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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

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May 5-9 is Teacher Appreciation Week! As a teacher, I always appreciate any gift that I receive from my students. Honestly, it makes me feel absolutely wonderful! LOL. I teach high school students, so I take what I can get.

I know it can be hard to figure out what to give your child’s teacher (I have 3 kids which means 3 teachers). However, the best advice I can give is to ask your child what his/her teacher likes. Trust me, these kids know so much about their teachers! If you’re still not sure what to get her, I compiled a list of some of my favorite DIY gifts for teachers.

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  1. Heart Teacher Bracelet
  2. Thanks a LATTE 
  3. You’re SIMPLY the best!
  4. Thanks for helping me grow. 
  5. Foot Soak
  6. We need S’MORE teachers like you!
  7. You’re AW-some!
  8. DONUT you know you’re a great teacher?
  9. We are BERRY thankful!

I couldn’t resist adding this picture!

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Happy Crafting!

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DIY Sharpie Mug Design

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One of my favorite activities from my craft party was the Sharpie mugs. These mugs are a great way to show your creative side. If you’re not so creative, it’s okay! You can just write something cute or clever. One of my favorites is “I drink coffee for your protection!” HAHA!

Anyway, in about 30 minutes, you’ll have your own custom mug. So, here’s what you’ll need:

  •  Sharpie marker (I bought a pack of 4 for $2 at Staples)
  • a ceramic mug ($1 from the Dollar Tree)

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Design your mug. Just be careful because it is permanent. There are  no do overs 🙂
  3. Once you’re satisfied with your design, bake your mug for 30 minutes.
  4. Allow your mug to cool.
  5. Use your mug for your favorite coffee or tea!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Decorative Bookmarks

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Are you a page folder? I am! I just can’t help it. Whenever I have a bookmark, I lose it. Unfortunately, I’ve passed this trait on to my oldest daughter. She is an avid reader and a cronic page folder. These bookmarks are a perfect way to keep up with your page and the bookmark!

You’ll need paper clips, buttons, felt, and a glue gun. Glue the paper clip to the back of the button. Cut a small square of the felt and glue it over the back of the paper clip. This will help to secure the paper clip to the button. That’s it. In less than 1  minute, I made three of these bookmarks. If you’re not a reader, these bookmarks can just be very fancy paper clips.

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Of course she’s reading Frozen and had to take a picture with her book and favorite bookmark.

Happy Crafting!

Get your CRAFT on! – DIY Craft Party

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Are you ready for this??? I am hosting a craft party next month!

We’ll be creating 3 crafts:

  • sharpie mugs – I am so excited to try decorating these. Hopefully they turn out as cute as ones that I’ve seen online.
  • body scrub/body butter – these have been pretty popular on my Instagram and Facebook. I’m just trying to decide which scent to make. Maybe I should let my guests decide?
  • Yarn wreaths for spring- Spring is right around the corner (next week can you believe that?). The forecast is calling for snow on Monday. I think this wreath will happily be welcomed.

If you are in the Richmond, VA area and you’re interested in coming to the party, email me at thecraftcomplex@gmail.com.

Check out the complete flyer with more info about the party:

https://www.smore.com/0pbb

Oh, and have you heard about smore.com? It’s this awesome sit where you can create online flyers. They have some really neat templates that makes creating flyers super easy. Head on over there the next time you want to create an online flyer!

Peace, Love, and Crafts!

DIY Braided t-shirt necklace and headband

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Here’s another tutorial using an old t-shirt.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • an old t-shirt
  • scissors
  • glue gun

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The steps to create this braided necklace/headband is very similar to my last post on the t-shirt necklace.

  1. Cut off the top and the bottom of the shirt.Cut the sirt into 9 strips.
  2. Pull on the strips to make them curl.
  3. Now here is where the necklaces differ…each strip has 2 seams. Cut them off. Take 3 strips and braid them. Continue to braid 3 strips until you have 5 braids.
  4. Take 3 braids and braid them together.
  5. Glue the ends of the large braid to the 2 smaller braids. Take an extra piece of cloth to wrap around the piece that you glued together. Glue it. Repeat this step on the other side.

