Teacher Popcorn Gift (free printable)

Even if Teacher Appreciation Week is over, it is not too late to show your kiddo’s teacher(s)  that her hard work and love for your child is appreciated.

Remember me telling you about the  Domesticated Lady  site last week? Well, I found another awesome  {{free}} printable  on her site that is perfect for the teacher(s)  in your life.   Domesticated Lady took this printable and attached it to bags of a  sweet popcorn concoction  she made, but I did not have time last week to make that.

So I improvised, and you can too!

You will need:

  • free popcorn printable
  • scissors
  • hole-punch
  • ribbon (I used inexpensive curly ribbon- be as fancy as you want)
  • unopened bag of microwave popcorn
  • pen or marker so your child can write who the gift is from

 This is so easy I do not even have to show you step by step.

  1. Just cut the tags out and hole punch them near the top.
  2. Have your child use the marker or pen to write their name in the from space on the tag.
  3. Use ribbon to attach the tag to the popcorn bag and you’re done.

Simple, simple, simple! Excellent when you have a group of teachers to buy for.   Make sure you are following  Crystal & Co. on Facebook.   When I find awesome crafty ideas that I think you might love, I share them over there!  See ya in cyberspace!

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Thanks for Chewsing to Teach {Free Printable}

Teacher appreciation is around the corner! I have tons of homemade gifts you can make to show your teacher just how much you appreciate her! Make sure you check out all of my easy teacher appreciation gift ideas while you’re here. There is a list of links at the end of this post. They are all affordable and thrifty ideas as well.

teacher appreciation

Are these not the cutest Teacher Appreciation gifts ever? I thought they turned out adorable and you will not believe how easy they are to make.

You Will Need:

Gather up your clean canning jars with lids.

teacher gift idea

Pour 10 oz. of gumballs into each jar.

I found these bags for $2 each at Target. I am sure you can buy them in bigger quantities if you shop around.

teacher appreciation

How pretty, right?

teacher gift

Use some scrapbook paper and a 2 inch cutter or your scissors to make a pretty cover for the top of the canning lids.

I used a very thin amount of hot glue to adhere it to the lid.

This is the look you are going for.

You could also use fabric if you wanted.

Print and cut out the free printable. (Kelli with 3 Boys and a Dog makes my printables that I share with my readers. Her prices are very affordable if you are interested in her making something for you. I could see this project easy converting into a birthday party favor idea.)

These are 2.5 inch circles.

If you do not have a 2.5 inch circle cutter, just use scissors.

teacher gift

Punch a hole in the printable and thread the twine through it.

Tie it around the neck of the jar like the below picture.

teacher gift

And you have the cutest gift to give this week to the teachers in your life.

Who would not love to receive a gift like this?

teacher appreciation

Make sure you check out all of my easy teacher appreciation gift ideas! They are all affordable and thrifty ideas as well.

More Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas:


15 teacher appreciation ideas

50 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Kids Can Help Make

Are you looking for Mother’s Day Ideas for the women in your life? Here are 50 tried and tested projects, crafts, recipes, mom advice and mom deals for you to get some inspiration from today. Which will you make first and who will you make it for?

50 mothers day gifts kids can make

Crafts Kids Can Make

8 Simple Mother’s Day Crafts by Kids Activities Blog
Tissue Paper Flowers by Crafty Journal
Make a Flower Pen for Mom or Grandma by B.Inspired Mama
3 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts that kid can make by SusieQTpies Cafe
Paper Bead Necklace by DEALS!
15 Awesome Mother’s Day Handprint Crafts for Kids by Handprint Footprint Art
How to Make Handmade Flowers by Crystal & Co

Fancy Projects for Mom

Tea Bag Wrappers by DIY Dreamer
Mom Crafts & Recipes by SusieQTpies Cafe
Subway Art LOVE bookmark by Simply Creating Home
DIY Duct Tape Body Form by So Sew Easy
DIY Beach Wrap with Pockets by de Jong Dream House
Charm Holder Pendant by Jewelry Making Journal
How to Make a Pearl Ring by Hoops By Hand
How to Make Hemp Bracelets by Jewelry Making Journal

