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It is that time of year again! Kids are headed back to school. Some are excited about it, others, not so much.  I have some of each in my house.

Here is a fun printable for you to enjoy! Click here back to school to download the pdf. Just select it, save to your computer and then send to your favorite printer. You can also click the photo below and save it to your computer. I have found that sometimes the pdf prints better, but not all printers will print a pdf version. Either should be fine.

I think it would be cute with some fun school supplies for a beginning of the year teacher gift also.

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DIY Emoji party invitations, teen or tween party idea

I love making invitations for my kid’s birthday parties, but don’t want to take forever or spend a lot of money.

My daughter had a birthday and it was time to come up with something fitting for her. This seemed like the perfect idea for my texting obsessed teen.

You will need

Yellow cardstock or construction paper

markers, vinyl or paper in black, white, red

markers to write the party details on the back

scissors or a circle template cutter

I cut my circles in 4 inches and they seem to be perfect for a party invitation.

Begin by cutting your yellow cardstock into circles. I love this Martha Stewart circle cutter that I have had for years. You do need a self healing mat if you are going to use a cutter like this though.

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Once you have your circles cut it is time to decorate them. I used scraps of vinyl for them and have the faces I used if you are interested in them. I created them myself, so I don’t mind sharing. I made them on my trusty silhouette, so they are in that format, so shoot me a message or post in the comments if you are interested.

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Just write your party information on the back and you are done. This would also be cute as a party banner, party coasters, so many options and they are so cute!

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Mason jars have been around for decades and decades. Every home has got to have some just laying around in the garage with nothing in it. You can use Mason jars for more then canning food and holding moonshine in it. You can make lamps, soap pumps, food dispensers, piggy banks and more! Use them in the kitchen, in the hallway as a light fixture, and in the kids rooms to hold their little items like money or even marbles and toys. Use Mason Jars for all kinds of stuff and the best part is you already own them, now just put them to use with these Top 10 Lids for Mason Jars.mason_jar_pendant_lamp_kitMason Jar Pendant Lamp Kit in Rustic Brown

  • Use your own jar to create a lamp. Includes hooks, clamps, and a mason jar kit that will screw on any standard-size mason jar.
  • Shown with an 11 watt sign bulb from The Home Depot.® In spite of our ventilated lid, jars are small, closed spaces and we recommend a small light bulb with a low wattage for use with these kits.
  • Includes 15½ foot cloth-covered lamp cord with switched socket, two finished ceiling hooks, two cord clamps for adjusting the height of the lamp, and easy-to-follow instructions.
  • Add our option of pulleys for a really nice industrial look.
  • These lamps plug into any wall outlet; no wiring required.
  • Light bulbs are not included. Jar not included.

Mason jar table top lamp kitMason Jar Lamp Adapter

  • Fits any Regular Size Mason Jar
  • Black Finish
  • Lamp Shade not included
  • Mason jar not included

Solar light Mason jar lidSolar Lid Light “Silver”

  • Use indoors or outdoors
  • Water resistant
  • Fits any jar with a standard mason jar lid
  • Includes a rechargable long-life battery
  • Automatically turns on when dark

Mason Jar flower vase lidMason Jar Flower Frog – Flower vase

Drives me nuts when you dig around the house trying to find a flower vase for the cute flowers your kids just picked. But they are hard to store and I think this looks so much better.

  • Crackle black/red lid for jar to hold flowers upright in arrangements
  • Lid is 3″ diameter and 1″ tall
  • Fits pint, quart and half gallon Mason jars as well as any standard size Mason jar.
  • Mason jar is not included.
  • 9 holes for easy arranging!

Mason jar grain dispenser lidMason Jar Aluminum Grain Dispenser Lid

Great for rice, beans, cereal, and anything else that you need to organize in the kitchen. Even use it for scrapbooking nick-knacks.

