Make a Quick teacher gift

Teacher Gift

Make a teacher gift that is quick and thoughtful.  Place a gift card with a personalized note from your child inside the gift box.  The box can be used on their desk if there is enough room after all the greatest teacher mugs.  I could not help myself on the apple buttons.  I would only give this too an early education teacher.  Not cool enough for the over 10 kids to see.  Make sure it is a gift card to a place that is on their wish list or to a place  you know they love.
Back-to-School-teacher gift

Materials to create a dyed wooden gift Teacher Gift box:

  • Wooden box available at local craft stores. Generally around a dollar
  • Dye in Aqua
  • Adtech Adhesive Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Back to School ButtonsTutti Fruity
  • Misc.  Paper towels, plastic grocery bag, sand paper, disposable container for dye.

Directions to make the wooden teacher gift box:

  1. If the box has rough edges you can sand them smooth with sandpaper.  Wipe off dust with a damp paper towel or tack cloth.
  2. Dip the box in heated dye bath.  Tap to remove excess.
  3. Place a paper towel on a plastic bag.  The paper towel is used to gather excess dye.
  4. Once the wood is dry you can add the button embellishments.
  5. Always cover your work surface when working with dye.  Gloves are a great option too.  I use metal tongs to keep my hands clean.

    Enjoy the process.  You can change out the buttons for any occasion too.  Spring flowers for Easter maybe?

recycled can craft for Easter with free printable graphics

How about a recycled can craft for Easter?  This recycled can craft is really quick and you can choose the graphic for it and make it for any occasion.

recycled can craft for easter


I printed the graphic on printable fabric that is purchased in almost any craft store.  The graphic Fairy has a post with 30 FREE printable vintage Easter graphics. 

You can pick and choose which one you like best or use one of your choosing.  I thought the darling girl and her sweet bunny were perfect for my house.  I love the soft look of the bunny and the color on her dress matches the colors in my house.  The graphics Fairy has a great selection of printables that are free for your use.

Supplies for recycled can craft for Easter:

  • 60 oz can
  • burlap
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and glue stick
  • Printable fabric and printer
  • sewing machine and thread
  • scissors
  • jute cording
  • button

Instructions for recycled can craft for Easter:

  1. Wash and dry a large can. Mine was left over from diced tomatoes that I used in chili for the super bowl.
  2. Cut a piece of burlap to fit around the can and use the hot glue gun to attach the burlap to the can.  You can sew around the burlap to stop fraying.
  3. Print the graphic and sew around the edges in a random pattern.
  4. Trim around the graphic and fray the edges.  Use the hot glue gun to attach the image.
  5. Wrap jute cording around the top and tie in a knot.  Add a couple of strands of cording into the knot and fray the edges
  6. Add a dollop of hot glue and press the button into the glue.  Hold while it dries.



Crystal Bangle with Sparkle and Dazzle

Crystal Bangle  super simple bangle bracelet


Turn a boring wood bangle into a Crystal Bangle with Sparkle and Dazzle. Get your wrist ready for a night out on the town with this sparklicious bracelet.

sparkle bangle Crystal Bangle

Materials for Crystal Bangle:

  • Crystal Sheets from Connie Crystal in black and white
  • bangle bracelet
  • black ink
  • hot pink paint
  • clear sealer
  • crystal sheets in black and white
  • jewelry glue
  • misc.- paint brush, tack cloth, sand paper

Directions for Crystal Bangle:

  1. Smooth any rough images with sand paper.  Remove debris.
  2. sparkle bangle
  3. Paint inside of bangle and allow to dry.  Sand and add a second coat if needed.IMG_6133
  4. Apply ink to exterior of the bangle.  You can apply it to the bangle or roll the bangle into the ink.
    apply clear coat to wood bangle
  5. Trim the crystal sheets to fit the size of the bangle and then adhere.  Allow the glue to dry a then wear for a night out on the town.

Connie Crystal logo Connie Crystal provided the crystal sheet for this project.

