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We are a week away from St. Patrick’s Day, and my daughter asked me to make a fun craft to celebrate the day.  Since we are on Spring Break, we had plenty of time to come up with a cute (and adorable) St. Patrick’s Day rainbow bracelet, which ended up taking less than 5 minutes to put together!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Bracelets

As we made these bracelets, my daughter pointed out how fun these would be to make for birthday parties or other holidays.  And she was right! The bracelets can be customized to the holiday or event of your choice: red and pink for Valentine’s Day, red and green for Christmas, pastels for Easter, purple, yellow and green for Mardi Gras… the list goes on!

See how I make them here –> https://www.facebook.com/HustleMomRepeat/videos/1254213671294833/

 

To make these rainbow bracelets, you will need the following items:
 – plastic straws
 – scissors
 – small piece of aluminum foil
 – clear tape
 – hole puncher
 – ribbon or string
 – an iron

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Bracelets

Begin by lining up your straws, in the pattern of your choice, between two pieces of aluminum foil.  *I cut the “bendy part” off first, but I don’t know that it is necessary.  I will go back and try this week!  Make sure each straw is touching one another so they melt together.

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Bracelets

On a flat surface (I use the floor,) press your iron on the aluminum foil, melting the straws into one flat piece.  I can feel when the iron is no longer raised from the floor, indicating the straws are melting.  I counted twenty seconds of ironing, to make sure they were completely flat.

St. Patricks Day Rainbow Bracelets

Carefully lift the iron from the aluminum foil, then remove the flat piece of straws.  Trim each end, making them even, if they are not.  This is also a good time to fit the bracelet to the wrist of the person wearing it.

Add a clear piece of tape to each end, and again, trim the excess tape.  

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Bracelets

Punch a hole in each end, then add a ribbon or string for wearing!  So easy to make, and very cheap, too!  (I think a bag of 100 straws cost me $1.00, which should make anywhere from 20-50 bracelets, depending on length and number of colors used!)

School is about to go back into session and teachers are preparing for another great year.  While students have their backpacks ready and prepare to take those 1st day pictures, parents look for a quick and easy teacher gift idea for their child to bring to meet their teacher. 

This pencil frame is just that – simple, quick, easy and costs under $1.00 to make… it’s perfect!  (You can usually purchase a pack of pencils at Dollar Tree or Walmart, though with the back-to-school sales going on, you can pick up a 24 pack of pencils for about $0.50.)

 teacher gift idea pencil frame

SUPPLIES 

•12 Yellow Pencils  

•Super Glue

• Small Piece Of Ribbon

•Scissors 

•Printable, which can be found below

 teacher gift idea pencil frame

 

 teacher gift idea pencil frame

1. Take 12 Yellow Pencils and arrange them into the shape of a picture frame. Use 3 pencils to form each side of your Pencil Picture Frame. 

      teacher gift idea pencil frame2. Once you have your desired frame shape & size, take your super glue and start gluing your pencils together. Make sure to have any pencil labels facing the back end of your frame.

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3. Now take your frame sides & glue them together to make a picture frame. 

 

 teacher gift idea pencil frame

4. While your pencil frame is drying, take your ribbon and cut a long enough strand to use to hang your frame.

5. You will now want to take that ribbon strand and glue it onto the back of the frame. The ribbon glues very quickly, so you will want to make sure you decide where to place the ribbon ahead of time.

 teacher gift idea pencil frame

6. After you glue your strand of ribbon, take your printable and cut it to the Pencil Picture Frame size.  *To print the printable, just click on the image(s) below, save to your computer and hit print!

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7. Glue or tape your printable to the back of Pencil Picture Frame.

This teacher gift idea is perfect for a fun back to school craft or teacher appreciation week. You can also use them to frame those school photos when they come out!

 teacher gift idea pencil frame

 

If you are looking for a fun and easy rainbow craft for spring, summer, a rainy day or St. Patrick’s Day, this one is perfect for celebrating!  This kid-friendly tutorial is fun for all ages and fairly inexpensive! Using just a few supplies, you can pull this easy rainbow craft together in no time.

how to make an easy rainbow craft

How To Make An Easy Rainbow Craft

Supplies:

