Calendar frame DIY gift

calendar frame

Last Christmas, my sister gave me this awesome calendar frame. It is her DIY that I am going to share with you.


What you need:

Glass Picture frame of your size


permeant markers and acrylic paint, paintbrushes


Smooth your burlap out and tape it down tight on a surface like a table. This is important that it is tight so your lines are straight. Lay your frame on the burlap so you know where your lines should be. Lay your ruler down on the burlap and make sure it is straight. Use a sharpie to draw the calendar lines. After your lines and your box at the top are done you can write the days of the week. She made my initial at the top and then painted it in with acrylic paint. Let completely dry and then glue the burlap to the back of the frame or staple the burlap down to the outside of the backing.   This will depend on the frame you got. Cut the burlap to fit.

* Make sure your burlap is tight or your lines will become wavy!

calendar frame

Now you can use dry erase markers or wet-erase on the glass. This makes a great gift. Wal-Mart and craft stores always have frames at great prices.

Check out our burlap clothespin frame too.

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Snowman painted spools and peg dolls

DIY paint a snowmanI love Snowmen, Olaf and Chilli included. Not as much as I love bunnies, but a close second. Snowmen are a huge part of my Winter decor. Last year I had a lot of blank spools left over from a Lalaloopsy party that we did. I decided to paint them and make them into a snowman. Sierra agreed that they would turn out good.
Snowmen spools

After I did that I realized I had some blank peg people that I was suppose to paint into princesses awhile back and never found the time to do. So I painted them into a snowman too.


snowman peg

What you will need is:

– any kind of wood piece including spools, pegs, blocks, door hanger etc.

– white, black, pink and orange acrylic paint (can use paint pens for black and orange)

– different size paint brushes including a small tip one for detail

I bought my spools and pegs from craft stores. Paint the wood piece all white and let dry completely. You may have to use a couple coats. After your white base is totally dry you are ready for details.

I paint the eyes then the mouth and buttons with black. I let that dry and then dip a q-tip in pink and dab their cheeks. I blot it with my finger to make it faded and not as bright. Lastly, I paint on the carrot nose. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Mine is swiggly carrot noses.

I’ve seen on Pinterest where some one painted wood blocks into snowmen and made ornaments out of them. The spools can be turned into ornaments by running ribbon looped thru the top to the bottom and tie a large knot on the bottom. The loop needs to be big enough  to hang from the top on the tree. ornament


Make sure the knot is big enough that it will not slide back through the hole. I used a small paintbrush to push the ribbon through to the bottom.


It is ready to hang on the tree and these can be given as gifts or sold at craft fairs.

The peg snowman can be made into ornament too but you have to screw a screw eye hook at the top. You can find those at craft stores, Wal-Mart, Amazon and hardware stores. If you buy a pack of those, start looking thru the house for little toys you can turn into ornaments. Most small plastic toys can be turned into an ornament.

This Video shows you how to turn toys into ornaments.

Gifts in a Jar DIY

While Sierra and I were out and about “Targeting,” (Target Shopping- It’s a sport. LOL) we came across some cute jars filled with candy for $3.99. Sierra decided to get them and spruce them up for her daughter’s jazzy jar entry. As soon as I saw them, I knew I could make them and for a better price.

Target candy jars

See I have a Starbucks addiction, so I go thru a lot of Starbucks bottles. I do recycle them and usually have some on hand at any given time. So you will need a recycled Starbucks bottle, candy of your choice, cute ribbon. The good thing about Starbucks bottles, is they are shaped similar to old milk bottles and they are easy to spruce up. Hot soapy water should get the label off. I used “goof off” to get the residue off after the label came off. Could use goo gone or any other adhesive remover. Give them a good wash or run thru the dishwasher. I did paint my lids but you could leave as is and tape a label on the top.

candy at Target

Now fill with your favorite candy, or pretzels and tie a ribbon.

Starbucks recycled gift bottle

Christmas inspired with peppermints and chalkboard label. $1 for the candy

snowman bottle

Snowman inspired with buttons hot glued and felt scarf filled with white chocolate pretzels. $1 for pretzels. Already had spare buttons and felt.

