Posts Tagged by DIY
|May 3, 2016||Filled under Crafting and DIY|
The end of the school year is fast approaching and, if you’re like me, you’re still struggling with what to give the person who has literally filled your child’s head with amazing knowledge for the last nine months. It has to be easy. It has to be affordable – especially if there is more than one teacher. It has to be pretty quick. Maybe even something you can do with your kids.
How about making one of these super cute and simple crayon- or pencil-covered jars? Boom.
1 jar with smooth, vertical sides (I found mine at the Dollar Tree)
Approx. 40 crayons or 32 pencils for each jar
Glue (I recommend a quick dry glue that dries clear)
Rubber band or washi tape
Coordinating ribbon, bows and/or flowers
- Clean the outside of the jar with alcohol.
- Spread a thin layer of glue on one side at a time. (FYI – you
can use hot glue, but the crayons melt and they tend to pop off the glass pretty easily.) If your jar is round, spread enough glue to place 8-10 crayons or pencils.
- Place crayons or pencils on the glue and adjust to make sure they are relatively level at the bottom. They should also be side by side with no gaps. I try to face the labels the same way, too.
- Complete two sides or about half of the jar this way, then secure with a rubber band or washi tape (won’t stick to the paper crayon label) to dry.
- After it dries, remove the band/tape, cover the remaining sides the same way with crayons or pencils, secure again with a rubber band or washi tape, and allow to dry.
- Wrap a piece of ribbon around the circumference of the jar and cut to length. Hot glue in place.
- Add a silk flower, ribbon, bow, wooden cutout, or whatever embellishment you like.
- Fill with more crayons, pencils, candy, silk flowers, paper clips, scissors, etc. I was also able to use a round crayon-covered jar as a holder for a big bottle of hand sanitizer to sit on the teacher’s desk. The yellow pencil jars on a taller glass vase – small sunflowers look amazing in this one!
These are really cute using random colors of crayons, but I also like to sort them and do team colors or school colors. Colors for holidays are super cute, too – think black and orange for Halloween or green and red for Christmas.
|July 31, 2015||Filled under Crafting and DIY|
Yeah, don’t ask me where the summer has gone. All I know is that the kids in our district go back to school on Monday!
I remember the excitement that surrounded the first day of school when I was growing up. New clothes, new shoes, brand new crayons – and an apple for our teacher. All the kids walked or rode bikes to school when I was a kid, and it was common to see a row of little red wagons lined up against the back wall in classrooms on the first day. We had so many school supplies to bring in, it was just easier to use a wagon to carry them. All that cuteness ended in junior high, when we’d only use a backpack and a paper grocery sack. In high school, we could only be bothered to carry a Trapper Keeper, a comb, Bonne Bell lip gloss and a Seventeen magazine.
These days, not only do kids have to bring in a mountain of new school supplies, but we always like to show our excitement and appreciation (sympathy?) with a little token for the teacher. Sort of like “here’s my kid and I know what you have coming this year, so here’s a bunch of chocolate right up front, too. Good luck.” *salute*
Well, if you’d like to do something extra special, I’ve gathered a list of more than 30 adorable and simple Back to School Teacher Gifts that they’ll truly love and remember!
Teacher Survival Kit
Cup with Drink Mixes
From Jade Mingmei Designs
Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Quickbread In A Bottle
Honey Brown Sugar Scrub
Back to School Emergency Kit
From The 36th Avenue
Personalized Glass Etched Gift
From Make It and Love It
From East Coast Mommy
Root Beer Float Kit
From I Heart Naptime
If You Give a Teacher a Cookie…
From 30 Handmade Days
Paint Dipped Kitchen Utensils
From Cleverly Simple
First Day of School Survival Kit
From East Coast Mommy
Gardener’s Hand Scrub
From One Good Thing
Apple Pretzel Bites
From Two Sisters Crafting
From Cathie Filian
Caramel Apple Dip
From Event Trender
School Supply Cake
From The Butlers
Mod Podge Hangers
From Long Live DIY
Mason Jar Pencil Holder
From Mason Jar Love
Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
From Caramel Potatoes
Box Of Sunshine
From Happy Money Saver
Manicure and Lantern Mason Jar
From Tidbits and Twine
Spa In A Jar
From The Gunny Sack
Terra Cotta Apple
From Seven Thirty Three
Personalized Coffee Mugs
From A Beautiful Mess
Back to School DIY Jars
From Mixing Bowl Kids
Vintage Ball Jar Pencil Cup
From Skip to My Lou
My most sincere thanks to all of the bloggers who have shared their creativity with all of us! Be sure to visit their sites – I know you’ll love them as much as I do!
Do you have any cute teacher gift ideas?