Floral Stick Pin

Winter-Pin clay floral  stick pin craftFloral Stick pins are pretty and you can wear them any time of the year.They make a great Mother’s Day gift or really any time of the year.  This stick pin is extra sparkly with crystal accents and shimmering paint accents.  The floral stick pin would make a great project for craft night.

size: 3”x6”


  • Darice Nickle Hat Pin, 6”
  • Polyform Sculpey Premo! Accents: Peacock Pearl Bright, Green Pearl, Blue Pearl
  • Connie Crystal Raindrop, 20mm
  • Swarovski Flat Back Peridot Rhinestones, 4mm
  • Silver jump rings, two
  • Felt scrap

Basic Supplies

cornstarch, aluminum foil, toothpick, scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  • Polyform Sculpey Flowers and Leaves Push Mold
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Jacquard Lumiere Paints: Citrine, Pearlescent Turquoise
  • Polyform Sculpey Bake & Bond
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin or pasta machine, parchment-lined baking sheet, oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive


1. Condition clay on clean work surface. Roll 4” clay ball with five parts Peacock Pearl Bright and one part Blue Pearl, blending clay until partially mixed.

2. Lightly dust mold with cornstarch. Press clay ball completely into mold. Remove excess clay so clay is flush with top of mold.

3. To release, gently push clay away from edge of mold toward center of molded piece. Repeat this step for each petal. Dust cornstarch in between molding each piece.

4. For base, cut 1” circle from clay. Position base on parchment-lined baking sheet. Apply Bake & Bond around edges of base; press flower petals onto base. Add small dollop of Bake & Bond on center of base; press flower securely onto base.

5. Roll thin Green Pearl rope; cut into five small lengths. Press lengths (stammen) onto center of flower.

6. Use toothpick to poke hole on bottom petal (for crystal attachment).

7. Roll small aluminum foil balls; position balls under petals for support when baking. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake flower in oven on parchment-lined baking sheet. Let cool completely.

8. Use toothpick with gem glue to adhere Peridot rhinestones onto ends of stammen and randomly onto petals. Let dry.

9. On covered work surface, use paintbrush to lightly brush Citrine and Pearlescent Turquoise randomly onto petals. Let dry.

10. Attach jump ring onto finding onto raindrop crystal using needle-nose pliers. Attach other jump ring through hole on bottom petal; thread raindrop crystal jump ring onto jump ring and squeeze closed.

11. Cut felt circle same-size as back of flower. Position hat pin onto center of felt circle. Apply gem glue onto felt circle; press flower on felt over hat pin. Let set before wearing.


1. Using a mold helps to create a consistent petal shape. Do not overfill the molds or you will have a lot of sanding to do after baking. Dust the mold with cornstarch for easier release.

DIY Moroccan Bangles

moroccan BanglesMoroccan Bangles – if you ever poked around this site – you know we love to make bangles.  They are a great project that is functional and fashionable  be finished in an evening.  You can use rub-ons in any style to create the style you are looking for in an accessory.  I have a penchant for all things Moroccan and Moroccan bangles are the bee’s knees.  I love warm earth tones and bold jewel tones found in Moroccan art and fashion.  And later, if you decide you want a different look you can paint over it and start again.

Materials for Moroccan Bangles:

  • Wooden bracelet
  • Americana Acrylic paints: brown; green; mustard
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre – Copper Kettle
  • Rub-ons: Bollywood (Frances Meyer); Lyon (Prima Marketing)
  • Liquid Laminate
  • paintbrush, Series 730B (Arnold Grumbacher)


Gold Bracelet

  1. Base-coat bracelet with mustard paint . Let the bangle dry.
  2. Apply bronze Rub ‘n Buff with your finger or paper towel.
  3. Apply rub-ons in the pattern of your choice. I use a popsicle stick to apply them.
  4. Use paintbrush to apply three coats of Clear Coat to bracelet, letting dry between coats. Try not to stir the clear coat or you will get tiny bubbles.   If you do get bubbles you can sand them off and re-coat.

Green Bracelet

  1. Base-coat the bracelet with green paint. Let the bangle dry.
  2. Apply rub-ons in the pattern of your choice.
  3. Use paintbrush to apply three coats of Clear Coat to bracelet, letting dry between coats.