Wild Bird Feed gift bottle

Wild bird feed. Taped a label on it and hot glued jute string around the top. Free cause I had everything on hand. candy

Here is sierra’s after she jazzed hers up. You may also like our jazzy jar post,  it may give you ideas for  gifts in a jar too.

DIY Chocolate Stir Sticks

hot cocoa on a stick

With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve been looking for inspiration for things to make for gifts. These could be given to friends, teachers, coworkers and anyone who loves hot cocoa. I made these at Valentine’s day last year.

Chocolate on a stickCame across these at Target and I wanted to share an easy DIY for them too. They cost $1.00 a piece but can be duped for much less.
What you will need:
Double boiler or glass bowl to go over top of pot of simmering water
Heart shaped chocolate mold, ice trays work great. I got a heart shaped one from IKEA for $1
Stir sticks or a bag of wooden craft sticks, can even use sucker sticks
Ziploc baggie or piping bag. 
Cellophane wrap or treat bag
Option 1:
8 oz. chocolate bittersweet, semisweet, milk, and white chocolate all work (I used Andes Mints baking chocolate) 
3 Tbsp cocoa, sifted
6-8 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar, sifted, depending on how much sweeter you’d like your hot chocolate
pinch of salt
Giver’s blog has the best directions on making hot chocolate on a stick.
Option 2:
Just use baking chocolate and heat in microwave. Fill mold with ziploc bag or piping bag. Always tap the chocolate in the mold on a surface to release air bubble. Stick the stick straight up after the chocolate has hardened a little. 

hot cocoa on a stickCan

Jazzy Jars for School Fundraisers

jazzy jars

Each year our daughters’ elementary school hosts a fall carnival for PTA. The carnival is broken up into booths inside classrooms throughout the school. The children buy tickets to pay  for the booth games and buy jazzy jars. What are jazzy jars you ask? They are jars, baskets or other clear containers that are decorated and have items inside. The items can be toys, candy or other goodies. Last year my child did not get a jazzy jar because there clearly weren’t enough turned in. Sad day. Lots of unhappy or crying children after they waited to get one and then they run out before their turn. I decided to make as many as I possibly could and get other parents involved this year in hopes most children would get one.

So the planning process was throughout the year, picking up clearance items and saving treat bag leftovers from our parties that “Love it” has done. Recycled my Starbucks bottles and any jars I had. This year I turned in 32! That’s right, I am a SUPER Mom. Not only did my child turn in the most in the school but her class won an ice cream party. So T Bear got to jump line for a jazzy jar as her prize. The best news of all: the school had over 700 jars turned in this year. They actually had some leftover at the end= no crying children.

My jars were mild in comparison. Some jazzy jars were really out there and crazy. I made a dog treat one filled with dog bones and treats and painted dog prints on it. I made several pirate ones, because we did 3 pirate parties within a year. Sierra did a Doc McStuffins one for her daughter’s class. So here’s some of the cute ones I turned in:

cookie monster jarCookie Monster filled with assortment of cookies

snowman bottle

Snowman filled with white chocolate pretzels

Frozen jarFrozen (huge hit). I hand painted snowflakes all over the jar.

all girl jarAll things girl. I hot glued a tulle poof to the top. Tulle poof DIY .You will just want to make it big enough to cover your jar lid.

Wild Bird Feed bottleWild bird feed

Lego jarlego kitLego sets. A pencil wouldn’t fit inside, so I taped them to the side.

Super Hero setSuper hero

Welcome winter basketWelcome winter basket filled with chicken noodle soup can, hot cocoa packet, tea packet, candle, fruit snacks and chapstick

I’ve already started planning for next year’s carnival. I’ll have to turn in even more next year because the “littlest” will be at that school next year too.

You may also want to check out my post on DIY gifts in a jar.

Children “I am thankful” Ideas

Children  free thankful printables #freebie #thanksgiving

November is the month full of thanks! Here are some ideas and free printables to help your children celebrate the month of Thanksgiving

leaf template

Make your own thankful banner or thankful tree with these Free Leaf Template by Janeb-Myblog

I am thankful for free printable thanksgivingFreebie I am so thankful for… blank cards for children


Cute Free Thanksgiving jokes for your little ones lunchboxes by The Mother Huddle

placemat-printLove  this thankful placemat by Dimple Prints: consider laminating this at FedEx so they can reuse to keep them busy on Thanksgiving.

