Movie Treat Bag

Easy to make Movie Treat Bags

Do you have a movie night that your hosting and need a treat bag to go along with the movie? I’ll show you how to make these cute bags step by step.



If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you saw that I made cute Elf movie treat bags for my kids last weekend. After I posted the picture of the treat bags a friend asked how I did these. Her daughter had invited friends over (my daughter was one of them) for a Christmas movie night. They were watching Elf so this would be the perfect treat bag to go along with the movie. 



Let’s get started



I found these treat boxes at Party city. I also picked up red ones, you’ll have to head back over to My Creative Manner’s Facebook page to see what I did with them. 




With my daughters help we cut 1-inch strips of yellow paper for the belt. 




As we went we cut each yellow strip of paper to fit both sides of the bags.  




 Mounting squares were used on the back of the yellow paper so it would stick to the bag. 




With my Cricut, I cut out square silhouettes to use for the belt buckle. Then I placed the square into my sticker maker so they would stick on the bag. This was easier to do then using mounting squares or glue. 




I found these embellishments at Micheals to use for buttons. The embellishments already had adhesive on the back of them. 



Filling the bags



We filled the bottom of the bags with green tissue paper. I did this because I wanted what was in the bags to stick out some. 




At the party, the girls are having a hot cocoa bar. I couldn’t find those marshmallows stirrer sticks I had for my kids but was able to find these peppermint sticks. The peppermint sticks weren’t individually wrapped so we placed one peppermint stick into a pretzel bag. 




With the help of the other mom, the treat bags were filled with a ton of candy, hot cocoa mix, and the peppermint stirrers. For the final touch since these are for teenage girls and they love taking selfies. I found these adorable photo props at Dollar Tree. 

I can’t wait to see how the girls like their treat bags. 

Take a look at My Creative Manner’s Facebook page to see the treat bags I did for my younger daughter. 


Enjoy ~ Jenny

Family Christmas Movie Nights


Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

If you know me at all personally you know that I love Christmas. I try and make the Christmas season as fun and memorable as I can for my kids.  A few years ago I started thinking of different ways I could do just that. Along with my love of Christmas comes my love for Christmas movies. So why not have family Christmas movie nights.


Movie Nights

I start planning our movie nights in late Septemeber you know right after the kids go back to school and the house is quiet. I use this time to plan not just the movies but I also make a quiz or have a game to go along with the movie.

Because I have so many  Christmas movies that I love to watch, our Christmas movie nights start in November and some nights we will have two movies. This year we will have a total of 11 movies with the very last one being Polar Express. 

 I decided to have my family help me with picking what movies we would watch. I made a list of our movies and each family member would rank the movies from favorite to least favorite. After everyone picked how they ranked our movies I decided what movies we would use, plus I added a couple new ones to our collection this year. 

I printed up a calendar for both November and December and wrote what movie would be showing on that night. We will kick off our family Christmas movie nights with my husbands all time favorite, Nation Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  I have to say it ranks number two with me as well, who doesn’t love some good old Griswold family vacations. 


A letter to the happy three

My kids love to get letters in the mail, so I printed up a letter to each one of the happy three inviting them to our family Christmas movie nights. In each of the letters, I send out tickets for each movie night. You can find where I found the tickets at in my Christmas board on Pinterest. In the letter, I include the date and what movie will be played. We do have a couple rules for movie nights. The first is best pajamas that they have, the second is they must bring their ticket in order for them to watch the movie and the final one is no devices. This is the first year for that, last year I watched my older two play around on their phones. I thought that it took away from family time, so phones are banned. 

Dinner to go along with the movie

Elf Bag
Elf Bag

Dinner is also included in our Christmas movie nights. The kids have always loved to eat dinner in front of the tv, and that is just what we do for our movie nights. Some of our dinners are themed to go along with the movie like for Home Alone we have pizza and ice cream sundaes for dessert. 

