DIY: St. Patrick’s Day “Lucky” Treats!

As I have mentioned before, I am the Youth Volunteer Coordinator at a local non profit. I have about 100 kids who work  with me and they are just AWESOME! So when fun holidays come up I want to let them know how much I appreciate their hard work. It is not an easy thing to do on a budget. When I saw this idea from Craftin’ on my Door  and their guest spot on She’s a Sassy Lady last March, I knew it was the perfect treat for my volunteers on St. Patrick’s Day! The original idea came from eighteen25. Some smart ladies out there! Here are their takes on this treat:

From eighteen25

From Craftin’ on my Door

So since I have neither a cricut nor the ink supplies for the brightly colored “Lucky” logo inspired version, I came up with my own.  Here is my take on this craft! I uploaded it to my Kiss Me I’m Irish Board too!

Supplies:

Treat bags and cardstock

Clear plastic treat bags: How large depends on how many Lucky Charms you want to give away! I chose the smaller 3 3/4″ x 6″ bags.

Cardstock: This is where I incorporated a lot of my color and variety so I did not have to make, print, or buy it! I picked a package of paper with 5 different styles of green paper. It was also great because they were already all color-coordinated for me.

Stickers: I used stickers to add to my design, but you could also just print a graphic on when you print the text.

Lucky Charms: Also depends on how many of these sweet treats you would like to make. I used 2 big boxes and ended up with 100 bags.

Stapler: To attach the tops to the bags

Scoop: To measure out the Lucky Charms germ-free!

How-To:

1. Design your wording and print on cardstock. Here is my template: lucky templates. (Heres a PDF version)It will look like this:

2. Cut the template into the right sizes. I don’t want to go into too much detail here, because this step really depends on the size bag you have selected. For mine, the goal was to get a 3 3/4″ square (since that’s how wide my bags were). Using the template above, I cut 1/4″ off the bottom of the paper and then cut 3 3/4″ down from the top and from the bottom. Then I turned the two identical pieces I was left with sideways and cut 3 3/4″ in from each side. So, looking at the picture below, you can see how I made the last cuts. 

3. Fold the cardstock in half. Here is a picture of all my finished ones: 

4. Affix stickers or any decorations you want to add to your cardstock. I picked some simple shamrocks. Like I said before, you could also just print a shamrock or other graphic out with your text.

5. Fill your bags with Lucky Charms using a scoop. Only fill the bags about 1/3 of the way full, because as you move on to step #6, I found you needed to fold the bags over a bit to make a good seal.

6. Fold the top of the plastic bag over, cover with your cardstock topper, and staple on the bottom on both the right and the left and voilà! You’re done! Here are some shots of my finished products:

I love how all the different colors and patterns of cardstock really came together!

To display them, I found a green cauldron (I couldn’t believe my luck!) at Target. I also used the leftover cardstock and stickers to make a “Take One” sign:

I loved this project so much! I am a big fan of anything you can personalize and this worked so great for us! So, what do you think?

Cheers,

Caroline

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4 responses to “DIY: St. Patrick’s Day “Lucky” Treats!

  1. Kim Erwin

    I am the coordinator of the “Bee Kind Craft Group” an all Volunteer group of crafters who make items for Hospice patients. Every month I try to make a little treat for my volunteers to take home after craft group – this looks perfect. As I am a volunteer myself (and unemployed) I am always looking for some fun, inexpensive ways to show them they are appreciated for “crafting from the Heart” and giving back to those patients facing end of life issues. Thanks for posting this. I love it and I’m going to do this myself.

  2. Too cute! I would love to make these for the volunteers in our children’s ministry but I downloaded the template and it came up blank.

  3. Denise, thanks for letting me know. I uploaded a PDF version, but if that doesn’t work I will e-mail it to you.

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