Snowman Candy Jar- Craft Day #1

Each month I have a girls day with two of my really good friends from way back in high school. We rotate through the months taking turns on choosing our activity/outing. In November (yes, I’m really late at posting this) we had a craft day. On my list of crafts was an ornament wreath, snowman candy jar and a canvas included lights. I will let you know all 3 crafts are complete and this is just my blog for the one, the others are coming. I will also let you know that it took longer than just the couple hours at my friends house to complete even one of these crafts!

Craft #1- Snowman Candy Jar

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For Valentine’s day last year my daughter made her teachers each a Candy Jar. I never got around to making one for myself and my classroom so I thought making a snowman candy jar would be a great idea.

Materials Needed:

Clay pot- any size will work but I like the medium size ones for these

Clay pot coaster/lid- Choose the size that will fit best with the size of your pot and candy dish

Candy dish- I got mine from Dollar Tree for $1. Just make sure it sits right on the bottom of the clay pot.

White acrylic paint

Black buttons

Black sharpie marker

Orange Sharpie marker

Pom-poms

Pipe cleaner

hot glue

Paint brushes

Instructions:

Paint 2-3 coats of white paint on the pot and lid (enough so that the clay doesn’t show through)

After the paint is dry hot glue 3 black buttons on the base of the pot (remember that the wide opening is what is down on the table)

Hot glue glass candy jar to the narrow base of the clay pot

While that is drying hot glue the pipe cleaner (I had to cut mine down to size) to the lid. Hot glue a pom pom on the end of the pipe cleaner to create the ear muffs.

After everything is dry, draw the face directly on the glass.

Fill with candy and enjoy.

We made two of these, one for myself at work and one as a Christmas present to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher.

 

Parent gifts for Christmas- Mod Podge Tile Coasters

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Three years ago for Christmas (when my youngest was born in 2012) I had a great idea to make handprint and footprint tiles as Christmas presents for the grandparents. Well, I did one complete set for myself (daughter hands and a fingerprint flower and my son’s 2 1/2 month old feet). I went out and bought a ton of tiles to do this project. When all was said and done with the project I ended up having a complete set for myself and that was it. Life with a newborn and 2 1/2 year old must have been a little crazy at that time 🙂

Fast forward to December 2015 and I am finally getting a chance to really go through some things (mainly because I was looking for my passport since I am going to the Dominican Republic in January) and I come across a Menard’s bag full of ceramic tiles. The light bulb went off then on what I was going to make my kiddos at school for their Christmas present. I remembered seeing an awesome craft on Pinterest where you Mod Podge a picture to a coaster.

So I made a quick little sign that said Kindergarten 2015-2016 and had each student come up and stand in front of the door and I snapped a picture of them. I immediately sent them to Walgreens (using a 40% off coupon) and ended up only paying around 4 dollars for my entire group. After counting the tiles I had lying around at home I only needed 11 more and went to Menards, which had them on sale for 10 cents a piece. I ended up spending around $5 total to make our whole class set of tiles.

I cut the pictures out into 4×4 squares and applied mod podge to the back of the picture and stuck it on the tile. After it was dry I added a layer of Mod Podge on top of the picture and coaster to set it.

I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do with them. I could put the felt on the back and have them use them as coasters but I thought to myself, If I were receiving this gift from my child would I want to use it as a coaster? The answer was NO. So, I took to Pinterest and found these super easy and cute easels made out of popsicle sticks. I used hot glue instead of craft glue because that is what I had.

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When I handed them out the parents who were at our party absolutely loved them.