Make a Back to School Time Capsule Keepsake

How to make a back to school time capsule keepsake

Do you ever wish that you could capture a moment in time as your kiddos start each new school year? One fun way to do this is by creating a time capsule keepsake containing items and information that reflect the special memories important to your family each year. A time capsule is a fun and easy project to do with your children every year as they get older. You can include photos, mementos, and important milestones and memories and tuck them away to open in the future! 

Here is a free back to school time capsule keepsake printable that you can download and use in your project!

printable time capsule fact sheet





Add to your time capsule any keepsakes or mementos from the year such as photos, ticket stubs, or small items that will bring back favorite memories.

You can make your time capsule look really great in a variety of ways. One of our favorites is to put things into a glass jar and write the date you want to open things up on the lid using a permanent marker.

Another is to print the information page on colorful scrapbook paper and to roll it into a  paper towel tube. Cover the tube with crepe paper and tie the ends with ribbon (so the time capsule looks like a piece of candy.) Save the time capsules to open next year!

Fun Ideas for Father’s Day

How to make a personalized BBQ apron for dad on Father's Day

A BBQ Apron for Dad

Here are three fun ideas for Father’s Day that will make that special guy in your life feel like a king!

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Personalized Barbecue Apron

Materials:

  • Plain fabric apron
  • Fabric paint, or fabric paint pens
  • Fabric crayons
  • Stencils, or foam stamps
  • Paint brushes

Directions:

1.  Wash and dry apron according to directions

2.  Plan with your children what they would like to put on the apron.  Practicing on paper first is a good idea.

3.  Cover your work surface and make sure kids are in old clothes.

4.  If you are using fabric paints, allow at least 24 hours for drying time. Dye crayons are easily sealed with a hot iron and do not require drying.

5.  When working with younger children, stencils or paint sponges may be helpful, or an adult can draw the picture and the kids can paint it.  Simple, large drawings work best.  Handprints are always cute.

6.  Using a fabric marker write the kids’ ages and the year.

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Father’s Day Throne

How to make a Father's Day throne for dad!A Father’s Day Throne for Dad

Make your dad king for a day with this fun idea from Family Fun

Materials:

  • Lawn chair
  • Clamps, tape, or string
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Various chair accessories

Directions:

  1. Use tape, clamps, or string to attach appropriate accessories, from a shade umbrella to a back scratcher to a cold drink holder.
  2. Fashion a halo made of wire to hold Dad’s favorite hat or crown and attach it to the back of the chair.

Include a bell for Dad to ring for service.

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Buttoned Up Father’s Day Card
How to make a buttoned up DIY Father's Day card

A Special Card for Dad

Materials:

  • Decorative scrapbook paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. To make one, first cut a 4- by 12-inch rectangle from a piece of decorative scrapbook paper and fold it in half to create a double-layer 4- by 6-inch rectangle.How to make a shirt-strly Father's Day card
  2. Form the collar by cutting 2 matching 1-inch-long horizontal slits about 1 inch below the fold.
  3. Fold over the 2 flaps as shown, then glue them down with a 5-inch-long tie shape cut from another piece of decorative paper glued between them. Glue a pair of small buttons to the collar.
  4. Once the glue has dried, lift the bottom front of the card and write a Father’s Day greeting inside.

Source: Family Fun

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Father’s Day Craft Ideas

How to make a personalized Father's Day snack basket

Before you know it, Father’s Day will be here. Time to make that special guy feel like he is king of the castle. Looking for some inspiration to help your kiddos give dad a gift from the heart this Father’s Day? Here are some homemade Father’s Day craft ideas that he will love (and that are easy to make!)

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Father’s Day Gift Basket

How to make a personalized Father's Day gift basket

Gather up a sampling of all dad’s favorite foods for this gift basket. Then get creative on your computer to give everything new personalized labels. When we put this basket together we started with the free printable labels we found on the Martha Stewart website, then kept the theme going with some ideas of our own. A great website to where you can design your own labels and images (for free!) is Picmonkey.com.

** Another fun thing about this gift was sharing dad’s munchies with family and friends at a Father’s Day barbecue dinner.

Personalized Photo Business Card Holder

Help dad to smile at work with a photo memory business card holder.  Here is how to make this Father’s Day craft:

Start with a plastic cassette tape holder to use as your base.

  1. How to make a personalized Father's Day business card holderFind a favorite photo and print it in a size large enough to cover the the cassette holder when trimmed. (4″ width)
  2. Glue your photo onto stiff cardboard.
  3. Trim around the outline of the subjects in your photo to create a silhouette.
  4. Open the cassette holder and glue your cardboard cut out onto the inside back of the lid.
  5. Close the case to store your cards, or flip the case open to display.




Boxers with Personality

How to make some fun DIY boxer shorts for dadHelp dad feel special underneath it all with some crafty boxer shorts. There are lots of ways that your could make these. We purchased some iron on letters from a local craft store for an easy project. Another idea is to use fabric markers or fabric crayons to design your own unique piece of underwear art.

 

May Day Baskets

Celebrate May Day
with a May Day Basket!

 

Monday, May 1st is May Day, and officially it’s time to celebrate the beauty of springtime!

Have you ever had a Secret Santa or been “Boo-ed” at Halloween? Well, leaving a pretty basket of flowers at the doorsteps of your favorite people is springtime’s version of this fun holiday tradition.

The May Day celebration dates back to ancient Roman times, and is traditionally celebrated with festivals, beribboned Maypoles, and lots of flowers! The gathering of flowers was otherwise known as “bringing in the May” and giving friends and loved ones flower baskets soon became part of May Day festivities.

Today May Day baskets are often filled with flowers and candy and either placed on the doorsteps of friends and neighbors or tied to door handles before the giver quickly rings the door handle and dashes away. Who wouldn’t love to open the door to find a special gift of springtime left by a secret admirer?

A May Day basket can be as simple as setting some flowers from your yard in a jar, or you can get a little more creative and make things extra special. We found some fun ideas at Skip to My Lou and Design Sponge for making the pretty May Day baskets. For directions on how to make them, just click on the links below.

Happy spring!

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Directions for May Day baskets:

 

1. Recycled Can Bouquet

2.  Glass Jar Bouquet

3.  Paper Cone Bouquet

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