If you don't know Jess over at My Little Mustache, then you are missing out on knowing one of the most beautiful and inspirational people on the planet. Jess has made it a mission of her's to spread encouragement to others in 2013 (and beyond, I am sure!) through random acts of kindness. Over this past year, as I have followed her through instagram, she has done some pretty wonderful things for friends and total strangers, out of the kindness of her heart and with her own money, just to make someone's day a little brighter... to put a smile of the faces of those around her. I was even the recipient of a beautiful little crochet flower ring she sent recently during a time I was feeling down and needed some encouragement of my own. Amazing, huh?
Jess definitely motivated me to come up with my own way to encourage others, which got me working on these cute little bugs & kisses treat bags. I first discovered this idea through Pinterest, and could have easily just made them for the kids to pass out to friends at school, but I wanted to do something more than that with them by giving them out to total strangers. Not only is this a great way to uplift those around us, it teaches my children to give through the kindness of their own hearts and without the expectation of receiving.
Bugs & Kisses Treat Bags
You will need:
- Clear cellophane Halloween treat bags
- Hershey's Kisses
- Plastic spider rings
- Bugs & Kisses gift tags free printable from Tammy Michelle Designs
- Ribbon of your choice
- Mini hole punch
- Large shape punches ( I used a solid square punch and a scalloped square punch for mine)
This is a super affordable project to put together with your children. I was able to find the treat bags and spider rings at the Dollar Tree and used some white ribbon I had on hand. Putting them together is pretty simple and self explanatory as well. I actually printed out the gift tags, shrunk them down 50%, and used my large solid square and scalloped square punches to make tags. I printed out the tags on plain white paper and punched them out with the solid square punch. Then, I punched out the scalloped squares in orange paper, glued the printed tag to the orange paper, and then punched a small hole in the top. Lastly, I put 10 Hershey's kisses in each bag, along with two spiders, cut and threaded a length of ribbon through the small hole, and tied the bags closed.
Hand one to someone near you at the doctor's office, the park, at Target, or at a restaurant. Teach your children to give out of the kindness of their hearts and not based on what a person is wearing or the color of their skin. We are all children of God and only He can judge us. The fun part is just being able to brighten someone's day with this small gesture.
I challenge you (and your children) to pay it forward and surprise someone you don't know with a random act of kindness.