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Here’s a craft the kids and I worked on for Valentine’s Day: glass jar candle holders. You can customize these with any colors or patterns of tissue paper to match any holiday or décor. They would make perfect gifts for holidays or teacher appreciation. Many of the supplies can also be found at the dollar store – woo hoo!

DIY Upcycled Jar Candle Holders - just tissue paper and Mod Podge - customize for any theme, colors, or decor.

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Tear pieces of tissue paper to use as your first layer, and stick to the outside of the jar using Mod Podge.

Add a second layer with shapes (trace shapes onto tissue paper using cookie cutters then cut out – or freehand cut out your shapes).

After your candle holder has its final design, coat all tissue paper with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry.

Place a flameless tea light inside the jar, and enjoy!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft - use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

 

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge -  use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

Turn plain old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

Turn old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

flameless tea lights

Our little guy used the tissue paper shapes to make his own Valentine’s Day artwork by gluing hearts on paper…

Tissue Paper Valentines Day Craft - Toddler Art

 

 

Here’s a project I worked on with leftover materials from some felt bird ornaments I made last year: DOG ORNAMENTS. Woof! 🙂 You could also hot glue a magnet to the back instead of attaching a loop, if you wanted to make a magnetic pooch. If you have a strong enough magnet, you could even stuff it inside before stitching the ornament closed.

Just customize with your favorite colors of wool felt, button eyes, and embroidery thread. I used both ribbon, and black elastic, for hanging loops. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Felt Dog Ornaments - free pattern and tutorial

WHAT YOU NEED:

Here’s the free pattern and tutorial, for personal and non-profit use! felt dog ornament – free pattern and instructions

So start some Christmas music, and some slow cooker hot chocolate (tee hee), make ornaments while it simmers, and enjoy!

 

 

Assemble the Minions!!! Here are a couple of DIY ideas for birthday parties: personalized water bottle labels, and healthy Minion bananas.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

DIY personalized water bottles

 

Our daughter celebrated the big #4 with a gymnastics party, and a Despicable Me theme: minions and unicorns. I made some personalized water bottle labels, with just printer paper and packaging tape. And banana minions with printed overalls and goggles. Here’s what I did….

In Microsoft Word I made some rectangles sized to the water bottle labels, and added some images to go with our theme. I printed them out, and attached them to the water bottles with packaging tape.

DIY personalized water bottles

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for parties, picnics, or birthdays - just printer and packaging tape

 

DIY personalized water bottle labels - customize with your theme - birthday parties - picnics - graduation

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for birthdays, graduation, parties, etc

I printed some Minion overalls and goggles, then taped them on to bananas. We ended up with a lot of leftover bananas after the party, so I made some chocolate chip banana bread AND dried some banana slices in our dehydrator.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

Did you know you can make adorable fridge magnets with those flat glass marbles and ModPodge (both from the dollar store)? It’s so easy and perfect for teacher gifts, Christmas presents, party favors, and more! Just use your favorite scrapbook paper, stickers, photos, or pretty much anything you want to display.

Here’s what I ended up with:

DIY Personalized Magnets -- ModPodge and your fave images, patterns, stickers, behind a clear glass stone

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Cut circles from scrapbook paper, photos, etc., to fit behind glass stones. I used a scalloped circle paper punch, but you could use scissors as well.

Using a paintbrush, brush Mod Podge on the front of your circle the attach to the back of the stone (like you are putting a photo in a frame, so the image you want shows through). The Mod Podge will eventually dry clear, FYI.

After the Mod Podge has dried, attach a magnet with hot glue to the backside of your paper, photo, etc., then let glue harden.

Voila!

DIY Personalized Magnets Tutorial

DIY personalized magnets -- cut photos, scrapbook paper, stickers and more and Mod Podge to craft stones

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - use Mod Podge to attach photos, scrapbook paper, stickers, to glass stones

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - flat glass stones and magnetic discs - use your fave photos, images, stickers, scrapbook paper

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - flat glass stones and magnetic discs - I found the Mod Podge, glass stones, and stickers at the dollar store!

 

Personalized Magnets DIY tutorial -- use your fave photos, scrapbook paper, stickers, images and ModPodge

DIY personalized magnets - use your fave photos, scrapbook paper, images, stickers

Feeling crafty? Check out my other posts…

Spooky Spider Craft

 

 

 

 

DIY Jar Gifts. Switch up the fabric and twine for anytime of the year. Teacher gifts, etc!

