I see so many creative and crafty ideas that I keep ideas added to my notebook for future possible gift ideas for my family.
Just look at these cute ideas from last week:
The AWESOME Scrapfreak boards did a “twelve days of Christmas” theme for November challenge projects…this was day one: Paper Loop Wreath. Instead of doing it holiday style, I first thought of using blue/silver and snow papers to make a winter themed one that could decorate the condo door of my Grandmother…while another person mentioned teacher gifts! Teacher themed double sided papers and I was ready to rock this out! SOOOO easy and SOOOO thrifty to do.
First you need a form. I found these at the local dollar store for (surprise) $1.THEN, you need to have some doubled sided paper -this can run up to $1.50 a sheet, depending on where you go and what you pick…if you want to do it like I did and go all the way around the wreath, you will need 160 loops or 7 sheets of paper. You can just do the front 2/3 of the form and get away with 5.5 sheets of paper…using that last half page to make a co-ordinating card.
Now, take that paper and cut into 1 inch by 6 inch strips…then staple the ends together to for a loop…do this with all of your paper as shown:Now comes the tricky part. The instructions said to pin the loops to the form , one row at a time, 4 for a partial and 5 for a full wreath.Yeah, that didn’t work for me, they kept popping off and I used pretty decent pins. Then I tried to staple them one…same thing. SO, I stapled a row on and then use packing tape right over those quickly to make a tight band that held them in. You can see it here:THAT seemed to do the trick and I made it all the way around, no fall out!
Once you have a full wreath, you can add those cute holiday picks to it, or – in my case, I will glue some gift cards onto floral picks and insert them.
You see, I am the class mom and just put a letter out to the other parents…if they all chipped in $5, we could put $50 in assorted gift cards for each teacher…that is a great and frugal way to recognize someone for their work!
What have you planned to do for your teachers this year?
It’s that time of year – when we show a little appreciation for the gang that helped mold the minds of our little ones for many months. Sarah had two teachers for preschool – they were both WONDERFUL!
Instead of the normal apple route, we did strawberries and will package them up with a note that says “to a berry great teacher”. These were pretty easy to make, only cost me some paper out of my stash and a bag of clearance Hershey Kisses. I got the idea from a friend’s blog (Thanks Ms Heidi) but found a cut file online – we cut them, scored and embossed them, then stuffed with kisses! Enjoy the video of Sarah working the Cuttlebug and embossing them all – she is a true crafter at heart 🙂
A few glue dots or adhesive onthe tab…Stick it together…Put a few Kisses inside…Fold the flaps down a little…Thread the hemp or ribbon through the holes…tie it closed…Thread the cord through the hole in the center of the strawberry top…tie it closed…And now, you have a strawberry! Add it to the pile until you are ready to package them!
Miss Lori and Miss Jodi thought they were WAAAAYYY cool! 🙂
Birthday parties are a part of childhood and just plain fun to host! We have picked a theme every year and this is the year of the puppy. Simple food like hot dogs (free from coupons), puppy chow (with free ingredients) and lemonade ($.10)…puppy cupcakes (from one $.50 cake mix)and then there are the goody bags!
She LOVES to have goody bags and this year is no exception. We got the mini beanie dogs from Oriental Trading Company along with puppy collar bracelets. If you wrap it twice, the bracelet will work as a dog collar for the little pups…set him on a mini PlayDo (after Christmas 75% off clearance) and pop it all in a little bag. Viola! You have a goody bag and it ran us about $1.40 a kid. This does two things – leaves everyone going home with something in their hands and no one cries because they didn’t win a game.Speaking of games, this year is a bonus! Instead of creating games or a project for the little ones, I bumper her party up a few weeks to be the day before my Tupperware Team family Picnic. I will have a bounce house here and the kids can simply play to their heart’s content! The business is paying for it, so I am getting “free” entertainment, LOL!
We chose to invite all of her friends from preschool and are a little surprised that we have only gotten RSVPs from about half (saying yes or no…). I knew a holiday weekend might be tricky, but it is what was going to work for us. We ended up with a total of 9 kids — out of 19, that was pretty good!
