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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

 

 

Set up a station before Christmas or Birthday Parties - tools, box cutter, batteries, etc so you're not running all over the place once the kids start unwrapping

Every year on Christmas morning, from a giant pile of wrapping paper and tissue paper, we hear “Mom can you open this?” and “this needs batteries,” and “here’s some trash.” This year we’ll be ready. I set up a little station by the tree with trash bags, a box for recycle, tools like box openers, screwdrivers, and pliers, and mass quantities of batteries (separated into gallon ziplock bags by size). This would also work for birthday parties, or showers — add a pen and paper to record gifts for thank you notes later. Happy Holidays!

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!

 

 

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