 

 

 

 

DIY Felt Bird Ornaments - use nice wool felt and customize with your own colors.

 

 

 

 

Print a personalized class list and frame in a dollar store frame. Awesome personalized teacher gift for end of year or anytime!

 

 

 

 

 

weight loss jars

 

 

 

 

Recycle empty candy wrappers

 

 

 

 

 

Make a pom pom with yarn and a fork

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some gift jars I put together over Christmas, to give as teacher gifts. The kids and I filled them with trail mix and attached a gift card to the twine. Of course, you could switch up the fabric and string for an anytime of the year gift.

DIY Jar Gifts. Switch up the fabric and twine for anytime of the year. Teacher gifts, etc!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Jars with lids
  • Jar labels
  • Fabric
  • Coordinating twine or string
  • Contents for the jar (trail mix, baking mixes, little trinkets, office supplies, school supplies, etc).

WHAT YOU DO:

Place a lid/ring on the fabric and cut a circle around it so that enough sticks out over the jar.

Fill jar and label.

Attach fabric between the lid and the ring then put the lid on the jar.

Add string or twine.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

It’s Christmas in July! Ha 🙂 I just found some pics of a flock of felt birds I made as Christmas tree ornaments. I used patterns from downeastthunderfarm.com, and different colors of wool felt and embroidery floss.

They looked pretty “special” since I am not really a sewer. I watched some YouTube videos before I started because I needed to learn even the most basic stitches. But here they are, in all their holiday glory…

DIY Felt Bird Ornaments - use nice wool felt and customize with your own colors.

DIY Felt Bird Ornaments - use nice wool felt and customize with your own colors.

UPDATE: I used the leftover materials from the bird ornaments this year, and ended up with felt dog ornaments!

DIY Felt Dog Ornaments - free pattern and tutorial

Here’s a quick project the kids and I worked on (last year, and I’m finally posting it!).

It’s an easy DIY bird feeder, with just pipe cleaners and Cheerios! Well, they were supposed to be bird feeders, but eventually the squirrels got to them after they saw the birds enjoying them. They even untwisted them from the branches with their sneaky little squirrel paws and enjoyed them as “to-go” snacks. Anyway, here’s what we did…

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Cheerios

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Twist the end of a pipe cleaner into a hook shape that you can attach to a tree branch. Thread the pipe cleaner with Cheerios, then twist again on the bottom to keep them from sliding off.
  • Attach to a branch outside, and sit back and watch!

Easy DIY Bird Feeders - fun kids craft, only need two supplies!

Easy DIY Backyard Bird Feeders

 

The end of school is near! I wanted to give our son’s teacher a personalized gift and ended up creating this for just one buck.

Here’s what I did…

I entered the names of classmates, teacher, year, etc., in a web site called Wordle. After choosing the layout and color scheme I printed the image. Then I cut the excess edges of the printer paper off, and framed it in an 8×10 frame that I purchased for $1.00 at the dollar store.

Our son made a little thank you note, and I wrote a letter on the back thanking “Mrs. B” for being such an awesome teacher. I will also include a gift card, so technically we will spend more than $1.00 altogether but still not breaking the bank. 🙂

Print a personalized class list and frame in a dollar store frame. Awesome personalized teacher gift for end of year or anytime!

I started tracking my weight loss using a fun visual approach: moving marbles from a “goal” jar to an “accomplished” jar.

Using glass marbles, jars from Hobby Lobby, and a dry erase marker I set this up…

weight loss jars

For every pound I lose, I move a marble to my LOST jar. It’s an easy motivator and a fun way to keep track. I figured someday when I reach my goal, I can just erase the marker and use the jars for, well, whatever!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 craft jars
  • marbles
  • dry erase marker

WHAT YOU DO:

Using the dry erase marker, label the jars. Then place a marble for each pound you want to lose in one jar, and move them to the other as you lose them.

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1st birthday photo shoot idea - paper pennant banner, big bowl of Os

I took a few photos for our littlest guy’s 1st birthday. I set him up in our dining room to use the floor and the wall as a backdrop, and made sure we were close to the windows to get lots of awesome natural light.

For a simple background I hung up the paper party banner that I made, and for about 3.5 seconds (ha!) I was able to get a couple of shots with the fabric party hat I also made.

 1st birthday photo shoot - giant bowl of Os