged child, put in popcorn and a movie, and an invitation to snuggle. For the high school student facing exams? Chocolate. Yep…all kinds. White, dark, with or without nuts.
Be creative and have fun. And remember this truth from Scripture: “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
Debbie is a published author, national speaker and workshop presenter, co-founder of Shine! Ministries and a partner with the Polished Conference L.L.C. She has taught in higher education for more than 30 years. Debbie has an online Bible study page on Facebook, teaches Bible study in her church, and blogs at Living Life Together. Debbie has written Shine! Radiating the Love of God, a Bible study designed exclusively for young women ages 13-18. Additionally, she has articles in the Divine Moments series and is a quarterly contributor to Refined Magazine. All books are available at grace-publishing.com. She would love to speak at your next women’s event, teen event, or at the college where she brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, “A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom.” Debbie is married and has three adult children. She travels from Asheville, NC. Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her page on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/shineministriesnc/