Category Archives: Craftyness

Easy and Quick Christmas Gifts for Teachers

It’s already time to think about Christmas Gift for Teachers!? WHAT?! CHRISTMAS!! It’s already way too close for the comfort of my sanity, and my bank account!

easy teacher gift ideas for christmas

I like easy, I like quick but I also love handmade and gifts made by our children. So to get easy, quick and sentimentally handmade I have created this great list of ideas that are just that!!

I was an Early Childhood Teacher and I can tell y’all, gift cards are a GREAT gift for a teacher. Here are some adorable ways to dress up a gift card.


How adorable is this!?! I know Alice would LOVE to make these for her teachers! Check out the simple tutorial at That’s What CHE Said.


I just LOVE these Starbucks Gift Card gift at Hi Sugarplum!

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These handmade gift card holders are so nice! See more at Procrastination Station.

6a00d8341f7d7f53ef01b7c7ac269f970b-450wi See how to make this gorgeous card holder at Claire Daly!


THIS!! How awesome is this cute idea! I have tons of mason jars I could use to make this!! Check out the tutorial at Catch My Party!


Kelly at SimplyKellyDesigns not only shows you how to create these adorable coffee container tags but has downloads as well!

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I have ALL the supplies needed to make these cute Christmas ornament gift card holders! I can’t wait to make a few with Alice. You can see more at Leaf and Letter!

I found these great ideas for simple gifts if you’re not giving gift-cards.


ACK!! How cute, right? Download these adorable tags provided by Michelle at 4men1lady!


I love this cute and simple idea!! See more at Right At Home.

I LOVE THIS!! It’s a great teacher gift any time of the year! Download this cute tag and see more at Lil Luna.

redbox-tag-3 This movie night gift idea is so great!! Great for a teacher, neighbor or family friend! Pam has several tag designs to download at Over The Big Moon.

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I know quite a few teachers, friends, family members that would love this gift! It’s sweet, simple and us girls, we LOVE nail polish!! Download tags and see more at PersiaLou.


How cute is this handmade treat cup!? See all the details at Simple As That.


You can find these tags are more at Simple As That for a great EOS lip balm gift!

Aren’t those great ideas? They are cute, simple, easy and you can add a personal touch or how the kids hand-make them for their teachers!

If you have any other great ideas I would LOVE for you to share them in the comments below.

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Quick, Simple, Mess-Free Summer Tip

It’s been TOO LONG, y’all!! I have missed blogging and surfing through the blog community! I miss sharing my tips, advice, life, family with y’all! I miss my blog friends, I miss y’all!

Anywho….I’m back to let y’all know that…..I. AM. BACK!! I’ll be blogging a lot more come lately, along with adding some NEW, FUN, EXCITING content!! Be sure to subscribe and stick around so you don’t miss it!

For now, I wanted to leave y’all with a quick, simple, mess-free tip for summer!!

DIY Popsicle Drip Catchers 7

Y’all these are so easy and leaves your kiddos fingers sticky free!

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Cute card stock and few cuts and folds and you have a Popsicle Drip Catcher! Perfect for the HOT summer days that are right around the corner!

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Can’t wait to see y’all again! Thanks for stopping by!

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Easy Christmas Art with the Dremel Micro

I am just in love with the Easy Personalized Kid Decorated Christmas Art we made with our new Dremel Micro 8050!

Easy Personalized Kid Decorated Wooden Christmas Art

Being that this was my first time using the Dremel I was pretty nervous.  Luckily there are plenty of “How To” videos on the Dremel website.

It took just a bit of trial and error to figure out engraving. The slower the speed of the Dremel the easier it is to control your lines.

I played with the different Dremel tool attachments, discovering what each one did. Have to admit that was fun!

My husband created this Christmas tree cut out from a cookie cutter.

Easy Christmas Art with Dremel

We decided to make an ornament that our daughter Alice could decorate herself.  We thought to add it to a plaque creating a keepsake decoration for Christmas that we could display year after year.

We let Alice paint the wooden Christmas tree ornament with pretty green glitter paint.

Kid Decorated Wooden Christmas Art

Once it was dry, I applied the hot glue and she carefully added the beads for ornaments.

Now to the wooden plaque. After tracing the letters with a pencil, I used a Dremel high speed cutter to engrave Alice’s name and the year into the wood plaque. The new LED light feature is great!

Personalized Wooden Christmas Art with Dremel

Then I painted the plaque. I discovered after I painted that I needed to sand the letters down. I carefully sanded the letters down with a Dremel sanding wheel. Then I added another coat of white.

I let Alice trace her name and the year with sparkly paint of her choice. I tried to convince her to use red but purple won. I mean, it is being decorated by her right?!

Kid Decorated Christmas Art with Dremel

I just love how it came out! Wouldn’t it just make a wonderful present for a loved one! Perfect for Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles!

Easy Christmas Wooden Art with Dremel

This one is MINE, though. I love it and it’s going up on my wall every year for Christmas.

Dremel offers a full line of versatile tool systems that provide the perfect solution for almost any craft, hobby or DIY project.
The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced.
Light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.
The Micro 8050 can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish—helping you bring just about any brilliant project to life.

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40 Great Ideas for Summertime Fun!

Is it just me or is summer going by too fast!? Well, it’s either too fast or too slow, right?! I’m a teacher and being off for summer is GREAT!

Summer Fun Ideas

Here are 40 GREAT ideas I found for Summertime FUN!!!


Bean Bag Toss


Water Pistol Target Range


How To Build A Tire Swing

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Ice Boats on a Tin Foil River

sand 10

Sand Volcano


DIY Lava Lamp


Recycled Bottle Backyard Bowling


Water Balloon Pinata 


Summer Camp At Home


Handprint Sunshine Art

flower experiment

Flower Science Experiment 


DIY Patriotic Ladder Gold Game


Masking Tape Speedway


Cardboard Box Maze


Nighttime Glow Stick Pool Party


DIY Floating Toy Boat


Homemade Moon Sand


Homemade Bottle Rocket

drive in movie night

Drive-In Movie Night


Kids DIY Wind Chimes 


Homemade Ring Toss 


Backyard Water Park


Summertime Journal 


Paint Filled Egg Art


DIY Giant Jenga


Pretend Play Camping


Homemade Water Wall


Helmet Water Balloon Catch


Sponge Water Bombs


Sidewalk Squirting Liquid Chalk Paint


Messy Twister

bubble fun

Kid Sized Bubbles


Pool Noodle Marble Racing

rain cloud in a jar

Rain Cloud In A Jar


Dunk Bucket. Find the Dunk Bucket Tutorial Here!


Backyard Ker-Plunk 


Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter


Homemade Bubble Solution


AND…a Summer Bucket List from ME!! :)

I hope you find a few fun things to do this summer!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

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