{Guest} Ruff Draft: Thanksgiving Blessing Mix Favors & FREE Printables!

No.  I’m not Adria Ruff.  {Although secretly I’ve always wanted to be shorter, spunkier, more fashionable and brunette.}  It’s Jen Carver, your fearless guest blogger.  I’m hijacking Adria’s weekly rough draft (“Carver Draft” just doesn’t have the same ring to it!) to share a quick and easy last minute Thanksgiving gift and/or favor idea & {FREE} coordinating printables!  This Thanksgiving ‘Blessing Mix’ is a perfect little harvest gift for friends, teachers and neighbors or can  even be used as a take home favor for your Thanksgiving feast guests.

A big thanks to Anders Ruff for customizing the cute ‘Blessing Mix’ bag toppers and poem to coordinate with their Happy Gobble Day printable package, (still available in their Etsy shop for only $12)  and another huge thank you to my friend Vivian Kerr who shared the idea and directions for making them!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • {FREE}  Anders Ruff “Blessing Mix” printables that you can DOWNLOAD HERE.
  • Medium sized. cellophane bag (ours measured approx. 3.5″  x 6.5″  )
  • 1 pkg. of Bugles snacks
  • 1 pkg. of pretzels (not rods or sticks)
  • 1 pkg. of candy corn
  • 1 pkg. of orange candy slices (approx. $1 in candy aisle at Walmart)
  • peanuts (or substitute nuts of choice)
  • paper trimmer or scissors
  • hole punch
  • eyelets/grommets (optional)
  • twine, ribbon or raffia for embellishing
  • adhesive or glue

Project Steps:

1.  Print the FREE Blessing Mix printables by {downloading them here}.

2.  Trim the printable bag topper and poem to fit the size of the cellophane bag you are using.  Note:  We trimmed our Blessing Mix poem down to about 3  3/8 ” x 4  3/8″ to fit the size of our bag.

3.  Fold the bag topper in half.

4.  Punch two holes on your topper for threading raffia through.  (You can dress up your Blessing Mix bag by adding metal eyelets/grommets if you wish, or just leave holes plain.)

5.  Adhere ‘Blessing Mix’ poem to the front of your cellophane bag with adhesive of choice.

6.  Fill your cellophane bag with a mixture of bugles, pretzels, candy corn, peanuts and orange slices with a heavier concentration on the bugles and pretzels.  (Remember to allow enough room to be able to fold over the top of your cellophane bag prior to adding the bag topper.)

7.  Fold over the top of your cellophane bag 2-3 small turns.

8.  Attach bag topper to the filled bag by taking your hole punch and punching through the previous punched holes on the topper bag to go through the cellophane.. (Optional:  Add grommets or eyelets.)


10.   Thread raffia (or twine or ribbon) through the punched holes and tie.  Trim any long or crazy ends.

Voilà!    Blessing mix to share with your loved ones!  Make one or twenty!  They are that easy!

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Thank you Jen for taking over the Ruff Draft this week while I am in Ohio visiting family & friends. Your creation is soooo perfect for this week’s family gatherings!

  2. These were so cute and made great place setting treats at my table. Thanks so much for sharing it. We gave out the extras to friends and they all loved them too!

  3. bien que Française, j’aime beaucoup la tradition de Thanksgiving, que je trouve très belle… et ce rappel des symboles et lui aussi très joli : merci de nous le faire partager !… je cherche des freebies sur le web et je partage mes liens sur Pinterest : je viens d’y ajouter celui-ci !… http://pinterest.com/lemondedis/ (j’ai déjà plus de 13000 liens vers des téléchargements gratuits !)

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