Monthly Archives: December 2012

Pop-Top Gift Cans



Each year I search for easy, fun and CHEAP gift ideas for my son’s teacher. I like to find projects that he can help me make, also, this year we are on a firm budget. So, to try to stretch that dollar a little further, but still show our gratitude to his wonderful teacher(s), we decide to make Pop-Top Cans. See the simple steps below.

Click below to watch a How To video, featured on Moms Everyday on KWTX (may not show on mobile device)

The items you will need:

  • pull-top can (fruit cans work best)
  • smooth-edge can opener
  • craft paper or gift wrap
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • tape
  • glue gun
  • candy or other items to put inside cans
  • ribbons, stickers, or other adornments for outside of cans

Most of the items you will need are house hold items. The biggest expensive might be the smooth-edge can opener. (I bought one a few years ago at HEB for about $8. I use it all the time!) Also, fruit cans work best, because they don’t have an odor after you clean them out. (Cans that had chile or soup in them don’t smell great, even after a good scrub. Stick to the fruit cans.)

First things first… you need to empty the contents of your can by using the can opener to open the BOTTOM of the can. Leave the top pull-tab in place. (My daughter loves mandarin oranges and I love canned pears, so we are well stocked in these types of cans)


The next step is to take the label off the cans. (I had my handsome assistant help me.)

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After the label is removed, measure the can and cut a strip of scrap booking paper or gift wrap to fit around the can. You can use tape to adhere it to the can.



Next, the can can be filled with candy. I put Hersey’s Hugs and Kisses in our cans, but you can be creative. I thought of a few other items to put in the can: gift card, desk supply (paper clips, tacks, etc.), stickers, lip glosses, gum, necklace… the list goes on!


When the can is filled with goodies, you may want to tuck a small piece of tissue paper inside to finish filling the can and to protect the items from getting hot glue on them. Next, you will use a small amount of hot glue around the edge of the “lid”. Press it on, and remove any glue strings.


Once the glue is firm, turn the can over. You can embellishing the can with ribbon on the pull-tab, add a little note, attach letters… so much can be added to the cans. They are easy to make and fun to give! Your child’s teacher will love them!

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Christmas Ornament & Wall/Door Hanger- Inexpensive Gifts for Teachers


I am was searching for creative gift ideas for the ones who are with my kiddos almost more than I am each week day. I have a fun and inexpensive gift idea below. These gifts cost about $2 for the ornament, and $6.50 for the wall hanger!! I love to make items. I also love to spend time with my son, showing him how to make things with his hands. He helped me pick out the letters and colors. It’s not traditional Christmas colors, but very fun and will look great on his teacher’s door!

Click below to watch a How To video, featured on Moms Everyday on KWTX (may not show on mobile device)

The items you will need:

  • wood plaques from craft store (square wooden pieces)
  • acrylic paint
  • chip board letter
  • paper glue (Elmer’s will work, too)
  • scarp-booking paper or gift wrap
  • ribbon

Begin with painting the wood plaques. They are about 4″ by 4″. You can paint them all the same or paint each one a coordinating color. (You’ll want to be sure the colors all “go” when the paper and letters are in place) You can add several layers of paint to give it a rustic effect. Also, you can “rough it up” by using a fingernail file to distress it even more.



Cut the paper to fit on the plaques. Glue into place with glue. When they dry, add the chip board letters. If they don’t stick well, add a little glue and wait to dry. Adding embellishments will really make your ornament/wall hanger look expensive; add adhesive back jewels or ribbon on to the front.


Once they are dry, hot glue the ribbon to the back. If for the wall/door hanger, leave enough slack to have a loop at the top to hang. And, you are done!


Below are more that I made 2 years ago for my son’s daycare teachers. A lot more traditional for Christmas. I used plain square blocks of wood and larger ribbon.



Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Boys


DSC_0325These ornaments are VERY easy to make and cost about 50 cents a piece.

You will need:

  • clear glass ornaments
  • acrylic craft paint
  • access to a color printer
  • regular, manicure scissors or X-acto knife
  • ribbon (optional)

First, you will want to decide what image you want on the ornament. Plenty of images are available on Google. Copy them into a word document and adjust the size and print the imagine on regular white paper. Use scissors to cut out the design. (You may want to use manicure scissors to get the details cut close.)

Next, chose a color of paint that coordinates with your design. Remove the top metal part of the ornament; squeeze paint into the ornament and begin to swirl the paint around inside.  Make sure it covers the entire ornament. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Use Elmer’s glue to adhere the design onto the ornament. Let dry.

Last, you may want to tie a few ribbons to the top.

  • Christmas Ornaments for boys

Superhero ornaments for boys (of any age!)

Ninjago Costume


How to make a realistic Green Ninjago Costume- My 5 year old son wanted to be the Green Ninjago for Halloween this year. We couldn’t find one that looked like a REAL Ninjago. So, I decided to make one for him. Here are the steps. I took about 8 hours to make (a few hours an evening, over a weeks time).


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