Sunday, February 8, 2015

I Love You to Pieces Craft

We are going to make this craft for the Valentine's party at school.  You can download the template HERE and print on white cardstock.  Ask the kids to use a glue stick to put glue all over the heart.  They will then glue small squares of cardstock into the heart shape.  Lastly, they will write their name at the bottom.  So easy and cute!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Prizes for Valentine's Games

You can use candy bars as prizes for any game on Valentine's day, but I'll be using these for the Heart Walk game from THIS POST.  You use snack (or regular) size candy bars for everyone as they get "out" and then use a regular (or giant) size candy bar for the winner!  I had trouble finding snack size printables, so I made some that you can download HERE.  For the larger size candy bars, I used these printables from It's Written on the Wall Etsy store that you can find HERE.  I know the kids will love getting chocolate bars for their prize!

Happy Valentine's Day Cubed!

I found these cute Valentines Rubik's cubes at Hobby Lobby and thought they would be fun to give to classmates this year.  I put 1 in each bag, added 3 suckers, and attached a tag that says "Happy Valentine's Day! 3"  Get it?  Cubed?  I think the 4th graders will understand it but probably not the 1st graders, but they'll enjoy the bags anyway!  You can download the tags HERE, print on white cardstock, cut out, & have your child write their name.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hot Chocolate Kits with Mugs

I am making Hot Chocolate Kits with Mugs for our cousins and friends this Christmas.  Here's how they turned out!

The hot chocolate kits contain a hot chocolate packet, candy cane, marshmallows, Hershey kisses, and caramel Hershey kisses.  I put all of these items in a clear bag and attached a tag with white tulle.  The tag says "Warmest Wishes for a Merry Christmas!" and can be downloaded HERE.

For the mugs, I followed all of the instructions from DON'T MIND IF I DO BLOG.  I used orange and black oil-based Sharpies to draw my design.  I let them sit overnight and then placed them in a cool oven.  I turned the oven on to 425 degrees and let them bake 30 minutes.  I let the oven cool completely before removing the mugs and inserting the hot chocolate kits.  The mugs are super cute!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Wreaths

This year, I made a new Christmas wreath for our house and Christmas wreaths for teacher gifts.  They are a little different but both so cute!

For our house wreath, I used a grapevine wreath with red floral stems, 2 red birds, a JOY sign, and a burlap ribbon bow.  The red floral stems and red birds are attached with hot glue while the JOY sign is tied on the wreath with twine.  I love it!

For the teacher's wreath, I used a grapevine wreath and spray painted it white.  I added shiny red berry stems, shiny red swirls, and a JOY sign that I attached with hot glue.  Then, I added a shiny red ribbon!  To give to the teacher, I added 2" circle pictures of all the kids attached to 2.5" white scallop circles that were secured to the wreath with tiny white clothespins.  I love to give the teacher a gift that has special meaning with the kids' pictures on it but also something that they can really use later by removing the pictures if they want!

Birch Christmas Ornaments

I made Birch Christmas Ornaments this year for all of our teachers, administrators, and special people at our schools, church, and activities!  These were super easy and I am so pleased with them!

I ordered 2"-2.5" birch tree slices with pre-drilled holes from Etsy.  I gathered a variety of Christmas stamps and used a brown ink pad to stamp the tree slices.  I stamped both sides of the ornament so that people could choose which side to display.  I personalized one side of the ornament with the name of our school, church, or activity.  Lastly, I used red baker's twine to attach a "Merry Christmas!" tag (you can download HERE) and form the ornament hanger.  So easy but so pretty!

Christmas Gifts for Classmates - Nose Pencil Sharpeners

I'm sure there was a time in my life - probably before kids - that I would have said "I'll never give disgusting presents to other people's kids".  But, here I am, 2 little boys later, giving away nose pencil sharpeners for classmate gifts this year!  I found them on Amazon for around 50 cents each and got Christmas pencils from the Dollar Tree to go with them.  I made a tag that says "Hope Santa 'picks' you a good present!" that you can download HERE.  Print these on white cardstock and cut out with a 2 inch circle punch.  Assemble the pencils and sharpener in a bag, attach tag with tulle, and you are ready for some laughs!