Easy Recipes

Thai Zinger Smoothie by Savory Lotus
Coconut Dream Cake by SusieQTpies Cafe
Coffee Ice Cream (No Machine Needed) by Crystal & Co
Easy Microwave Meatloaf by There is Grace
Pineapple Ginger Cooler by Domestic Life Stylist
Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candy Bouquet by Kims Kandy Kreations
Mexican Breakfast Casserole by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Fruit Dip by Sisters With Stuff
Cappuccino Rice Krispies by The First Year Blog
Guacamole Dip with Veggies by Growing in Grace
Cosmopolitan Jello Shots by Milk and Cuddles
The Easy 3 Minute Sandwich by Southern Mom Cooks
Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake by The Domesticated Princess
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by Real Food Enthusiast
Layered Jello Shots & Virgin Jello Shots by Cake Balls, Cookies and more
Melt in your mouth Mini Lemon Cups by Savory Lotus
Pagliaccis New York Style Cheesecake by Jenn’s Random Scraps
Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse by Small Footprint Family
Grain Free Chicken Enchilada Casserole by The Well Fed Homestead
Strawberry Refrigerator Cake by Crystal & Co
 Mother's Day

Mom Advice

5 Things to Never say to a pregnant Woman by The Domestic Lifestylist
Mom’s Emergency Scripture Printable by Mommie Daze
Eating Expectantly & Baby Bites Books (giveaway) by 3 Boys and a Dog
10 More Books for Mom’s Bookshelf by Catholic Mothers Online

Deals for Mom

Crystal Water Decorating Beads (to use with flowers)
66% Off Brother Rich Sewing Machine
Dip Dye Peasant Cotton Dress
Set of 12 Crochet Hooks
Love,Mother,Forever Silver Bracelet
Pink 5 Piece Garden Bag

74 Hoppin’ Easter Projects

Are you looking for last minute Easter crafts, Easter recipes and activities for kids?  I have 74 hoppin’ fun projects to inspire you today!


crystal easter

Easter Kids Activities

  1. Easter ABC Printable Game by Deals
  2. Plastic Easter Egg Easter Bunny Craft by Bowdabra
  3. 25 Easter Coloring Pages by Kids Activities Blog
  4. Paid on the Cross Easter Craft by SusieQTpies Cafe
  5. Easter Bunny Coloring Pages by Kids Creative Chaos
  6. Handprint Sheep by Theres Just One Mommy
  7. Kid Friendly Passover Ideas & Activities by SusieQTpies Cafe
  8. Resurrection Craft for Kids by Tru Aim Education
  9. Rhyming Eggs by Enchanted Homeschooling mom
  10. Bunny Money by Crafty Journal
  11. The Tail of Peter Rabbit by A Daddy Blog
  12. Children’s Easter Books by Seasoned Homemaker
  13. Bath Bouf Chick by Crafty Journal
  14. Easter Basket Bunny Ears by Bowdabra
  15. Easter Coloring pages by Deals
  16. Bunny Bagalope by Crafty Journal

 Easter Mom Advice- Resources and Solutions

  1. Make Food Fun to give a way by Saving 4 Six
  2. Origami Easter Baskets by Crafty Journal
  3. Easter Recipes, Crafts & Home Decor by SusieQTpies Cafe
  4. Easter Traditions by B Inspired Mama
  5. Easter Bowties by Carissa Miss
  6. Easter Printables by DIY Dreamer
  7. Washi Tape Easter Eggs by Your Homebased Mom
  8. Bunny Chow Gift Tags by DEALS
  9. Fill Easter Bakets (frugal) by A Life in Balance
  10. Speckled Plastic Easter Eggs and Faux Grass by Julie is Coco and Cocoa
  11. Easter Yarn Wreath Tutorial by CEO of Me
  12. Bunny Napkins by Sophisticated Yellow
  13. Easy Easter Bunny Art by My Love For Words
  14. 5 Tips and Ideas for Better Easter Photos by Seasoned Homemaker
  15. Easter Napkin Rings by Simply Creating Home
  16. Easy Paper Basket by Crafty Journal
  17. DIY Moss Covered Eggs by Your Homebased Mom
  18. Easter Home Decor by Small Home Big Start
  19. Easter Vase by We Like to Learn as We Go
  20. Paper Plate Easter Wreath by Crafty Journal
  21. 23 Easter Printables by DIY Dreamer
  22. Girls Hi Low DIY Skirt by Domestic Bliss Squared
  23. Easter Baskets that are not Easter Baskets by Your Modern Family
  24. Easter Wreath Tutorial by Mommy Moment
  25. Garland Chick by Crafty Journal
  26. FREE Easter Cupcake, Toppers and More Printables by CEO of Me
  27. Easter Bunny Hair Clip Tutorial by Bowdabra
  28. Spring & Easter Sewing ideas by So Sew Easy
  29. Garland Bunny by Crafty Journal
  30. Easter Egg Wrappers by DIY Dreamer
  31. DIY Easter Bunny Ears by SusieQTpies Cafe

