DIY Handmade Movie Night Redbox Gift Basket Teacher Gift Idea

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If your kiddos are in school it is that time of year to start thinking about teacher gifts! I know this can be a daunting task if you have multiple teachers to do gifts for! (Anything handmade from your child is also a big bonus!) But if you’re looking to do something a little extra here is a fun idea for you that I know we’ve always appreciated getting in the past – make your teachers a Movie Night gift basket! It doesn’t have to be fancy and you can keep it to $5 if you need! This turns out to be a unique and much appreciated teacher’s gift that won’t break your budget!

You may be familiar with Redbox movie rentals but for those of you who aren’t let me give you a quick run down in this paragraph. Redbox movie kiosks are set up outside of drugstores, supermarkets, and other various retail stores. What makes a Redbox unique is how affordable it is. Each rental is just over $1 and there are hundreds of movies available to rent! You pick the movie(s) you want, swipe your credit/debit card or use a promo code, and the movie is yours to rent until 9:00 p.m. the following day.

So here’s some ideas for your Movie Night Gift Basket:

1 Popcorn bucket – this can be purchased many places for the Dollar Tree has it for $1!

Yellow Tissue Paper (optional) – just crumple up and stuff in the bucket

 Assorted Movie Candy – usually $1ish each at Walmart or the Dollar Tree

Movie popcorn - this is a must of course!!

1 Redbox Gift Card 

Now for the Redbox gift card you can choose to buy a physical gift card or an egift card that will be sent directly to the teacher’s e-mail. (Or send it to yourself and then print it out to add in your gift basket) You can choose to pay for 1 movie or a general gift card amount like $5 to be re-used for several movies. It’s completely up to you and your budget!

Putting the basket itself together is SO simple and definitely easy to do if you are making several of them. Begin by filling the bottom of the bucket with several pieces of crumpled tissue paper to help the goodies stick up out of the bucket a bit. Then fill with your popcorn and candies! If you are considering making several buckets I recommend adding 1-2 bags of individual popcorn instead of an entire box to save space and money. Be sure to stagger the items a bit so the recipient can see everything in the bucket at a quick glance! Fill any “holes” with crumpled pieces of tissue paper! You can add the gift card inside the bucket or attach it to a gift tag with a personal message from you or your kids! If you chose an egift card you can also write a personal message letting the teacher know to check their inbox for their movie rental!

I LOVE this idea because it’s so thoughtful and you can easily adjust it to fit any budget! A single movie, a $5-$10 gift card, 1 candy, a bunch of candies, a bag, a bucket, etc. There are SO many options depending on your price range and what you can find in stores or at home! Remember to make it creative and make it your own. A thoughtful holiday message signed by your child is always a perfect touch.

NOTE – A few people have had a difficult time figuring out how to purchase individual movies so here is a reader tip:

To find the promo code bundle, click on the “gifts” tab at the top of the redbox page, scroll way down and on the left is the option to “send promo code bundles”. Click it and fill in the info. Design your card. If you want to give each code to a different person, you can edit the “to” section after you pay for the codes. Send it to YOUR e-mail address and then you can click each code and print out separate papers for each teacher with just one code on it!

 

 

DIY Big Hero 6 Baymax Disney T-Shirt in UNDER 5 minutes!

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DIY disney baymax shirt tutorial in under 5 minutes

 I’ve been researching how to do Freezer Paper T-shirts for our Disney trip next summer that we’ve been saving for for 4 years now! To be quite honest with a new baby at home I just don’t have time to spend hours making shirts to save a few bucks so I made these which are a FANTASTIC alternative to a quick Disney tee for your kiddos! All you’ll need is a white t-shirt (cheap brand new at Walmart or your local craft store), a black fabric marker, and your favorite Baymax coloring sheet! I printed one of these Baymax Disney icons for our shirts! Simple black and white designs are the easiest to use.