    If you would like to see other bangles that have been made on this site check out these posts:

Hand painted animal print DIY bangles

Hand painted animal print DIY bangles

Animal Print Bangles

Clearsnap Smooch DIY Bangle

Clearsnap Smooch DIY Bangle

Floral Bangle

Rocker Bangle Bracelet

Rocker Bangle Bracelet

Plaid Rocker Girl Bangle

Pink Black and White Bangle

Pink Black and White Bangle

Embossed Wood Bangle Bracelet

Smooch Ink Sparkle DIY Bangle

Smooch Ink Sparkle DIY Bangle, diy wood bangle

Sparkle Bangle

Beautiful DIY Bangles

Beautiful DIY Bangles


Marakesh DIY Bangle

Marakesh DIY Bangle

Marakesh Bangle 

Layers of beauty

Layers of beauty

Shimmery Bangle Bracelet

Beautiful DIY Bangles

Beautiful DIY Bangles


Faux Mother of Pearl Jewelry

Create a Faux Mother of Pearl necklace and earring set with these easy to follow instructions.  The craft tutorial can be used to create the faux mother pearl look on any paper surface and is not limited to jewelry only.  Bring texture and color into your creations with this fun faux technique.

faux mother of pearl
sizes: necklace, 18” length; earrings, 2”

Materials for Faux Mother of Pearl:

  • Darice pearls, three each: brown, 8mm; cream, 6mm
  • Darice silver findings: ear wires, two; jump rings, seven; headpins, three; plate chain, 18” length; clasp
  • Mat board

Basic Supplies

paper towel, small container of water, 1/16” hole punch, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Originals Ovals #3 Die
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • DecoArt Americana Metallic Paints: Sky Blue Pearl, Moss Pearl, White Pearl; Sea Aqua Acrylic
  • DecoArt: Americana Satin Varnish, Small Mini Mop, Glazing Medium

Directions for Faux Mother of Pearl Technique:

1. Die cut one large and two medium ovals from mat board.

2. Quickly dip large oval in water and tap off excess. Place oval in palm and press in center of oval with thumb creating indentation. Use fingers to pinch edges to add greater depth. Let dry. Repeat for remaining ovals.

3. On covered work surface, basecoat all ovals Aqua Sea using mini mop. Let dry. Apply Sky Blue Pearl and then Moss Pearl on ovals; do not let paint dry between coats. Use mini mop to gently blend colors.

4. Mix White Pearl and Glazing Medium together; liberally apply mixture on all three ovals. Let dry.

5. Punch hole on top edge of each piece. Use needle-nose pliers to open jump ring and attach to hole.

6. String cream and brown pearls on each headpin. Use needle-nose pliers to form loop at end of each headpin; trim excess wire using wire cutters. Attach headpin to jump rings on ovals.

7. Attach ear wires to small ovals.

8. Attach large oval jump ring to center of 18” chain length. Attach jump ring to ends of chain length. Attach clasp to jump rings to finish.


1. Gently work moistened mat board around bowl or other rounded surface for curved seashell shape.Faux Mother-of-Pearl Jewelry

baby banner

baby banner

Design a sweet baby banner to announce the arrival of the little bundle of joy. Tailor the paint colors to complement the nursery room palette.  No sewing involved.  Just a little paint and glue and you can announce wether it is pink or blue.

Materials for Baby Banner

  • Canvas or cardstock shapes with scalloped trim: hearts, 3”, three; tags, 4”x6”, four
  • Chipboard letters: b, a, b, y
  • Jute twine, 32” length
  • Blue heart eyelets, 14


  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Yellow Light, Yellow Green, Razzle Berry, Purple Wave, Baby Blue; Matte Spray Sealer
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

basic supplies

  • newspaper (to cover work surface), flat paintbrush, scissors

Directions for Baby banner

  1. On covered work surface, paint hearts Razzle Berry, tags Yellow Light, “b” chipboard letters Purple Wave, and “a” and “y” chipboard letters Yellow Green. Let dry. Paint scalloped trim on tags Yellow Green or Baby Blue. Lightly paint scalloped trim on one heart (center heart) Baby Blue. Let dry.
  2. Adhere letters on center of tags. Let dry. Apply sealer. Let dry.
  3. Use Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in upper corner of each item as shown. Attach eyelets.
  4. Thread cording through eyelets using photo as guide. Trim cording ends.

Creamy Salad dressing trio- MSG FREE

Creamy Salad Dressing in a jar trio

The creamy salad dressing recipe trio makes a great gift.  You can choose the base for your salad or dip.  It pairs well with bases like sour cream, mayo, plain yogurt or kefir.
If you are used to using the packets from the store  – about 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of homemade Ranch seasoning equals one (1 oz.) packet of Ranch seasoning.

