Before I begin sharing how to make this DIY Candy Tray with you, I want to let you know that some of the products shown were provided free to The Place For Busy Moms by Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
Christmas is finally here and while some of us are prepared for all the gift giving, most of us are still trying to find ways to stretch the dollar, allowing us to give gifts to everyone that we love and appreciate. This is the first year that my son has been in school and I have been so grateful for both of his teachers. They’ve really been there for us this year, helping my son learn to adjust to life with other kids, as well as teaching him things that I’ve never been able to. So, I found myself wanting to give back to his teachers but truth be told my husband and I didn’t budget for a Christmas gift for either teacher. It’s just not something that was on our minds until right here at the last minute. Perhaps you are also finding yourself needing gifts for unexpected guest on a list.
Well, I know that my son’s teacher has a soft spot for candy, which is what sparked the idea of a nativity themed candy tray. Due to the way that his school is set up they are discouraged from having unhealthy food but I occasionally greet her at the car with candy and I know she adores that. Also, my son goes to a public school and once again, they are discouraged from including things of other religions into the school system. That has been somewhat trying for me but I’ve always been a believer that education but be continued at home as well so all I can do is pray that God will help me guide my children in the way that they will go and that He will speak to their hearts in a way that they fall in love with Him and know Him as their Lord and Savior.
Santa and his elves are cute and all but not a focus in my house. My husband and I decided that to focus on the greatest gift of all with our own children, the gift of God’s son, Emmanuel. Yeshua. The greatest gift of all time – saving grace. Over the years the lack of Santa has become natural and the presence of the King has become a way of life. Yet, I find myself wanting to share that message. It’s in no way condemning others for choosing Santa in their house or in their classroom. It’s just that I desire to know that there is more to this life than a jolly ole man in a red suit, and I want my kids to know that their lives matter.
So, I found myself wondering how I could share that message with my son’s teachers. We never get to discuss whether or not they believe in God. It’s not exactly on the school calendar. Yet, I feel that it’s my place in this world to share that message with everyone I come in contact with. Sometimes the messages are loud and clear, sometimes they are only spiritual seeds like the Christmas sign that sits on my front porch. Yet, they are seeds that I know God wants me to plant.
So the question arose, how do you share the love of Christ with someone when it can’t come up. How do you let others know that God loves them enough to send His one and only Son into this world as a helpless infant, when you aren’t allowed to talk about it? You hide it well. Not well enough to be ashamed. Be bold in your faith but let that faith shine in even the smallest of details.
Oriental Trading provided these adorable Wooden Trays for our blog, as well as the Nativity Themed Mason Jar Decals during the Christmas season, in exchange for a post. Well, these little trays have been so much fun to play with and nativity themed decals have been showing up all over my house in the form of decorating because I just can’t get enough of them. The wooden trays are great for Christmas gifts, they are a great alternative to mason jar presents and just seem a little bit more personal since the decorating options are endless. I’ve made so many of these nativity themed candy trays that I’ve lost count but I’ll tell you what was a hidden treasure – washi tape. Not washabi, I keep making that mistake and auto correct is not liking the true spelling either but it’s washi tape and it’s so neat! It’s difficult to describe but it seems almost like a paper tape. Anyways, Oriental Trading has a wide variety of colors and designs and it’s a great final touch to making a craft look a little bit more complete.
How To Make The Nativity Themed Candy Tray
*Paint the inside of a plain wooden tray from Oriental Trading
* Let the paint dry and add your desired decals using their Nativity Themed Mason Jar Decals
*Paint over the decals with a second color. Be careful around each decal. It helps to pat the paint gentle, rather than running the brush over the decals, otherwise they move.
* Once the paint has had a chance to fully dry just peel the decal off.
It’s just as easy as that! Of course you can go around the outside of the box with the washi tape the same way I did. Then fill your tray up with a candy variety. I added a bow to mine so it has that special gift look to it. Your kids will be so excited to bring a gift like this to their teachers. Best of all, these wooden trays come in bulk and so do the nativity decals. One order could easily be enough for all of your children’s teachers. Depending on the age of your children they could even join in the fun! Wouldn’t that be so special and wonderful? Imagine having your children help you spread some holiday cheer and even the Word of the LORD to their teachers with just a simple candy tray!