Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Snowman Soup

This snowman soup recipe is wonderful for cold winter nights curled up by the fire. It also makes a fun stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift or office exchange gift. It’s easy enough for children to make for Grandpa and Grandma or their friends. Or how cute to place one on each persons plate as a table favor for Christmas dinner!

Snowman soup, if you have never heard of it, is packaging together a hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, a candy cane and perhaps some Hershey Kisses with the traditional poem. It can be wrapped up in a mug, jar or clear cello bag but today we are going to make a little box with a belly band to hold everything.

You will need: a 12″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper, 1″ x 11″ strip of coordinating card stock {for the belly band closure}, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, adhesive, copy paper/card stock for poem, package of hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, candy cane, Hershey kisses {optional}.

Score at 1″ on both of the long sides. Turn and score at 1″ and 5 1/2″. Turn and repeat on the other end. This is what it will look like.




Fold on all of the score lines and crease with the bone folder. Cut up to the 1″ score line along each long side and then slightly angle the edge of each tab as shown.




Add adhesive the each tab.




Fold in the sides and one end to adhere. Repeat on the other end.





The box is now ready to fold and close, as shown.





Now it’s time to make the belly band. Center the box upside down on the card stock strip.




Gently fold up each end against the box sides. This will make a slight crease. Then fold again so that the ends overlap creating another crease. Now remove the belly band and use the bone folder to go over the folds/creases. Add adhesive the one end of the band and stick ends together.





Now it’s time to decorate the belly band. I stamped a greeting/images on a die cut piece of card stock then layered it on a gold foil doily before attaching it to the belly band. But you can add a tag, a little sprig of garland, a bow or even a small card. Whatever embellishment you add to the band, be sure that the adhesive only sticks to the band or else the recipient will not be able to slide the band off and back on.

Slide off the belly band, open the box and add the Snowman Soup ingredients. A little tissue or shredded paper can be placed in the bottom of the box if desired. Either hand write or print off the poem/snowballs label below {PDF included} and cut them out. Adhere the poem inside the lid and add the label to the package of marshmallows. Once you’ve got everything in the box just right, close it up. Then slide the belly band back on and it’s all ready!






Snowman Soup PDF

Snowman Soup

Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!


I hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas in July project 🙂




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See you next Monday for another Christmas in July project!


The Country Touch




2 comments on “Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #1

  1. Thank you. This is adorable. Thanks to you I just found my neighbors little holiday gift for this year.


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