My oldest “baby” is in her first year of college. A couple of weeks ago she asked if I could help her (Hello? Have you met your mother?! Of course I’ll help almost every time you ask). An unofficial Halloween decorating contest had developed in her dorm. Her hall did not win. They want to win the unofficial holiday decorating contest and are planning for that win. So, I came up with a couple of mom-crafts and then put together a holiday decorating care package to help my “baby” out. This care package would work for any college student or deployed soldier.
I popped over to my local dollar store and picked up a couple of decorations. I had 2 criteria for decorations – festive and light-weight. The jingle bell door hanger had the added benefit of being jingly.
I wanted to show my baby how much I miss her, so I made a candy wreath (free candy should put my daughter’s hall ahead in the competition) and a Santa pillow slipcover. Both are lightweight to mail and either expendable (candy wreath) or compact enough to store easily in a small dorm room after the holidays (pillow slipcover).
I also added some festive ribbon that she and her hall mates can use however they want. I also added a length of holiday fabric that I picked up from the remnant bin at my craft store. My daughter and hall mates can also use the fabric to creatively decorate.
I added a fleece wreath that my friend Corinne from Wondermom Wannabe made for me (I think this wreath is so adorable and it’s special since it was made by a friend, so it’s only on loan to my daughter) and a holiday box of tissues. And I added some cards from family and friends to surprise my daughter.