It seems like everyone has the cutest Friday Day of School pictures.. I am great on a computer with making items.. but when it comes to writing on a chalk board.. I am horrible.. It looks like my 7 year old son wrote it.  Thanks to Skip to My Lou for making these super cute Back to School Photo signs.  The you can download the document HERE and print off the grades you need.  There are printable signs from grades Kindergarten to Senior year!


I found another great teacher gift idea on Gift Card Girlfriend which was adapted from Family Fun. Gift Card Plant Teacher Gift. This one would be great if you know a few mom’s in the class. You could go in together and get a few fun gift cards for the teacher!!

Gift Card Plant Teacher Gift


Plant (There are so many fun colorful plants out right now in my area!!) Loving the Gerber Daisy colors!

Gift Cards

Flower Templates

Bamboo Skewer



  1. Make the Flower Gift Card Holders
  2. Insert Gift Cards
  3. Insert into plant

Ideas to write on the flowers:

  • “Thanks for all your hard work” – gift card to Home Depot, Staples, etc.
  • “You’re so much fun” – gift card to the movies or video store.
  • “You’re our favorite” – gift card to her favorite place, free choice card!
  • “Thanks for keeping your cool” – gift card to the ice cream store.

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Post-It Picture Frame Present found on Paper Wings

What you need:
clear frames (Can grab at the Dollar Tree for, you guessed it…$1.00)
post-it’s (Check Walmart, Dollar Tree or even Staples!)
scrapbook paper/embellishments

I think it’s pretty self explanatory how to do this little project, but here goes…
Cut scrapbook paper to fit frame, stick post-its on the front, and attach ribbon or embellishment. Done. :)

I am loving this DIY Bird Nest Necklace for an idea for teachers and even for Mother’s Day. Sarah Ortega has a great posting on how to make the super cute Bird Nest Necklace!

Bird Nest Necklace

What you’ll need:
- Jewelry wire (I prefer using a 24 gauge because it is easier to manipulate but the 20 gauge can work well too with the help of some round nose pliers)
- pearls or glass beads
- necklace chain
- jump ring and a clasp


Directions: (you can visit the posting HERE to get pictures with each step)

  • Select the beads you want, string them onto your wire and arrange them as you’d like.
  • then simply wrap the wire around the beads
  • wrap some wire in the space between each bead (I like the look of three loops but you could just do one or two if you prefer)
  • this is what the back looked like. (In the other necklaces I attached a jump ring but on this one I just formed a loop with the wire.)
  • now attach a jump ring and a clasp to the end of a necklace chain
  • and this is what you end up with :)

I love this simple but cute idea for a Teacher Gift! All you need is a Flower (loving the Gerber Daisy’s!!) and visit Skip To My Lou to grab the FREE printable Gift Tag that you can even edit to add your own child’s name! The saying is too cute too “Thank You For helping X Bloom!”.

Check out Teacher Gift Idea #4: Box of Teacher Goodies. I found this cute DIY Box of Teacher Goodies on Eighteen25.


  • Plastic divided Box
  • Ribbon
  • 3 Pieces of Scrapbook Paper
  • Stickers for Name and to make bird (or whatever you choose)
  • Goodies to fill the box (check Dollar Tree, Michael $1 section, Target Dollar Spot)

Visit Eighteen25 to get the step by step directions on how to make this DIY Box of Teacher Goodies including pictures too.

Teacher gift idea #5: ABC Flowers found on Giggles Galore. You should be able to complete this one for just a few dollars. Simple & cute gift for a teacher… (If you do not want to use live flowers… I have found some great silk flowers at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and even Walmart that would be a great alternative.


  • Vase or Mason Jar
  • ABC Magnets
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers (real or fake)
  • Free printable “Thank You” tags HERE.


  • Place Alphabet Letters in Jar/Vase
  • Add Flowers
  • Tie Ribbon around Jar/Vase & Add Tag

Thanks Giggles Galore

On Skip To My Lou I found teacher Gift #6 which is on my list to make! This gift is called Stamp of Approval which is so fitting for my son’s teacher since they stamp the kiddo’s homework when they bring it back. If your not very crafty… This one is right up your alley.. Very simple to make.

