Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Make It: Teacher Appreciation Week - Candy Gift Basket

Candy Gift Basket 

This gift was very easy to put together and thank Goodness!  I was feeling quite cruddy due to sinuses and just really wanted to head off to bed.  No, shocker, I didn't have this one already made.

Some of us are slackers and procrastinators.  It's true.

To be honest, we had all of the ingredients  for it but had not taken the time to put everything together.  Anyhoo...

Craft Recipe:
Basket - this one we found at Goodwill for .93 (Why .93?  That's a weird random amount.)
Candy - $1.00 a box from Kroger
Ribbon - ribbon stash
Thank You printable - Free Printable from The Suburban Mom
Hot Glue - Ellie Mae, my glue gun, reporting for duty!

I did think about spray painting the basket since it has a slight bit of paint on it.  As you can see, that thought did not hang around long.

I love, love, love this printable that The Suburban Mom shared.  Bean filled it out in no time and her answers were really cute but her slacker mom forgot to take a picture of it.  
Yay Mom!

It has questions about the favorite things about your teacher.  It's really cute.

The candy was problematic.  We bought it well over a week ago and I can't tell you how many times I had to say "stay away from that candy", and that was just to myself!

I thought since I was such a sorry crafter by not spray painting the basket, it needed some sprucing up so I added the ribbon and a matching almost-hairbow I made a while back and never used.  If I had been paying attention I could have added it to the other side that did not have any paint on it but I think that's over achieving and there's no reason to show off like that.

What are we doing for tomorrow?  I have no idea!  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Make It: Teacher Appreciation Week - Fabric Mason Jar with Free Printable

Today's gift is a Fabric Lined Mason Jar filled with colorful flowers!

I found this lovely tutorial from Dwelling in Happiness for fabric lined mason jars and thought Bingo!  Bean looked through the fabric I had - I don't sew, why do I have fabric??? - and said her teacher would love this pattern.

Craft Recipe:
Mason jar - had on hand.  (I would suggest one of the wide mouth jars.)
Fabric - had on hand
Mod Podge and/or Elmer's glue - had on hand
smaller Mason jar - had on hand
Colorful flowers - $6.99 from the grocery store
Bloom tag - free printable HERE
curling ribbon - had on hand

We cut the fabric into strips which showed I cannot cut in a straight line to save my life.

Don't judge my doo-dads!
Stopped to make some garlic bread for dinner.  (This step is totally not needed but it sure was good.)

Yes, I craft in my kitchen sometimes.
Then you take your strips of fabric, dunk them into the Mod Podge or glue/water mixture, remove excess glue, and place the fabric on the inside of the jar.  This is where I started thinking "why didn't I just buy a gift card??"  It was a little tight to get the fabric where you wanted it and to get the air bubbles out and all that jazz.

We placed a few strips in and let it dry.  We also ran out of Mod Podge but please don't tell the Crafting Society branch of the Junior League.  They would revoke my imaginary membership.

Once this section of fabric had dried, we made up a mixture of Elmer's glue and water in lieu of Mod Podge.  I thought this worked really well but when dry it is not as clear as the Mod Podge.

When everything was dry, we trimmed up the top.

Bean added the Bloom tag to the front of the jar with a glue dot and we added some curling ribbon. These flowers really set off the color of the fabric.

Stay tuned for more Teacher Appreciation gifts.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Make It: Teacher Appreciation Week - Tea-Riffic Teacher

It is time again for Teacher Appreciation Week and this is our first gift for Bean's teacher.

Our teacher is Tea-riffic!

We found out our teacher loves Starbucks so we picked out the sparkliest water bottle we could find and added some Starbucks Via packets.

Cost:  Water bottle $4 at our local Five Below
           Starbucks Via packets $5.95 for a package of 10

I used to make the Tea-riffic tag.  You can use this free download to print these tags.

Tea-riffic Tag

Very simple and easy to throw together.  We hope she likes it!