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    Acrylic Keychains Make Great Teacher Gifts

    I recently discovered the most amazing craft.  Check out my first post about acrylic keychains here.  They are so cute and fun to make.  These acrylic keychains make great teacher gifts. There are dozens of styles to choose from.  Check out Zindee.com, where I buy all the blanks.  In my last post, I shared how I created my own design using a circle blank and glitter. Now I’m going to share some secrets for making the more detailed designs. Supplies to Make Acrylic Keychain Gifts Zindee sales the key chains 10 for $2.00.  They are a nice quality.  Definitely order them through Zindee.  The suede tassels are a deal here. You…

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    How to Decorate Acrylic Keychains

    I discovered a fun craft that is great for all levels of crafters.  This post is how to decorate acrylic key chains for beginners.  They are fun to make and even more fun to give as gifts.  This post will focus on beginner level designs, but I will post more showing how to make more advanced designs.  All the keychain blanks have been purchased through Zindee.com Necessary Supplies to Decorate Acrylic Keychains As I said, this post will focus on beginner level designs anyone can make.  My daughter even made her own. Must-haves for this project: *Cricut *vinyl (love this brand) *Mod Podge *Transfer tape *acrylic circle *Diamond Glaze You…

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    DIY Gift for Dog Lovers

    You ever see something for sale and think “I could make that”?  Me too!  My latest challenge is a great DIY gift for dog lovers. I love the way they turned out, and my friend does too. I’ll share how to make these.  These would also be great as reverse canvases.  See my tutorial on making reverse canvases here.  Similar plaques sell online for about $30.00 each.  You can DIY for much less. What You Need for this DIY Gift Start with unfished wood.  These pieces were cut to 11″ x 12″. Home Depot or Lowes will cut wood to size for you.  That’s the cheapest way to go, or…

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    Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gifts

    I like to give my daughters a little something for Valentine’s Day and my husband always gives me a hard time for making every holiday a gift-giving day.  Even he can’t argue with this inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift.  Who doesn’t love Starbucks and chocolate? Practically Free Starbucks has these reusable cold drink cups for about $3.00. They are plastic, NOT acrylic, and they come with a reusable straw.  I got mine at the Starbucks in my Target so I saved 5% with my Red Card.  Score.  Now they say they are dishwasher safe for the top rack, however, if putting vinyl on them, I would skip the dishwasher. Grab a…

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    Quick and Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

      As a teacher myself, I can tell you I have an obsession with Post-It Notes and just about every teacher I know does too.  Stacks of Post-Its are strewn all over my desk and in just about every drawer.  So, this Post-It Note holder is the perfect quick and easy DIY teacher appreciation gift!  The best part, this is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift! Items Needed *Assorted scrapbook papers-I grabbed some at Hobby Lobby 5 for a $1.00 *Acrylic picture frame-I picked these up at Dollar Tree.  They have an assortment of sizes. *Ribbon-Hobby Lobby is a great place to pick some up for 50% off. *Paper flower embellishments-I…

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    DIY Photo Coasters

    These custom coasters make a great gift or you can make them for yourself with some of your favorite pictures.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought they would look great using some old black and white family photos.  The best part is this is a totally inexpensive craft that makes a great gift. It’s so simple that you can definitely have the kids help you with it. Supplies You Need: Ceramic Tiles (I grabbed a few at Home Depot for 11¢ each) Modge Podge I used matt finish (more on that later) Foam Brushes I used the widest brush I had Felt Pads I used 1-inch pads Plaid Acrylic Sealer Getting Started…

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    Thoughtful Gifts for Teachers or Any Dog Lover

    Gifts should be chosen or made with the recipient in mind. Personally, I would rather receive a small item the giver has put a lot of thought into over a more expensive one-size-fits-all generic gift.  I feel the same way about giving gifts. Teachers put a lot of thought into helping students grow and develop, so I like to put a lot of thought into a teacher gift.  I personally know quite a few teachers that are dog lovers as well, so this idea is perfect for them. I confess, I made these for my own dogs, but they would definitely make great gifts for a teacher or a friend…