 Easter Recipes

  1. PEEPS Cupcake tutorial by SusieQTpies Cafe
  2. How to Paint Cheesecake Easter Eggs by Hungry Happenings
  3. Rainbow Cupcakes by The Happier Homemaker
  4. PEEPS Cupcake with Printable toppers by Southern Mom Cooks
  5. Easter Bunny Party Favors by Bowdabra
  6. PEEPS Easter Cake by Chocolate Cake Moments
  7. Skinny Cupcakes with Pinwheel Tutorial by SusieQTpies
  8. Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
  9. Easter Bunny Cake by Chick Chat This and That
  10. Bunny Chow Gift Recipe by Southern Mom Cooks
  11. Easter Bunny Cakes by Celebrating Holidays
  12. Robin’s Egg Cupcakes and Cake by The First Year Blog
  13. Easter Bunny Pear Salad by Southern Mom Cooks
  14. Easter M & M Cookies by Burnt Apple
  15. Bunny Cinnamon Rolls by Joyful Homemaking
  16. Easter Basket Cupcakes by Southern Blue Celebrations
  17. Nutter Butter Chicks and Bunnies by Life with Moore Babies
  18. Easter Bunny Chicken Pot Pies by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
  19. Easter Goodies in a Jar by SusieQTpies Cafe
  20. Easter Rice Krispy Treats by Sweet Southern Blue
  21. Homemade Sour Gummy Easter Bunny by Happier Homemaker
  22. Bunny Cookie Bark by Your Homebased Mom
  23. Easter Leftover Ham & Swiss Cheese Sliders by SusieQTpies Cafe
  24. Vegetable Tray by Joyful Homemaking
  25. PEEPS Rice Krispy Eggs by Southern Blue Celebrations
  26. Candy Carrots by Happier Homemaker
  27. Easter Leftover Ham & Potato Soup by SusieQTpies Cafe



25 Last Minute St. Patrick Day Crafts

If you are looking for some fun activities to do with the kiddos that are St Patrick Day crafts (even if it is last minute), I have 25 awesome ideas to share with you!

Each of these creations are from other bloggers. Some of these are home decor, some are free printables to do with the kids and some are just super cool crafts for moms and little ones! Many of these make great gift ideas for school, teachers or friends. {{My favorite might be the Mod Podge Lucky Charms bracelet! You’ll love it!}}

It is never too late to create and have fun! I really hope you enjoy these.

25 last minute st patrick day crafts

25 St Patrick Day Crafts

  1. St Patricks Day Leprechaun Hat Craft
  2. Fingerprint Shamrock Canvas
  3. Rainbow Crafts: Cloud and Rainbow Drops
  4. Lucky Charm Bracelet
  5. St Patricks Day Welcome Shamrock
  6. Shamrock Tree on Canvas
  7. St Patricks Day Sensory Sink 
  8. Rainbow Leprechaun Trap
  9. 3D Tissue Paper Shamrock
  10. Satin Shamrock Headband
  11. Easy Rainbow Crafts for Kids
  12. St Patricks Day Dollar Tree Wreaths
  13. St Patricks Day Treat Bag Printables
  14. St Patricks Day Yarn Wreath
  15. Layered Felt Rainbow Magnet
  16. DIY Paper Shamrock
  17. Pot of Gold Craft
  18. Fingerpaint Rainbow Kids Activity
  19. St Pattys Day Banner
  20. DIY St Patricks Day Banner
  21. Shamrock Foam Dough 
  22. Four Leaf Clover Paper Craft
  23. Little Leprechaun Hat Craft
  24. St Patricks Day Chalkboard Printable
  25. St Patricks Day Window Clings

So, which one is your favorite?

Want more St Patricks Day Crafts to do with your kids? Check out all of the one’s here on Crystal & Co.!

St Patrick Day Crafts for Kids

View them all here.

Over 50 Lucky St. Patrick Day Crafts

Are you looking for St. Patrick Day crafts to make for your family? How about home decor? Crafts? Tasty & fun recipes or kid printable? I have 57 lucky projects to inspire you today!

Where did I get these projects from, you ask? These are all from Crystal & Co., readers and from their lovely submissions to our weekly linky party on Wednesday’s. I love the ideas that you guys share- keep them coming and watch for more in the future!

Make sure you check out our 27 St Patrick Day recipes too while you’re here.