 I made these cute Elf treat bags to be filled with their snacks for the night we watch Elf. My youngest was home sick a few weeks back so I had her help me do these. First, we cut a strip of yellow paper for the belt. Then we made the belt buckle using the Cricket square shape and placed these cute black sticker buttons on.  

I think I will fill them with some popcorn from our local popcorn factory and a little candy. 

Making it even better

To make the family Christmas movie nights even better, I make up quizzes to go along with the movie. The family member that gets the best score on the quiz will get a small gift. Then on our last movie night, I have a total of who won the most quizzes and that person will get a gift. 

Since we have done this a few years now I have had to change things up. Last year we did some games to replace a quiz. Pinterest has some great ideas for games, and that is where I found the saran wrap ball game. I’m planning on doing this again this year, I have been thinking about how to make it harder. The answer is some kind of tape I believe. 

Another game I did was, I wrapped a gift box (they got a new Christmas movie) using tons of tape. Then gave them a Rudolf nose and oven mitts. They had a set time to put on the nose and oven mitts and try to open the gift.  It was the most fun thing to watch. My oldest figured out if the box was punched then they could grab the wrapping paper easier. This year I bought a cylinder gift box, I’m hoping this will be a little harder for them to punch. 

Happy Family Memory Making ~ Jenny




Christmas Coke Crate

Christmas Coke Crate

Coke Crate

Coke Crate
Coke Crate

Have you ever had something that you wanted but you had a hard time finding just what you wanted? This Coke crate was that for me. I had been hunting for perfect one for a while and this past summer I found the one I was looking for. The happy three and I went to a flea market, and I came across this crate. 

I have to admit I wasn’t sure where I was going to put this Coke crate at in our house. So it sat in my bedroom for the last 6 months. 


Christmas Decorating

I love decorating for Christmas and have been doing a lot of thinking about how I will decorate the house this year. As I was looking around the house for things I could use for one of the themes,  I found the Coke crate sitting in my closet. I knew just what I wanted to do with it.

Since it’s an antique I thought it would be a great idea to have the Christmas decor rustic looking. The red truck with a tree that has been a big hit the last couple years was my inspiration. Finding small enough objects to fit in the small squares was a bit hard. 

Target has some great things in their dollar spot, that’s where I found the ski’s, tree, and noel signs. If I’m not mistaking Target is also where I found that cute nesting boxes. I just used the box in one place and then the lid in another. 


The fun part

Christmas Coke Crate
Christmas Coke Crate

For me, the fun part was putting it all together.  Knowing that the bird and skies didn’t fit inside the square, I found mounting putty that I had and stuck some to the backs of these pieces to help hold them in place. Isn’t that bird just the cutest? 

The Noel and little antlers were mini ornaments that I cut the strings off of. Needed something to prop them up and to fill a couple other places in the crate. I went looking around the house to see what I had.  Finding white candle votives, scrabble tiles, a cotton stem, 2 larger antlers, gingham fabric and checkerboard ribbon I was ready to finish putting it together. 

The pine cone, the mistletoe leaves, the snowy pine leaves, and the bundle of wood were all one piece, that I cut up. I bought it because of the wood bundle but then quickly realized how cute the rest was in my Coke crate. All the craft stores have some really cute floral bundles.

I cut a piece of the gingham fabric and crumbled it a little then placed it into the square to prop up the mini antlers. The candles looked really nice with the mini Noels, so much that I had to put all three in the crate.

The scrabble tiles were a little bit more of a challenge to get in just right, thankfully I was only spelling Merry out. I cut the cotton off of the stem and stuffed the cotton in the square. I added pieces of the ribbon behind the nesting boxes.

The cute larger antlers on top of the Coke Crate are also from the floral section at the craft store. I had bought them for another project that I didn’t end up using them for. After placing the antlers on the top of the crate I felt that it still needed a little something more.  A bow would be the perfect touch to help tie it all together. 

Merry decorating

I enjoyed decorating this crate with which I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  The Coke crate has found its place in our home, I’ll be able to enjoy decorating it for other seasons.