Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hand-print Heart Canvas

My friend Dana made one of these with primary colors and it was SO cute!!  I stole her idea for Father's Day and changed the colors.  Thanks, Dana!  Check out her Etsy shop -  Dana's Etsy Shop - she's a talented chick! :)

I took 12X12 scrapbook paper and cut out 2 heart halves.  I removed the heart and taped the "border" on the canvas.  That way, if a print went outside of the heart it wouldn't mess up the rest of the canvas.  After all of the prints were dry, I removed the border and this is what remained.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Teacher Pencils

End of pre-school is coming up.  This year I'm attaching a gift card to these pencils made from Rolos candy.  The tag says "You were the 'write' teacher for me!"

Needed:  Rolos, 1 Hershey's kiss, strip of foil, yellow paper, pink paper, glue dots, tag & ribbon. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Bark

Another quick and easy treat for Easter parties.

Needed:  12oz bag of white chocolate chips, 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening, Sweet Tart Jelly Beans

Directions:  Microwave the chips and shortening in a bowl for a minute, stir.  Continue to melt in increments of 10 seconds until it's a smooth consistency.  Stir in about 3/4 cup of jelly beans.  Pour onto wax paper and spread.  Sprinkle more jelly beans on top.  Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes or until hardened.  Break and eat.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Goldfish Carrots

These are so easy and perfect for a quick snack for all of those Easter parties coming up. 

Needed:  Green raffia, Wilton 12" disposable decorating bags, goldfish

One giant carton of goldfish ($6 at Target) made a dozen carrots.  Happy Easter!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thanks for helping me BLOOM!

At the end of pre-school the past 2 years, Caden has given his teachers a gift card.  Gift cards are nice but we wanted it to be a little more fun.  So I threw together these arrangements after gathering supplies from Hobby Lobby and added a picture of Caden.  The gift card on one and the frame on the other says "thanks for helping me bloom."  His teachers are so great, I'd give them a gift card EVERY day if I could afford it. :-)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Buttons

Valentine's Buttons - Super easy and really good!

-Pretzel snaps
-Wilton candy discs
-Cookie sheet

-Heat oven to 350. 
-Place candy disc on each pretzel
-Place cookie sheet in oven for 2 minutes
-Press M&M's in the middle of each disc
-Place in fridge to set

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kissing Fish Handprint Craft

I got this idea after seeing something similar on Pinterest.  Since I have 2 kids I thought kissing fish would be cute.  My little one likes it when we give him fish kisses, so I think it's pretty appropriate.  Besides my freehand fish bowl looking like an oddly shaped crystal ball, it came out okay for the first try.  Especially for a squirmy 2 year old saying "ewww" as I painted his hand.  After the kids searched for rocks for 30 minutes without success, I took some from my neighbor's pile of gravel (thanks, Cristi!) and hot glued them to the bottom. :-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine's Shovels

I found these on Pinterest.com and thought they'd be easy to make for class parties.  All you need is some plastic beach shovels, a silver or white Sharpie, small bags, candy, and ribbon.  I made the tags with my Cricut (Doodle Charms) but you could also write on the back of the shovel.

Happy Valentine's!

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Reindeer Donuts

I forgot to post these before Christmas.  My oldest doesn't care for white powered donuts, so he didn't want the snowman donuts for his class treat.  So I made the reindeer donuts instead.  They were really easy to make - Hostess Chocolate donuts, break some pretzels for the antlers, peanut M&M's or Skittles for the nose, and white cupcake gems for the eyes (they are found with the sprinkles at the store).

Monday, January 2, 2012

Crayon Wreaths

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I saw one of these on Pinterest.com and thought they would be cute for my son's pre-school teachers.  The kids had to miss their Christmas parties at school, so they won't get them until tomorrow.  They weren't as easy as they look and I had to start over a few times to get them to look decent.

What you need (per wreath):
*6" embroidery hoop
*10" embroidery hoop
*box of 64 count crayons
*hot glue
*blocks or whatever decorations you choose

-Embroidery hoops come with 2 pieces.  You will only need one piece from each hoop.
-Place the smaller hoop directly in the center of the larger hoop.
-Place a dab of hot glue on each ring and place the crayon right side up.  On the first few, I lined up the bottom ring on the crayon wrapper to the small hoop.
-As you continue with each crayon, make sure the bottom bumps up the one that's already in place.

-It will start out like this:

-As you continue to add crayons, make sure it's creating a circular pattern as you glue them.  The first few times I started, it looked too boxy because I kept lining up the wrappers instead of the bottom of the crayon.

-You can see where I had to remove the crayons and start over....

-When you are finished, run ribbon from the back around 2 crayons, leaving some slack, knot and bow.  That's it!
-I used 53 crayons on one wreath and 54 on the other.  I found the block letters and apple at Hobby Lobby near the unfinished wood section.  Good luck!