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!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Camping Birthday Party

We had a camping themed sleepover birthday party for my son's 7th birthday!  We ended up inviting a ton of kids but they had a blast and we survived!  It will go down in history as the most epic sleepover ever - at least in my son's eyes!

I got these ADORABLE paper backgrounds and camping clip art files from Jessica Sawyer Design on Etsy (purchase HERE).  I used her files to create my invitation and all of these cute camping themed items!  I also used mostly "Hallandale Deco JL" font plus "Cicle Gordita" font and "DriftType" font.  Here is the invitation.  We did not sleep outside and I gave 2 pick-up options because I didn't know some of the parents very well and didn't want the child not to come even if they couldn't spend the night!

When the kids arrived, I gave them an orange bandana to wear and let them play outside for a little while.  (The picture is really cute of all of them in their orange bandanas!)  Next, we ate dinner, which I had set up outside.  To decorate, I made a "Camp James" banner and used orange and lime green colors.  For the banner, I used burlap triangles that I found at Hobby Lobby and added letters cut by my Silhouette ("Hallandale Deco JL" font).  I served hot dogs, chips, trail mix, watermelon, and chocolate dipped marshmallows.

To make the chocolate dipped marshmallows: melt chocolate, dip in large marshmallows about half way, then drop in graham cracker crumbs to coat the bottom, and let dry.  I added tags to the marshmallows (download HERE), which I taped to halved orange chevron straws.

After dinner, we played games!  We played flashlight tag, had a sack race, played "dead fish" (where you were out if you laughed or moved), and played the "mosquito bite game" (where the kids were given a sheet of bug stickers and tried to put them on each other without getting caught).  We also did Camp Charades (download HERE).  Here's a picture of page 1:

And, we had a Nature Walk scavenger hunt (download HERE).

Next, we ate cake and the kids came inside to settle down and watch a movie.  In the morning, we gave out brown favor bags that I had stamped and put their names on.  The favor bag had a flashlight, their orange bandana, the scavenger hunt items including a wooden pencil, any leftover bug stickers, candy, and a s'more kit.  I attached a "Thanks Happy Camper" tag (download HERE).  I individually packaged the s'more kit with 2 whole graham crackers, 1 Hershey bar, and 2 very large s'more marshmallows.  I attached a "S'more for Later" tag (download HERE).

Here are some camping thank you notes too (download HERE)!  This is a picture of page 1, but there are a couple of different wording options on the 2 page download.   It was a super fun party!

Birthday Pudding

My son wanted to bring a birthday snack to school for his birthday, but the snack has to meet certain criteria to be served at school.  We were able to get Sugar Free Pudding that qualified as a healthy snack.  I added Happy Birthday labels that I printed on sticker paper and cut out with a 2" circle punch.  You can download these labels HERE (without the name).  Then, I tied a spoon to the side.  Yummy!

Happy Fall Y'all Basket

I made a Happy Fall Y'all Basket for the school silent auction this year.  It turned out so cute!  We included a beautiful brown wicker basket, a large chevron "Harvest Blessing" pumpkin hanger or stand, an elegant red velvet plush throw, an ornate decorative owl, a tin "Gather Together" sign with orange burlap bow, a lovely decorative pumpkin and gourd set, 6 festive fall cookie cutters, a spiced apple cider scented candle, a pumpkin spice muffin mix, a matching fall hand towel & potholder, and a sweet cinnamon pumpkin foaming hand soap.  The lucky recipient will be ready for fall!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Treat Jars

I made these easy Halloween Treat Jars for our teachers.  Happy Halloween!

Items Needed:

  • small mason jars
  • assorted candy
  • Halloween scrapbook paper, cut out with 2.5" circle punch for top of mason jar
  • "No Tricks Just Treats" printable from Lil' Luna HERE.  Print on sticker paper, cut out with 2" circle punch, & stick to jar.
  • orange tulle & black raffia

    Fill mason jars with candy.  Put 2.5" circles on top of jar and close.  Stick on "No Tricks Just Treats" label.  Tie with orange tulle & black raffia.  So easy!!