Just The WRITE Back To School Teacher Gift

Need a quick and highly appreciated back to school teacher gift? Hop over to Office Max ($5 off while supplies last!) and whip up this easy craft!

Just The Write Teacher Gift For Back To School | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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I’ve given many back to school teacher gifts over the years and yes, I’ve given my share of candies and sweets, but at the end of the day teachers need and want supplies for their class and for themselves. Educating a group of 20 – 30 kids needs organization!

So this year I whipped up a gift with Office Max. These are all things I use in my own office that help me to stay on top of my latest project and let’s face it… keep everything pretty in the process.

I have a few favorites by the way:

  • Sharpie Clear View Highlighters (because I color coordinate my “to do” lists once I write them out),
  • EXPO Neon Dry Erase Markers (because they work great on this clear clipboard for daily inspirational quotes… as well as on windows because my children steal them… which might be fun for teachers when they want to decorate their classrooms for a special lesson!), and
  • PaperMate Black Pearl Erasers (because I use a lot of mechanical pencils and I need a great eraser… yes… I do erase while sketching ideas {wink}

I was short on time (isn’t every mom!), but I still wanted it to be pretty so I punched out a paper tag, wrote a pun-intended note, used fun tape to attach all the “write” tools to the bottom of the clipboard… and my favorite part, added a honeycomb apple.

It’s just a mini round red honeycomb I picked up a few months back and I used the EXPO Neon green marker to draw a cute little leaf. And that stem tag is from my free back to school party collection. Make sure you download yours!

Back To School - Honeycone Apple | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So hop on over to Office Max or Office Depot and save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch). Here’s a quick link to Office Depot Rewards (use this link even if you plan to shop at Office Max.)

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy back to school!

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Clipboards, Coffee, Back To School… Oh my!

So I’ve been talking back to school around here for weeks and the big day is next Thursday… only six shorts days away. Eeek!

DIY Vinyl Clipboard & Coffee Mug | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the only way I will survive is by being organized, being motivated… and oh yea… being awesome! {wink}

So to remind myself, I created a few easy vinyl designs for my favorite coffee  canister and a simple clear plastic clipboard, using my new Cricut Explore! I love… love… love that the Explore allows me to load my own designs for free!

DIY Vinyl Lettering Clipboard | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need a few things in addition to the Explore. Let’s start with the clipboard:

  • clear clipboard
  • black vinyl
  • ruler
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)
  • sheet of white paper

Step 1 – Start a new project with the clipboard template.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 – Load a piece of ordinary white craft paper and cut your design a second time. Or, if you make your own image, print it from your computer. Place it under the clear clipboard as your guide for placing your vinyl.

DIY Vinyl Lettering for Coffee Canister | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And now for the coffee canister. You’ll need:

  • coffee canister, preferably without a lot of contour
  • silver vinyl
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)

Step 1 – Start a new project with the canister template. Adjust the size to the dimensions of your coffee canister.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 - Carefully peel off each vinyl letter and place it on your container. Hand wash gently.

I’ll be sharing more pictures of those on my fabulous team, team #12, next week.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh… and dont’ forget… BE AWESOME! 

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Back To School Party + Free Cake Topper & Party Printables

Are you celebrating back to school this year? Whether you’re planning a big send off party or a small “HOORAY” this is going to be fun… you’ll see… {wink}, I have some fun free back to school party printables for you!

Back To School Party + Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Back to school season is exciting around our house. The kids can’t wait to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks… and we always have a fun little party with some of our best friends. Just a little kickoff to the next chapter in their education.

And this year I’ve whipped up few free party printables to share with my favorite readers! The set includes:

  • Back To School cake topper
  • I love bookworms (treat toppers or bookmark)
  • You’re A Smart Cookie (treat topper or bookmark)
  • Pencil or straw slips
  • A+ buttons (great as table confetti)

Want a closer look?!

Back To School Cake + Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My favorite is the mini cake bunting welcoming them back to school. So easy to assemble. Just cut out the bunting, fold over string, bakers twine or ribbon, and use a glue dot to close.

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love little happy reminders on their pencils.

Back To School Party +  Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I also like to remind them that they’re smart cookies. {wink}

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And since my youngest son’s favorite back to school treat is the gummy worm… we had to have a few book worms too. {grin}

Back To School | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s hoping you and yours stay sharp this year and have a very happy back to school season. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Download your FREE BACK TO SCHOOL party printables now!

Want more ideas? Join me on Pinterest for more back to school photography, party and teacher gift ideas!

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Quick No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips

Love things that sparkle? Me too!

No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Glitter can be hard to craft with. Especially when you’re crafting with things that might come in contact with food. You’re always nervous it’s going to flake off on whatever you’re working on.

Well I have the answer and it’s awesome! Darice makes a no-flake glitter washi tape and it’s available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. It’s beautiful and it truly doesn’t rub off!

I made these no-flake glitter straw slips in less than a minute! Just wrap around your straw and cut a triangle out of the end. Done!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Want a little inexpensive summer fun for the kiddos?! For the Summer Issue of All You magazine I contributed an article sharing How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super easy to whip up and cleans up easily with rain or the hose!

