This summer I was introduced to Leclerc Celebration cookies and fell in love with them on our S’mores. When I saw a box of mini Celebrations in orange single-serving packages with the Peanut-free symbol, I knew I had to find a way to make them into Hallowe’en treats for my monkeys to take to school.
- Leclerc Celebration cookies (7 packs/box)
- Orange cardstock or bristol boards cut into 8.5″x11″
- Jute Ribbon or Burlap (for the pumpkin stem)
- Googly eyes
- Glue Stick
- Black Sharpie
I wanted to use a sturdy orange cardboard or cardstock to withstand the travel and manhandling that will happen next week. Your local Staples, Michaels and even Dollarama has bristol board for around a dollar a sheet. I used an 8.5″x11″ paper to mark out the dimensions and was able to cut 6 letter size pieces from each bristol board. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect. I did this step quickly and mine printed without any problems.
If you’re using letter size cardstock, you skip this step.
Next, I printed the pumpkins on my ink jet printer [because I was worried that my laser jet might get jammed]. There are two pumpkins per sheet.
The most time consuming part of this project is cutting out the pumpkins, but if your littles are adept enough with scissors they can help too. Be sure to leave the front and back attached at the bottom. If some get cut, no big deal – you can still staple them on the bags of cookies and no one will know the difference.
Our next step was drawing on the front. I free-handed some faces and traditional Hallowe’en silhouettes to give my monkeys some ideas and then let them go to town. It doesn’t really matter what they draw so have fun with it. Even a big black blob looks great when you add googly eyes.
Once they’re done, cut strips of jute ribbon (or whatever you have on hand) for the front and back of the stems and glue them on. You can skip this step though, I’m just a little neurotic about the details [if you haven’t already figured that out about me…ahem…].
I recommend writing the kids’ names on the back before you put the cookies in. It’s just easier if they’re flat.
Last step, put your cookie packages in and staple the pumpkins on near the top.
These are my favourite ones that the kids did: