4th of July decor From Dollar Tree – SO CUTE!

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I stumbled across the most adorable blog, who’s author used Dollar Tree items to make the most adorable 4th of July display.  The blue mason jars were actually a Target score, but the banners and wreath can be made from items from Dollar Tree!  The cute little paper lanterns are also at Dollar Tree!  I am just dying over this display and how cute it is.
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Those adorable pinwheels?  Cupcake wrappers from Dollar Tree.  She has a tutorial on how to make them on her blog post HERE.  She added them as a little extra flare to this wreath.  The wreath is a year round decoration that she adds little things to for each holiday.
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This banner is also made from cupcake wrappers and leftover doilies.  I have also seen small spools of this twine at Dollar Tree.  I didn’t see any doilies at Dollar Tree right now, but you can score a big pack of them at Wal Mart.


Teacher Gifts – Part 4

Today I am posting the last of the teacher gift series.  I’ve already posted about how to make the pencil vase, the crayon monogram, the paper cone, and now the little notebookThe personalized notebook is super cute and easy.  Start by cutting out either scrapbook paper (or any other kind of paper) into the size of the cover of whatever notebook you grab.I would suggest buying a non-spiral notebook-one that does NOT have spirals.  My Dollar Tree was out of those kind, and I actually prefer spiral because they open flat.  But anyway, cover the whole cover with glueMake sure to get the edges and the corners, I held it open while I smeared the glue, that way I didn’t get glue on the first page. Then stick the paper on.  If you go over the edge, it’s totally cool.  You can trim it.The front looked really bubbly.  Try and smooth it out best you can.  Once mine dried it smoothed out a ton moreThen trim the paper off…Decide how you want to embellish it.  I have lots of ribbon and scraps of scrapbook paper.  I cute a few things out, and glued them on.  I was panicking a little because the cover was still all bubbly-but it really did smooth out when it dried.  Still, if you are craftier than I am (and that isn’t hard to do) yours will look better.  For an added touch, have your kiddo write a cute note inside and draw a picture of their teacher.  And that is it!  Total cost was $1 for the notebook!




Did you wanna see my living room after making all 4 of these crafts?

Teacher Gifts – Part 3

This is the 3rd post in a series of 4.  It’s the end of the school year and if you haven’t thought of teacher gifts yet and are out of time and extra funds, these are some great gifts to give!   I have already posted about how to do the pencil vase and crayon letter monogram, and today I will show you how easy it is to make the little fillable cone. Since these cones are fillable, I grabbed a package of stickers from the Dollar Tree.  You get 7 little boxes of stickers, my plan is to put as many as fit into the cone.  The teacher can use the stickers as little gifts for her students.  You could fill these with candy, erasers, pencils, crayons, tape… anything, really.  To actually make the cone, you can use any kind of paper you want.  Scrapbook paper is super cute, and I like this brown paper that was part of the packing material from something I ordered.   It was free :)  I cut the paper into roughly into a 6×6 square. I pulled the far corner over and kind of rolled it under, making sure the bottom came to a point.  You can see it taking the cone shape already.Once the cone was in the shape I wanted I secured it on the inside with some tape.  I also ran a small line of glue on the outside to keep the paper perfectly flat.  I did a very, very thin line so that it wouldn’t smear out and it would try quickly. If you are going to write a note on the cone for the recipient, now would be a good time. A glue stick would have been perfect, but I was goin with what I had on hand.  And that is pretty much it-now you just need to fill it up with something!After you are have filled your cone, you can either tape or glue the top triangle part down.  I chose to use a little bit of glue because I didn’t want any tape showing.The fun part is deciding how to embellish it.  I tried some twine.  I like how this looked… But eventually this is what I went with.  A button and ribbon I already had, some glue… and voila.  Done.  It  would also be cute to put your kids hand print on there… or stickers.. or lotsa ribbon or no ribbon.  I just felt the brown paper needed some dressing up.  The total cost for this cone was$1 for the stickers I bought to fill it with.  The paper was free, I already had the ribbon, and the button was an old one off a sweater.   If you bought scrap paper you can get it for less than $.25 a sheet at Hobby Lobby and trim it to the size you need.  Then depending what you fill it with will depend on your final cost.  Ease to make?  Super easy.   Tomorrow we’ll do the final teacher gift! Stay tuned!

