French Barrettes Back to School Teacher’s Gift

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They’re Going Baaack….It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Seriously, even though summer vacations seem be getting shorter, kids are eager to go back to school. They miss their friends and social interactions, they miss learning, and they miss school shenanigans. They want to have their schedule back, and even though they love their parents, they really are tired of them by this time.

A Tradition – Teacher’s Gift

For the past few years, I have been making gifts for Spane’s teachers. In the past it was something edible, but with schools outlawing homemade items for insurance reasons of possible allergic reactions, I now have to make non-edible things. I made Apple Napkin Rings for Spane’s 4th grade teacher, and a Decorated Trinket Box for Spane’s 5th grade teacher, and this year, when Spane told me he has a female teacher for 6th grade, I decided to make matching French Barrettes for her. I have included a coupon for an additional ribbon barrette, since I don’t know if she even wears ribbons at all.

Making the French Barrettes

You can pick up packs of French Barrettes at any good crafting store. The ones I get usually come with 4 large ones, and 6 small ones. Since I usually only use the large ones, I always have small ones left over. They are actually perfect for putting on strung beads.French Barettes on Black Velvet

Recipe: White Bead Strung French Barrettes

Summary: Make these for a simple gift, or for yourself

Ingredients

  • French Barrettes
  • Florist Wire
  • Medium Size Beads

Instructions

  1. Pull a length of florist wire about 4 times the length of the barrette. Don’t cut it yet.
  2. String enough beads to be the length of the barrette. Make sure there is about a 4th of the wire at one end of the barrette, and cut the wire. There should be a hole at the end of the barrette, so string the wire in that hole, loop it around, and tie it off.
  3. Lay the wire with the beads down, and put the other end of the wire through the hole at the other end.
  4. Bring the wire up through the bottom of the barrette, and wrap it around the middle, so the beads in the middle of the barrette will not be able to move around.
  5. Tie off that piece of wire, and cut off any remaining bits, being sure that they are not sitting up where someone could stick themselves.

Variations

You can use whatever beading you want, just make sure that the beads are about the same width as the barrette is long.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Number of barrettes (yield): 2

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Make a Pretty School Color Bowdabra Bow

I think it’s important to use the school colors, and I’m lucky because our school colors are navy blue and gold.French Barrett Gift Box

Recipe: School Colors Bowdabra Bow

Ingredients

  • 1 Bowdabra
  • Main School Color Ribbon – Wide
  • Secondary School Color Ribbon – Narrow

Instructions

  1. Cut the narrow ribbon about 6 inches and lay it at the bottom of the Bowdabra vertically.
  2. Cut about a foot of the wide ribbon, and lay one end of it on top of the narrow ribbon horizontally. Then make a loop, push it down, make another loop on the other side, push it down, until you have made enough loops to use up the ribbon, or have a nice bow, which ever comes first.
  3. Do not try to tie off the ribbon yet!
  4. Use the Bowdabra wand to push the ribbon down as much as it will go.
  5. Slowly bring the narrow ribbon up to face you, and as you as slowly pulling the bow out, tie the narrow ribbon off.
  6. Fluff the wide ribbon, attach the bow to your gift box, and arrange the narrow ribbon to suit.

Quick notes

Of course, you can do this by hand, and you can even have your child help you by placing his or her finger to hold the ribbon while you tie it off. I don’t know about you, but I hated gift wrapping as a child because invariably my mother would catch my finger in the ribbon, and either would sting me, or she wouldn’t be able to get it off. Trust me, go for the Bowdabra.

Variations

You can use any colors you want, add as many embellishments as you want, flowers, feathers, stones, the possibilities are endless.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of bows (yield): 1

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Free Coupon!

Since I don’t know if Spane’s new teacher wears larger bows in her hair, I gave her a coupon for a free ribbon in the color or her choice. I hope she takes me up on it, and I’ll post here if she does.
French Barrets in Gift Box

Teacher Appreciation Day – Apple Napkin Rings

Crafts in this PostNapkin Rings

I love Teacher Appreciation Week. I love it because it honors the most important people in the world, the people who teach our children. Teachers are underpaid, and have to put up with increasingly larger class sizes. These dedicated men and women well deserve our appreciation. Last year, 2012, when Spane was in third grade, the PTA had a special luncheon in the newly created Teachers’ Garden, and I made a Lemon Wafer Cake that everyone thought was art, and not edible. The year before that, 2011, I made Star Party Sandwiches, because Spane had written about them in a second grade paper and his teacher really wanted to taste them. When Spane was in first grade, in 2010, I made Quick Meatless Enchiladas. I don’t think I knew about Teacher Appreciation Week when Spane was in Kinder, but if I did, I probably made something then, too.

Originally, I was going to make napkin rings for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, but then realized it is not a sit down type of affair, it’s a buffet featuring dishes prepared by parents (and they are ALL good cooks). So, I decided to make them just for his teacher. Part of appreciation week involves the kids bringing their teacher a present of some sort – Spane said that his teacher only wanted a card, and then when I presented him with these, he was happy.

These are very, very simple to make. You can probably find the apples in a craft store, although you might have a take them out of something else. The ones I found were loose and had been on some kind of spray. I was only charged one dollar for them – your mileage may vary.

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Easter Centerpieces

Crafts in this ProjectEaster Centerpiece

I think the best part about Easter is kids, and how much fun they can have. As some of you may know, I have been involved with a wonderful organization called Ascencia. I wanted to make them special centerpieces for their Easter breakfast, and I cooked breakfast as well.

We had a lot of fun making these little “nests”, as I got the children, including my dear Spane, to decorate plastic eggs in whatever fashion they desired. I had plenty of glitter glue, paint, sticky gems, and all we really needed to make FabergĂ© jealous.

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Halloween 2011 – Pee Wee Herman Vampire, Obelisk, Decapitated Woman

Halloween lawn 2011

Halloween lawn 2011

We had a great time this year, 2011, at Halloween, and I wanted to share our spooky lawn with you. This project was very inexpensive, and fun to do, if not a little messy.

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Bride and Groom Ghosts

Took one look at her groom and hung herself!

Took one look at her groom and hung herself!

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Halloween is my favorite holiday for crafts. There are so many fun projects you can do. Amber is making Zombie Dog Pumpkin for her son’s pumpkin contest. I’m sure she’ll win. I decided my theme this year was going to be about dead people, as I already have some Styrofoam I am going to use to make tomb stones.

We started our Halloween project this afternoon. A few weeks ago, I found some Polyethylene Foam laying discarded on the side of the road. As I walked past it, I thought, gee, it kind of looks like a ghost. Well, I went right back, picked it up, and took it home. Then when I was helping at the school a few days later, I found some smaller sheets and took those home, too, thinking I could make smaller ghosts.

So, I thought I would make a Bride and Groom ghosts, since I still have a lot of tulle left over from making Spane’s First Communion favor bags.

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