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Teacher’s Gift with Handprint Wreath Card {FREE PRINTABLE}

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Teacher's Gift: "Thanks for your hand in helping me grow" with #DIY Handprint Wreath and various products for hands | spotofteadesigns.com

Tis the season for thanking those in your life for the awesome things they do and the ways they support you during the year. Brielle has been in daycare only a few months but has come to have a good bond with her teachers, Miss Beth and Miss Barb.

We wanted to thank them for having a hand in helping her grow so I put together a little hand themed gift. And since a holiday wouldn’t be complete without a craft to go with the gift, we worked up one of Brielle’s famous finger painting crafts to accompany the design: a handprint wreath!

Teacher's Gift: "Thanks for your hand in helping me grow" with Handprint Wreath | spotofteadesigns.com

We used two greens from our Crayola Fingerpaints Bold and Secondary Colors packs and had a fun finger painted morning.

Teacher's Gift: "Thanks for your hand in helping me grow" with Handprint Wreath | spotofteadesigns.com

To create the handprint wreath, I traced her hand on a piece of paper to make a template then turned over the dried finger painted papers and used the template to trace several hands. I also made a ring out of green paper as the base.

Teacher's Gift: "Thanks for your hand in helping me grow" with Handprint Wreath | spotofteadesigns.com

Of course my little helper is always nearby as I try to grab any of these shots. :)

Teacher's Gift: "Thanks for your hand in helping me grow" with #DIY Handprint Wreath and various products for hands | spotofteadesigns.com

I cut out and assembled the handprint wreath, attached a ribbon and hung it on a gift bag with a “Helping Hands” tags I designed.

Teacher's Gift: "Thanks for your hand in helping me grow" with #DIY Handprint Wreath and various products for hands | spotofteadesigns.com

Inside the bag we gifted them a few “hand” themed items like Purell, Wet Wipes, and gloves along with the ever popular Target giftcard. Because, really, what daycare teacher doesn’t want to wash their hands every two seconds and who can’t resist a trip to Target?

"Thanks for having a hand in helping me grow" Tag FREE PRINTABLE | spotofteadesigns.com

If you’re interested in recreating a handprint project to thank someone you know, you can download my “Helping Hands” tag design by clicking the image above! 

See all our toddler made finger paint projects for different seasons and holidays using techniques like sticker and tape resists here!

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Scrapbooking: Brielle’s Baby Book Part VIII

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Brielle's Baby Scrapbook | spotofteadesigns.com

Here are a few more pages from Brielle’s Baby Scrapbook

Baby Book as Scrapbook - Month 10 | spotofteadesigns.com
This month I had myself an early walker! We also realized her love of music. We had several babysitting opportunities this month since Derek and I had events to go to and her Great Gramma Ingrid came to visit from Florida. We celebrated Derek’s first Father’s Day at the beach where she first put her feet in the sand (and didn’t like it!)

Supplies: Patterned paper: Martha Stewart Crafts | Stickers: Martha Stewart Crafts

Baby Book as Scrapbook - Month 11 Summer Fun | spotofteadesigns.com

This month involved lots of outdoor activities including water table play, pools and just playing in the yard! Brielle broke out her funny dance move of bouncing her butt to the music which still makes us laugh!

Baby Book as Scrapbook - Summer Title from K&Company | spotofteadesigns.com

We started a mommy and me music class which was a lot of fun for both of us. She also began her love of collections putting rocks in a bucket, clothes in and out of the laundry basket and my Kindle wherever she can hide it.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Recollections, Martha Stewart Crafts | Stickers: K&Company | Tags: Martha Stewart Crafts | Punches: EK Tools

Baby Book as Scrapbook - Favorite Mom and Baby Photo on "Stay at Home Mom" Page | spotofteadesigns.com

The photo seen on this page has been all over Pinterest as it’s my title shot from my most popular most: First Time Mom Dos and Donts. I LOVE this picture of us as it documented a typical day of Brielle napping on my shoulder as I did chores one handed. I wanted to make sure to include it in her book so I surrounded it with some journaling about how lucky I feel to have stayed at home with her as long as I did.

Patterned paper: My Minds Eye | Embellishments: Martha Stewart Crafts | Alphabet Stickers: EK Success and American Crafts

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DIY Entry Way Tray

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DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

We don’t have a true “mud room” area where we can dump all our shoes, coats, sunglasses, keys and all those miscellaneous objects you can to drop off when you enter the door. Now that we have a fun new entry way space with my bright colorful mirror I wanted to try and create a little space for some of those little dodads we always have in our hands that we need to drop upon entry.

DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

I decided to craft up a little tray that would match my new frame and broke out my Deco Art Americana Home Décor Chalky Finish Paint.

DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

I picked up this plain wood tray at Michaels and applied a quick white base coat. As you can see, I did miss a few spots but I didn’t care since this would be covered and part of a distressed look later. I LOVE how well the Americana Acrylic paint covers wood surfaces! It’s the same paint we used for Allie’s DIY Alphabet Blocks we made at her baby shower!

DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

Next I applied one coat of the Chalky Finish paint named Treasure, the same one I used on my mirror.  Love this color!

DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

After allowing it to dry, I scratched it all up with a nice distressed look using a bit of sand paper. TIP: Lay an old rag or towel underneath as you do this step as it will get messy!

DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

The final step (which I forgot to photograph) was to apply the clear wax on top and buffer it to a light glossy finish. You can see my little assistant checking out my handiwork, or more likely starting into the eyes of my fun wood crate snowman that is now part of my holiday entry way décor!

DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

I love how it goes with my new blue themed décor and is the perfect size for a few pairs of sunglasses, keys or whatever else we have to drop off from our hands.

DIY Entry Way Tray made with @DecoArt_Inc American Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

Oh and here’s a sneak peek to my holiday décor hanging up at the house! You can even see my felt stocking advent calendar hung along the railing in the living room. :) #FutureBlogPost alert!

Tiny Prints Holiday Card Collection
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Use Your Stash Challenge: Bottle Cap Christmas Ornaments

Bottle Cap Christmas Ornament Wreath #gift #christmas #ornament | spotofteadesigns.com

It’s that time of the year: time to work on DIY ornaments!

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Long time readers will remember that my dad works at a craft beer brewery where we celebrated his 60th birthday last November.

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At one point he gave me a small set of these bottle caps for use in a craft project.

Beer Cap Clock Tutorial | spotofteadesigns.com

For Father’s Day I made him a beer cap clock and for Christmas I’m using more to make Christmas ornaments for the beer loving men around me.

Bottle Cap Christmas Ornament Wreath #gift #christmas #ornament | spotofteadesigns.com

Supplies:

  • Cardboard cut into a ring shape
  • Bottle Caps (used ones that are somewhat flattened could also work!)
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Red Bling Gems
  • Optional: Tag, Twine and Bows

Start by cutting out a ring shape from cardboard and paint it black.

Bottle Cap Christmas Ornament Wreath #gift #christmas #ornament | spotofteadesigns.com

Glue bottle caps around this ring.

Bottle Cap Christmas Ornament Wreath #gift #christmas #ornament | spotofteadesigns.com

Hot glue a ribbon for hanging and bling gems as accents. Complete by attaching red bows and a “Hoppy Holidays” tag up front. I got these red velvet bows at the dollar store but they were attached together with this ugly gold twist tie so I just replaced it with some black and white twine I STILL had left over from our wedding invitations and they look perfect!

Bottle Cap Christmas Ornament Wreath #gift #christmas #ornament | spotofteadesigns.com

To gift them, I slipped them in green organza giftbags left over from my St. Patrick’s Day Kid Craft from Store Supply Warehouse. Voila, that’s one simple Use Your Stash ornament project that would make a nice male oriented ornament for the men in your life!

Cricket Hill has black bottle caps but green ones from your favorite CRAFT beer brewery would also work nicely with the typical green wreath shape. :)

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2 Easy Elf On The Shelf Activities with Free Printables

2 Easy #ElfOnTheShelf Activities with Free #Printables: Send kids on a color hunt and write them a "secret" message (crayon resist)| spotofteadesigns.com

The holiday season is here and now it’s time for your Facebook feed to blow up with creative Elf On the Shelf ideas! While Brielle is a bit too young to understand this concept, I did help an elf find it’s way to my sister’s house last year to make sure my nephews were being nice and not naughty.

2 Easy #ElfOnTheShelf Ideas with Free #Printables | spotofteadesigns.com

Since she’s due with baby #3 soon and may be a little fried in the creative mommy field, I prepped two easy ideas their elf can do to with her boys. Both took 5 minutes or less to prep with only $1 spent on a watercolor set. They include a poem to describe the action which I turned into a free printable for your use!

Color Hunt:

Elf On the Shelf Free #Printable: Send the kids on a red and greeen color hunt! | spotofteadesigns.com

This one is super easy and only involves my printable poem and a piece of red and green construction paper. Encourage kids to roam around the house and try to find objects of these two colors and place them on the paper. If they have a lot of fun, pull out a sheet of other colors and continue to make a rainbow. Hopefully after the fun, they’ll put everything back where is goes, right?

Secret Message

#ElfOnTheShelf Activity: Write a "secret" message with a white crayon and paint over with watercolors | spotofteadesigns.com

This next one takes about five minutes of prep. Grab a white crayon out of your box and write a message on white paper. If you look hard you’ll be able to see it but it’s otherwise pretty hard to read.

#ElfOnTheShelf Activity: Write a "secret" message with a white crayon and paint over with watercolors | spotofteadesigns.com

Cut the paper up in large pieces. Once painted with watercolor paint (I got this cheap kit at the dollar store) a message will be revealed. The white crayon acts as a resist so the paint won’t stick. It’s much like our Father’s Day sticker resist frame Brielle made for Derek this year!

