Frugal DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Next week is Teacher appreciation week at the kiddos schools and we wanted to post a few of our favorites from the past years we’ve done.  It’s always exciting to find cute frugal gift ideas for the those special teachers who shape the minds of our children.  There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do.  So don’t forget to send a note or gift of appreciation to the teachers in your life.


Magnet Board 3

Homemade Magnet Fabric Bulletin Board


Color My World Thank You Gift


M&M Teacher Appreciation gift

photo(142)Brownie and Cookie Mixesfinished crossHomemade Cross20130710-194931.jpgMod Podge Photos (on Canvas)
Do you have any you want to share? We would love to hear about them!

Valentine Bath Bombs

Tell your Valentine how much you love them with these Valentine Bath Bombs.  They make the perfect frugal, DIY gift for friends, family, and even your kids teachers.  I made these bath bombs a while back for my girls and they LOVED them!  Just follow the simple steps below to create your own Heart Bath Bombs and attach a cute note that says your the bomb.  20140203-141958.jpg

Here’s what you need!
makes 4 small bath bombs
2 TBS Baking Soda
1 TBS Cream of Tartar
Food Color or liquid Dye (you can find at any craft store) ½ teaspoon Essential Oil (lavender)
Spray Bottle of Water
Soap Mold or Ice Cube Tray


Add 2 TBS Baking Soda to bowl. Then add 1 TBS Cream of Tartar and ½ teaspoon lavender or Essential Oil. Next, add your food color. (I would suggest that if using food coloring to color these, make sure you use non-toxic vegetable based color.  Safer for everyone, especially for children).  Stir it up and add a couple of sprays of water and keep stirring. You want to get it where it is just sticking together without adding too much water. NOTE: Only add a couple of sprays of water at a time or your bombs will lose their fizz. Put your bath bombs in a soap mold or ice tray, and leave over night to dry out. NOTE: The amount this recipe makes all depends on how big your molds are.  You can really make them as large or as small as you would like.  You can make them the size of a baseball or the size of your thumbnail.  you can double the recipe and make more than four at a time.  I decided to make one batch at a time and change the colors during each of the batches.

When ready just drop your bomb in the bath you can watch it fizz as it releases its sent and colors your water! These bath bombs can stay good up to 1 year as long as they are stored in a dry, cool place that is out of the sun.  ENJOY!!

DIY Heat Transfer

Put on your seat belt ya’ll… you’re about to see some extreme cuteness!!

Since this was my first time doing this type of project and I wanted to do something fun for valentine’s day. The best thing about this craft is it turned out to be super frugal costing me about $4 dollars per shirt.  Tip…one of my favorite ways to save money on fabric at Joann’s is to dig through the remnant bin. “Remnants” are small pieces of fabric, anywhere from a few inches to up to a yard or so the cool thing about the remnant bin is that everything in there is 50% off. Better still, it’s 50% off  the current price for that type of fabric. I always go there first before purchasing fabric for projects similar to this.  I finished these shirts by sewing the patterns with my sewing machine for additional strength but it’s not necessary.


Pattern you want to use for shirt
Fabric scrap for your patterns
Wonder Under (I use Pellon 805 found in the fabric section of your craft store).

1.  Fuse Wonder Under to wrong side of fabric using the directions on the product.  You can watch a video by going here if your a visual learner like me:)

2.  Print or draw the pattern and cut out ( If your image includes words or letters make sure to make your image backwards as it will read correctly later when you apply it to your shirt).  Place your design on your shirt shiny side up and then place a piece of cloth on top of it.

3.  Set your iron to “cotton” setting, allow to heat up, and then press firmly and iron your design onto the shirt for about 60 seconds.  Allow the design to cool.20140202-210714.jpg

Easy peasy jungle breezy.


The best things in life aren’t things….Happy Heart day my friends!

DIY Christmas Scent Potpourri

I made these cute simmering scent jars for the girls teachers last year for Christmas and they were a huge hit.  The cost (depending on what supplies you already have at home) is pretty inexpensive.  If your looking for a creative gift at a frugal price, this might be it!

Items needed:
1 pint jar
2 lemon wedges
1 lime
2 orange slices
3 cinnamon sticks
2-3 tbsps. whole cloves
3 bay leaves
small fabric or scrap paper
small piece of twine/jute/ribbon.


Directions:  Place ingredients in pint jar and fill with water.  Top with small piece of fabric or glue scrapbook paper secured by tying ribbon or twine around lid.  Attach tag (I hot glued tag to jar)  .

To be written on tag and attached to jar:
Pour contents into saucepan on stovetop and simmer
on low heat, add water as needed.
Refrigerate to keep fresh.

Mod Podge Photos (On Canvas)


Without a doubt, this will be added as one of my top favorite project ideas from Pinterest!  It was the perfect craft for me because I take tons of photos and LOVE using them as home décor.  If your looking for a fun gift idea this would be perfect for those Grandparents, or even yourself!

