Does anyone have any frugal, cute crafts to start for the holidays? Like little gifts for teachers, etc.
Dana from PA
Some great gift ideas for teachers would be gift certificates (small denomination--I know a lot of parents can't afford a lot) or gift cards for restaurants or stores (Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Noble, etc.), a nice tray of fruit and muffins or basket of cocoas, teas & coffees, or something that goes along with a teacher's personal interests (candles for a candle-loving teacher, for example). Crafts are nice and very thoughtful, but speaking as a teacher myself, over the years you tend to get more crafty gifts than you know what to do with! It's nice to get something a little "pampering" sometimes, since teachers are usually giving of themselves so much. I don't want to totally discourage you from giving a craft project as a gift, since a child will be proud to have made it, but they could always help bake muffins or other goodies and help assemble a gift basket too. I've done this for my son's teachers in the past, and they seem to have really enjoyed it. If you do decide on a craft project, a homemade ornament is something that can be displayed year after year. Hope my ideas helped, and have fun with whatever you decide to do!
Here's an idea that you might like-- Go to your local craft store (like Michaels - because they have those coupons alot) and you can buy forms to mold your own chocolate. It sounds like alot of work but it's actually really easy. All you need to do it is a doubleboiler, a stove, a refrigerator, the chocolate and the mold that you pick out. Put the chocolate in the top of the doubleboiler with water in the lower part. When the chocolate is melted, spoon it carefully into the mold (make sure to carefully tap the mold with the warm chocolate in it on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Refrigerate flat and in a few hours, they just pop right out and you can make another batch after you clean the tray with soap and warm water. (Make sure it's completely dry before reusing though) It's easy. You can also put 1-2 drops of a flavoring in with the chocolate (mint, orange, raspberry, etc...) before you spoon it into the mold. I used to give wreath shapes, santa, trees-- you name it. Best part is that you can re-use the molds year after year. When the chocolate is done and out of the mold, just wrap it up pretty and keep relatively cool! Hope this helps!
Trust Me When I Write This...over half of my family members are teachers. The gifts that they truly love are ones that they can use. My step mother used to feel soooo guilty when she said that but I will never forget it either. I now make my child's teacher a "gift basket". Fill it with RED PENS, staples, baby wipes...ect from the Dollar Store. Your basket (container, decorated bag...use your imagination...your child could make the bag) can be as small or as big as you would like it to be...as a little "joke" I usually put in a sample of Tylenol...it has been a hit in my family for now 6 years. All thanks to my guilt ridden family members.
Origami - Paper Folded Objects are beautiful and not expensive. They are also are an excellent way for family to do something together. This link below is fun. Gifts can be placed in a gift boxes they make.
Kid's Crafts from Artists
This link shows how to use old CDs for art and other cool stuff. Maybe you can find something here.
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Sites for paper toys
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Last year I went to a thrift store and bought wine glasses. They were .25 each. Then went to $store and bought the small candles. You put them in the glasses - then in the oven till they melt and you have great new candles. You could add scent or buy scented ones. Just have to watch that the wick doesn't fall in. The teachers loved them.
Chocolates...much easier and faster to microwave the chocolate to get it to melt. Just a minute at a time, though, you do not want to cook your chocolate, just barely melt it. Chocolates are a hit, no matter what age you give them to. Melt chocolate, pour/spoon into mold, tap mold to get air bubbles out, place in fridge or freezer to harden, pop out and you're done.
Some kinds I make that go over well...
White chocolate with crushed candycane in it.
Brown chocolate with peanut butter in it...tastes like Reese's peanut butter cups. Maybe add a few chunks of nuts also...or just use chunky peanut butter.
One thing to note when using molds....never, never wash them in hot soapy water. That takes off the film on the mold and they will stick from then on.
As a teacher, please no cutesy nic-naks that have apples on them or say Teacher. No fragrance unless you know for sure it is one we use. Gift cards or homemade food gifts, especially if we have families are super. How about a card telling the teacher not to bring lunch on a certain day, and you bring her a nice lunch surprise, complete with holiday napkin, etc. (Be sure she doesn't have any special dietary needs). When I was single, a parent invited me to their home for a homemade pizza dinner-I loved it! Gifts of your time are lovely, too-maybe a gift cert. to do a bulletin board, build a bookcase, make some games, come in one morning and do copying, laminating, etc.