Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bottle opener with cap catcher...

I was having a hard time.coming up with a gift idea for someone in my family. I googled and googled ideas and could really find anything until I stumbled upon a bottle opener with a cap catcher for sale on etsy. I thought hey! I can totally make one of these and it would be perfect for that person in my family!
I already had the bottle opener, the wood and the jar. The only thing I had to get was the clamp!
With a little bit of stain and some screws I put together a really cool gift that I would have loved to get myself!


Popsicle stick reindeer frame....

Christmas is approaching rather quickly and so is the December break. That means its time to send home the gifts the children make for their parents. This year we made popsicle reindeer frames.

You will need:
4 popsicle sticks
Glue gun
Brown paint

First I glued the popsicle sticks together to make a frame.... i measured around a 4x6 photo since we would be using these for pictures of the children.
Next i had the children paint the frame brown and also had the children make 2 handprints for the antlers.

Then i photographed each child wear a Rudolph nose. I used a red piece of construction paper and tape to temporarily stick it to their noses. (I will not post photos of the kids so here is a picture of yours truly)

I used to edit the photos with the black and white focal effect to leave only the nose red.

Then we attached the hand prints to the top of the frame and inserted the picture and there you have it! Rudolph the red nose reindeer!

We gave these as gifts to the parents and they were a huge hit! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Simple Handprint reindeer

I love using hand prints to make crafts that parents can keep forever. I try and do one for each holiday. For the Christmas holiday we made handprint reindeer. Its super easy and cute. They also make great gifts for grandparents. (NOTE: The children glued on the eyes and nose where ever they wanted. Thats what makes each one so unique)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Simple handprint menorah

Keeping with my latest theme of Hanukkah, today I am posting a quick and simple craft to help celebrate the holiday! This week we made Hand-print Menorahs. Some blue and yellow paint and a couple of tiny hands make a super cute decoration you can keep for a lifetime! (The "flames" on the candles are made using the childs finger. )

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

popsicle stick Star of David...

Since Hanukkah is just around the corner, we have been focusing on projects for the holiday. We like to send home gifts for Hanukkah and Christmas. This year we made popsicle stick Star of David frames to send home as gifts from the children for their parents. Its really simple and makes a super cute gift to save forever!

What you will need:

* 6 popsicle sticks (we used the larger ones)

* hot glue gun

* paint (we used blue glitter paint but choose what you like best)

First I made 2 seperate trianges. Its best to do it this way so each corner comes out even.

Next I glued the 2 triangles together to form the star.

After I put the stars together the children painted them, I took photos of the children and will place them in the center and use the star as a frame. You can add a magnet to the back to put it on your fridge or you can attach and string and hang it. 

What are some of your favorite Hanukkah projects to make with your kids?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Betty Crocker gluten free product review...

I am always trying out new gluten free products. I've learned that not everything always tastes great and its a lot of trial and error in finding products that actually taste good! Betty Crocker makes gluten free mixes for cakes, cookies, and brownies. I am sure they make other products but those just happen to be the ones that I have tried. 

To me, these brownies taste so much better than "regular" brownies. Whenever I go to a get together and have to bring something I always make these. Most people can't believe they are gluten free because they think gluten free stuff will taste bad.... but Betty Crocker choclate gluten free brownies are always a hit!

Because I was so amazed with the brownies, I decided I would give the chocolate chip cookies a try. Once again I myself couldn't believe how good they were. I have tried other brands and this one is by far my favorite.

Last on my list is the gluten free yellow cake mix. I actually just made cupcakes with this mix tonight, which prompted me to write this product review! This was my first time using this mix and the cupcakes came out delicious. So for all of you gluten free eaters out there looking for yummy desserts I suggest you try Betty Crockers gluten free line. You won't be disappointed!