20130710-110345.jpgWhat you will need:

Pre-stretched canvas
Paper cutter or scissors
Cute paper pre-cut to fit the sides of your canvas
Cute photo’s
Two (2) – Paint Brushes or Sponge Brushes
Wax Paper
Mod Podge in Matte
towel Acrylic/Craft Paint

20130710-174635.jpgApply a thin coat of mod podge to your entire canvas, sides included.


Have your strips ready? If not, cut them to fit on each canvas side while the Mod Podge is drying. My strips were 1/8 of a inch smaller that my measured sides.   Once Mod Podge is Dry, you will re-paint an additional thin layer on one side of your canvas.


Place your strip of paper along the edge of your canvas. Smooth it over with your fingers several times making sure no bubbles form. Repeat step 3 with all sides.  Your edges don’t have to meet up exactly together.  You can cover the exposed canvas with paint in a few more steps.  If you didn’t already tear off a large piece of wax paper, You will use the wax paper again in a few steps. Also pre-cut your photo 1/8 inch on each size so that there was no edge overlap.


Place the photo down onto wax paper and apply a good amount of mod podge to the back of your photo. The photo paper is thick enough that it won’t pucker or bubble at all.

20130710-174750.jpgTurn the photo over and smooth it onto your canvas.  You can cover the image with a soft towel to do the smoothing. Wait about 20 minutes for Mod Podge to dry.

20130710-174758.jpgMod Podge the front of the photo. It will look milky white, but remember it dries clear.

20130710-184637.jpgDry Brush (or sponge) Paint Application.  You can use any dry brush or sponge. Make sure the brush or sponge is DRY to get that vintage look. Dip the brush in a small amount of paint, and before you start to apply, wipe your sponge/brush on a paper plate or paper towel so you use a minimal amount. Then dab your sponge/brush along the edge repeatedly until it is as dark as you want.

20130710-215828.jpgThis is how mine turned out!


I used this one of the girls as a stand alone.

After your photo’s look complete, you will want them to dry fully over night.  Place your photo canvases face down on your wax paper onto a flat surface.  I also like to cover the back of my canvas with heavy books that will press my photo to the canvas even more overnight, this will helps minimize any bubbles or puckering.


What you will need for the Photo Hanging:

Mod Podged Photo’s on Canvas
Staple Gun


Put your canvases in order the way you want them to look on your wall. Also, decide how far apart you want them to be {1 inch, 2 inches…etc}. Multiply that number by 4. Measure your ribbon out to that length. Cut as many as you need for holding up canvases below. For three Canvases you will need four ribbons in this length.  Get your ribbon ready to staple.   I made a double fold on the ribbon strand to give the canvas more strength when holding up another photo canvas below.  Then staple your ribbon to your canvas.  For the top, determine how long you want it to be then cut double that length for extra strength.  Stretch your ribbon flat, and then fold it over to the other side and staple your ribbon.  Now you can hang your finished product!  I added a bow to the top of the ribbon by making a twist.  You can add your own flair to make it fun!  Enjoy your creation!


Melting Crayons

Last week I had seven little people in my house.  That’s right seven… I have a complete new respect for any of you who are raising a large family.  YOU ROCK!!! It was a total adventure but by the third day I was beginning to feel like I look in my driver’s license photo. Despite being sleep deprived and a bit looney, the kiddos had so much fun and shared some wonderful memories with each other.  I pulled together a few crafts to keep them entertained during their visit.  Here was one that ending up being a favorite.  I think it was mine too!  SUPER EASY and fun!

crayon craft 4

I took a box of Crayola crayons and let the kiddos pick five favorite colors.  I didn’t have a canvas  but instead used the top of a box lid and taped the crayons at the top.   I would recommend to glue them with a glue gun if you have one.

crayon craft 3

then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high.

Crayon Craft 2

not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt! They each took turns and watched excitedly as the colors raced down the lid.  Seriously… they were so impressed!!

Crayon Craft

It dries really quick and after one kiddo finished, we added five more beside theirs and started the process again.  I’ve read on several posts to make sure you use Crayola.  Some tried to use other brands and it was a complete fail.  It turned out super cool… I’m thinking about using this as wall art for Kinley’s room.  Maybe next time I’ll save our broken crayons and try this again!

Color My World Thank You Gift

This week is teacher appreciation week at the girls school. I have been stock piling crayons over the past year as they’ve gone on sale. Around a house full of kiddos you can never have too many crayons right?  I put small candies and a gift card inside and it turned out  cute and super frugal.


Items you’ll need:

Glue gun

1 empty small can or 2 liter Coke bottle cut to size

2 boxes 24 count crayons

Teacher appericiationIf you’re using a can take off the sharp edges of the can and clean it out. If you’re using a coke bottle cut and clean out the inside.  Start gluing crayons around the edge.  If you’re a perfectionist, make sure all the words crayon is neatly arranged before gluing.  Russell was irritated that mine wasn’t done that way.  Once all the crayons are glued around the edge you can also use ribbon and glue it around the crayons to help hold them together.  Then I finished it by putting some tissue paper inside the middle and some yummy special stuff in the middle.                                   color world tagHere’s where I copied this great idea!  The printable can be found  at KimsKandyKreations blog.

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