DIY Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax shirts

Simply place a piece of cardboard or a brown paper bag flat inside the shirt so that your colors won’t bleed through to the back! Then slip your coloring page inside the shirt on top of the cardboard and place it where you want it to go! Just flatten out your shirt and use your black fabric marker to trace the image onto the shirt!! I used a Crayola Fabric Marker but want to try a Sharpie Fabric Marker next…I just couldn’t find my Sharpies! I tried an Elmer’s Paint Marker which did OK but it wasn’t quite as dark and bled slightly more which gave it a more “character drawn” look. When you’re done just throw the shirts in the dryer on the highest heat setting and run for 15 minutes to set the ink or run a hot iron over the image with a piece of cloth in between. VOILA! BAYMAX!

Easy Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed – Pet Holiday Gift!

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upcycled pet suitcase bed

OK I just LOVE this idea for a frugal pet holiday gift or recycled project! It’s perfect for cats and small dogs (or other critters that run around in your house!). You can easily create a fun and frugal pet bed out of an old suitcase in just minutes.

Supplies needed:

upcycled pet suitcase bed Collage
Old suitcase (Look for ones with the hard shell. They are not only durable but can be wiped clean)
1 package of cotton or poly batting
1 yard of fabric in your choice of color/pattern. Choose an easy to care for fabric that will wash well.
Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:

1. Begin by washing the suit case well. A magic eraser works great on the outside of the suitcase while you can use a spot treatment on the inside. Febreeze or baking soda is also great to help eliminate musty odors. I can almost always find these types of suitcases real cheap at my local thrift store!

upcycled pet suitcase bed
2. Fluff up your batting as you want the bed to be nice and full. Remember your pet will be laying on the bed so make sure there is plenty of padding! Place the batting inside of the suitcase. You want to place enough so the batting runs over the edges just a tad.
3. Take your fabric and lay it over the batting. Tuck the fabric into the sides so the top is nice and smooth.
4. Secure the fabric into place by applying hot glue to the insides of the suitcase and pressing the fabric to it. This will keep the fabric in place as your pet jumps off and on the bed.

upcycled pet suitcase bed
5. If you are worried about your pet becoming closed in the suitcase, you can always prop the lid with something or remove it by simply removing the hardware holding it in place. Otherwise, the lid is great for adding embellishments such as toys, a mirror, or a pouch for grooming items.

To travel with your pet bed, just close it up and go! To clean the bed, you can spot treat it or gently pull the fabric from the sides of the suitcase. Wash the fabric and glue it back into place. Another option is to consider using velcro strips instead of hot glue as well!!

DIY Air Freshener – Great Gift Addition for the Holidays!

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DIY homemade air freshener

This beautiful (and fragrant!) homemade air freshener not only is inexpensive but makes a great thoughtful handmade holiday gift (from you or the kids!)! You can also create it to add on to a gift as a gift tag!!

Supplies needed:

DIY Homemade Air Freshener Gift

Wooden cut outs (balsam wood works best, sold in packs of 4-6 for under $3 at most craft stores)

Scented oil of your choice (buy cheap from Amazon or high quality from Young Living!)

Food coloring

Brush

Plate

Small bowl

Twine

Directions:

1. Begin by placing a few drops of oil in a small bowl. Any essential or scented oil will do.

2. Mix in a drop or two of food coloring. You only need to do this step if you wish for your air freshener to be colored. You can leave it natural if you wish and avoid food coloring all together.

3. The oil and coloring will separate, so take a toothpick and stir quickly to mix it well.

4. Dip the brush in the mixture and brush it onto the wood cut out. Apply it generously. It is easiest if you have the cut out resting flat on a plate when you color it.

5. Apply the mixture to both sides of the shape, allowing each side to dry thoroughly before flipping.

6. Once the shape is dry, feel free to brush on one last coating of scented oil.

DIY handmade air freshener gift tag

Now all you need to do is allow the shape to dry. Once it is, cut a length of twine or ribbon and run it through the shape. If you want to use it as a gift tag you can also add a long strip of burlap under it and wrap it around a gift! The air freshener can now be hung wherever you please. In time, should you wish to add more fragrance simply brush it on as you did before. The wood will soak up the oils and the shape will retain the smell nicely.

DIY Scrap Fabric Wrapped Bracelets – Kid’s Craft & Gift Idea

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Scrap Fabric Wrapped Bracelets

 

This DIY Scrap Fabric Wrapped Bracelet craft is the PERFECT craft for kids (and adults!) to get crafty and make holiday gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, presents for friends, craft party ideas, and SO much more! Or to just decorate yourself a pretty new bracelet! It’s also a great frugal way to make some fun dress up items for your kid’s dress up trunk!!

