Painted Pencil Name Sign

It’s time to show those teachers how much we appreciate them! Can you believe the end of the school year is already upon us? Some of you might be like “wait… but you’re a homeschooler!” Yes, but we also have Art, Music, Theater, Cooking Class, and Soccer. Lots of teachers and coaches to show our appreciation to! Today I am sharing a simple DIY project that your child can help with. This handmade Painted Pencil Name Sign is sure to make that special teacher smile! 

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I used an 18 inch fence slat and cut one end into a point with my saw. Then I sanded the piece of wood until it was smooth. 

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Next I set up a paint pallet for my daughter complete with her art apron and plenty of paint brushes. I let her paint the entire pencil, and I went back after to touch up spots and straighten a few lines. 

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Once the paint dried, I gave my daughter a black Sharpie and she wrote her Art Teacher’s name in the center(ish) of the sign. I love little kids’ handwriting and I think it gives this gift such a special touch. 

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After, we flipped the sign over and stamped it with my awesome Laura Kelly self-inking stamp from Expressionery. LOVE it and I use it on all my signs now. 

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Last, we pulled out our Me and My Peeps Laura Kelly notepad from Expressionery and my daughter wrote a thank you note to her teacher to attach to the pencil sign with baker’s twine. Isn’t it the cutest notepad?! I personalized it to match our family. Love. 

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Right now you can get 30% off sitewide at Expressionery using the coupon code TEACHERAPP at checkout (valid 4/25/15-5/25/15). 

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You can also enter to win a self-inking stamp and set of small notepads from Expressionery! How fun is that?! Good luck friends and let me know if you make a Painted Pencil Name Sign for your awesome teachers this year! 
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I was compensated for this post, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own. I only share things I love and think my readers would love too!

Watercolor Vase

Hi Mine for the Making lovelies! Michelle here from Delicate Construction and today I have a super fun Mother’s Day gift idea! Also, if you paired this with your teacher’s favorite gift card, it would be equally as awesome for teacher appreciation. To top it off, this pretty Watercolor Vase is a $5 project!

So, I was strolling around Target and noticed a whole new section… a craft section! Wahoo! There was so much fun stuff in there but my eyes zoomed in on these vases that almost have a ceramic look and feel to them- I had to have one.

I brought it home and knew that it would be a fun art project for my daughter, Avery. So I set her up with paper, water, napkins and her watercolors. I love the way this type of surface absorbs the watercolors instantly so there is literally no dry time!

Avery got to work and I did what I always do when Avery is painting, clean up the kitchen or other quick task. Because that’s #momlife, am I right?


I love when Avery paints things for me because kids have a way of always creating something beautiful. Especially when you set them up for success with the right materials. The way the watercolors started melting into each other was awesome. This wasn’t even a messy project either which was an added bonus.


The final product is something I am in love with and I would certainly be thrilled to receive on Mother’s Day filled with fresh flowers or even paper ones! This one would be a keeper for sure…

Didn’t it turn out so cute? Get yourself to Target’s craft section and grab a couple of vases for your kids to make for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation or for grandparents! Stop by Delicate Construction for more kid-friendly ideas!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea

Hi friends! It’s been a whole week since I’ve posted on the blog-a-roo…it’s been super busy around here with spring boutique prep. I wanted to stop by and share what we gave our favorite teachers this year.

Although we are a homeschool family, my daughter does have other teachers besides myself. Her music, art, and Sunday School teachers all deserve to know how much we love and appreciate them. Here is my Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea for her special teachers…

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Simple, yet beautiful! I bought small plastic pots from Walmart for under a dollar each and tied a piece of vintage fabric around them. Then I placed bright, happy flowers inside.

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I made cute tags and hot glued them to cute paper straws. The straws slip right into the soil, making it a cute and convenient little sign.

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You can print out the tags HERE. All printables are free for Mine for the Making readers. Please remember they are for personal use only. 