  • Great for rice, beans and other staples.
  • Lightweight aluminum lid is food safe, dishwasher safe, and will not rust
  • Lid only. 2″ wide. Fits any standard mason jar. (Jar is not included.)
  • Note: This is a grain dispenser, not intended to seal tightly.

mason jar piggy bank lidCoin Bank Mason Jar Cap

  • Great solution for that loose change
  • Change your mason jar into a bank using the slotted lid
  • Fits regular mouth mason jars NOT Wide-Mouth
  • This is an unlined metal lid and not safe for food use

Mason Jar flip top lidreCAP Mason Jars Pour Cap – Regular Mouth Silver 4 Pack

  • REGULAR Mouth All-in-One Pour Cap – Shake, Pour, & Store!
  • FDA approved- Food Safe, BPA-free & Phthalates-free
  • Spill proof and top rack dishwasher safe
  • Made in the USA

Unique-Rustic-Primitive-Mason-Jar-Soap-Dispensers-Barn-Star-Caddy-Black-Lid1DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Pump Kit with Lid – Stainless Soap Dispenser Pump Top by Industrial Rewind – Lid and Pump (w/Tube) Only – Fits Pint and Quart Mason Jars

  • Stainless Finished Pump / Galvanized Stainless Lid
  • Lid fits Regular mouth canning jar
  • Use for liquid soap, hand sanitizer or lotion
  • Jar not included – comes with 1 lid, 1 pump w/tube, 1 collar ring – you put it together (DIY instructions included)
  • Search “Industrial Rewind” for more Soap Dispensers

mason jar oil lid kitSet of 2 Mason Jar Oil Lamp with Primitive Rusted Metal Lid for Home Decor, Crafting and Displaying

  • Set of 2 Mason Jar Oil Lamp with Primitive Rusted Metal Lid for Home Decor, Crafting and Displaying
  • Lamps measure: 5.25″ high without wick and 2.625″ in diameter
  • Simply fill the jar with lamp oil, place the wick into the oil, and light.
  • Perfect for primitive bathrooms, kitchens and home decor
  • Would make great inexpensive gifts

Mason jar straw daisy lidPewter Daisy Jelly Lid for Mason Jars 12 Count

  • Please note that a secondary seal is not included with this item. The top is open when placed on the jar.
  • Lids are approximately 2 3/4″ in diameter. (They do not fit wide mouth jars.)
  • Pack of 12 Decorative daisy cut lids for regular mouth mason jars
  • They are also a fabulous topper for homemade candles in mason jars!
  • Made In USA

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DIY Locker Wallpaper For a Fraction of the Price!

This year my daughter starts middle school.  Along with that rite of passage comes her first time using a locker.  She was so excited and wanted to get dress up her locker and make it cool.  I get that.  Until I priced the stuff.  The majority of what I could find was $15 at the least.  Not a price I was willing to pay.  I did research for it, and while it says it is “magnetic locker paper” it is actually basically thick wrapping paper with magnets that come with it to hold up the corners.  That’s it!  What a rip off!  This company is making a killing off of  middle school/ junior high kids!

Considering the fact that I am a tight wad, combined with the fact that I have 3 kids to go school shopping for, locker wallpaper just wasn’t in the budget.  But, I decided why not try to make it on my own?  The only downfall of this is that the stuff you buy comes with the sections cut out for the lock, and coat hooks.  Big deal!

I had my daughter pick out some wrapping paper she loved.  Since it was less than $3 a roll, I let her pick two.  Then I followed the dimensions from the package of the premade stuff.  I cut two rectangles of each pattern in each dimension.  The depth is wider than the  width so 2 rectangles were 40 inches x 12 inches and 2 were 40 inches x 18 inches.

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This size turned out to be way too big!  (That made me wonder how mad I would’ve been if I had paid for the precut stuff and the whole thing had to be readjusted!)

So we went to the school, where I proceeded to embarrass said daughter by hanging the wallpaper she so desperately wanted (kids, can’t win right?)

It turned out cute!  With the exception of having to fold some sides in to make them small enough to fit, it was relatively easy to install!  I brought a pair of scissors with me and was able to cut a hole for the lock section and poke holes for the coat hooks.

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We chose to hang ours with the Loctite funtak adjustable blue strips so that it wouldn’t leave any trace on the locker.  I did it in a few spots down each side.  It seemed to work really well!

So there you have it!  Now you can make your own and decorate your tween’s locker!

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