Homemade Gifts

Jolly Lollies

how to make LOLLIES
you will need: jolly ranchers, candy sticks, parchment paper, foil & a cookie sheet
1) lay a piece of foil on cookie sheet. cover foil with a piece of parchment paper.
2) unwrap candies and place side by side on parchment paper in your choice of color & flavor combinations. use three candies together for extra large lollies, and only two candies together for regular lollies.
3) heat candies in oven for about 5 minutes at 200 degrees. keep a close eye on the candies and take them out as soon as they’ve barely melted together. if you leave them in too long they will melt too much and you won’t be able to put a stick into the lollie. alter the cook time accordingly.
4) carefully take cookie sheet out of oven. immediately lay candy sticks into place on melted candies. slowly twirl in melted candy to coat the stick and so it will hold in the lollie. they’re hot! don’t burn yourself but you will have to work fast before the candies harden.
5) let the lollies cool about 30 minutes before eating or wrap up in clear cellophane bags, tie with ribbon and give as gifts or party favors!
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Boogie Monsters



  • Tacky glue
  • 3 (12-inch) pipe cleaners
  • 2 medium pom-poms (ours were 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Felt
  • Tiny pom-pom
  • Wooden skewer
  • Feather
  • Poster tack
  • 2 pennies
  • 2 penny-size buttons


  1. Glue a 7-inch length of pipe cleaner between the pom-poms for arms. Let the glue dry.
  2. For legs, fold a 9-inch pipe cleaner length in half and glue the fold to the bottom of the lower pom-pom.
  3. Attach each googly eye to a small felt circle, then glue the eyes, felt ears, and a tiny pom-pom nose to the face.
  4. For each horn, coil a 4-inch pipe cleaner length around the skewer, then glue the horn onto the head. Fold the ends of each arm to form hands. Glue the feather tail in place.
  5. Add a foot to each leg by using a small ball of poster tack to sandwich each end between a button and a penny, as shown.

Newspaper Nails


First, gather your supplies. You will need white nail polish, newspaper, rubbing alcohol, and clear shiny polish for the top coat. 
Step one: Grab some newspaper and cut it into pieces big enough to cover your nails. You can even find specific words you want and spell things, though the letters do show up backwards.

Step two: Paint your nails white. A light beige or other similar colors should work fine, too. Make sure your nails are completely dry before moving on to the next step!

Step three: Dip a piece of newspaper into the rubbing alcohol and saturate them well. I pour a little into the bottle’s cap and dip the pieces in that way.

Step four: Press the bit of newspaper on your fingernail hard for about three seconds and peel it off. I find that pressing down hard helps the words to come off darker, but you don’t want to leave the paper on too long because the alcohol will cause your nail polish to smear. 
Step five: Top coat time! Paint on a generous layer of shiny polish to protect your design. 

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Candy Kiss Rose


Great Easter idea for teachers!!
Materials Needed:

  • 2 Hershey’s Kisses Candies
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Colored Cellophane (You Can Use Clear)
  • Floral Tape
  • Craft Foam or Silk Flower Leaves (optional)
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Scissors

Use a small piece of tape to hold the two wrapped candy Kisses together, bottom to bottom. Cut a piece of colored cellophane into a 6″ square. Place the tip of one of the kisses into the center of the cellophane and then fold the cellophane up around both kisses. Twist the cellophane to secure.

Hold the wrapped kisses against the end of the wooden skewer and wrap tightly with a floral tape, winding the tape all of the way down the stick. If desired, you can cut leaf shapes out of craft foam or use leaves from silk flowers and attach them to the stem using the floral tape.

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Recycled Newspaper Gift Bag


Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness.

Cut out a rectangle that’s 15.5″ wide and 8.25″ tall. If your paper already has a fold in it, align the existing fold with one of the fold lines in the diagram below, unless you don’t mind an extra fold appearing somewhere on your bag. I cut out this rectangle, then flipped the paper over so the blue area would be on the outside of the bag.

Fold a flap 1.25″ down from the top. Fold a flap 2″ up from the bottom. Then measure off and make vertical folds in the places shown in the diagram above. The front and back panels are 4.5″ wide, the side gussets are 3″ wide, and you’ll need a 0.5″ flap for gluing the bag together.

Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25″ x 1″, then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. These will reinforce the rim of the bag. Glue the top flap down along the length of the bag, covering the cardstock. Since the bag is two-ply, you’ll need to glue both flap pieces down one at a time.

Put glue on the outside of the 0.5″ tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Add a little more glue to make sure the outermost sheet of newsprint gets tacked down, too.

Upend the bag so the 2″ flap is now up. Fold the short sides inward as if you were wrapping a present. If it seems easier, you could also lay the bag on its side and crease those folds against the table.

Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag. Standing the bag upright and pressing down from the inside will help to secure them.

Cut a piece of chipboard to 4″ x 2.5″ and glue it to the bottom of the bag to reinforce it and hide the flaps if you want to be an overachiever.

Punch holes in the rim of the bag, adding eyelets if you like, and string some cord through the holes to form handles. Knot each end of the cord so it won’t pull out through the holes.

If you want to store your bag flat, pinch the top together, fold in the sides, and bring the bottom up so that it lies flat.
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Home made Candy Jar


Here is a quick and easy gift idea.  I am making them for the kids teachers and my daughter’s ballet instructor for Christmas.

Here is what you need:
Mason jars work best but, I did make one with a Classico pasta sauce jar.
Candy to fill it, I used M&M’s because I have so many bags of them.
Ribbon, I used some 2″ velvet Christmas ribbon I had in my gift wrapping tote.
The bells on the jar are actually part of a door knob hanger I purchased at Greenbacks dollar store.
Gift bow, mine is just a plain bow you would stick to a gift.
A hot glue gun, I love those things.

Let’s begin;
Take your clean and dry jar and fill it with candy of your choice.
With the lid screwed onto the jar, glue the ribbon around the sides of the lid, it will not fit perfectly which is just fine.  The excess ribbon that sticks up on the top of the jar you will fold down onto the top of the lid and glue it down, you will have to do this in 3 or 4 sections.
Then take your doorknob hanger, the longest bell that hung down on mine were too long so, I just wrapped it around the doorknob loop once and it did the trick.
Next, glue the doorknob holder loop onto the top of the jar, I did mine so that the bells covered up where the ribbon on the side was cut.
Finally, glue your bow to the middle of the lid, and it’s complete.

Gift tag Book mark


As I was looking for some cute gift tags to add to these and fooling around with things, I ended up making these and thought they would make cute bookmarks as well.
Here is how I did it;
I found a cute poem online (this one relates to teachers).  I copied and pasted into an empty document, then I copied and pasted an image I found just searching for Christmas Princess images.  Print, cut out and then I laminated it.  I punched a hole in the corner and tied a piece of ribbon through it and done!!

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