Stamp of Approval

  • Wooden Box (I have found these at Dollar Tree, Michael’s & Hobby Lobby for cheap!)
  • Ink Pad
  • Stamps
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations (Stickers etc)


  • First paint the inside of the box with an antique white acrylic craft paint. Then simply covered the box with scrapbook paper when the paint had dried. Cut into the edges {corners} of the box with scissors so that the paper would wrap around the box nicely. Pasted it onto the box with a couple of layers Mod Podge on bottom and the top of the paper and let it dry completely between coats.
  • Add Ink Pad (Take box with you to see what fits)
  • Add Stamp(s)
  • Make a Tag for inside the box saying: ”Thanks for being such a great teacher. You have earned our STAMP of approval!”
  • Decorate front of box.. Maybe with teachers name…

Check out Skip to My Lou for her finished product.

Teacher Gift Idea #7: Enjoy Your Summer found on The Rachel Berry Blog

This one is great for those who might not be crafty at all! You only need 5 supplies that you can buy just about anywhere.

Items Needed:

  • Beach Towel
  • Magazine
  • Peach Rings (or any flavor or candy)
  • Travel Size Sunscreen
  • Ribbon

Have fun with Colors on this one. I have found so many fun beach towels and colorful ribbon lately. Just attach a simple note.. Telling your teacher to enjoy his or her summer!


With the 4th of July just around the corner… I found some great printables you can use for family fun as well as decorating too!  The “God Bless America….” is from Landee See, Landee Do and in sizes 5×7 and 8×10.  Find a white frame and you have a great decoration for your home!

The 4th of July Free Printable Bingo Cards come from Makedoodle and would be great game to play with the family!  I know Colin would just love this!  You can find some cheap buttons or just cut some squares out of paper or cardstock!

Another great FREE 4th of July printable!  Grab the Free 4th of July Word Art from The Crafting Chicks. You can choose to print up to a 16×20 in size.

Visit Made In A Day to grab two great FREE 4th of July Printables.  These include cupcake toppers as well as a fun printable you can use to decorate your home!


Looking for a way to show your spirit on July 4th?  Check out the two awesome FREE 4th of July graphics that 12 Months of Fun has released.  You can print these on transfer paper and add to your own tee!  I love the two designs (Flag & Star) they have for you to download for FREE!


With our temps at almost 90 in early May, I think it is safe to look for some water activities we can have a bit of fun with!  I just love how colorful these sponge bombs are!

Sponge Bomb Bucket Toss found on Inner Child Fun

Need: (All I think can be found at your local Dollar Store too!)

  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Zip Ties
  • Toe Nail Clippers to trim off excess Zip Ties
  • Buckets


The website did not really give much.  She did cut each sponge into thirds then used 9 strips per “Bomb”.  A reader submitted a suggestion to use toe nail clippers to cut excess zip ties. Just bunch them up (I did three rows wide & three high), and tie them up!  Add a little water and have some fun!

We had so much fun yesterday!  I had a bit of trouble find Zip Ties at my Dollar Tree so I headed over to Walmart and found them back in the hardware section.  We went with the longer clear ones which were a bit long…but the short ones would have been very hard to work with.


With the temps hitting 90 degrees this week… I did some looking around for some water fun.  I found some great ideas and wanted to make the one Simple Simon & Co but they did not have very detailed instructions at all.. So being that we are kinda handy.. We set off to Home Depot, and I am pretty happy with our results.  Colin loves it even more!  To make this fun project it only costs $8.00 or less at Home Depot (I am sure Lowe’s etc are similar).

We only used the glue on one piece so that we can easily store for next summer.  This beats buying the kid sprinklers in store that are pricey and seem to last only a summer or less!

*NOTE* I have the exact measurements for the PVC Pipe cuts… If your super friendly…Maybe you can get the associate at your Home Improvement Store to help you make those cuts (Save a bit of time and money if you do not have a saw).

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