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gifts – Part 2

I am doing a short series of cheap and easy teacher gifts!  With the end of the school year fast approaching, it’s time to jump on this fast!  Yesterday I posted how to make that cute pencil vase.  That was super fast and incredibly cheap.  Today we are doing the monogrammed crayon letter.  I chose the letter “T” because if my son doesn’t destroy it, I will be sending it to his Grandma who is a school teacher.  First, you will need a frame, some glue, a sharp knife, and of course, crayons.  I bought the box of 48 from the Dollar Tree, but when I opened them I did NOT like the paper wrapped on the crayons.  I would purchase a pack of Crayola crayons from Wal Mart.  I had bought some when they were $.24 at the beginning of the year.  *phew* Disaster avoided!  Crayons are one of the items that you shouldn’t buy from the Dollar Tree-but that’s a future post.  I did however, buy that cute frame.  I could have gone with a big one, but I thought that white mat would come in cute.  I also forgot to throw in a brown paper bag/butcher paper.  I used that for a background.To cut the crayons, place the knife where you want them to break, press hard and just roll.  I was surprised at how cleanly they cut and how easy it was. Make sure to get rid of any paper/wax bits that are sticking out, it looks better when they’re as flat as possible.I opened the frame from the Dollar Tree and took out the glass.  Then I put in an 8×10 piece of brown butcher paper and put it all back together, minus the glass.  I used butcher paper that has been a little wrinkly, but you could use a grocery store brown paper bag and it will be much more crisp-no wrinkles.   Now, I tested out a few ways to make my “T” and figured out fairly quickly I would have to make it very basic.  I have seen some people print out their letters on card stock.  I didn’t do that because my “T” was going to be so small that I could do without.  I cut the crayons, lined them all up how I wanted them to look, applied a generous amount of glue and then very slowly, stuck the crayons on.And that was it.  Done.  IF you wanted to embellish this more, I would have your child write, “To Mrs T” at the top, “With Love” at the bottom and add their signature.  Or, you could have all the kids in the class sign the matt.  Or your kid could decorate the outer part of the matt.  Or leave it white.  The options are endless and that’s what I liked about this! Now, I took this picture and then realized that the paper was coming away from the matt.  I took the matt out, put some glue on the back of it and made sure you couldn’t see any shadows around the edges.  I like it much better.

….Then about 20 minutes after I fixed it, the baby ripped half the crayons off and ate the violet red.  *Sigh*

Final Cost?  $1.24 + tax

I bought the frame from Dollar Tree for $1, the crayons came from Wal Mart and were $.24 (I couldn’t pass that price up when I have 13 nieces and nephews..), the glue and butcher paper were on hand.  If you had to buy everything, I think glue is around $.50 and you can get brown paper bags for free at the grocery store for free.  It might cost you $2.

Snowman Handprint Ornament

Last Christmas we had all the grandkids together and I thought it would be classic to make an ornament to commemorate the trip. I saw these on Pinterest and fell in love. They were really easy to do, and I even did one for the dog. He’s family, too :)

Once they were all together on the tree they looked SO adorable. I had even brought along markers (much less messy than paint) so the kids could embellish their ornaments. They turned out so cute.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of $.99 white tempora paint
  • 1 Sponge brush (or something to paint the kids hands)
  • 1 Fine point black Sharpie
  • 1 Package of colored Sharpies
  • As many plain Christmas ornaments as needed, 1 per child.

Generously paint the kids hands one at a time, and help them place the bottom of their palm on the ornament and then slowly roll their hand up. If you mess up, you will have about .8 seconds to wipe off a tiny bit of the paint with a wet paper towel. If you try to wipe the whole thing, it will smear into a giant mess. Place the painted ornament back in the tray or smoewhere where it can safely dry. Once they have dried, allow them to decorate their snowmen with Sharpies. You can use regular gel pens, but then you will have to spray the ornaments with a fixative so they don’t smear off.