#ElfOnTheShelf Activity: Write a "secret" message with a white crayon and paint over with watercolors | spotofteadesigns.com

Once all the pieces are painted, arrange to read the “secret” message left by the elf! Kids will get a kick out of this crafty activity.

PS – If you use my printable to create a secret message with your elf, I’d love to see it! Please contact or mention me on social media to share!  :)

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Kid Made Birthday Card Featuring Fingerpaint Tape Resist

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Kid Made Birthday Card featuring Finger paint tape resist technique. #Kidscraft | spotofteadesigns.com

Today is Derek’s birthday! Since Brielle’s been in the picture I no longer make the birthday cards for him and she’s in charge! We grabbed our favorite Crayola Fingerpaints, smock and set her up in her art spot (her high chair) and we made him an extra special card!

Kid Made Birthday Card featuring Finger paint tape resist technique. #Kidscraft | spotofteadesigns.com

First I used ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and created a little stacked birthday cake.

Kid Made Birthday Card featuring Finger paint tape resist technique. #Kidscraft | spotofteadesigns.com

Then I let her go to town! She’s really into me dripping paint on the paper and then spreading around the drop so that’s the technique we went for.

Kid Made Birthday Card featuring Finger paint tape resist technique. #Kidscraft | spotofteadesigns.com

After a little playtime, she thoroughly covered the sheet which we then let dry.

Kid Made Birthday Card featuring Finger paint tape resist technique. #Kidscraft | spotofteadesigns.com

We peeled the tape, added some alphabet stickers and glued on pom poms as candles and we were done. Here is Brielle admiring and inspecting our work! She especially loved the pom pom touch! :)

Brielle and her daddy | spotofteadesigns.com

Happy Birthday Derek!

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20+ Handmade Gift Ideas

Over 20 Handmade #Gift ideas you can make for the holidays | spotofteadesigns.com

It’s one month until Christmas! it’s time to get shopping or get making! I put together a list of 20+ Handmade Gift Ideas from things I’ve shared on my blog over the past few years. Find a topic and get crafting people!

PS If you do happen to make something inspired by a Spotofteadesigns.com craft, I’d love to see it! I’m working on a “Reader’s Feature” post for 2015 and would love to see more submissions! Please contact me here.

FOR KIDS:

baby name garland | spotofteadesigns.com

Hospital Name Garland – if you know someone who’s expecting and they already revealed the name, make a little garland they can hang on the hospital crib and bet he envy of all the other babies on the floor!

Baby Headbands – Make them with satin flowers or felt shapes but make them in every color!

Custom Baby Onesies – use iron on letters to write your message of choice or create a onesie for each month of a babies first year!

Knotted Fleece Blanket – perfect for snuggling for those cold winter nights!

PAPERCRAFTERS:

Handmade Cards using circle punches and scrap paper | spotofteadesigns.com

Thank You Cards – craft up a set of thank you cards for someone’s upcoming wedding or new baby! Or make a generic set of thank yous. Or a set with random themes that can be used all year long!

Hidden Treasure Books – hollow out an old book and turn it into a secret hiding spot on your bookshelf!

ROOM DECOR:

Beer Cap Clock Tutorial | spotofteadesigns.com

Beer Cap Clock – Great for the man cave or good old dad!

Painted Canvas Art – Made a coordinated set of canvases with a geometric pattern, animal themed designs or a simple Jackson Pollock style piece.

Yarn Wrapped Letters – make it for a new baby, decorate a playroom wall or just do a single initial for a friend!

Glittered Striped Frame – Make it for Christmas or any season, but add some glitter to a boring white frame!

Message Picture Frame – Use photos of the kids holding letters to spell out a message like “we love you pop pop”

Decorative Wreath – use up those fabric scraps to make something for the holiday season.

Stenciled Pillow – add the extra element of a fun button collage.

FOOD AND DRINK:

"Mommy's Time Out" Wine Gift with FREE #Printable | spotofteadesigns.com

Mommy’s Time Out – Personalize a set of mini wine bottles with this free printable

Soda Can Cake – Can easily be done with beer cans too!

Reinbeers – Dress up a set of their favorite craft beer or bottled root beer!

JEWELRY:

Bird's nest Necklace | spotofteadesigns.com

Bird’s Nest Necklace – add pearls or gems inside the necklace to represent kids or grandkids.

Wood Bead Necklace – This simple DIY involves painting and stringing.

Garden Charm Bracelet - If necklaces aren’t their thing, collect charms on a charm bracelet in a specific color palette.

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Playing With Gold Jewelry Accessories

I’m more of a silver jewelry girl myself. But I had a bunch of gold accessories in my collection of jewelry making materials. I decided to take them out one day and make something with them.

Misc Gold Jewelry materials | spofoteadesigns.com

In just a short amount of time I made the below necklace accessory:

Gold and Pearl accessories necklace | spotofteadesigns.com

You know this necklace will only be worn at places where Miss Brielle isn’t in hand!

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