Do you love alphabet magnets but hate the look of them? Create these easy DIY alphabet magnets and be stylish as your child is learning how to spell. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.
DIY alphabet magnets are easier to make than you think. I’ve included a free printable for you or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette, I’ve got the .png images of the individual letters. Use your Xyron Creative Station with the Laminate Magnet cartridge and create these in a matter of minutes.
Just print off the free printable and cut out the letters individually or you can do it by line. You’ll see that cutting out individual letters first isn’t really necessary because it all gets covered by the laminate protector and backed with the magnet sheet.
After you’ve run your letters through the Xyron Magnet Laminate, cut them out individually. The magnet sheet is thin enough that regular scissors do the trick.
What is the Xyron Magnet Laminate Cartridge?
The cartridge has two sides that runs through the Creative Station. It has the top side as a laminate and the bottom section is a thin magnet sheet. The Xyron Laminate Magnet cartridge comes in a 5″ size. You can use it on your 9″ Creative Station or a 5″ Creative Station. It is a refill cartridge that comes in a sturdy box so when you have it in storage, you won’t damage your cartridge.
These prize ribbons were really easy to make using my Cricut machine. These are perfect inexpensive teacher gifts. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Here are some great ideas for a teacher appreciation gift using your Cricut.
To create this teacher Cricut prize ribbon, you’re only going to need a few supplies and no extra tools from your Cricut machine. Just use a pen and the machine along with adhesive and you have the perfect teacher appreciation gift made with your Cricut.
Open your Cricut Design Space file and cut you’ll need a coordinating Cricut pen to do the writing portion of the Cricut prize ribbon. I just used black for all of them but you can certainly change it up. I love how my Cricut cut these prize ribbons. I get a crisp cut every time I use my Cricut and it’s been the best investment I’ve made when it comes to Crafting.
Assembling this project was really easy. This has cut lines on the ribbon rather than score lines so you don’t need any additional Cricut tools to make this. Start by accordion folding your rosette of the prize ribbon. Use some scor-tape and attach the ends together. You’ll then be able to carefully press down the middle of the rosette and it will form right away. Use some hot glue and place some in the center of your Cricut prize ribbon rosette. Allow that to harden and then use either more hot glue or some scor-tape to attach the rest of your design. I used hot glue on the tails and on the first layer of the middle of the prize ribbon. I was able to use the scor-tape on the other parts of the rosette.
Attach a fun gift card to the prize ribbons or just give it straight to your teacher for a job well done.
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Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to keep track of all your earnings for your local school. Get them on participating boxes of General Mills available at Walmart.
Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks, 40-ct box
Pink, Yellow, Purple and Gray Cardstock
Begin by gathering all your supplies and set them aside besides the pink paper. Empty your box of Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks and trace your empty box onto the pink paper. Cut out the pink paper in the sides, front, back, top and bottom. You’ll want to be sure to get a square cut so that you can get exact sides.Cut the long side of the box on three sides so that you’ll have a flap to be able to place the Box Tops inside and remove them. On that tab you’ll glue two ends together on a ribbon and glue that to the inside of the box so you have a tab.Attach the pink cardstock to all sides of your Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks box using adhesive. You can use any Box Tops for Education for this DIY Box Tops collection box. When I was at Walmart, I grabbed a whole bunch –
Honey Nut Cheerios™
Yoplait® Original Fridge Pack
Totino’s™ Combination Pizza Party Pack
Old El Paso™ Taco Dinner Kit
Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks
You’ll then use either scissors or and electronic cutting machine and cut out your image in the yellow and purple cardstock. Cut out your coin piece out of the gray cardstock. Adhere it with some glue and you’re done.At our school, we like to display our Box Tops for Education collection box at the front of the foyer. It gives students the ability to remember that they have these valuable Box Tops in their backpack. When we’re waiting to bring them to school, I like to keep them in a large clear jar so that when it’s ready to be taken to the school – I just place them in a baggie.To make it easier than ever to redeem Box Tops they now have an app, New Box Tops Bonus App. You can download it in the iTunes store or in Google Play. Earn even more cash to help your school get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App. Turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school. It’s free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s how it works:
Buy: Find offers. Buy Products.
Scan: Scan your receipt.
Earn Watch earnings stack up.
You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in combination with the on-pack Box Tops clips and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.Box Tops for Education has helped our school in so many ways. It may seem small but when everyone gets together and collects them, it adds up in a big way! Now if you buy 5 participating items + Scan receipt with Box Tops Bonus App = Earn $5 (50 Bonus Box Tops). Offer available through 1/31/18.
What is your favorite way to collect Box Tops for Education?
The kids started school last week so I wanted to make Leila a customized binder with vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and put my new Cricut Maker to work.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love my new Cricut Maker. Let me say that again, I love my new Cricut Maker. I’ve had it for a week or so now and I’ve only dared cut vinyl but it gives me such clean lines and precision that I can’t wait to cut other material. I just need to add 80 more hours in the day for that to happen. Supplies
Click on the file to open the pre-made template using their Alpaca shape. This file is completely free and it’s adorable so it’s a win-win situation. I cut the black Alpaca’s out of the Magenta Glitter FX sheets and the pink Alpaca’s out of the gold lustre vinyl. The Glitter FX is a bit thicker than standard vinyl but it’s also a lot cushier and soft to the touch. Because of this, I did a double cut with my Cricut Maker and it peeled off very clean. It comes in other colors too and it’s a very subtle glitter look that I love. Sometimes the glitter vinyl is just pure glitter and it gets a little too busy for my taste. That’s why I love the Glitter FX and it’s even on sale at Expressions Vinyl.Once you’ve cut your shapes and you’ve peeled off the excess, unroll your transfer tape and lay the image on top of it. Doing it this opposite way will help the transfer tape from creating bubbles. Use your scraper tool and press from both sides to get a good stick. Peel away the backing slowly to insure you get all the shapes transferred.Next, lay your vinyl over your binder and use the scraper tool to get a solid stick. You’ll then grab your gold vinyl and repeat the steps so that they’ll line up and you’ll have a staggered effect on your customized binder. Next create your name in Design Space. I used the Sanies Script font to create my daughter’s name. I cut it out of the light pink permanent vinyl.Voila, you’re finished and your child is going to love their customized binder that you created using only vinyl. What type of thing will your child want on their customized binder? Or better yet, what do you want on your customized binder?