Supplies needed:

Scrap Fabric Wrapped Bracelets

Assorted bangles or bracelets (check your local thrift or dollar store if you don’t already have some)

Scrap fabric

Scissors

Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting or tearing your fabric into 1 inch strips. Remove any threads that seem to be fraying off of it.

2. Place a small dab of glue at the end of the strip, and press the dab to the INSIDE of the bangle. Allow it to dry well before proceeding.

Scrap Fabric Wrapped Bracelets

3. You can now start wrapping the bracelet with the scrap fabric. Pull tightly as you do so the fabric lays nice and flat. Slightly overlap each layer as you wrap.

4. Once you have wrapped the entire bracelet, snip off any remaining fabric. Add a dab of glue to the end of the strip and press it again to the inside of the bangle. This way, your starting point and ending point won’t be visible on the outside of the piece.

5. Optional: Take the scissors and remove any frays that may still be visible. If you like the appearance of the fraying, feel free to leave it in place.

Your scrap fabric wrapped bracelet is now ready to be worn or gifted! You can design your style any way you want to!

Veggies and Dip Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey Snack for Kids

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kids healthy turkey snack cup

 I don’t know about your kids but mine LOVE their veggies and this Turkey Veggies & Dip cup is sure to be a big hit! Who says that turkeys can’t be fun? This is just one of many healthy Thanksgiving themed snacks you can offer your kids! Perfect for holiday parties or after school snacks! Take a look below at how you can craft your own veggies and dip turkey snack for kids in just a few minutes!

Supplies Needed:

small plastic cup
Brown construction paper, scrapbook paper or corkboard
googly eyes
orange pipe cleaner
red pipe cleaner
glue
scissors
assorted veggies (carrots, colorful peppers, etc)
Veggie dip of choice

kids healthy turkey snack cup

DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by preparing the face of your turkey. To do this cut out an oval or peanut shape from your brown paper.

2. Glue in place the googly eyes and let set.

3. Twist a small piece of pipe cleaner to look like a beak. Add some glue and press firmly onto the “face”.

kids healthy turkey snack cup

4. Finish up the face of the turkey by adding the red pipe cleaner for the gobbler. Press into place with glue.

5. Add some glue on the back of your turkey face and press firmly onto the front of the cup.

6. Fill the cup 1/4 to 1/3 of the way full with veggie dip. Low fat ranch is a great choice!

kids healthy turkey snack cup

7. Finish your turkey cup by adding the “feathers”. The feathers are made from the colorful vegetable sticks, sliced, and placed inside the dip.

Kids will LOVE dipping their “turkey feathers” of veggies into the dip and snacking away! What a FUN classroom party idea too!

 

Interactive Preschool Advent Calendar

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Preschool Advent Calendar

 With all the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season kids especially got SO incredibly excited about the approaching holiday season! This is an EASY project to get your preschoolers excited about counting down for the holidays while still working on their number recognition!

You’ll need:
-Colored paper
-Scissors
-Pen
Directions:
Begin by cutting out a large green triangle for your Christmas tree and a small brown rectangle for the trunk. I recommend outlining this in pencil if you are letting your preschooler cut their own tree! Glue them onto a piece of paper – any color you choose! Now comes the tricky part that an adult will probably need to help with. You’ll want to cut out 25 circles, all in different colors and in different sizes.  If you have a circle paper cutter it makes life so much easier but it’s of course totally doable by hand too! Make sure you also cut out a yellow star for the top of your tree!!
Use a pen or marker to label numbers 1-25 on each of your circles (one number per circle). Decorate the outside borders of your background paper by writing Merry Christmas or something like I did- 25 Days of Christmas! Glue on all of your circles as each day comes! OR you can place your numbers on the tree and place it inside a picture frame then cross off the numbers as the days approach. OR yet another idea is to laminate everything and use little velcro pieces for the kids to add the ornaments onto the tree so that you can use it as an interactive advent calendar every year!!