Here is the really neat thing about the puppy party. We said no presents for Sarah, but included a list for the local humane society – so they could get something off that list and bring it. Sarah and I will take the loot to the humane society and get lots of pictures! It’s about having fun with the friends and giving back to society. Don’t worry – when it is time for the family birthday party (a few weeks later) she will get her share of goodies – I have a huge honking family! It always seems like Christmas to her, LOL. What was neat – they all had the items wrapped up! Gift bags, shoe boxes with fancy paper and more! You can tell that they were excited about what goodies they brought for the animals and she had a lot of help opening things up, LOL!Wednesday, after school, we are taking Sarah to the Humane Society to deliver this wagon FULL of great things for the animals. I am amazed at how generous everyone was — all the toys, treats, food and even a bed! Just look at how much great stuff! From my phone call, I understand that they will give Sarah a tour and got out some of the smaller animals for her to pet/play with, she might even get to feed some treats to a few of the pets! Again, this will be another great photo opportunity and this whole event should make for a great 8×8 scrapbook album!
You can see a very tired girl here – she didn’t even finish her ‘popsicle’ before she passed out, LOL! She was a great hostess, got her share of bouncing in, passed out cupcakes and goody bags, hugged all of her guests as they were leaving and gave out plenty of thank yous…it was really a very fun day!
This is a fun, and simple gift to give for Easter — we did a half dozen of them this year. I get the jars from freecycle (you will learn about that soon!) and the Peeps are 75% off clearance from last year. Keep in mind that they are basically just marshmallows and keep beautifully in Tupperware! The rest are simple – you need:
1 sleeve of graham crackers
(or about 1 + 1/3 cup of crumbs)
1 + 1/4 cup M&Ms
1/3 cup brown sugar
Turn the graham crackers into crumbs, layer 2/3 of them in a 2QT canning jar (wide mouth works best. Place peeps, standing up, facing outside around the inside of the jar. Press them up against the glass but don’t squish them. Carefully spoon remaining crumbs in the center of the jar to support the bunnies, pressing down to keep it snug. On top of this pour 1-1/4 cup Easter M&M’s, then spoon the brown sugar into center of M&M’s, gently pressing with a spoon.
Dress up the jar how you wish – we just added Easter fabric and make a tag that says:
EASTER BUNNY (or Peep) S’MORES
Empty the jar contents into a bowl. Snip the bunnies into bits with kitchen shears or cut up with a knife. Return the bunny bits to the mixture. Mix well.
Melt 1/4 cup butter; add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour this over the dry ingredients, mixing well. Pat into a greased 9″ square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
*Option – leave bunnies whole; combine remaining ingredients and place the bunnies on top; then bake as directed.
- 1 sleeve of graham crackers
- (or about 1 + ⅓ cup of crumbs)
- 8 Peeps
- 1 + ¼ cup M&Ms
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- Turn the graham crackers into crumbs
- Layer ⅔ of them in a 2QT canning jar
- Place peeps, standing up, facing outside around the inside of the jar.
- Press them up against the glass but don't squish them.
- Carefully spoon remaining crumbs in the center of the jar to support the bunnies, pressing down to keep it snug.
- On top of this pour 1-1/4 cup Easter M&M's, then spoon the brown sugar into center of M&M's, gently pressing with a spoon.
- Dress up the jar how you wish - we just added Easter fabric and make a tag that says:
- EASTER BUNNY (or Peep) S'MORES
- Empty the jar contents into a bowl.
- Snip the bunnies into bits with kitchen shears or cut up with a knife.
- Return the bunny bits to the mixture.
- Mix well.
- Melt ¼ cup butter; add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- Pour this over the dry ingredients, mixing well.
- Pat into a greased 9" square pan.
- Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
- Cool and cut into bars.
- *Option - leave bunnies whole; combine remaining ingredients and place the bunnies on top; then bake as directed.