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How to Make Personalized Holiday Gifts with Labels

Holiday Printables for Labels by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

Disclosure: I was provided product and compensation for this post from Crafty Hangouts on behalf of their advertiser OnlineLabels.com. All projects and opinions are 100% my own.

I love labels because the options for customizing are endless! Stationary is so on trend right now and I knew for the holidays I wanted to make some fabulous stationary gifts for my friends and family. But have you seen the prices in some of these stationary shops? Scandalous. That’s why I love OnlineLabels.com – you can buy labels by the sheet, in cool shapes and colors, and make your own custom stationary pieces, like custom address labels or personalized book plates and more.Holiday Printable Projects with Labels by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

I created several gift project ideas using the cool labels from OnlineLabels.com. Matthew and I share the ideas in this handy dandy hangout video we did with our friends from CraftyHangouts.com:

I made a couple of printables that you can use to create these projects with the labels from OnlineLabels.com:

 Holiday Printables for Labels by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

Advent Calendar Printables Page 1 and Page 2, for use with OnlineLabels.com Labels – OL192TG

 Holiday Label Printable, for use with OnlineLabels.com Labels – OL1761WX

Here’s what you’ll need to create each project:

Holiday Printable Projects with Labels by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

Mason Jar Labels

Decorated Glassine Bags for Cookies or Cards

Ugly Sweater Christmas Cards

Holiday Gift Folio Collage by Jennifer Priest

Custom Label Folio

  • OnlineLabels.com Labels –  OL875TP
  • File Folder
  • Two pieces of 12×12 Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue Gun
  • Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade

Advent Calendar with Labels by Jennifer Priest Collage 1

Cloth Bag or Paper Bag Advent Calendar

You can see how to make all of these projects in the video I shared above or watch it on YouTube here.

Who knew you could do so much with a sheet of labels?! I’d love for you to get your hands on some labels – you can shop anytime at OnlineLabels.com but we have a super special giveaway going on with all the peeps from Crafty Hangouts!! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win labels from OnlineLabels.com!!! 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. How would you use labels from OnlineLabels.com to customize your holiday? Leave me a comment and I will choose one winner to receive a selection of the AWESOME OnlineLabels.com labels from my stash!! Winner will be chosen from the comments in the widget at the end of this blog post on November 1, 2014 and notified via comment reply.

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Craft Room Tour 2015

Keep larger tools on tables at the ready. Store tools you use less often on shelving, like the serger sewing machine on the bottom shelf of a work table in this photo

It’s been a while since I have done a craft room tour. Like over a year! This past January we moved my craft room out of the formal living room + dining room + office and condensed it all down to just fit in my office alone. It’s about one-third of the space I have enjoyed for the last two years (see that video studio tour HERE) and that means I had to get rid of alot of stuff. In addition, I moved out my Target desk and brought in my grandmother’s old Fortress desk which is wider and deeper than the previous desk. It has amazing storage though! In line with my recent posts about changing my relationship with craft supplies and how I view my space, and with this month being National Craft Month, I thought it was the perfect time to share a tour of my new, improved, lean, mean creativity machine of a craft studio, office, and film studio all rolled into one:

 

 

There are a few details I want to point out that I think might be helpful to you in organizing a space that best supports creativity.

Organize supplies by color, with a focus on consumables (things you can use up).

Store embellishments and consumable craft supplies by color.

I started organizing by color in 2006 or so and it changed the way I craft. Organizing by color allows you to use products you might have forgotten you had in new and unexpected ways. In the past, I would have looked for a red brad to use on a scrapbook page. Now, I open my red and orange drawer (both colors are combined into one drawer) and look through all the possible embellishments that are red. I can use things I forgot I had, like a pretty red button or a red label sticker. This helps me use up my stash and avoid getting into creative ruts, like when I used to be on a “red button kick” and use them on all of my projects for three months straight. True story.

Keep things in the open so they are front of mind and get used.