School starts before we know it, grab this free back to school printable and make all your teachers dreams come true. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I can’t believe school starts in a matter of days for some and a few weeks for others. I love when my kids are in school, I’m not gonna lie. Teachers are my saving grace and I love everything they do and teach my children. I often wonder if they’re doing a better job than I am.
I made this printable using my iPad Pro and iPencil along with the Pro Create app. Super easy and the smoothness you get from the iPencil is amazing. It was definitely a high purchase item for me but I’ve found many uses for it so far.
I also grabbed some Neon Crayons from Amazon and just tied a cute ribbon so that it’d be secure on the box. Took me 5 minutes total once I printed out my file, cut it and secured it.
Each of my children have their own Amazon Fire Tablet that I was able to score last year on Cyber Monday. It was the perfect gift for each of them because I mainly wanted it to keep them occupied for a fraction of the price. I want to share with you the best FREE learning apps available though Amazon Underground.Many times my children have downloaded apps that have cost me money, a lot of money that I wasn’t happy about. Now I know that with Amazon Underground, they can download apps that are actually free.I’ve compiled a list of FREE apps that each of my kids use to help them with school work and help them with their problem solving. I’ve separated it by years for Elementary aged children that will help you as parents make the right choices on what is the most appropriate free app for them.
Kindergarten – Elmo Loves ABC’s
This app allows the child to trace the upper and lower case ABC’s. You can track your child’s progress and see how long they’ve used the app. It comes with fun coloring pages to learn the colors a little easier and you can watch Sesame Street videos.
First Grade – Endless Reader
I love this game for my first grader. She can touch a work and it makes the noise that the letter sounds like and you find the matching one. It’s a lot of fun and it gives you a silly scenario at the end of what those words and sentences mean.
Second Grade – Math Run
This app features subtraction, addition, multiplication and division and it features them in games. It is a timed game and gives multiple choice answers and if you get it wrong, you stop running.
Third Grade – Third Grade Learning Games
This game actually comes for all grades but this one for third graders is perfect. It has a variety of subjects the kids can choose in math and language arts.
Fourth Grade – Planet Genesis
Any child who loves Star Wars pretty much loves space. This app shows kids the difference in the sizes of the solar system, teaches them the planets and you can do gravity simulation.
Fifth Grade – Geo Expert
Fifth graders are all about learning the states in the USA. This app helps identify states and their capitals to help with all those state reports!
Sixth Grade – Roblox
There are a lot of games available through Roblox and my kids love it. I figure by time they’re in sixth grade they should at least have a little fun sometimes. This gives them the options to choose what game they’re interested in that day and the opportunity to make honest choices if you tell them to choose a good game. 😉Leila also loves to play ABC Mouse which does require a membership but it has been worth every cent. She’s learned new techniques for sounding out letters and it’s helping her form her words better. She’s also a preemie baby born 10 weeks early so she needs a little extra help catching up to her classmates.
All of these apps have helped my children in so many ways. I love that educational apps are a thing and that they’re so advance. Remember though, Amazon Underground is only supported on 5th Generation (2012 – newer) and newer Fire tablets, and Android phones.
Learn more about the Amazon Appstore, the Amazon Underground catalog of 100% free apps & games or to get access on your Android smartphone visit HERE.I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HugtheMess #cbias #CollectiveBiasLeila’s birthday was last week and so it’s her turn to be Star of the Week in Kindergarten. She is such a creative girl so I wanted her to be able to create this poster herself. We’ll add some personal photos before she takes it to school but she’s really excited to show all her friends and especially her teacher what she made. You’ll need:
We started by applying our stencils to our poster board and then started spraying our color spray over them. It’ll leave a negative effect on the board so feel free to use any shape you’d like. I decided to use some stars because it’s simply the Star of the Week. Some hearts and diamonds would be a lot of fun too. Be sure to shake that bottle of color spray so that you get all the shimmer that collects at the bottom of the bottle. Oh, and wear your shirt backwards too.To clean my stencils, I always use Huggies Wipes. I like the Huggies One and Done because they’re thicker wipes compared to others on the market. It’s the perfect time to grab them too in the personal care aisle with this $0.50 coupon from Walmart. I also like the Huggies simply Clean because they’re great for wiping up the mess off the table and her little hands. I like to just wait for the spray to dry before removing them and because it’s water soluble ink, it’s really easy clean-up. I added some of her favorite things into each stencil outline and she loved being my model. I can’t wait until she grows older and see the other ideas she comes up with. She’s such a sweet girl that I sometimes feel bad she got me as her mother. Her and I are alike in so many ways when it comes to messes that I’m glad we have something like Huggies to help us out.