However, I’d suggest starting with about 2 tablespoons to your recipes then add more to taste.  You might also have to adjust the quantities of the herbs and spices for your family’s personal taste.  Mine likes less salt.  Results may also vary a bit depending on how fresh or old your herbs and spices are so adjust accordingly.
The herbs add great flavor and you can use the seasoning blend in a variety of ways.  Make a great salad dressing, marinade, oil and vinegar dip or top dressing by using your favorite base like sour cream, mayo, plain yogurt or kefir.  Enjoy your creamy salad dressing recipe trio in a variety of ways.

Creamy Italian:

  • ½ cup dried buttermilk powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Creamy Greek Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
  • 2  teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2  teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2  teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons onion powder

I like to add it to 3/4 cup olive oil and 3/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup balsamic

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix:

  • ½ cup dried buttermilk powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and mix. Place in an airtight container.

Tools and supplies for Creamy Salad dressing Trio:

Glass jar with lid for each variety
Scrap fabric for decorative trim
basket filler
Wood burning tool
Hot Glue gun
wood spoon

1.  Follow the instructions for wood burning here.  That is the technique used on the spoon.

Fill the basket with filler add a drop of hot glue to hold the glass jars in place.  Tie the bow around the package and then secure the wooden spoon.  Secure it with a drop of hot glue too.

Charm Bracelet

charm braceletSince it is cold and snowy we thought you might like a little Spring inspired piece.  Drawing inspiration from winged creatures of nature, create this charm bracelet as the perfect gift for any gardener. So think warmer thoughts with flowers and insects buzzing about.


  • Vintaj Natural Brass Co.: 12 1” brass eye pins, two Bitsy Butterfly charms, one Suspended Butterfly charm, 16” Etched Cable Chain, two Swirl Clasp Sets, one Secret Key charm, one Heart and Key Set charms, one Victoriana Bezel, two Bees charms
  • Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED: 14 Citron bicone beads, two purple multi-faceted beads, two purple bicone beads, four pink multi-faceted beads, one blue multifaceted bead


  • Beadalon: Chain-Nose Pliers, Designer Flush Cutter


  • Size
  • 1. Size is 8″.
  • Bracelet
  • 1. For bracelet, attach cable chains at both ends onto swirl clasps. Place beads on eye pins as shown. Attach one side of eye pin onto butterfly; create loop to attach eye pin to swirl clasp. Repeat for other side.
  • 2. For charms, string three different-sized beadsontoeye pin. Use round-nose pliers to make loop above top bead. Wrap extra wire around base of loop. Attach looponto link on bracelet. Trim excess wire. Attach butterfly charmonto bottom of eye pin. Repeat step for each charm.Craft a little Spring into the dreary cold with a charm bracelet.

cathedral window pincushions

cathedral window pincushions

Use this simple sewing technique to create cathedral window pincushions any sewist would love.
You can use any fabric you have on hand or even recycle an old shirt or two.  You can machine
stitch or hand stitch.

MATERIALS for cathedral window pincushions:


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Stick by Fairfield


  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, sewing needle, spray starch


1.  Use rotary cutter and self-healing mat to cut 10”, 5-1/2”, and 5” squares from fabric.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to 5” square using iron and pressing surface.
Use rotary cutter and mat to trim piece to 4-1/2” square.

2.  With right sides together, fold 10” square in half. Sew short ends of fabric closed with sewing machine
and thread using 1/2” seam allowance. Clip corners and steam seams open. Match center seams to
form square.

3.  With right sides together, pin opening closed with straight pins. Thread sewing needle and sew
opening closed with long running stitch, leaving small opening for turning.

4.  Turn right sides out, making sure all four corners of square are pointed. Iron flat. Peel off paper
backing and fuse 4-1/2” square to center of sewn square. Fold each corner inward so
finished square measures 4-1/2” diagonally. Iron flat.

5.  Carefully fold down both edges of corners to reveal coordinating fabric inside of square.
Iron flat and pin. Use machine to sew along folded edges. Sew edges of square approximately
1/2” from edges using straight stitch.

6.  Use sewing needle and thread to sew button or embellishment of choice on center of window.

7.  Use iron to press 1/2” seam allowance on 5-1/2” fabric square. With right sides together,
sew three edges of squares together, leaving one side open for turning and stuffing.
Turn right side out; stuff with fiberfill. Use sewing needle and whipstitch to sew
opening closed. Knot ends.

8.  Adhere flat-backed crystals to corners of window using fabric glue. Let dry.