Mamas! There’s still time to make some magic for Christmas Eve. You might have seen our Magic Santa Key from earlier this week and this kind of goes along with it. Kids are smart these days. My stepdaughter took one look at our high-pitched roof and said, “Santa can’t land up there! He’s going to have to land on the grass.” And then we proceeded to have a chat about Santa moving his sleigh, we live in So Cal, and the houses are fairly close together, so how often would Santa move his sleigh. Couldn’t he park it on our grass but then also bring presents to our neighbors. I’m dying. Ok, so we want to encourage Santa to land on our grass… and giving the reindeer (and the ants) a little treat to eat is how we’re going to do it!
I wanted to have both my girls make this mix with me so I decided to leave out “glitter” which is what a lot of other online recipes call for. I knew they would want to eat the mix while we were making it, along with while we are sprinkling it on the grass on Christmas Eve, so glitter wasn’t a safe addition in my mind. Instead I added what became a very special item, carrot sprinkles! Because reindeer love carrots, duh!
- Cute Small Jars
- Home Printer
- White Cardstock or Photo Paper
- Festive Twine or Ribbon
- Mixing Bowl
- Our exclusive reindeer food printable tag available in our shop for only $1.99!
- Sunflower Seeds
- Carrot Sprinkles (from an Easter mix)
Download + Print
Click here to visit our craft file shop to download our exclusive printable reindeer food tags. There are two designs and there are 6 tags per 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Print them using your home printer. Here I’m printing on the fantastic Canon Double Sided Matte Photo Paper, it’s my favorite for printable crafts.
Then simply cut out each tag and hole punch.
Find All The Carrots
I’m so glad that I let the girls do this step because originally I planned to do it myself. I poured all the Easter sprinkles in a bowl and let them both sort and find all the carrot sprinkles and we had SO much fun! My two year old even did a great job. I let them eat the bunny sprinkles only, because we had to save the carrots for the reindeer and they loved it. We counted and laughed, it was lovely.
We added the oats first. I didn’t measure because it doesn’t really matter. These ingredients can also be old or stale things that were in your cupboard, no need to buy new. Then sunflower seeds, a little bit of marshmallows…
…then the cranberries and last but not least ~ the carrot sprinkles! I highly underestimated what a big deal the girls would make about the sprinkles, they were magical. I let them do the mixing… and a little eating too.
“I think you should try it… ya know, to make sure it’s delicious and that the reindeer will like it!” ~girls try~ “It’s DELICIOUS!!!” the oldest screams!!
Fill The Jars
Then fill each jar with your magic mix. We made a few extra to give to our friends.
My buggy little boo… cut some festive twine and add the tags. That’s it! Simple and darling.
This took us about an hour from set up to clean up, which was great for them. Just long enough for their attention spans. The five year old FREAKED out when she gave them to her friends. She was talking so fast and was so jazzed about the carrot sprinkles that her friends were totally confused at first, it was adorable!
I cannot wait for Christmas Eve! Along with this project I have the Santa Key, I also bought files on Etsy for Santa Buttons and Santa Boot Prints and this mama is ready to make some magic!
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial + Reindeer Tag Design: Jen Causey of Something Turquoise // Printable Reindeer Food Gift Tags: Shop ST // Small Glass Jars: Amazon // Canon TS9521C Crafting Printer + Double Sided Matte Photo Paper: courtesy of Canon // Christmas Twine: Amazon // Easter Sprinkles: Amazon // Oats, Cranberries, Sunflower Seeds, Marshmallows: the market
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