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Father’s Day toppers {Freebie}

Here is a tongue-in-cheek FREE printable that can be used for a variety of Father’s Day uses… punch them out with a 2″ punch of any style and mount them on toothpicks and stick them in cupcakes, or in side dishes like potato salad and coleslaw at your Dad’s Day BBQ. You can also leave them square, punch a hole in one corner and use them as gift tags.

 

The man in our house jokingly calls himself ‘The King’ (at least that’s the name of his computer login, LOL). I decided that, at least for Father’s Day, he could be King of the TV Remote, King of the Recliner, and King of the BBQ.

 

Fathers Day red and blue cupcake toppers

He has a great sense of humor, so I know he will get a laugh out of these. Especially because I stuck them in his favorite dessert, Oreo Cake! (Stay tuned for recipe coming soon!)

Fathers Day cupcake toppers stuck in a slice of Oreo Cake

Download your free Father’s Day printables HERE.

It is a PDF file and can be opened in any PDF reader (see Adobe.com if you don’t have one, but you probably do). I recommend printing them in color at home on photo paper, or commercially on 65 lb or heavier white cardstock (which you can do at UPS stores for around 39c, or approx 89c at Kinkos or Office Max).

I hope you enjoy these toppers, and I would love to see what you do with them!

A Beehive shaped jar with a ribbon a tag and lotion tubes inside

{Freebie} Teacher Appreciation

I made this bee-themed gift for my son’s First Grade teacher.

Partly I was inspired to use bees because his teacher has a running BUMBLE BEE theme in her classroom (for example, each child has a bee with their name on it on the wall, and if they misbehave they ‘lose a stinger’ or are ‘out of the hive’).

And partly I wanted to go with bees because I found this cute beehived-shaped tealight holder at Target. It was in the Dollar Spot area, so they may not have it regularly.  If you can’t find one, a yellow or black gift bag with a bee tag on it would do just fine (and hold more, as well).

supplies to make a bee themed gift

In keeping with the bee theme, I filled it with Burt’s Bees products. I purchased the ‘Head to Toe’ kit at Target for $13. I tied a ribbon around the tealight holder and put as many of the items as I could into the jar. You could add a gift card or any other small item to the jar if you prefer.

Bumble Bee themed gift for teacher appreciation

I gave it to her with the bee letter that you can DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE.

bee anagram letter

I had my son write his teacher’s name at the top, and sign his name at the bottom. I also added the date in small print.

Click HERE to download the Teacher Tags.
(Then right-click and save the file).

Child and teacher with teacher appreciation gift

I think his teacher liked it, and I hope you do, too!

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Personalized Photo Coat Hooks {DIY}

Here’s a quick (and cheap!) craft I did in an attempt to solve the ‘backpacks & lunch sacks all over the floor’ issue.  Now my boys know exactly where their coats and backpacks go after school. I hung these above our shoe organizer seat in the foyer, so it’s the first thing they see when they walk in the door.

2 coat hooks with photos

I found the hooks on clearance at Hobby Lobby for less than $2 each, but I wasn’t crazy about the design.

Coat hook from Hobby Lobby

Let’s be clear… I LOVE Fleur-de-Lys. Because of my French name, I’ve been decorating my home with them since 1992. Back then I had to import them from France because the only fleur-de-lis I could find in the US had Boy Scout stuff on it.  Fortunately I studied in France briefly, so I brought a bunch of the decor home myself.  AND taupe is probably my favorite color. But this design just didn’t resonate with me.  So it had to go.

Because the design was 5″ square, I printed a photo of each child in a 5″x7″ size (38c each at Sam’s Club – best price out there)!  Then I trimmed the photos with a paper cutter, and applied Mod Podge onto the face of the existing design and placed the photo on top. The next day I coated the top of the photo with Mod Podge, and let it dry.

Coat hook with photo decor

Then it was just a matter of hanging them, and explaining to the boys the consequences for putting their coats and rucksacks on the floor instead of on the hooks (which ranged from extra chores, to grounding, to locust swarms and other pestlience in their bedrooms).

The entire project cost me less than $5 (though I already had the Mod Podge, because really, who could live without it)?!

Cheers,

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