Tuesday, December 22, 2015

easy gift idea from a muffin mix and a dish towel



I was shopping at Sam's club and I saw that they were clearancing out the Krusteaz Mimosa mix.  It sounded good so I bought it and took it home to try.  I made a big batch of muffins to take to my seminary class.  Just to be clear, I used water instead of champagne and I referred to them as orange muffins.  The next time I went back to Sam's Club they were even cheaper  That's when the thought occurred to me that I could give them out at Christmas with my home grown oranges.  

I was going to sew little bags to put them in.  But let's be honest, who wants to sew and who would even use a little bag?  That's when it occurred to me to wrap them in a dish towel.  Since mine are Christmas gifts I got red dish towels.  


Place the mix to one side of the center of the towel.


Fold the two sides over.


Fold it in half from the middle so that the two ends of the towel meet at the top.


Scrunch up the towel tightly just above the top of the mix.  Tie on a ribbon.


Make sure to include directions for the mix.  I called mine "Orange you glad it's Christmas muffins".  If you are doing a different occasion give it a name to fit the occasion.  For example "Newly Wed Nibble Muffins"  or "Chocolate Bunny Bake-mix Muffins" etc.


I attached my recipe with a safety pin hidden underneath the ribbon.  These were a big hit, and something that the recipient could actually reuse.

Since I bought my towels at the dollar store and the mixes were sooooo cheap, these ended up costing under $2 a piece! 
Wow!  That is a frugal gift idea!

You could also use cookie mix, cake mix, hot cocoa mix etc.









Sunday, December 6, 2015

Forget the Glass Slippers This Princess Wears Cowboy Boots, or Converse Printouts

I made these printouts for my daughter and granddaughter.  I thought they would love the saying.  If you would like a copy just click on the picture to make it larger.  Then save it into your pictures, or copy and save it into your printing program.  I have mine printed professionally.







Monday, November 16, 2015

Make a Cute Turkey Bow for Thanksgiving


I picked up these cute Halloween bows for fifty cents at a Halloween clearance sale. 



My challenge:
Make Halloween bows into Thanksgiving bows for my granddaughters with the craft supplies that I had on hand.


Here is what I used:
brown ribbon
green ribbon
a yellow plastic star
a wood button
2 tiny googly eyes
a small black puff ball



I hot glued the brown ribbon to the top of the bow to make it look more like a Thanksgiving bow and less like a Halloween bow.

When I went on line to see what others had done, the turkeys on the bows seemed too big for little girls to be wearing.  I was determined to make mine smaller, so I used a button for the body of my turkey.

On the back of the button I hot glued five small ribbons to form the feathers.  Then I used a black puff ball for the face and glued on eyes.

For the beaks I cut off a piece of a small graffiti star.
Now I can send them off to my granddaughters for their Thanksgiving.  











Sunday, October 25, 2015

Holiday Bingo Boards

I love to celebrate the Holidays by playing BINGO in my class. Here are BINGO boards designed for each holiday.  I have the students fill in the empty spaces with words of subjects that we are studying.   Each student fills in his or her own card so that no two students have the same card. Just make a list of words that the students can use to fill in the spaces.  You can custom make it for whatever you are studying.  If you are using it for a party you could display items for them to fill in the space with.





















For markers I like to use things like candy , or cereal.  Since I am teaching an early morning class, I got a bunch of Monster Cereal on sale at Target.  We will use that for the markers when we play Halloween BINGO.  It is also fun to have the students fill in one free space.

Print it on colored paper or card-stock to make it even more fun!

To get a copy for yourself just click on the picture to make it larger, then right click and save it into your pictures, or copy and paste it into you printing program.





Sunday, August 30, 2015

An End of the Year Gift for Seminary Doctrine and Covenants - Picture and Quote by Joseph Smith

At the end of the year I like to give the students a gift for coming to Seminary and being a part of my class.  This year my husband and I were leaving for Guatemala at the end of Seminary, so I had to come up with a quick and cheap gift to give to my class.  On pinterest I found this great printout from the Idea Door.  I really appreciate that they took the time to post this so that I could use it for my class.  Just click on the picture below to take you to the web page for this printout.


Then I found some cheap (but cute) frames from the Dollar Tree store.  I printed out the above quote in 4x6 size and put them in the picture frame.  There you have it! A cheap and easy gift that they students will have to remember their year of seminary.  

I also found this candy on clearance after Easter.  I think that I only paid 20 cents for it.  I thought it was a fun and cheap addition to my picture frame.  I always look through the holiday clearance and try to adapt whatever I find.  

I tied the two gifts together and added a personal note to each gifts.  The students loved them!  

I hope that you can use some of these ideas for your students.

Socks for LDS Seminary Birthday Gift - Ponder the Path of Thy Feet


I like to give my Seminary students a little gift for their birthday.  After searching high and low at the Deseret Book and Seagull Book I was still at a loss for a cheap, but meaningful gift.  I couldn't seem to find anything for under a few dollars.  What was cheap, looked cheap.  Then I remembered an outlet pajama store in Logan UT that sold socks for $1 a pair.  That seemed like a perfect price.  Then I went to the LDS.org and looked up the word Feet.  I found this great talk by President Monson entitled Ponder the Path of Thy Feet.

His quote was perfect for this year's study of the Old Testament.  I made up this little printout to attach to the socks when I give them to the students as a gift.

This idea can be used for just about anything - Visiting Teaching, Primary or Young Men or Young Women's.

Here is a multiple printout that you can use for your students.  Just click on the picture to make it large.  Then save it into your pictures or copy and paste it into your printing program.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub Recipe with free printout tags

I got a jar of Raspberry Lemonade Sugar Scrub at a bridal shower and just loved it.  It left my skin so soft and smooth.  I loved the way the coconut oil felt on my skin.  When I ran out of the sugar scrub I went online to  see if I could find the recipe.  

While shopping for the ingredients I decided that I could make mine a little bit cheaper and easier. After-all I don't really think that a $13 bottle of organic coconut oil is that important for scrubbing the dirt off of my skin.  I found a $4 bottle of LouAna Coconut Oil in the baking isle.  It was perfect for this project.



I emptied the Coconut Oil into a medium mixing bowl and melted it in the microwave for about 35 seconds.  When it was done I added the three Pink Lemonade unsweetened Kool-aid packets and a few drops of red food coloring.  Then I mixed in the sugar a half a cup at a time until it was very thick.  It took about 4 cups of sugar.


When I was done I put it into small jelly jars to give to my friends.
It fills about 10 jelly jars.




I tried it in the bath and love it!  It actually smells better than the organic fancy one that I used before!


Here are the printout tags that go with it.  To use them click on the picture to make it larger.  Right click on your mouse and save it into your pictures or copy and paste it into your printing program.

Enjoy!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Send a Yellow Care Package Full of Sunshine - with a free printable


My daughter is on a mission in Guatemala and I wanted her last package to be extra special so I decided to put together a yellow package full of sunshine.  I did it with a few other friends who all have daughters on missions as well.  We all kept our eyes out for yellow items to put into our sunshine packages.  
Here is some of the stuff that we found:

Some of the items that I needed to send were not yellow, so I wrapped them in yellow tissue paper.  The next thing that I did was to paint the inside of the box yellow.  I just used some acrylic paint.  It took a few coats to get it the deep yellow that I wanted.
Then I drew a happy face at the bottom and wrote along the top.
Then I added all of the yellow stuff,
and topped it off with a note.
Below is a note that you can print out onto yellow paper.






My daughter loved her package and the Guatemalan people loved it too.  I hope your's turns out great also!