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Looking back, I would have only cut the strips on one side so that my necklace would be longer. But I have many more old t-shirts. I will try it like that one day.

Happy Crafting!

DIY T-shirt necklace, scarf, and headband

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Spring is almost here and  I’ve already started my spring cleaning! I found a bunch of old t-shirts in a box. I’m a hoarder  crafter and it just wouldn’t be right to throw those shirts away. I

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • a t-shirt (old and wrinkled is just fine) – just not a cotton shirt. See that black shirt? Yeah, it didn’t work. lol
  • scissors

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  1. Cut off the top and bottom of the t-shirt.
  2. Cut the shirt into strips. It’s okay if your strips are not perfect.
  3. Pull the strips so that they curl.
  4. Take an extra piece of the shirt and tie it around the strips. This will create your necklace.
  5. To create the scarf, tie one end of the necklace into a knot.
  6. To create the headband, using the scraf, place it on your head and tie it snuggly.

Making this necklace/scarf/headband was so easy. It took less than 10 minutes. What an inexpensive way to add some accessories to your wardrobe. I spent $0 to make this!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Scarf Organizer

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I know winter is almost over, but I love scarves! As the weather gets warmer, I start wearing my scarves on my head. But my issue is that all of my scarves are jumbled up in my closet. So, today’s tutorial is for an organizer to hold all of your scarves. I already had all of the materials needed for this project. Yay! But you can buy a pack of hangers and shower rings from the Dollar Tree for $2.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a clothes hanger
  • shower curtain rings
  • tape

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  1. Tape one ring to the bottom of the hanger.
  2. Tape a second ring to the hanger. Be sure to tape the two rings together as well.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have as many rings as you need.
  4. Hang/tie your scarves to the hanger.

Happy Crafting!

DIY Scratch off Photo Valentine

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Hey…doesn’t that picture look familiar? Lol. A good crafter makes use of what she has! Anyway, I love this Valentine because it gives you the element of surprise. Just give your sweetie a coin and let them uncover your surprise message/photo. Wouldn’t it be super sweet if someone used this valentine as a proposal?

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • glossy picture
  • black acrylic paint
  • masking tape
  • hand soap
  • bowl
  • paint brush
  • sharpie
  1. Place masking tape around the edges of your photo (to mimic a polaroid) and tape to a piece of paper.
  2. Mix the arcylic paint with the hand soap (2 parts paint/1 part soap)
  3. Paint the photo. Let it dry about an hour.
  4. Paint another layer of the paint/soap mixture. Let it dry completely.
  5. Remove tape and write “Scratch Me!” at the bottom of the photo.
  6. Give your sweetie a coin and scratch off!

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Diy Chocolate covered Heart Strawberries

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When I think of Valentine’s Day, I always think of chocolate covered strawberries. So, here’s a cute play on traditional chocolate covered strawberries.

Here’s what you’ll  need:

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  • Strawberries
  • Toothpicks
  • Chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips

Step 1: Wash and slice the strawberries in half.

Step 2: Slide a toothpick through 2 strawberry halves to form a heart.

Step 3: Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second integrals.

Step 4: Dip strawberry hearts in melted chocolate.

Step 5: Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second integrals.

Step 6: Drizzle the white chocolate over the strawberry hearts.

Happy Crafting!

Diy Valentine with Chocolate Lips

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  If you need a last minute valentine idea for your child, this is the valentine for you!

 

I love creative Valentine’s and when I saw online that used those chocolate lips, I knew that I had to make one for my youngest daughter. I took a close up picture of her. Then, using Picmonkey (if you have never used Picmonkey, you have to check it out. It’s an awesome free photo editor), I added the words and kisses. Next, I sent the pictures to CVS to be printed. Unfortunately, CVS chopped off half of the words at the top and all of the words at the bottom 😦  So, I had to add the words again using Picmonkey. I bought a bag of chocolate lips from the Dollar tree. I think these Valentines turned out pretty cute!

Here’s the before picture:

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Don’t you just love that smile?

Happy Crafting!