Keep larger tools on tables at the ready. Store tools you use less often on shelving, like the serger sewing machine on the bottom shelf of a work table in this photo

Keeping tools and supplies that you use often or want to use more out in the open makes it easier for you to use them. I want to use my Sizzix eclips2 machine often so I keep it on a table, plugged in and ready to go at all times. I don’t want to use my serger sewing machine often so I keep it on a shelf under my work table so I can get to it but so it is not in the way.

Label everything – peace comes from being able to find things when you need them.

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I use an Epson LabelWorks label maker (and ribbon printer) to label my ArtBins, drawers, and other containers. It helps me to know exactly where things are but the process of labeling also makes me think about which things go together and can be stored together. Like I might have a drawer of ICE Resin bezels and ICE Resin ephemera papers because they go together. When you have 20+ ArtBins, it is also handy to have a label on the outside so you don’t have to open each one up to see what’s inside.

If you add something to the room, take something out.

Sizzix die storage

It is so easy to out grow your space by bringing in new things. I know I have this limited amount of square space and limited storage solutions. If I want to bring in something new, then something old has to go out. We also have limited time. Can I really use all 548 stamps sets I had? No. So I sold off 300 of them and gave away a bunch more so now I have less than 50 acrylic stamp sets. If I want more Sizzix dies, I need to get rid of the ones I don’t use. And yes, with all these cases of dies, there are some I don’t use and a few still in the package. This process makes you think very strategically about HOW and WHY you buy things. And it helps keep the focus on creating and not cleaning or organizing. I mean, seriously, we all hate cleaning so much but we have made that 50% or more of our time when we’re “crafting”. Let’s stop doing that.

Here’s a pinnable quote to help remind us: PIN IT NOW

Spend more time crafting and less time organizing - Jennifer Priest

I hope this room tour and these tips have inspired you and given you some awesome ideas for your space!  Here are some of my past room tours and organizing posts to check out:

Links to some of the organizing products used in this room:

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Hot Trend: Cork and Gold Foil – A Blog Hop

Decorate Mini Album Covers with Bulky Embellishments - JPriest

Cork and Gold foil are two super hot trends in craft this year. Today, I’m on a blog hop with the Tombow USA team and Die Cuts with a View (DCWV), sharing all things cork and gold! You probably came here from Britt Bass, but if you happened to stumble across my blog, go to the  DCWV Blog to start!

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We received a mix of gold foiled patterned paper, adhesive cork sheets, and a mini album from DCWV. Since the kraft colored papers and album were neutral like the cork, everything was wide open as far as color.

I decided to go with a beach themed mini scrapbook, adding in elements of coral and turquoise with items from my stash to complete the look.

Decorate a mini album cover with bulky embellishments to make it fun.

This mini beach album was built with the DCWV Insta Kraft Album, a perfect size for Instagram photos! I’m planning to add photos of my niece and nephews from beach trips to this album and give it as a gift to my sister.

  Decorate Mini Album Covers with Bulky Embellishments - JPriest

To make the inner pages of the book, I cut chipboard to 4.5″ wide by 5″ tall and covered it with patterned paper from the DCWV The Gilded Stack, using Tombow Mono Aqua Glue to permanently apply the paper to the chipboard. I also cut some of the 6×6 pages from the DCWV Cork Stack to 4.5″ x 5″ and adhered more patterned paper to the backs of those sheets. I used a Crop a Dile to punch holes in each page to match the binder rings inside of the DCWV Insta Kraft Album.

Make a Pocket Page for Journaling Blocks, extra Photos, and tags in your mini scrapbook albums

For extra storage, I cut 5″ x 9″ strips of paper from the DCWV The Gilded Stack and folded them in half to make a 4.5″ x 5″ page. I applied Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive along the bottom and the open side of the folded paper “card” to seal them shut. I used a 2″ circle punch to punch a hole in the top, open ed of the pocket. Then I used the Crop a Dile to punch holes in each page to match the binder rings inside of the DCWV Insta Kraft Album. I cut some of the journal blocks from the DCWV The Gilded Stack apart and slipped them into the pockets for journaling.

