DIY Christmas Ornament

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Need a beautiful ornament for your students to take home this year? This is it and it's so easy to make!!

Items to Gather:  

    • clear ornaments from a hobby store (glass or plastic work)
    • holiday napkins
    • Mod Podge
    • paint brush
    • ribbon (optional)
    • glitter


    1. Have your students separate the napkins, going all the way to the last layer (the one with the print on it)

    2. Next have them tear the one layer of the napkin into small pieces (a little larger than a quarter), if they tear them too small then it will take a very long time for them to cover the ornament. 

    3. Have them paint Mod Podge on the ornament (small area), then place a piece of napkin on that area, once placed on that area use Mod Podge to cover the napkin as well.  

    4. Once the ornament is completely covered with napkin have the students put one last coat of Mod Podge all over the ornament, and then sprinkle with glitter (I use the crystal glitter for a more translucent look, but with all the shine!). Finally make a bow from ribbon and hot glue it to the top! 

    Other Tips/Suggestions:

    1. Prior to coating the ornament in glitter I had my students use vinyl numbers to put the date on it (for a great keepsake). They then Mod Podged over the number and lastly glittered it up! 


    Best of Luck!

    DIY Caddy

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    Turn trash into treasure with this super simple caddy.




    Items to Gather:

    • Empty drink mix containers (toilet paper and paper towel tubes work also)
    • Colored paper
    • tape
    • hot glue gun and glue
    • ribbon


    Step 1: Cut the colored paper of your choice to the dimensions of the container you are using.  For the drink mix containers, the dimensions were 6-1/2" by 8-1/2". 

    Step 2: Using tape, cover the containers with decorative paper.

    Step 3: Hot glue each container.  Gluing the cans together at the seams will help the paper itself stay in place, leaving the seams unexposed.  

    Step 4: After gluing all containers together create a handle using ribbon or a handle from an old used gift bag.  Hot glue the handle to the inside of the caddy.

    Step 5: Last, add a decorative ribbon around the outside of the caddy and fill with goodies!


    Other Tips/Suggestions:

    Place labels on the outside of each container.

    Have fun expressing your creativity!

    DIY Paint Chip Bookmarks

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    Here's an easy and inexpensive gift for your students, parent helpers or teammates. Who doesn't love a paint chip DIY project?

    Items to Gather:
      • Paint chips in seasonal colors
      • Paper cutter
      • Small hole punch
      • Raffia or ribbon
      • Stickers or stamps.


      Step 1: Trim paint chips

      Step 2: Punch a hole at the top.

      Step 3: Attach ribbon or raffia as shown.

      Step 4: Decorate with stickers.

      Other Tips/Suggestions:

      These make cute, simple bookmarks even without shapes and letters.  

      I just used some silver stickers that I had on hand. I think they would be cute with glittered stickers, or other colors as well

      If you're making a lot of these, you could use a stamp to decorate the squares; or have your students decorate with their own artwork to make a holiday gift for loved ones.


      DIY "Hand"some Reindeer Ornaments

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      Your students will love giving you a "hand" making these darling Christmas tree ornaments!

      Items to Gather:
      • sand paper
      • scissors
      • hole punch
      • pipe cleaners
      • googly eyes
      • glitter paper or foam stickers
      • ribbon to match your glitter paper or foam stickers

      1. Trace each student's hand on the back of medium grit sandpaper. 
      2. Depending on the age of your students, you may need to cut out the handprint.  Don't use your best scissors, the sandpaper will dull them.
      3.  Each reindeer will take one pipe cleaner.  Cut the pipe cleaner in half and then cut one of the halves in half.
      4.  Punch two holes in the handprint.
      5.  Have your students put the longer piece of pipe cleaner through the hole closest to the thumb and twist it to secure.  They can then twist the smaller pieces around each side of the longer piece to form antlers.
      5.  Finish off the reindeer with a googly eye, a nose punched out of red glitter paper, and a glittery foam sticker.  Hang this "hand"some reindeer from the tree with a coordinating ribbon threaded through the hole you punched earlier.

      Other Tips and Suggestions:
      I find it easier with young students to give them a Ziploc bag containing all the pieces they will need to complete their reindeer.   Then I keep a bag for myself with lots of extra reindeer parts:)

      Happy Tree Trimming!


      DIY Poinsettia Craft

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       Want to know how to make a poinsettia?

      Items to Gather:

      • red, green, and yellow construction paper
      • glue
      • scissors
      • hands!


      Step 1:  First use your hand to make a template. 
      Step 2:  Next cut several handprints out of the green and red paper.
      Step 3:  Then glue them together and add the yellow center.
      Step 4:  Last fold the fingers up.

      Other Tips/Suggestions:

      Use this craft with the book, The Legend of the Poinsettia. The kids will love it!

        Have fun,

      DIY Weekly Lunch and Dinner Planner

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      Is packing your lunch the last thing you want to think about in the morning? These easy wipe off lunch planners will help you to stay organized and less stressed in the mornings!

      Items to Gather:

      • Cute Picture Frame
      • Free Printable
      • Dry-Erase Markers
      • Scissors or Trimmer    



      Step 1: Print out the free printable by click the link here.

      Step 2: Cut them out using a nice trimmer or scissors.
      Step 3: Place them in the frames.

      Step 4: Start planning by writing directly on the glass with your dry erase markers. My favorite kind come with an eraser on the lid so it's easy to fix mistakes.

      Other Tips/Suggestions:

      I like to use it in conjunction with my dinner planner because I often plan to take left overs of what was cooked the night before.

      I hope this will help you spend time more wisely in the morning and start the day with less stress!

      DIY Paper-strip Christmas Trees

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      p These easy paper-strip Christmas trees are fun to make and make the cutest bulletin board.  

      Items to Gather:

      • 11 x 17 poster board
      • 9 x 12 green construction paper
      • brown construction paper for trunk
      • pencil to roll paper
      • glue sticks
      • glitter
      • star and ornament shapes to decorate tree


      1.  Fold poster board in half, draw angled line on the fold and cut on the line.
      2.  Open the triangle and you have your tree shape.  Cut green construction paper in strips approximately 9" long x 1 1/2" wide.
      3.  Roll the green strips around a pencil to make curls.  Attach the curls to the tree shape with glue stick. 
      4.  Continue adding curled strips until tree is covered.  It will take 30 - 40 strips on average.
      5.  Decorate with  a star and ornament shapes colored and glittered.  Add a brown trunk (4" x 6" brown construction paper rectangle).

      Other Tips/Suggestions:

      As you can see from the top photo,  these make an absolutely adorable bulletin board and parents love them when they come home too.

      Have fun teaching,


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