I love every holiday and any reason to make a treat for friends and family. When she was little I spent hours and hours working on treats for Madison to give to her friends for Valentine's Day.
But, as she has gotten older it's become more of a challenge to come up with new, unique fun treats for her to give to her friends at school.
Here is our idea from last year and it was super easy, fun, inexpensive, and something that you could adapt for any holiday or occasion!
Here is what we did..........
Sometime last year while shopping I stumbled across some clear alphabet stickers. They were on clearance for a great price and so I bought several packages and tucked them away in my craft closet thinking that someday soon I'd find a use for them.
(I do this all the time which is why I have a closet full of random stuff!)
As I started thinking of what to do for Madison's Valentine's Day treats- I remembered those cute little stickers.
A quick trip to the store for some cute Valentine's Day paper (thank you Target Dollar Spot),some Valentine ribbon (Target Dollar Spot again),and some Hershey's nugget candy bars and we were ready to work.
I simply measured and cut the paper to fit around the little bars- to cover up the writing- and we taped them on with a small piece of tape on the back of each bar.
Madison spelled out each of her friends names using the alphabet letters by placing one letter on each candy bar.
(getting creative when we ran out of Y's and E's)
We then rubber cemented some additional scrapbook paper onto
the back of some blank index cards cut in half lengthwise.
We rubber cemented each little candy bar to the white side of the card and slid each one into a clear plastic bag (from Hobby Lobby in the bag section)
and tied it with a little Valentine's ribbon.
-Hershey Nugget candy bars
-Valentine scrap book paper
-Blank index cards or cardstock
-Clear bags from Hobby Lobby
Cute, personalized little sweet treats that were fun and easy to make!
I am a girl that loves bows- in all shapes and sizes.
And so when I saw a way to make bows using a page
from a magazine I just had to try it.
And when I did and I found out how SUPER simple and fast it was-
I just had to share with you.
Here's what you'll need
(all of which you probably have in your house right this minute):
-a page from a magazine, a piece of scrapbook paper, a piece of wrapping paper or any other kind of paper you might have
-a pair of scissors (or a paper cutter)
-tape (regular Scotch tape or double sided tape)
-a stapler (I used this type of stapler and it worked fabulously because I could open and close it without squishing the paper)
Step 1: Use the ruler to mark the back of the page at 3/4 inch intervals and cut out 9 strips. Set three strips aside as these will remain full-sized. Take three strips and cut 1 inch off of each strip and throw scraps away. Take two strips and cut 2 inches off of each and throw scraps away. Cut a three inch piece from the remaining strip to use for the center of the bow. When you finish cutting your strips will look like this:
Step 2: Take each of the longer 8 strips and twist each one to form a loop at each end. Make sure that the side of the page that you want to show up is on the outside, not the inside. Staple each piece in the center after making the loops. Take the last piece- the smallest piece- and make it into a circle and tape it closed.
Step 3: Lay the longer of the 3 strips over each other, spacing them apart. Staple them together in the center. Add the next three in the same manner, and secure with another staple. Repeat with the last two strips and staple one final time. Use a piece of tape rolled up (or use double sided tape) to secure the round loop in the center of the bow.
A few hints:
scrapbook paper makes a fluffier bow which I love
you can make a larger or smaller bow- just extend or shorten the length of your strips
using a stapler that opens and closes easily is helpful because it keeps you from crushing the loops
These are so easy peasy and so inexpensive and quick! I don't think I'll ever buy another bow again. Trust me, if you make one, you'll want to make another and another and another and another...
I'm so glad so many of you want to join me on this journey!
It'll be fun for us to do this together!
Scripture Memory Ideas
~Buy a three ring index card sized little notebook. Each week write the week's verse in the notebook and carry it around in your purse, bag, or car. For some reason the fact that it's a 3 ringed notebook seems to make it easier to keep up with and it's definitely sturdier. I got this cute little one at Walmart and I love it.
~Print out a copy of the weeks verse and place it in a little picture frame that sits on your desk or somewhere that you will see often. I found this tiny frame at the dollar store and have one on each of my desks.
~Write the weeks verse on a chalkboard in your house where everyone in your family can see it. I got this super cute old chalkboard for Christmas and as soon as I can begnagconvince sweet talk Tony to hang it, it's going to be on the wall in our living room. Each week I'll write the new verse on it. By doing this I'm hoping that maybe the rest of my family will also learn a few new Bible verses this year.
~Use a dry erase marker to write the verse on your bathroom mirror. If you think about all the time you spend in your bathroom getting ready, it's a perfect place to do a little memorizing.
~Write the verse on a sticky note and put it on the dash of your car. During stop lights, traffics, and time spent waiting to drop off or pick up your children- it's a great place to review the verse of the week.
If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment and share!