I am just so thankful to have you in my life free printable thanksgiving

I created these cute Thankful gift tags you can attach to gifts. Your child can also draw a picture on the back and use it as a card.

Thankful to have a teacher & friend like you free printable

Because our kids are always thankful for their teachers & friends: free gift tags

Easy Glitter ribbon clothespins

I have a confession: I actually do not like glitter. Well glitter that falls off and gets all over you, the couch, the car, the floor, etc. I actually despise halloween costumes that have glitter on them. It gets EVERYWHERE. I’ve been cheating for a long time now when I glitter things like clothespins. I have an Ikea art runner, where I made my own decorative clothespins to hold the art, cards, etc.

My trick: Glitter ribbon. I get most of mine from Michael’s but you can find it at any craft store and even Wal-Mart.

I picked up a lot of different colors out of the $1 bin of Michael’s this year. I have made these clothespins for myself and as gifts for others.

You can double side tape the ribbon to the wood clothespin or Mod Podge the ribbon to it. In order to Mod Podge; you paint a light coat on the clothespin and place your ribbon on. Smooth down and cut. Let dry and then coat the top of the glitter ribbon with a thin coat of Mod Podge. I use Gloss Mod Podge to make it shinny.

black glitter clothespins

Black Glitter Clothespins that I used in a “Gatsby” party. Also made Gold glitter ones to go with the black. Black can be used for Halloween decor.

I have an assortment of glitter clothespins for my art display. Red, Green, and Gold for Christmas; Pastel colors for Easter; Sea foam green and blues for Summer; etc.

You can also make as gifts and leave as is or put a magnet to the back for their fridge. Or make a set as bag clips. I made a Christmas set for my aunt a couple years back for her to hang Christmas cards from.

decorative clothespins

You can also decorate clothespins with other ribbons and burlap. A set like these were for sale at Michael’s for $3. You can pick up clothespins at Dollar Tree and use burlap or other ribbon you have on hand.

Mod Podge works wonders and you can decorate clothespins with scrapbook paper as well. You will need to outline your clothespins on the back of the paper before you start cutting, but it is easy enough. After the paper dries, sandpaper the edges a little to smooth the ends of the paper.

Washi tape can also be used to decorate clothespins. Glue a thumb tack to the back to post on bulletin boards.



Doc McStuffins inspired birthday favors

Doc McStuffins Favors

Our recent birthday party had a lot of fun favors. We had “Time for your check-up” baby station. Each baby (purchased at Dollar Tree) had a little felt Band-Aid and felt arm band with a little purple blanket.  For the blankets Sierra cut a purple handkerchiefs that she found at hobby lobby for .99 each into fours.

Bandaid supplies

For the band-aids I used a template from American Felt and Craft. You can even trace your outline on freezer paper and get better cuts out of felt. We were pressed for time on a friday night and I could not find my freezer paper so I just hand cut the felt. Doc McStuffins bandaids

I glued a small strip of velcro to ours so they could attach it to their baby dolls. I did not sew them or put white felt on the inside.

Doc McStuffins arm cuffI took purple felt and evenly cut it into rectangles to go on their baby dolls. Much like the bandaids, I put velcro on both ends.

Doc McStuffins doll for check up

One of the dolls we used for the “check up” section

Doc McStuffins Book of Boo Boos

Purchased  blank purple notebooks at Dollar Tree and hot glued heart cut outs from glitter scrapbook paper.

Treat bags display

Favor boxes display

Cute Doc

One of our Docs in her t-shirt lab coats and headband. Other Doc McStuffins favor DIYs.

Frozen Halloween Costume Round Up


Frozen Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is around the corner and I’m pretty certain Anna and Elsa will be one of the top costumes this year. I gathered up some Frozen ideas for costumes. If you know your little one wants to be something Frozen go ahead and get it now, so you’re not an angry mom come October. I checked out Disney’s website and they already had a banner saying “out of Frozen costumes” check back late September. also has cute custom made Frozen costumes but because they are custom the price can get high, but they do look beautiful. Here are a bunch of ideas to help you this Halloween.


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