Kid’s Turkey Thanksgiving Snack Cup Idea

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kids turkey snack cup

 Are you looking for some fun turkey themed snacks for your kids this month with Thanksgiving coming up? If so this pudding cup turkey snack is incredibly simple and just the snack for you! It’s the perfect sweet treat to surprise your kids with after school. Take a peek below at how to whip up your own!

Supplies Needed:

pudding cups
rainbow Twizzlers
brown construction paper, scrapbook paper or cork board
googly eyes
orange pipe cleaner
red pipe cleaner
glue
scissors

DIRECTIONS:

turkey kids snack cup

1. Start by prepping the face of your turkey! To do this cut out an oval or peanut shape from your brown paper/corkboard.

2. Glue in place the googly eyes and let dry.

3. Twist a small length of pipe cleaner to look like a beak. Add some glue and press it onto the face.

4. Finish the face of the turkey by adding some red pipe cleaner for it’s gobbler. Glue it down!

5. Add glue to the back of your turkey “face” and press it to the front of the pudding cup firmly.

turkey kids snack cup

6. Create the feathers of the turkey by simply placing some rainbow licorice. (you might want to cut them in quarters)

MMMMMM your pudding cup turkey snack is ready to be served! Surprise the kids one day after school – doesn’t it look sweet?! Grab your spoon and take a seat! Kids and adults will dive right into this sweet snack! Perfect for parties too!

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Leg Party Favor Fun for Kids

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thanksgiving turkey leg party favor kids

 Are you looking for a cute unique way to dress up your Thanksgiving place settings? How about your classroom Thanksgiving celebration? Check out these SUPER easy and inexpensive turkey leg party favors which can be customized to your budget and theme!! These turkey leg party favors not only look so silly but they taste pretty sweet as well! Inside you can fill them with the sweets (or not so sweets!) of your choice!

Materials Needed:

thanksgiving turkey leg party favor kids

Candy or “Treat” of your Choice (Popcorn is another great option!)
Brown Paper Bag (1 per place setting) 
strips of white paper
tape

DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by filling the brown paper bag about 1/4 of the way full with candy or other choice of treat. We used candy corn since they are fall themed but you can easily use popcorn for a less sugary option!

2. Next twist the paper bag closed – don’t be afraid to twist it all the way down! You will see the turkey “leg” shape starting to form. Twist tightly so the candy or treat stays secure!

3. Set the bag / leg aside and create the “bone segment” of your leg. To do this cut out a 1 inch or so strip of white paper. You can use craft scissors to scallop the edges if you wish. Twist the paper around the end of the bag and secure it with glue or tape. (Tape is easiest!)

thanksgiving turkey leg party favor kids

4. Your turkey leg party favor is done!! Now you can simply place it on each guest’s plate, pass them out at the party, or use it to decorate a “platter” however you wish! Kids will easily be able to untwist or tear into their turkey leg bags for their treat!

This is such a FUN, CHEAP, and creative way to enjoy the Thanksgiving season!

DIY Gorgeous Gourd Votives Frugal Fall Craft

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 gourd fall DIY home decor

Gourds and fall go hand in hand! Take a look at how simple it is to create your own fall fun when you give these gorgeous gourd votives a try. And best of all these gourd votives cost just a few dollars to make several of and you can keep them for years to come!! Here is how you can craft your own in under just a few minutes!

gourd fall DIY home decor

Supplies Needed:

faux fall gourds ($1 or less at Walmart or the Dollar Tree)
votives
knife

If you wish you can use real gourds but they are a little harder to create and of course will eventually rot.

 DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by placing a votive on top of the gourd. Trace around it with a pencil – this will give you an idea of where you will need to cut and the size hole that you will need. Remove the votive.

2. Take a knife and cut out the circle as smoothly as you can. It’s just like carving a pumpkin!

gourd fall DIY home decor

3. Remove the piece you carve out and throw it away – you won’t need it again.

gourd fall DIY home decor

4. Press the votive into the hole that you just created. The foam of the gourd will give a bit allowing you to squeeze the votive snugly into place.

5. Just light up your votives and watch them glow!

 This makes a wonderful fall festive decoration and gift – and you can even use battery operated votives if you want! I personally like crafting a collection of these to display in a group together for a real fall festive appeal!