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Candy In a Can~Thrifty Gift Idea

Here is a fun, unusual gift idea for Valentine’s day, or anytime really!  It is thrifty, original and cute!

You will need

A can of fruit Must have the pull tab on top

Small candy

A smooth edge can opener like this one or this one

Super glue (not pictured) with a small hole for dispensing

Scrapbook paper or duct tape to decorate the can

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Begin by cutting your can open with the smooth top can opener.  A regular can opener will not work for this!  You may have a hard time when you get to the area with the pop top. Be gentle but try your best to get it around there.  If you can’t get it off, just leave that part attached. Gently pry open the top, making sure not to distort the shape of the lid.  You will be reattaching it in a few minutes.  Dump your fruit into a bowl so that you don’t waste it, and rinse out your can.  While your can dries, peel off the label.  This would also be good for April fools day, just leave the label on!

Once your can is dry, fill it with candy.  You will want something small.  I used conversation hearts.  Once your candy is in, set your lid back on to make sure that it isn’t too full and that there is still room for it to set right.  Now, you will take your super glue and carefully glue the lid back on.  You want to use a very thin layer so that it doesn’t drip into the can onto your candy.  Let that dry.  While it is drying, if you want to add some cute scrapbook paper to the outside, or other embellishments you can do that now.  As you can see from my picture, I put the paper on before I glued it.  It doesn’t really matter.

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Once that glue dries you have a unique gift to give.   All that is left for the recipient is to pop the tab and enjoy the surprise inside!  This would be such a cute, thrifty way to show someone that you are thinking about them this Valentine’s day.  I am really thinking that sending my kids to school with some mandarin oranges in their lunch on April fools day would be so fun.  You could leave a little note on top of the candy inside the can.  For now though, these make a sweet little Valentine’s day gift.

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Free Printable Valentines, Just Add Hair Ties!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and what could be easier than free printable Valentines?!  All you have to do is add hair ties that you can either buy, or make on your own!  There are so many cute elastic ribbon selections out there!  This set right here is a great deal!

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Ok, there are your printable valentines.  To use them, you will want to right click on the above images and save them to your computer.  That is it!

Once you have saved them you will want to go into another program to print them.  So,open up a program (I used Microsoft Publisher).  Open them, resize because right now they are a little large, and print!  I would recommend you shrink them to 4 to a page.  In fact, I think that you will want to leave them a little smaller than that, but not a lot.  So just leave a good space between the two.  I would give measurements,but Microsoft Publisher doesn’t have them so it isn’t much help!  If you don’t like that idea, or would like to just order them and save your ink, send them to a local store in a wallet size.  May be a little on the small size,but would still be a great option!

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Print them off on card stock, cut them out and you are ready to attach your hair tie.  For one of my styles I just wrapped it around and for the other I taped it to the side.

There you have it,a super simple yet adorable idea for your child’s valentines!

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DIY Paper Fortune Cookies perfect for Valentines Day

Heart Shaped Carrots healthy snack ideas for kids!

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Heart Shaped Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Raspberry Dessert Shooters for Valentines Day

Clothes pin butterfly

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Easy Candy DIY Bouquet 

Paper Flowers made with Straw stems

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Cupid Arrow Valentines, Quick, Easy, Great For Class Parties!

It is that time of year again, time to get those Valentine’s ready for your child’s class.  These are a great option, with very little work and inexpensive as can be!

You will need:

Skewers

Heart candy ( I used Palmer’s chocolate ones)

Paper

Hot glue

Begin by poking your skewer in the top of the heart candy.  Doesn’t have to go in very far, just enough to secure it.  After you have done that begin warming your hot glue gun.

Cut the paper into diamond shape like so.

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Once you have cut the paper into diamonds, you will want to cut the outer edge to give it a fringe.  Just like the top of an arrow.

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I realize that on the one I took photos of I messed up and cut the one side upside down.  Oops!  Oh well, it still looks cute, and the kids will probably not even notice!

Now you want to hot glue that on to your skewer.  Use a thin line of glue to prevent it from showing and squeezing out the sides.

