you were “mint to be” my teacher gift

10 Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

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

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easy weathered wood photo backdrop

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I’ve been wanting some new weathered wood photo backdrops. And not just one color. No. That would be too easy to convince my hubby to help with. I want white, turquoise, antique (aka just old…) and maybe even orange!

The biggest hold up was honestly finding old barn wood or… yep… talking the hubby into helping me assemble new wood. There has just been too little time and too long of a list lately.

Until… I was at Home Depot a week or so ago (shopping for my pantry organization) and found “pre-made” 2×4′ boards (9 planks in this width). Perfect!

I wanted to be able to move mine around easily (it’s a bit heavy) so I cut them in half. Plus, this gives me not only a “bottom” but also a “back” if I’m shooting something tall.

To make your own “new” {grin} weathered wood photo backdrop, you’ll need:

  • Pre-made boards (again, I got 2×4′  boards at Home Depot, but there are other sizes)
  • Paint (any color you desire), I used a snow white acrylic paint because it was thin and I wanted to see all the grain
  • Paint brush
  • Cloth
  • Fine grain sandpaper

5 easy steps:

  1. Cut your pre-made boards to desired size if you want. I wanted squares, so I cut mine in half.
  2. Water down your paint. Mine was 2 part paint to 1 part water. That said, test it out on one edge first to make sure it’s the effect you’re looking for.
  3. Paint and wipe off excess (most of the paint) immediately.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Using fine sandpaper, scuff up your boards as much or as little as you want.

And the best part, one board makes two backdrops! This one is white on one side, and will soon be turquoise on the other! {smile}

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

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crafter tip: how to sharpen punches

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I love craft punches and I expect each punch to be perfect.

Often I’m using them on my designs (that I’ve printed at a local Kinkos… hence I’ve spent money on that sheet of paper) so I need a perfect edge every time or the camera will pick up the imperfection.

I can’t stand it when a punch starts to dull and pulls at the color on the paper leaving ragged white edges. Want to know how to sharpen your punches?

Wax paper. Yep. It’s that easy. Punch wax paper 3-4 times (it won’t punch all the way through, but it will coat all the details of your punch design.

It’s that easy!

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

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how to make sidewalk chalk paint

How to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I owe this post to my sweet neighbors. They were playing on their sidewalk last week (as you can see… Day 55 of our summer photo journaling) with DIY sidewalk chalk paint. It looked like so much fun so of course I had to run home and make some for my boys.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Here’s how you can make a batch of easy DIY chalk paint for your kiddos (and YES, it washes right away with a good rain or the hose!). You’ll need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Plastic cups and paint brushes

And the easy steps:

  1. Make a batch of paint (1:1 ratio of cornstarch to water). It will be thick, so if you prefer watery paint, just add more water to your mixture.
  2. Separate your paint into plastic cups
  3. Add food coloring
  4. Mix
  5. Paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint 3609

A big thank you to Emma and Ally for the idea and the creativity!

By the way, if you want to know more about photo journaling with your iPhone, I have a few tips for you.

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

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easy DIY ribbon and bead bookmark

DIY bookmark craft

Hey everyone! It’s Bridget.

“Where’s my bookmark?” has been the mantra of our summer in my house. Between summer reading and lots of rainy days, we’ve logged a lot of reading and craft time.

So my oldest decided to combine the two and make his own bookmarks using beads and ribbons. He was inspired by a  craft done earlier in the summer at his vacation bible school. We love that these bookmarks don’t harm the binding or pages of the book. Not to mention, they are pretty darn cute, too!

To make your own bookmark, you’ll need:

  • beads
  • ribbon
  • charms (optional)
  • scissors

In no time at all, my son and I made a dozen of these little charmers in all sorts of themes (holidays, school colors, initials). Make sure you cut the ribbon long enough to mark your page with the beads outside of the binding.

My guy is determined to make enough for each classmate as a back-to-school gift on the first day of school. {grin} I, too, was inspired and will be making a beaded bookmark for each of my Girl Scouts with beads to represent each part of the Girl Scout Law.

As always, we hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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10 chalkboard crafts for back to school

Chalkboard round up-Back-to-School

Want to get organized for back to school? Love all the fabulous ideas you’ve seen using chalkboard paint?