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

The recipe is a 1 to 1 ratio, but for simplicity we’ll use 1 cup. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (pastels are achieved with a drop or two, primary colors will need 5 or 6 drops)
  • plastic bowls or cups
  • paint brushes

Mix cornstarch and water together until smooth. Divide and add food coloring until you reach your desired colors.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s that simple and it cleans up in a snap! So let your little Picassos go and have a bit of summer fun!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!  

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Easy Glitter Wine Glass Markers {Personalized For Pennies}

Having guests over for drinks? Need some glass markers? It seems I never have enough or they don’t match my party’s theme. So in my recent girls night in party post I shared a peek at these fun and simple glittered wine glass markers that only cost pennies to make.

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I’ve shared this sparkle tape (aka glitter washi tape) from Darice before (also available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), and every time I use it I love it more. The glitter really shines and you could practically sand a table with it and no glitter would fall off. It’s perfect for embellishing gifts, crafting and oh yes, DIY party ideas! {grin}

To make these simple drink markers you’ll need:

Cut several lengths of tape, fold in half and trim out a triangle, peel off adhesive and stick to glass, write on your guest’s names. Done!

Washi Tape Glass Marker | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And here’s how darling the glitter drink markers can look on a pretty and delicious drink recipe. You don’t want to mix these glasses up. Trust me, you want every last drop of my Raspberry Acai Pineapple Champagne Cocktail.

Both this DIY glitter wine glass marker and this recipe will be perfect for New Year’s Eve too! {wink}

Want more fun party drink ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Drinks {Fun & Creative Beverages} board.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy OREO Football Party Favors

Planning a football party? Me too. My youngest chose football as his birthday party theme for this year. I still have weeks to plan, but we needed an easy party favor to celebrate with his classmates on the last day of school since he has a summer birthday.

Fun Food: Easy Football Party Favors | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These simple football party treats only take a few minutes. You’ll need:

And here are the super easy steps:

  1. Insert two OREOs into the cello. The best part, they fit right in perfectly.
  2. Cut about 2″ off the top of the bag.
  3. Seal with a piece of washi tape.
  4. Draw football threads with a Painters pen.

Fun Food: Easy Football Party Favors | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I packaged the football bags in a small basket with a personalized pennant. He was happy, his friends all loved them and it only took me 10 minutes to pull together. {grin}

If you’d like a personalized pennant with your child’s name, you can find them in the shoppe with my Monster Birthday Party Supplies. We can even change the color combination if you’d like. Just send a “convo” in Etsy and let me know what you need for your child’s party.

Want more football party ideas?! Make sure you have a look at my football ice cream sandwiches and join me on Pinterest for my Football Party Board.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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How To Make Easter Egg Crepe Paper Garland

I love crepe paper crafts. Yep. It’s inexpensive, bright and you can make a million things out of it. (Did you see my crepe paper lollipop flowers?) Plus, Easter is coming and I needed some quick and easy decorations for my mantel. {grin}

Crepe Paper Easter Egg Garland | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

A little crepe paper, scissors and a few quick minutes is all you need to make this simple Easter egg crepe paper garland!

  1. For your template, draw an egg (the height of a piece of crepe paper), and cut it out.
  2. Fold the crepe paper in accordion style the width of your egg.
  3. Cut.

It’s that easy.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Easter Bunny Cake + Free Printable Templates

We celebrate Easter for all the right reasons in my house, by giving thanks to the Lord for the gift of His son, but we still like to have a little “bunny” fun too. So today I’m sharing a fun and creative Easter Bunny cake idea that you can make in less than 10 minutes!

Easy Easter Bunny Cake with Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Yep. This craft is quick. Run by the bakery and pick up a simple white flat iced cake, print my free bunny designs, cut and/or punch them out, put them on lollipop sticks and you’re a rockstar!

Easy Easter Bunny Cake + Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Download your FREE EASTER BUNNY PRINTABLES now and hop {grin} over to my original post for all the step-by-step instructions and more pictures!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Make Crepe Paper Flower Lollipops {DIY Party Favor}

I love crepe paper crafts. It comes in so many bright colors, it’s inexpensive and it’s easy to craft with. What more can a girl ask for?! {grin} For spring and likely my Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, these little crepe paper flower lollipop favors will be gracing my table. I might even add name tags and use them as placecards! {Just thought of that as I type…}

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Okay, let’s get crafty!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make these crepe paper flower lollipops, all you need is:

  • Crepe Paper (in a variety of colors)
  • Tape
  • Lollipops (these pretties came from Candy Galaxy)

Yep. That’s it!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And to make them, that’s a simple list too.

  1. Cut 8″ strips of crepe paper.
  2. Fold it in an accordion style, about .25″ for each back and forth bend.
  3. Loosely wrap it around the base of the lollipop and tape.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for layered effect as shown.

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And you’re done! Pin the following image so you don’t forget to make these for your next party!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Join The Celebration Shoppe on facebook, sign-up for the daily ideas to come right to your inbox (never miss an idea, giveaway or free printable!), connect with Kim on twitter, pinterest and on instagram. And don’t forget to shop the party store for birthday, baby shower and holiday party supplies. Oh, and now you can follow the blog with Bloglovin too! Hope to see you around!

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