That is it!  This would be great to tie a tag with a saying around the middle to personalize for each child.  Or keep it simple like I did and make them generic so that your child can hand them out to whomever!  I love that these are cute, and more fun then a boxed card, yet still inexpensive and easy to throw together.

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Snowman Toilet paper Christmas “Card”~ Thrifty Neighbor Gift

Looking for something thrifty, different, and fun to give your neighbors this year?  Or something to leave the mailman, paper boy and garbage man?  With how thrifty this craft is, you could make one for everyone that has ever done anything for you for next to nothing! Not to mention giving them a little chuckle at the same time!  Sounds pretty good, right?

Introducing the first ever “toilet paper Christmas card”.  You read that right.  Attached is a little note that says;

” Money is tight

And times are hard,

So we are giving you this

Instead of a card.

Hang over or under

Whichever is pleasin’

And remember we wish you

A great Holiday Season!”

Silly right?  You don’t normally encourage people to wipe with your Christmas card, but why not ;)?

You will need:

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Roll of toilet paper

Gallon size Ziploc bag

 ribbon (Curling ribbon or fabric ribbon either is fine)

glue stick

orange paper

googly eyes

black paper

hole punch

Poem attached to some cute Christmas paper

I created a printable of the poem. If you would like to size it to a 4 x 6 size, or whatever size you want you can open it in a free program like Picasa.  That will then give you the choice as to which size to print it.  I have used Picasa for years, and it is very easy to learn and use.

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Begin by sticking your toilet paper inside the Ziploc bag.  I then trimmed the zip top off of mine.  I like the look of having it tied with a ribbon.

Glue on your googly eyes.  Cut out an orange “carrot” whatever size you want.  Cut 4 round stones for the mouth.  Attach all of those with glue.  Print off your poem and glue it to some cute Christmas paper.  Punch a hole so you can stick the ribbon through it.  Tie that to the top so that it is sealed tightly.

There you have it!  Almost as easy as filling out a card, right?  I guarantee this one won’t be thrown away or forgotten anytime soon!

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Baby Jesus Shadowbox Craft

I absolutely love how this craft turned out!  The best part is that it is so simple and quick to put together!  What a great, last minute gift or decoration for the season!

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You will need

A shadowbox

Black vinyl

A Silhouette machine (optional, but they really are great and cut the vinyl like a dream!)

Decorative Shredded paper (the kind you get for gift baskets)

12 x 12 Scrapbook paper with a rustic look

Firstly  cut out your silhouette of baby Jesus.  I found one that I had saved on my software, but I am not sure if it was one I purchased or got from a friend so I can’t share it.  Sorry!

This would also work great if you were to cut it out of black paper and glue it to the INSIDE of the glass on your shadow box.  Just be sure you use some adhesive that won’t show up when it is dry.

Open your shadowbox and place the vinyl (or scrapbook paper) on the inside of the glass.  Now, if you are lucky and your shadowbox comes with a nice background you can avoid having to use the scrapbook paper.  Mine had a really nice burlap look to it,but I still chose to use the wood look paper because I really liked it.  This burlap looking fabric would’ve been really great too!

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Now that your silhouette of Jesus is on the glass, fill the frame to your liking with the paper shreds. Once you have it the way you want it, put your paper in and close the frame.

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It is really such a great piece!  The shadowbox gives it depth that just a flat frame and scrapbook paper wouldn’t give it.  What a great gift for someone on your Christmas list!

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Candy Cane Ornament, Great Kid Craft

This is a great craft that kids of all ages can have a great time with!  Why not let them take some time during that long Christmas vacation when they are starting to get bored?

You will need:

pipe cleaners

red beads

white beads

scissors

This is so simple!  All you have to do is tie a knot in the end of your pipe cleaner at one end.  Older kids shouldn’t have a problem with this, but you may have to help younger kids.

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Once you have your knot tied, you can start slipping on your beads.  By using these tri beads, it gives it more dimension.  Just rotate your beads so that the notches nest inside of one another.

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Once you have your desired length, we did about 7 inches, you will curve your pipe cleaner and tie another knot in the other end of the pipe cleaner.  Then clip as close as you can.

That is it, you are done!  You will now have some fun ornaments and fun memories to go with them!

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