  1. Sort the rainbow-colored popsicle sticks in the pattern you would like your rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple if you’re sticking to the traditional rainbow order.  (This is a great activity for children!  Remember to teach them ROY G. BIV and make a fun lesson out of it, but don’t get discouraged if children want to switch up the color order.  Let them celebrate creativity in their own unique way!)
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  2. Take your glue stick and glue your popsicle sticks together.  (You can use regular glue, too, though drying time will be longer, and you may have to glue a few at a time in order for them to stick.)
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  3. While your popsicle sticks are drying, take your sparkle Foam Paper & cut it in half.
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  4. Turn your foam paper over and draw a cloud shape. It doesn’t need to look perfect, it’s more of a guide for cutting.
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  5. Once you have drawn the clouds, take your scissors and cut out the shape.
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  6. Use your glue stick to glue the popsicle stick rainbow onto the clouds and let dry!
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Easy to make, right?  If you can’t find the silver foam paper, you can use cotton balls or white paper (or cotton balls glued to white paper!)  This easy rainbow craft can even be customized for St. Patrick’s Day by adding a pot of gold to the bottom (or in place of the cloud!)  Have fun with it!  *If you make this, I’d love to see pictures! Tag me on social media @HustleMomRepeat

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paper towel butterfly

Spring might be a few months away, but the beauty of a butterfly is always welcomed!  It was such a beautiful day, so we went outside for a fun (and super easy) kid’s craft using three common items you may already have in your kitchen: Viva Vantage paper towels (I found mine at Walmart), water in a spray bottle and markers!  I like to use the Viva Vantage paper towels because I can allow my children to choose the size of their butterfly with the Choose-A-Size rolls!  My son likes to have a small paper towel wings while my daughter is a “bigger the better” kind of girl!

paper towel butterfly

Give each child a paper towel and have them draw on them.  They can draw a picture, dots, lines… this is definitely a time for them to get creative using the fine motor skills they were born with!

paper towel butterfly

When your child is done, take the designed paper towel and the spray bottle and go outside for a little fun!  (This step can be done in the bath tub, too!)  Spray the designed paper towel with water, a few sprays at a time.  As you do, you will see the marker design start to bleed, mixing with other colors.  You can spray as much or as little as you like, to get the final effect you are hoping for.  (Don’t over saturate your paper towel, though.)

Lay the Viva Vantage paper towel flat, then allow to dry for a few hours.  In the Texas heat, our paper towel took less than 20 minutes to dry.  Depending on weather conditions, you can always use a hair dryer to speed things up!  

 paper towel butterfly

Gently fold your paper towel like an accordion, then wrap a pipe cleaner or bread tie around the middle and let your children have fun!  These are cute hung from the ceiling or “flown” around the room!

 

Disclosure:  All opinions are my own.  Thank you to Viva Vantage and Walmart for sponsoring this post and helping me have a little fun with my children today!

It snowed again in the Dallas area last night.  I’m pretty sure we have about 4 inches of beautiful white snow sitting in my yard right now.  It’s absolutely beautiful and I’m so glad school was closed so my children can enjoy it!

While trying to come up with fun snow activities for the rare occasion, we made more Snow Ice Cream then gathered together to make a cool baking soda volcano in the snow.

I ran to the kitchen to grab a glass bottle, baking soda, vinegar and food coloring.

Push your bottle into the snow, then build a volcano around it.  Dump in a good amount of baking soda in the bottle (I used about 5 tablespoons) then add a few drops of food coloring.  *I just remembered someone told me you can add a small squirt of dishwashing liquid to the baking soda to make more fizz, but since I am remembering this after the fact, I didn’t try it.  
 
baking soda volcano
 
When you are ready to see the volcano erupt, pour in 1-2 cups of vinegar and stand back!  The vinegar, which is an acid, and the baking soda, which is the alkali, form a reaction that neutralizes each other.  The reaction releases carbon dioxide (the bubbles or gas) and “explodes”.
  

Fourth of July Crafts

The Fourth of July is fun and exciting!  My children love fireworks and I love that my husband gets a day off!  (Anyone with me there?)  We do crafts and make decorations the day before the holiday, and usually spend time at the beach on the day itself!  Who doesn’t enjoy fireworks over the lake?

I recently came across these fun Fourth of July Crafts, Decorations & Food Ideas that I couldn’t wait to share with my readers!  

I’ll start with my firework craft!  Children of all ages will have fun making fireworks of their own!

Southern Yankee Mix has ideas for a Kid’s Craft Party!  These glitter glasses are cool and fun!

A Frugal Friend shows us how to make this adorable 4th of July button applique t-shirt!

Jaime at Roubinek Reality makes these firecracker decorations for her front porch!

Or this recipe for a Chipotle Cheddar Burger from Real Posh Mom.  Delish!

Whenever we go to a party, I usually turn to my recipe for colored popcorn!  It can be made in red, white and blue for the 4th of July!

And finally, Arena at The Nerd’s Wife shows us how to bake these Star-Spangled Sugar Cookies that look too good to eat!