St Patricks Day Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Home Decor & Crafts

Kids Crafts and Activities



Free Printable Cupcake Toppers for Valentines Day

If you know me, you know I love to bake cupcakes for birthdays and special occasions. I also love to have cute toppers, so I thought I would give you guys some free printable cupcake toppers for Valentines Day.

With just a few supplies you can kick your cupcakes up a notch. These are perfect for school parties, homeschool parties or just to bake at home with the kids to enjoy as a family.

free printable cupcake toppers for valentines day

You Will Need:

Print out the cupcake toppers on card stock.

valentine cupcake toppers

Use your circle punch to cut out the cupcake toppers.

Printable Cupcake Toppers for Valentines Day

Use the hot glue gun to attach the sucker stick to the cupcake topper.

cupcake toppers for valentines day

Gather up your cooled cupcakes.

(I had 12…. but a sweet little boy with the initials Matthew Jason took one. He proceeded to eat it right in front of me and shrugged his shoulders and said,  “What? I the baby.”.  Craziest four year old ever!)

valentine cupcakes

Pipe the icing on them. If you’re looking for a great icing recipe I have two on this site. (Traditional Buttercream and Chocolate Buttercream)

valentine cupcake toppers


cupcakes for valentines day

Add your cupcake topper into the cupcake and you are all set!

*Disclaimer: I had to retake these pictures because the lighting was so dark. I just grabbed some store bought cupcakes.

printable cupcake toppers

Aren’t they adorable? I love the colors of the printable and that sweet little bird.

More Valentine Ideas:


easy strawberry refrigerator cake

Strawberry Refrigeration Cake

healthy strawberry angel food cake

Angel Food Strawberry Cake 

kid valentine crafts (pencil holder printables)

Printable Valentine Pencil Cards

heart crayons

Heart Crayon Valentines (with Printable) 

25 valentine crafts for kids

25 Valentine Crafts for Kids 

jamberry love potion nail wraps

Valentine Nails for Mommy and Daughter 

Preschool Do a Dot Printables

Valentine Do a Dot Printables 


Valentine Chex Mix 


Valentine Cutting Practice


Find C is for Cupid 

Printable Valentine Pencil Holder

We are having so much fun creating kid Valentine crafts.

If you are looking for free printable Valentine’s for your child to give to friends and family I have the perfect idea for you. And this one holds a cute little pencil which you can totally grab at the Dollar Spot at Target or at the dollar store.

kid valentine crafts (pencil holder printables)

You Will Need:

Gather up all of your supplies.

There are four Valentine cards to each sheet to help save on paper.

I grabbed my festive Valentine pencils at Target in the dollar bins. I loved the sparkly glitter!

kids valentine crafts

Use the paper cutter or your scissors to cut out the cards.

free valentine printable

Let the kids write who the cards are to and from.

Doesn’t Skylar have gorgeous nails?

kid valentine crafts

Now this job is for an adult. Use the X-Acto knife to cut slits for the pencils.

There are two black lines where you need to cut the lines.

pencil holder valentine

Slide the pencil through the slits and you have a simple, affordable and perfect Valentine card to handout at school or Mother’s Day Out!

We’re going to have a Homeschool Valentine party and exchange with friends. I plan on printing some of these!

free valentine printable

These are perfect for parents who are on the hunt for non-candy Valentines!

More Kid Valentine Crafts:

Robot Valentine Craft

It is always challenging to try to find crafts for boys. Especially kid Valentine crafts! Honestly, it is not an easy task. I couldn’t really find what I was looking for so I decided to make one instead.

I like crafting, though I don’t get the time to do it too often anymore. I did, however, find a bit of time to make this Robot Valentine Craft for Boys.

I have a website about raising boys who love to learn and I share activities for boys that are fun and include a learning twist to them.

Use this robot as a guide, but let your boy make the decisions on how his robot should look and what shapes he would like to use to decorate the control panel (that is the best part!)

This cute robot is fun to make and your kids will learn about shapes while making him.

Learn shapes with this easy to make Robot Valentine Craft

Activities for Boys: Robot Valentine Craft:

It looks like there are a lot of directions here but this is super easy to make.

You will need:

  • Cardstock (65# works best)
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 Pipe Cleaner (Chenille Stem)
  • Construction Paper in various colors
  • Scotch Tape
  • A Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • paper punch

You can make your robot whatever size you like. Ours is around 22 inches long and was made to hang on the wall. With younger boys I like to work big as it is easier for their little hands to position bigger pieces.

I will give you approximate dimensions of the pieces we used to make our robot. Use the picture as a guide to make a robot your little guy would enjoy.