Every year I promise myself that I’ll get a better system for organizing the daunting amounts of paper that comes home…yeah, right! {smirk} So, I gathered these great ideas to inspire all moms in their never-ending endeavor to get organized (and stay that way!)

  • School Notes Chalkboard via Kaboose is an adorable way to leave you and your kids notes for each day (and so much cuter than my little post-it’s everywhere!)
  • Back to School Slate via Mommy Creations is a portable way to keep little ones learning.
  • Chalkboard Table via My{not so} Glamorous Life makes great place for little ones to practice early math, reading and writing skills.
  • Chalkboard Desk via The Rustic Pig will help keep all those school supplies organized for homework time. Besides, what kiddo doesn’t want to have furniture he can write on?!
  • First Day of School Sign via Who Arted will leave no doubt what year you took that photo!
  • Chalkboard Calendar via PSA Stamp Camp lets you track your students busy lives.
  • Chalkboard Clothespins via create share inspire gives every little scrap a home (and a label).
  • Back-to-School Paper Holder via Seasons Gredings gives you a labelled place to keep all those loose papers that come home daily.
  • Back-to-School Teacher Gift via Mom Endeavors is a charming way to start the school year off right.
  • Chalkboard Lunchbox via Fancy Frugal Life let’s you leave sweet notes and reminders for your little student.

As always, we hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafts for kids {summer reading ideas}

10 Summer Reading Ideas

Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fifth installment, summer reading crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas
  4. 10 water play ideas

Summer Reading programs can be found at libraries and book stores nationwide. But how can we keep our kids entertained while learning? We’ve listed a few great ideas:

  • Maps for Kids & Summer Reading via KC Adventures suggests tagging the books location or even following a characters travels via the map. Love this!
  • DIY spiny spellers via Filthy Wizard are the perfect way to make spelling practice fun.
  • Kids Book Report Worksheet via b.nute is a FREE printable that helps kids remember more from each story.
  • Sight Word Jenga via First Grade Diaries can be tailored to any age {think spelling bee!}
  • Popsicle Flashcards via Scholastic gives kiddos a darling way to match words from word families for little ones to antonyms/synonyms for the older kids.
  • Flashlight Word Game via Kiwi Crate has  a name that speaks for itself, but I have to give Kiwi Crate serious props for a fantastic idea!
  • Cut Paper Making a Book via Art for Small Hands would make a wonderful summer reading reaction journal. Have your reader stop about halfway through the story and predict what will happen next.
  • Storytelling Stones via Red Bird Crafts is a lovely way to make reading and writing come alive through your child’s imagination.
  • Fishing for Letters via first palette is a fantastic way to learn letter identification, letter sounds or even short spelling words.
  • Sight Word Twister via Mom With A Lesson Plan get kids outside playing while beefing up those reading skills!

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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diy chevron ruffle wreath

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Chevron. Ruffles. No-sew… DIY wreaths don’t get much cuter or easier! {grin}

And a bit of exciting news. I’m now contributing to Parade magazine! Woo Hoo!

Hop over to my first post on Parade where you can find all the easy DIY for making this simple no-sew fabric punch wreath. See you there!

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

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crafts for kids {10 water play ideas}

crafts for kids

Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?What better way to play and grow with water and ice!

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fourth installment, water crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas

 Summer days are filled with sunshine and laughter. Your kids are sure to love these great ideas for fun water play.

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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Oz The Great And Powerful {DIY bags}

Oz The Great And Powerful

We had the opportunity to preview the new Disney movie Oz The Great And Powerful that is coming out in a Blu-Ray Combo Pack next week, June 11.

For the big night I made these super easy printed popcorn bags to get the boys excited.

Here’s all you’ll need to make your own printed popcorn bags:

  • White lunch bags
  • Tape
  • Coloring page download (a centered design is best, this one is perfect with no resizing needed)

Oz The Great And Powerful

And these are the simple steps:

  1. Download a design to your computer.
  2. Open Word document (or Photoshop, whatever you prefer) and resize background document to the size of your bag, typically 4″x7″ (but measure!)
  3. Right click and copy design to new document. Make sure it’s centered.
  4. Tape bag bottom to the bag so that it doesn’t catch in your printer.
  5. Print!

Want to know more about Oz The Great And Powerful? You can follow Disney and this movie specifically on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

But I’m not done! I have another very fun food tutorial too, a candy version of Glinda The Good Witch’s wand

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

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