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This gift is a sweet one to give and it cost me under $5 to put together. My 6 year old was able to help plant the flower, stick the tag/paper straw into the soil, and tie the vintage fabric scrap around the pot. So it’s one the kids can get in on helping with too.

Let’s remember to show the teachers in our kids’ lives just how much we love them. Have a great weekend friends! 

Tot School Tuesday: 10 Thanksgiving Kid Crafts

Just a couple more days until Thanksgiving!!
Are you ready?
Today I am sharing 10 fun Thanksgiving crafts for the kiddos! Double click on the image to take you to the original source.
Source: via Kara on Pinterest
Okay now it’s time to link up your Tot School ideas!

Tot School Tuesday: Fine Motor Skills

Hey there!
Thanks so much for joining Vanessa (of See Vanessa Craft) and me for another Tot School Tuesday!
Be sure to stop by her blog to get more awesome ideas for your kiddos.
Today I am sharing several fun and easy ways to get your tot or preschooler practicing and exercising those fine motor skills. Development of fine motor skills in our young ones is so very important to their education and development. You can read more about fine motor skills and the importance of helping your child(ren) strengthening those skills HERE.
I wanted to share a few of the activities my daughter (age 4) does during homeschool that she finds to be FUN activities, but at the same time she is strengthening those fine motor skills. 
Beading with pipe cleaners
Using clothes pins to transfer
Craft punchers and colorful paper
Picking up and gluing small items (like pompoms)
Lacing (or “sewing” as my daughter calls it)
You can find more fun activities to get your tot or preschooler exercising those fine motor skills HERE. And I often share the homeschool activities we do on Instagram! Find me at kara_mineforthemaking and follow along for a “behind the scenes” peek at homeschooling, crafting, shop items, blogging, and most of our meals (LOL). 
Okay! Now it’s your turn to share your Tot School ideas!

Halloween Week: Halloween Preschool Printables

Hey there! I’m back again to share more Halloween fun with you!
Delicate Construction and I are so thrilled you are here today.
Last month I created Fall Preschool Printables for my preschooler and she had so much fun with it that I just had to create Halloween Preschool Printables as well. And lucky for you, you can download them for FREE! There are pre-k math, reading, and pre-writing concepts all wrapped up in 4 seasonal prints!
Halloween Counting {Download HERE}
Halloween Patterns {Download HERE}
Halloween Same & Different {Download HERE}
Halloween Word Recognition {Download HERE}
I hope your preschooler has as much fun as mine did with these Halloween Preschool Printables!
Let me know if you try them out!!
Be sure to stop by Delicate Construction for more spooktacular Halloween fun!
We also have a Halloween {Linky} Party that is live for the month of October. We’d love to see what you’ve been creating for Halloween!
And our amazing Halloween GIVEAWAY is also live! You don’t want to miss out on this one, friends!

Teacher Gift {printable}

Just in case you missed this one over at VixenMade when I visited last week….

Today I am sharing a simple and {almost} free teacher gift!
With the new school year here already (where the heck did summer go?!), it’s always nice to get the new teacher a little something to start off the year. As a former teacher, I know that most teachers start preparing for the upcoming school year several weeks before school actually begins. Let’s show them we appreciate their hard work…

I designed this print using my favorite teacher quote and happy colors.
I also clipped it to a fun clipboard (found for a dollar at Michael’s) rather than putting it in a frame.
The clipboard just says “teacher” so much more than a frame, don’t you think?

I love the chevron and polka dot washi tape, don’t you? Total cuteness.

Feel free to use this print as a gift for the teachers that will be educating your kidlets’ this school year! (Maybe even throw in a few Fancy Paperclip Bookmarks while you are at it!)

Remember, this is for personal use only and if you decide to share it with others, please link back to this post. You can download the print HERE.

Have a great day friends!

Thanks for taking the time to pop in.

Partying with some of my faves!