Valentine's Day Robot Craft

Robot Body:

  • Cardstock Square. 7 ½ X 7 ½ inches.  Cover in aluminum foil. I laid the square on a larger square (9-10 inch) of aluminum foil, folded it over and glued the foil to the back of the cardstock.
  • 3 X 1 inch small rectangle for the neck. Cover in aluminum foil.
  • 2 – 7 inch X 1 ¾ inch legs. Cover in aluminum foil.

Robot Head:

  • 4 ½ inch square of colored construction paper for the head (we used blue.)
  • 2 – 1 inch squares for the eyes (we used yellow.)
  • 1 ½ inch triangle for the mouth (we used green) Have your boy cut a square in half to make the triangle.
  • 3 ½ inch piece of pipe cleaner (we used green.)
  • 1 ¼ inch colored construction paper circle (we used orange.)

Zig-Zag Arms:

  • 8-9 inch long colored construction paper arms (we used orange.)
  • Make the arms zigzag by folding them back and forth. This is what makes the heart stand out from the body.

Hearts and Control Panel:

  • 3 inch red construction paper heart and 2 – small hearts for the feet.
  • 6 X 6 inch colored construction paper square for the control panel (we used green.)
  • 4 red dots that I used a paper punch to make and used for the rivets on the robot.
  • Various colored construction paper shapes for decorating the control panel.

Robot Craft directions

Most of the construction is pretty self-explanatory, just attach the pieces as shown in the photos, but I will share a few tips to make things go easier.

I used glue and tape to attach the body parts together so it would hold better.

Tape the pipe cleaner to the back of the head and tape the circle to the pipe cleaner. Using glue doesn’t work well.

Gluing on aluminum foil works just fine but can be a little slippery. One thing you should do is put the piece on, press straight down and let it sit for a bit without moving it.

Attaching the arms:  I taped and glued the arms to the back of the robot (see arrow in image above) and then wrapped them to the front and glued down one zigzag to the front of the robot. This is what makes the arms stand up nicely. You then connect the arms together in the center and attach the heart in the middle. It stands out and is bouncy. Cute!

Learn your shapes with this fun robot craft

You can talk about the shapes as you are making this together if you like. I would mention in passing that I am adding squares for the eyes but I never “taught” shapes as it is something kids are naturally drawn to and they tend to learn most of them on their own.

I hope you enjoy making some fun robots.

If you are interested in more Valentine posts try these:

I have some DIY and Printable Valentines for Boys on Brain Power Boy.

Crystal shared this 12 Kid Valentine Crafts post that has a lot of neat ideas.

If your boy likes to read, don’t miss Funny Valentine Books for Boys.

and Crystal has a whole bunch of other Valentine Crafts on her site as well.

12 Kid Valentine Crafts

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Are you looking for kid Valentine crafts that you and your little one can create together? I have a list of 12 ideas.

Many of these have crafts include a free printable which make for perfect Valentine card exchange ideas at school and preschool. These are adorable for homeschool Valentine parties too!12 AMAZING Kid Valentine Crafts

12 Kid Valentine Crafts

  1. Heart Crayon Valentines– this free printable makes the cutest valentine goodie for classmates.
  2. Blow Me Away Bubbles Printable– what child does not love bubbles? These are perfect preschool Valentines!
  3. Valentine Mailboxes for Kids– these are so precious and you will have fun creating them together.
  4. I am a Sucker for You– add a dum-dum sucker and you have the cutest Valentine card.
  5. Heart Shaped Soap– use this easy tutorial to make heart shaped soap for your Valentine. Free printable for gift giving too!
  6. Cupid Poo– get Valentine colored M&M’s for this fun Valentine craft.
  7. Valentine Spa Sock Cupcakes– these make the perfect teacher gift.
  8. Valentine Marshmallow Pops– what kids does not love marshmallows? Have fun creating these pops together.
  9. Valentine Bark– make this delicious pink and milk chocolate bark and decorate it with candy heart. Then, use the printable to give it as gifts.
  10. Valentine Popcorn– melt pink candy wafers to drizzle over popcorn for a fun treat. This is perfect for snacks, school parties and gifts!
  11. Mod Podge Vase– give your teacher or special love flowers in a homemade crafted vase. Kids will love helping you create this.
  12. Decorate with Heart Candy this simple craft makes the perfect center piece for your Valentine party or dinner table.

Valentine Dessert Recipe

strawberry refrigerator cake

On the hunt for the perfect Valentine dessert idea? This Strawberry Refrigerator Cake has gone viral on Facebook and has been viewed 27,000 times TODAY alone!! This is a must have sweet treat for your Valentine dinner!