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Since I am a TOTAL suck-up, as seen here, I just had to give my daughter's teacher Halloween presents. Cause that's normal, right?
I found these adorable ideas (inspiration one and inspiration two) on Pinterest and decided to combine them to make some spooky soaps. First I found some orange hand sanitizer (thanks Target!) and created a label in Publisher, cause I'm old school! I printed it onto a overhead projector transparency, be sure to follow the directions! I cute it out to the right size and slid it INSIDE the soap bottle using the "straw" to position it. It made a huge slimy mess, but it worked. The soap made it magically suction onto the inside, don't ask me how, but it works. I made this cute label, feel free to use it, just add your kid's name. Tied them together and scored more cool mom points with the teachers.
My friend was in charge of my daughter's school book fair, which was outer spaced themed this year. She knows that because of this kid, cute as is he, I am unable to help in the school. Because he would destroy. No joke. But, goodness he's cute!
So she asked me to help make some decorations instead. Invasion of the space pumpkins! That could totally have been an old movie title. Seeing at that it was almost Halloween and it was an outer space theme it seemed fitting.
I found one large carve-able pumpkin, a bunch of small pumpkins, a cheap charger, chrome spray paint, Christmas picks, green paint and googly eyes at my craft store and set to work. I totally didn't take any pictures of the process. Lack of coffee moment.
First I cut the pumpkin in half (as well as my finger). Then I used my soldering iron to cut/melt an opening in the charger to look like some sort of door, and glued it in between the two pumpkin halves. I added old Mardi Gras beads and foam pieces to make it a little fancier (and cover up my poor cutting job and gobs of hot glue) and then spray painted the whole thing with chrome paint.I added some foam paper stairs and a little sharpie on the "door" and the UFG (unidentified flying gourd) was done.
Here is the mini witch hat I made for myself. I cannot decide
if I look ridiculous or not! Witch (hee hee) probably isn't a good sign.
Who knew a "spooky witch", which HAD to include skulls, costume for a six year old could be so difficult! I don't know where my girly princess went! How did she go from a peacock and unicorn to a "spooky witch"? And she has already decided that she wants to be a vampire next year! I mourn the loss of cute tutu costumes!
Thankfully I am almost finished, just need to add finishing touches to the top.
Of course I had to have a mini witch hat to go with her costume!
And apparently I am completely out of touch and had to google rock stars for my son's costume.
How sad is that?
My friend's sweet girl was turning 5 and I wanted to make her something special for "Pixie Pie" as she is called. This adoarable canvas is SUPER simple.
I took a 12x18" canvas and painted it turquoise. I found some clip art abstract flowers and used them as templates to cut out shapes from scrapbook paper. Her favorite color is purple, so I went with that. I printed out some cute pictures of her. Chopped up some dimensional butterfly stickers to add fairy wings and some glittery stickers to write the saying. You could paint all that, but I CANNOT paint, I shudder to think of what it would have looked like! I gave it a few coats of Mod-Podge and there ya go! Super cute and she loves it!
These were a last minute project due to the panic attack my friend gave me the night before my daughter started kindergarten. She asked if I was giving the teachers anything. O.M.G! I was supposed to send them a gift on the first day?!?! EEK! Of course she didn't mention this till 6pm the night before. After I finished hyperventilating, I piggybacked on her idea and whipped up these. I had to do something or the teachers were sure to HATE MY BABY, right?!
We decided to be corny and go with "We are 'fortunate' that you are our teacher!" How punny is that?!? Eesh, I hate myself for typing that!
She picked up some Chinese take-out boxes and I made these (no sew!) fabric fortune cookies.
Fortunately (I cannot escape the puns!), since it was only 12 hours till school, I had all these products on hand in my craft hoarding closet.
You will need fabric, I think using these modern funky fabrics was what made them extra awesome, stiff iron-on interfacing, wire (I used floral wire), a length of ribbon, wire clippers, an iron and a hot glue gun.
Step one, trace a circle onto the fabric. Mine were 5" across. Sharpie used for illustration purposes, I don't suggest it. Cut out a circle a tiny bit smaller out of the interfacing.
Iron the interfacing onto the back side of the fabric. Take your wire and cut it slightly smaller than your interfaced fabric circle. Hot glue it on. Put the ribbon on top of the wire and hot glue it on to cover up the wire.
p.s. NOT true, we were the only ones who sent anything in. I am still thinking of a way to exact revenge on her for giving me a mini-heart attack!