Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Handmade Classroom Gift Ideas {Preschool}

So, I've been thinking about some small gift ideas that I can give to my kid's Preschool classroom.  Keeping in mind that I need to do enough for two classrooms so I know it has to be something fairly easy, and fairly inexpensive.  They have this silly - 'no food' gift rule so candy, cookies and the like, are out.  These are a few of the ideas I've been tossing around.

We've made these alphabet crayons before.  They're really darling and I have lots of candy molds in assorted shapes, letters and numbers that I could use.  But they're a bit time consuming.  We made some as birthday party favors one year.  Tied in a ribbon it's really sweet.

Tutorial here

I love these crayon rolls and have seen many variations of them and super cute fabrics to coordinate would be adorable.  And I love giving them something cute and functional.  But let's be serious - having to make 28 of these is a bit much for this somewhat beginner sewer.  Although the tutorial looks fairly easy.

Tutorial at this lovely blog

And just look at these adorable little jars of homemade finger paints!  What preschooler wouldn't love playing with these!  Bella's favorite project at school is the paints.  And the rubber stamping. :)  I think we'll have to save this for an at-home project since I don't have a bunch of little jars or containers for them all but they sure are cute.

Tutorial found at Easie Peasie

I think I've decided on this Peppermint Play Dough.  My kids LOVE play dough.  They added some glitter to the dough so it's sparkly and fun.  We'll package ours in sandwich baggies with cute little toppers made from scrapbook papers.  I like that my kids can help with the project too.

Tutorial found at The Artful Parent

I'll be sharing teacher appreciate gifts this week as well.  What have you given as class or teacher gifts?

Friday, December 02, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

We finally started decorating the house today!  It felt like we were a bit behind with decorating so I'm happy to have some festive ornaments and Christmas-y touches around the house.  The kids love it too.  We have ornaments hanging in the windows and they will point and oooh and aaaah at them.  It's so much fun!  
I'm super excited to share our Design Team projects this month!  They've gone above and beyond with their Christmas projects!  Our STANDING CHRISTMAS TREE is definitely our top seasonal item!  I think probably because it's so versatile, which you will see below.  The paper flower tree (above) is by the ever-fabulous Julie Ann!  She rolled the paper flowers and glued them on the tree.  It's sooo pretty and girly, isn't it?!

This collaged Vintage-bird tree, by Cathleen is so pretty.  The sheet music, beaded garland and word quotes are just lovely touches!


Look at the papers and details.
 

And I love the bird topper.  Just beautiful!

Kim went with a white Christmas tree with lots of Bling!  A girl after my own heart. :)

Look at the pretty jewels.


Julie's looks more traditional where she took ribbon and gathered it on the tree to create a pretty look and topped it with a cute red polka dotted bow!



We also had our WREATH shape as a project. Laurie has all KINDS of goodies on her wreath!  It's so bright and fun and festive, isn't it?! 

She has some of her signature Trinket's (her Etsy shop) embellishments on the wreath too.


Pamela put a family Christmas photo in the center of her wreath.  She took a circle punch and crumpled all the pieces of paper to give it a dimensional look.  It has a sweet, Vintage look to it I think.

 Pretty bow and twine.


Pretty...

Look at the adorable Snow people!  Joyce created this fun little wreath and added snowflake embellishments too.

  

In the meadow we can build a snowman. Too cute!  I can't help but sing the song. :)

Cute hat and mittens too!
 

And Dawn has a more traditional look, doesn't it?!  With big, beautiful flowers and ribbon! 

I told you each one was really unique!  That's what I love about our shapes.  They create the canvas to do so many different things! 

Thanks ladies for all the inspiration!  And thanks to you for stopping by Say It With Letters.  xo