I recommend getting nicer ornaments.  This is something you will hopefully have for a long time so it’s worth it if you can afford it.  I believe the Dollar Tree does have glass ornaments, but you can also grab a package fairly cheap at Hobby Lobby when they’re 50% off or use a 40% off coupon.  Hobby Lobby also has the white paint and sponges, but I can almost guarantee you the sponge brushes will be cheaper at the Dollar Tree.  I also got those cute swirl hooks for $.10 at Target’s after Christmas 90% off sale.  I buy stuff like that all the time for the next year, they always come in handy, you can also find the ribbon in the dollar section there or at Dollar Tree.

Merry Christmas :)

Merry Christmas Banner

Last year I saw the cutest picture with a couple holding a “Merry Christmas” banner on Pinterest. I was in love. Of course, being me, I decided to make a banner the night before we went to take pictures.  And of course, didn’t bother to read any instructions or suggestions on how to make one.  I just threw one together and hoped for the best.  I think it looks cute, but if I could do it over, I would do things different.  I also wouldn’t have worn those boots, and I would have curled my hair….

To make my banner I just grabbed some 5×7 creme colored card stock I had leftover from a scrapbook, hand drew the letters on and then just started cutting them out.  As you can see, the letters look a little sad.  What I should have done was print the letters out.  It wouldn’t have been that hard.  But I was too lazy.  And in a hurry.  And probably on the phone, watching TV and listening to the radio.

I used scissors for the straight edges and a dollar store exacto knife for the tough places, and where I needed slits to thread the ribbon through the letters.  And that was pretty much it.  Very simple, even if it looked a little homemade.  After we took photos with it I hung it up in a window frame and it looked pretty adorable.  Since the banner is still in tact and looking just fine, i am not redoing it this year, but next year I probably will.  Overall the craft didn’t actually cost me anything since I had all the supplies at home, and it turned out cute for what it was!   If you are feeling adventurous I do have a few suggestions:

  • Print the letters or trace them from something!
  • Use scrapbook paper for a cute effect
  • Use card stock if possible so it’s a little more sturdy
  • Make sure you have an exacto knife or box cutter for the tricky letters
  • Don’t cut the slits the ribbon goes through too big or your letters will slide all over the place

If you have ever made one of these before, do you have any other suggestions?? 

Adorable Ornament Wreath

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Christmas is right around the corner, and I plan on getting my decorations the day after Thanksgiving. I also wanted to see how hard these wreaths were to make-if they were easy, I wanted to make them with my in-laws while they’re visiting for Thanksgiving. Guess what! They are so ridiculously easy it’s awesome.  And they look beautiful!

I went to Dollar Tree and picked up about 8 packages of ornaments. I would guess that I ended up using almost all of them. I bought a variety of large and small sized ornaments. Then I grabbed a wire coat hanger out of the closet that looked easy to bend.

I untwisted the top of the coat hanger so it was 1 long piece of wire.  Then using just my hands  I bent all the corners straight.  That was surprisingly easy.  From there I did my best to reshape it into a circle.  And that was it for the base of the wreath.  A coat hanger reshaped into a circle.

When I got the hanger shaped I heard a knock at the door.  The neighbor kids had stopped by to say hi.  Their mother is so sweet and is always sending me plates of home cooked food.  I love her.   I enlisted their help for the next part.  We opened up ALL the packages of ornaments.  I had picked green, gold and red colored ones, and tried to grab a variety of designs and sizes.  After dumping them into a pile on the table, we started threading the tops of the ornaments onto the wire.  I think the kids did 90% of putting the ornaments on the hanger.

Once the wire started to fill up I had to play with the ornaments to get them to sit right.  Once the wreath got really full I twisted the ends of the hanger back together.  And that was it.  Done.  I even had a perfect hook to hang the wreath on my door.  Or, set it on a chair and make my dog be a bow model.  I had some large ribbon left over from last Christmas so I used that to make the bow.  It honestly looks cute all by itself and doesn’t need much else.  If you wanted to get crazy, you could really dress this wreath up with lots of bows and more expensive ornaments, it can be as simple or elaborate as you want.

