Thursday, December 18, 2014

Easy Inexpensive Holiday Gift with Free Printable


My husband needed a few little holiday gifts for some of his staff.  He gives his teachers something a little nicer than this, but since he pays for all of these gifts out of his own pocket, we couldn't afford something that nice for everyone that helps at the school.  We didn't want anyone to feel left out or unappreciated though, so we made up some of these little hand sanitizers with a cute little holiday tag.


These were so easy, just print out the tags, punch them out with a one-inch circle punch and tie the tab onto the little gift with some cute twine.

If you would like to print off some little holiday tags like these you can download them for free here.

Cute, simple, and hopefully all of his faculty and staff will know how much he appreciates their hard work.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Simple Paperclip Angel Ornaments


Every year my boys and I make an ornament to hang on the tree.  They are all labeled with their name and the year, so someday they can take their ornaments with them when they have a home and tree of their own.

This year, I needed to keep it really simple, so we made these easy, low-mess, angel ornaments.  I am sure that they are not new to any of you, this has been a really popular pin on Pinterest for years, but I wanted to share our experience with them and how they went over with the boys.

We used this tutorial - which is perfect.  The only thing I did differently was I threaded both ends of the ribbon through a darner needle before threading it through the bead.  It made it a million times easier for me.  I also made sure the ribbon was threaded through the beads before I started the craft with my boys. That way they didn't have to wait for me to thread them and they could just get started on tying them together.

I was a little worried that my boys would think these angels were a little too girly, but they seemed to like them just fine.  The little ones obviously needed more help than the big boys, but the ornaments came together quickly and with minimal frustration for the boys (and therefore for me).


When my husband got home and my boys showed him their work, he was genuinely impressed.  It was a winner all around.  If you are looking for a simple ornament project, this one is for you.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teacher Gifts for Christmas with Free Printable


Last night the boys and I put together the gifts they are giving their teachers for Christmas.  I want to start by saying that my husband is a school principal and former teacher and teacher gifts are never expected, but they are always appreciated no matter what they are, but he did find that the consumable gifts were probably the ones he liked the most.  So, I always try to give something that can be used up and will be useful to almost anyone.

I ran onto this cute idea on Pinterest and immediately pinned it because it fit perfectly into my consumable and useful criteria.  (Plus, I really love Burt's Bees lip balm).  Her printable is sooo much cuter than mine and super inexpensive,  I checked to see if her shop had a holiday version, because I wanted something Christmas-y, but to no avail, so I quickly made up my own simple holiday version based on her idea.


We packaged them up in a little cellophane bag with a cute bow, to make them look a little more festive, but they could also be presented just as a card with the lip balm attached.

Please check out her cute all-occasion printable, it would be perfect to give at Christmas; during Teacher Appreciation Week; or any other time that a teacher gift is warranted. 

If you would like to use my Christmas version, you can download it for free here.


Simple, Useful, Consumable, and Cute.  The perfect teacher gift!!
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