Tuesday, May 24, 2016

let's get crafty: s'more teachers like you gift idea + free printable gift tag.

What's Summer without s'mores?  
This bucket of s'mores makes for a creative and cute teacher gift.  Always remember, it's the thought that counts.  Each bucket of s'mores costs under $5 to put together and is an excellent inexpensive gift idea, especially if you're passing out multiples at the end of the school year.

the supplies.

bucket, basket or container
2 chocolate candy bars
large marshmallows
graham wafers
clear treat bags
free printable s'more teachers like you tag

the how-to.

1. Package your marshmallows and graham wafers in clear treat bags tied with twine.
2. Place the chocolate candy bars, mallows and wafers into your bucket, basket or container.
3. Download, print, trim and hole punch the free printable s'more teachers like you tag.
4. Attach the tag to the container using twine.

Monday, May 23, 2016

let's get crafty + freebies: DIY rock succulents + printable occasion flags + gift tag.

I spotted this project on Pinterest and couldn't wait for a crafternoon to work on it with my daughters. We love going for nature walks and one of our favourite things to do is throw rocks into the river, and along the way, pick our favourites and bring them home.

I loosely followed this tutorial and created my own collection of DIY rock succulents. I arranged the cacti in a simple terracotta pot filled with decorative sand.  I designed a set of printable flag inserts with messages suited to any occasion along with a gift tag with a cute poem with room for a signature on the bottom.  The flag inserts are simply folded at the end, wrapped around a toothpick and secured with a dab of hot glue. You can use these printables to accompany a real succulent plant or terrarrium as well!

This craft makes a wonderful, inexpensive, unique gift for anyone... especially someone lacking a green thumb like me!  And just in time for school's end, this immortal plant would be a lovely gift for your favourite teacher.

Friday, May 20, 2016

freebies: HOORAY free art print.

fridays are for freebies!  

it's May long weekend!  And we're not going to let these cool temps, gloomy skies and raindrops bring us down!  Here's a cheerful art print available in 3 colours for you to add to any space!

simply download and print at home or at your local photo printing location. i'd love to see how you incorporate it into a space, so feel free to email me or tag me @sarahmstyleyyc in your photos on instagram!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

DIY: teacher appreciation plant pots + free printables.

summer is almost here and school is nearly out... and i'm officially counting down the days of packed lunches!  a whirlwind year filled with lots of learning, proud art projects, anticipated gym days, and new friends.  my 3 certainly loved their teachers this year and to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication all year long, we love giving unique, personalized, cheerful gifts that won't break the bank.  this project also makes the perfect gift for care providers or day homes.

i designed two chalkboard painted terracotta pots that can be customized with your very own special message.  you can use any plant pot for this project, or even have your child paint their own pot to make the gift even more special.

the first plant includes a ruler with a free printable tag "thank you for helping me grow".  I cut out a couple leaves to add to the tag as well for a little colour and detail.  the second plant includes a bunting banner created with a free printable alphabet bunting set, where you can trim out letters to spell your own message.  the bunting is strung between two rulers.  i also added colourful leaves to the bunting with mini clothespins.

the supplies.

terracotta plant pot {or any pot of your choosing}
chalkboard paint {optional}
painters tape
foam paint brush
hot glue gun
free printable thank you tag or free printable alphabet bunting
scrapbook paper for leaves {optional}
twine, yarn, or ribbon for bunting

the how-to.

1. Paint your pots.  In my project, I masked the top border of my terracotta pot and painted the remainder with 3 coats of Rustoleum chalkboard paint.   Also, you can use any finished plant pot for this project and skip the painting, or even have your child paint their own pot to make the gift even more special. 

2. Print the free printable alphabet bunting or free printable thank you tags. Trim the printables. Cut leaves if desired.

3 a. Attach the thank you tag and leaves to the ruler with hot glue. 

3 b. Fold the bunting letters in half and attached to your string using a dab of hot glue in the inner fold.  Tie your string to each ruler with a double knot. Add leaves to your bunting if desired.

4. If you painted your pots with chalkboard paint, it's time to write your  message on your pots.  I customized one of my pots with a teacher's name and the other with a simple message, "grow."

5. Add your plant to your pot.  Insert your rulers into your plant.  I left my plants in their original planters from the garden center and didn't insert my ruler into the soil, but rather, between the two pots. 

6. Make your teacher's day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

freebie: peach blossom banner printable.

Spring is definitely in the air.  Here's a cute free printable peach blossom bunting for you to freshen up your mantle, dress up your classroom or cheer up your walls.

the supplies.

free printable blossom bunting
scrapbook paper (optional)
twine, ribbon or yarn
mini clothes pins (optional)

the how-to.

1. download and print the free printable blossom bunting (3 PDF files)

2. cut out the bunting letters and leaves.  i also used the leaves included on the free printable as a template to cut additional leaves out of some floral scrapbooking paper to add a little more colour.

3. measure and trim a piece of twine, ribbon or yarn.  flip your bunting letters on their tummies and tape the string to the back of your bunting letters.  

4. hang your bunting in your desires spot.

5. clothespin, tape or glue your leaves to the bunting letters.