Add Crepe Paper Ruffles to the Edges of Mini Album Pages - JPriest

I posted a sneak peek picture of this album on Instagram and everyone wanted to know how to make the crepe paper ruffle. It’s easy!

Learn the crepe paper ruffle technique and see the album assembly and decorating from start to finish in this video:


Please be sure to click the YouTube icon on the lower right side of the video to go to YouTube, subscribe, and leave me a thumbs up or comment. 

To create this album, you need some basic supplies from DCWV and Tombow.

I supplemented these with various baubles and embellishments from my stash. Decorating a mini album cover in this way gives it a fun, eclectic, and dimensional look while also using up some of your stash. I like using some of my most prized embellishments on mini album covers becuase then I can see them more often that if they were closed inside of a 12×12 scrapbook album. Also, bulky embellishments don’t work well in traditional scrapbooks so a mini album like this DCWV Insta Kraft Album is a great place to use them.

Supply List:

Tools:

Tombow Blog Hop Giveaway - Cork and Gold

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015.

Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!

DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4×4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

Saturday, March 28th:

DCWV Blog
Jessica Pascarella
Britt Bass
Jennifer Priest YOU ARE HERE
Jaclyn Rench GO HERE NEXT
Sara Andrews
Latrice Murphy
Tessa Buys
Yolie Burke
Karen Jiles
Marie Browning
Karla Der
Lisa Lahiff
Tina McDonald
Tombow USA Blog

YOUR NEXT STOP IS Jaclyn Rench.

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Five Favorite Things For Spring

Hello Kitty Fuji Instax

Spring is here! What are you into right now? Here are 5 things that really float my boat right now:

1. Las Cafeteras “Mujer Soy”

Kathy Cano-Murrillo shared this in a group I am in. The song is AWESOME and I could listen to it all day. The message is interesting too, this mix being released to coincide with International Womyn’s Day. I am not all for women above anyone else – I am for all to be equal, no one better than the other. But, the first step to understanding is knowledge and knowing so if this message helps accomplishment that, I’m there. The beat is awesome too ;)  

 

 

 

 

2. Target’s new return policy



Target is now giving you up to one year to return Target branded and licensed products in their stores! Get an extra 30 days if you are a Target Red Card holder. I am so excited about this because I think it is a bold, smart move to help us all have more faith in purchasing.

Effective immediately, you can bring back Target’s exclusive owned-brands, with receipt, to a Target store and receive a full refund within one year of the item’s purchase date. The new return policy applies to over 70,000 items from all 32 private-label brands, like Merona, Nate Berkus, Liz Lange, Mossimo and Threshold, C9, Xhilaration and Chefmate.

But that’s not all … guests using Target’s Baby or Wedding Registries will now have up to a year from the registry event date to return or exchange items.

Also, REDcard holders receive an extra 30 days to return nearly all items… get a Target REDcard online now.

 Start shopping at Target now and read more about the new Target Exchange and Return Policy here.

3.  Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Tombow Dual Brush Pens Set

I started trying lettering and drawing again more seriously this year and my go to has been Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens. I am on their design team again, after a break for almost 2 years, but I am using the pens for more reasons than my being on their design team. The Tombow Dual Brush Pens are easy to blend and very forgiving, perfect for when you are just starting out or wanting to crank out a bunch of lettering. To see more of my lettering, check me out on instagram. Get Tombow Dual Brush Pens on Amazon for a song.

4. Origami Owl Lockets

I got my first Origami Owl locket last month and I totally love it! I recently ordered from my local consultant, Monique Beck, and was so pleased to receive the order in less than 3 days from when I placed it online. I had no idea Origami Owl had earrings – I wore these to Scrapbook Expo and got so many compliments! I also ordered a camera and a coffee cup charm to put inside my “blog” locket – they are so cute! Stay tuned for a new video coming soon on how easy Origami Owl lockets are to assemble and customize. You can change them every day if you want! Find a local Origami Owl consultant on their website at origamiowl.com.

