Fast forward to this week, I've been helping out in Primary lately and in preparation for my lesson I decided that we would do a gift for the enrichment activity at the end. I wanted something that was interactive, but not too intensive (due to time and attention spans). I've seen clear bags filled with candy and tied to form a tie or bow tie. That was part one of my inspiration. The next part came from all of the crafts that I saw that were Nuts About You/Dad.
My end result was actually a happy accident. Originally, I was going to make the bow tie tag and attach it to the bag with a chenille twist tie or some twine. When I went to pick up my print order from Office Depot, they had enlarged my document to fit the page. Of course I didn't notice until I got home. I was a little disappointed, but I decided to not give in to my OCD side (it was only a half of an inch longer). So I went on to gathering supplies only to find that I was out of sandwich baggies. Seriously?! I buy the bulk boxes of baggies at Costco and I thought I had at least one more box left.
Well, I started to think of what I could do (without a trip to the store) and I remembered I had a box of cellophane treat bags sitting on a shelf in my craft room. It didn't take long before I was creating what you see now and I'm actually more happy with it than my original idea.
The nuts that I made to fill the ties with are Cinnamon Almonds via One Charming Party. They are delicious (& dairy free)! The only thing I would change is increase the spice and pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (per comments on their blog) for extra crispiness.
Below are the free templates and tutorial for this project. Click on the page that you want to download and a box will appear that will give you the option to save or view the file. Once you've downloaded the file, you will be able to print from your computer. You'll notice there are two different bow ties. They are both modified to fit the stitching (that wasn't originally planned for) and the second one has a middle section since I ended up not attaching the tie to the bag in the center. These are free for personal use only (meaning they can not be used for monetary gain).
Background Paper Credit: Celeste Knight