Saturday, February 9, 2019

Classroom Valentine Box Ideas

Gumball Machine
Items Needed:
Pom Poms or real gumballs… I used pom poms because they were light and easier for them to take to school
Red Paint
Oats Canister
Plastic Fish Bowl
Terra Cotta Saucer
2 Large Wing Nuts
1 Washer
Aluminum Foil

For the base:
You can either paint the oatmeal canister red or use paper to cover it. **one of my favorite things to do when I am painting is wearing disposable gloves. It SAVES me from making messes on my hands!  
Cut a slit for the cards **It is so hard to cut a perfect slit in a canister! So, I just cut down with some scissors and make a “sloppy” opening. Then, I cut the perfect slit in the card stock, and no-one ever knows the ugliness underneath :) 

Cut some tin foil as shown then glue a washer and a wing nut to the front.

For the top:
Paint the terra cotta saucer red.
Glue a wing nut to the lid. 

Glue the plastic fish bowl to the top of the canister. 
Fill with gumballs or pom poms 
Glue the top to the fishbowl if it is filled with pom poms. If it is gumballs, I would fill it at school and then place the lid on top!
Sock Monkey
Items Needed:
Oats canister
Kraft Paper
Beige Card Stock
Googly Eyes
Red Card Stock
Red Yarn

For the body:
Cut a hole in the body of the canister.
Cover the canister with Kraft colored paper. 
Cut a circle out of the beige paper for the mouth.
Cut a red mouth and glue to the beige circle.

Glue on the googly eyes and use a black marker for the eyebrows and nostrils.

For the ears:
Cut 2 circles out of cream colored paper and 2 slightly smaller circles from the Kraft colored paper, glue the Kraft paper to the cream paper. Fold the edges of the circles and glue to the canister.

Glue some red yarn to the top for the hair.

Elephant Box
This box was inspired by this pin.
Items Needed:
Square Box
Gray Card Stock
Pink Card Stock
Valentines Designer Card Stock
Blue Card Stock
Black Brad

Cut a hole in the box for the cards.
Cut out a trunk for the lid
Cover the rest of the box with gray card stock
For the cheeks: Cut a circle in half, use each side for the cheeks
Add 2 google eyes 
For the Ears: Cut 2 gray hearts
Cut 2 slightly smaller hearts from the designer paper. 
Glue the designer paper to the gray paper,
Fold the hearts in half and glue them to the top of the box.
Add a bow to the top to hid where the ears meet!


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Neighbor Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming, and I love giving neighbor gifts! I feel like it is the one time you can quickly sho the people around you that you are thinking about them :) Here are some quick and easy ideas:
Gift: In a Pikle wrapped with a pom pom
Items needed: In a Pikle bag, box and yarn

These In a Pikle bags are so fun because they are unique and perfect to give friends for their purse or car. I love the mini version (because all small things are cute), but they have big versions as well. To add a DIY touch, I put them in a box and made a pom-pom from yarn. 

In a Pikle is generously offering a 25% discount! 
Use the code GOODTHINGSUTAH25 

Gift: Card Games
Items Needed: A card game, ribbon and a tag

I love to give something that means something to me. And, games are one of my favorite ways to spend time with my family.  You can find fun card games for a pretty low cost and then add a tag that says “We hope your holidays are filled with time to PLAY together!"

One trick I love to do: I love to use pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages to make tags. It is awesome because you can just add the words!  CLICK HERE for the tags I made.
But, if you want to download the original scrapbook kits, I would go HERE and download them. My favorite designer, Fayette designs the CUTEST things!
Gift: The gift of no dishes
Items needed: Christmas Paper Goods, Cellophane and ribbon
Wrap up your dishes in cellophane and add this cute tag that says: “Sending you our warmest wishes, and a holiday season with fewer dishes. Our Christmas wish to you… fewer dishes to do!” 
Gift: Hot Chocolate Bar
Items needed: Hot chocolate, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, mason jars, labels, and ribbon
Fill a mason jar or any other cute container with your different items and attach a tag that says:  Sending you “warm” wishes this holiday season. 
Gift: Christmas Wrapping Paper and Tape
Items Needed: Wrapping Paper, Tape, and Tag

Tie the tape to the wrapping paper and add the tag that says:
Since November you've been shopping, 
barely sleeping, hardly stopping. 
Now it's late you're in a scrape, out of paper, out of tape. 
Hope this wrap helps save the day! 
Have a Happy Holiday!   
Printable is on THIS BLOG.
Gift: Hand Soap
Items Needed: Hand Soap, Ribbon and Tag
Attach a tag that says: “We wash you a Merry Christmas” to a cute hand soap. 

Gift: Frozen Lasagna, pizza or other quick meal
Items Needed: Lasagna, ribbon, and tag
Attach a tag to the lasagna that says: 
'The hustle and bustle can be fun for sure,
but life still goes on between shopping and stores.
So this year we thought a quick dinner might do,
A very Merry Christmas from our family to you!”

I got this poem from THIS BLOG and you can go there for another printable tag she designed!
Gift: Batteries
Items needed: mason jar, batteries, tag and ribbon
Put various batteries in a jar and attach a tag that says “Christmas Eve Emergency Kit”


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Today on Good Things Utah, I showed some super fun last-minute ideas for Halloween costumes!

Items to find:
White t-shirt
White pants
Yellow felt - cut the felt in a circle and put on the shirt. It doesn’t have to be perfect, yolks aren’t! You can either use a clear thread to stitch the yoke on or use safety pins. 
Devil ears and tail (you might have one, lots of grocery stores might have the or just cut something out of felt)!

Items to find:
Black Shirt
Old movie tickets (you can even print some off the computer) 
popcorn bags (or print some) 

Glue these on your shirt! I tried to figure out how to pin them on but it just didn’t work :( You can get black t-shirts from Joanne’s fabric. I bought mine on sale for $2.50

Items to find:
Tan pants
White Shirt
Different colors of felt or card stock
red balloon
red card stock
head band

Cut strips of “confetti” from the felt or cardstock and attach it to the shirt. If you use clear thread with a light amount of stitches, you can reuse the shirt. For the cherry on top, blow up a balloon and use a piece of red card stock to make a cherry stem.

Items to find:
White Shirt
White Balloons
Shower Cap

I had all of this around my house! You can safety pin the balloons to your shirt so you can reuse the shirt again. 

Items to find:
Paint chips from the local paint store
Gray Shirt
Glue the paint chips on the shirt.

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween!