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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!

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 Teacup Candles

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I had my first craft party last night (more on that later) and it was so awesome! I gave all of the ladies these cute teacup candles. They are so easy to make and are the perfect gift. I’m thinking they would make cute favors for a bridal shower or even as decoration at a wedding reception. Now one thing about these candles…I made them from candles I already had on hand!

 

You’ll need:

  • candles 
  • wick
  • teacup
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • tape
  • pot (preferably a candle pot)
  1. Using old candles that you have already, coarsely chop them. 
  2. On low heat, slowly melt the candles. I found a sugar cookie candle melt from the Dollar tree that I added in for a scent. It smelled wonderful! 
  3. While your candles are melting, tape/hot glue the wick to the teacup. 
  4. Tape your 2 bamboo skewers together at both ends. This will help the wick to stand up straight. 
  5. Once your candles have completely melted, slowly pour the wax into your teacup. 
  6. Allow the wax to firm up completely. I let mine sit overnight.
  7. Remove the bamboo skewers and cut the wick to desired length.

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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!

DIY Decorative Thumbtacks

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Need a way to freshen up your bulletin board? These decorative thumbtacks are exactly what you need! The best thing about them is that you can make them using knick knacks from around your house. I made mine using left over buttons. Plus, they’re so simple to create and take no time at all.

You’ll need:

  • thumbtacks
  • buttons or some other knick knack
  • glue gun

Simply glue the thumbtack to the back of your button. That’s it! I would love to see how you decorate using these thumbtacks.

Happy Crafting!

Finished Goods – Friday Feature

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Happy Friday! So, today I am featuring my very talented and creative brother, the creator of Finished Goods. I guess you can say that creativity runs in the family 🙂 Anyway, my brother is known for his awesome sense of fashion. It’s no wonder that he is helping other men to be fashionable like him! So, here’s a little more about the man behind Finished Goods…

What is your craft?

FINISHED GOODS (BESPOKE LAPEL FLOWERS FOR MEN and WOMEN)

How long have you been doing this?

I have always had a unique fashion sense and have always been at the forefront of setting trends. I decided to step out about 8 months ago and create something to add an extra flair to the suited gentleman.

Where do you look for inspiration?

There are various places I glean inspirations from. Whether it comes from colors, fabrics or a particular mood, I can become inspired. Building a certain style can bring forth inspiration.

What is your current crafting obsession?

Different fabrics/textures. For instance, buttons, pins, and industrial pieces.

What are your future plans for your crafts?

I am currently working on a website where people can purchase Finished Goods. Also, I am in the process of unveiling a Spring/Summer promotion of lapel flowers.

Where can people find you on the web?

Currently, I am able to be seen on Instagram (@ctheGOODS)

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Didn’t I tell you that he was creative? I absolutely love these lapel flowers. My favorite has to be the ‘stash lapel. It’s trendy and super cute. Although I don’t wear suit jackets, I will definitely be rocking one of the Finished Good’s lapel flowers.

 

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If you would like to be featured on The Craft Complex’s Friday Feature, email me at thecraftcomplex@gmail.com

Live.Love.Craft.

 

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!