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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