For a grand total of $8 and about 20 minutes of my time, I have the cutest wreath to put on the door.  No hot glue, no Styrofoam, that’s it.  The simplest, easiest, and cheapest Christmas wreath I have ever made.
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Cute Way to Hang Christmas Cards with Twine

I saw a TON of cute ideas on Pinterest as to how to hang Christmas cards. I wanted to do the picture frame with the twine in the center, but it wasn’t big enough for the cards I had. I thought about the ribbons on the cupboard, too. I thought about covering the fridge. I thought about a lot of options. What I came up with was this.

It was easy. I had everything on hand, and I like how it turned out  By the end of the season I had 2 rows of cards on the big window, 2 rows in the kitchen and a row in the door way.  This year I am going to hang some ornaments in between the cards for an added sparkle.


50 Clothespins at Wal Mart in the Laundry Section $1
(Be careful, they’re $2.50 if you buy them by the twine!)
Twine $2??
I had it from a Cub Scout project a while back!


How do you hang your cards??  Feel free to post pictures on the Facebook page!

Felt Christmas Tree $8

This is one of my favorite crafts I have made, and my little boy loves it.   One of my sweet friends here in Lubbock hosted a craft night at her house.  Everyone put their kids to bed and we left our husbands home and in charge, and then we got together at her house.

She had bought all the felt in advance, which I think came from Joann’s.  They had large pieces of green felt which we used for the trees, and then she was able to grab  a few small colored felt squares for the ornaments.  Each of us kind of went with a different design for our trees-the fabric was so large we had to free hand our own version of the tree instead of using a template.  I ended up doing big, fat turned UP branches and a skinnier tree.

However, if I could go back I would make my tree fatter, and have the branches turned down more.  When I put my tree on the wall the upturned branches flopped down and required a push pin on each branch to keep them up.  Had I gone with a big, fat tree with turned down branches, there would be more room for ornaments and it wouldn’t take 10 push pins to hold it up.  Speaking of push pins, I would use flat ones so the kids aren’t tempted to pull them out.

For the ornaments and the star we traced the shapes.  You can easily find clip art in the shapes of ornaments or stars to print off, cut out and use as templates.

As for decorating the ornaments, I went with what you would expect me to.  I bought a package of 10 glitter tubes from Dollar Tree and used matching colors to outline my ornaments and decorate.  The other girls went and got really cute and crafty with theirs, but I knew if I didn’t finish my tree that night it would never get finished.  I looooove how sparkly the star looks like the gold outline.  We also had tree trunks.  I just cut my trunk out and hot glued it to the felt, although the tree would still be cute without the trunk.

I had also brought some ribbons and someone else brought pom poms, so we used those as embellishments.  Overall, the project was simple, inexpensive and my little guy loves to throw the ornaments on the floor.

Supplies, Time and Money:

Felt $8
Hot Glue and other supplies: On hand
Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

Cute Number Magnets! $.62 Shipped!

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How cute are these number magnets?? I actually ordered these a couple months ago to do a little craft with my kiddo, only I think I paid $2.60 for them! Right now you can score this set of Funky Fun Colorful Magnetic Numbers for just $.62 shipped.  These not only are perfect for helping little kids learn numbers, they’re great stocking stuffers!  And can’t beat the price.

You will need to order these quickly so they will ship in time if you are thinking of Christmas. I think it might take up to 3 weeks to get them!!!

Dollar Store Preschool or Homeschool Craft
I got this idea from my mother in law who taught school for nearly 30 years. I grabbed a cookie sheet from Dollar Tree, used a sharpie marker to write the numbers on, and then you just let the kids play match up!   If you are a teacher, this is a great station to work into your rotation!

Grab the Magnetic Wooden Fridge Number Magnets  or just $.62 shipped
Or grab the Wooden Magnetic Letters A-Z  (entire alphabet) for just $2.68 shipped!