5. Hello Kitty Fuji Instax Mini

Hello Kitty Fuji Instax

I just saw this online and I KNEW lots of crafty peeps would love this. It is absolutely adorable and I kinda want one. I KNOW Katie would use it all the time if I got one. You can’t really call yourself a Hello Kitty fan if you don’t have a Hello Kitty camera, right? Get it here: Hello Kitty Fuji Instax Camera

What are your favorite things right now?  

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Disney Villains Tea Party

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We threw a Disney Villains Tea party! I was so excited to host another Disney Side @Home Celebration and this year’s box was all about Disney Villains. Katie was pretty ecstatic about it, even more so than I was.  We also received Twinings tea in the box which led us to the idea for a Disney Villains Tea Party.

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Since it had been a while since I hosted any kind of craft event at my house or taught a class in a store, I thought it would be great to bring the element of crafting and creativity into the party. I contacted my friends at Walnut Hollow and they helped us out with a set of Basswood Country Rounds that we used to create mixed media “paintings” of our favorite Disney Villains. Painting is HARD so I thought about ways we could paint fast and accurately – coloring books! Luckily there are several versions of Disney Villains coloring books available and we ordered two of them from Amazon.com. But I’m getting ahead of myself in the story of the day…

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How to host a craft focused Disney Villains Tea Party in 3 hours:

As guests entered the party, they chose a name tag from our assortment of Villians and added their name onto a label. Next, they could paint their nails at the nail station and admire the gifts we were giving out on the table. We set each spot at the table with gifts, favor boxes, and most of the craft supplies they would need to make the project. 

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There were also word searches and other activities guests could work on while snacking on finger sandwiches, cupcakes, and candies in the center of the table. We created centerpieces from pots and crepe paper rosettes, to match the rosettes on the name tags. On the wall, we hung handpainted Villian themed art in Smoothfoam Frames along with printed banners from DisneySideCelebrations.com and handmade banners.

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Once everyone had arrived, we broke the ice with a few games, like “Pin the Smile on Mickey”:

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We gave out prizes all throughout the day, including some of the goodies from the DisneySide @Home Celebrations box, items I handmade for the event, and Villain-worthy swag, like this bling tattoo kit from Toni & Guy:

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The guests checked out all of the fun gifts in the corner of the room. I was going for a White Elephant effect – hey, it might be big and wrapped fancy but you don’t know what is inside!

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After 30 minutes of snacking, getting name tags, and playing games, we started on our craft project:

PARTY - DisneySide VIllains Tea Party JPriest - JP Evil Queen

I’ll be sharing a video tutorial of how to make a painting from any coloring book page but here’s the skinny of how we did this at the party. We passed around the coloring books and each person chose an image of a villain they wanted to paint, tearing the page from the book.

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Next everyone loosely cutout around the image. Some people fussy cut the image, cutting very precisely, but that is not necessary for this project.

PARTY - DisneySide VIllains Tea Party JPriest - Cutting Out

Trace the cutout onto the wood with a pencil. This will help us to avoid adding decoupaged paper under neath the coloring book image. The decoupaged paper can be lumpy and its more difficult to paint the image over all the lumps and bumps of the paper. Use decoupage medium to decoupage torn pieces of book paper around the traced image.

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Add the coloring book image in the traced area, and glue securely with more decoupage medium. While the decoupage medium is drying, play games like Disney Bingo, and snack on more snacks! 

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I wish I had gotten more photos of the food but everyone ate it super fast! Here are some of the food goodies we got pics of:

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Here’s how to make the snacks and finger sandwiches from the party. I didn’t make full on recipes as these are fairly easy to make. We made a wide variety of food to accommodate the paleo and gluten-free eaters in the group.

Poison Apple Stacks: (pictured above)

  1. Slice an apple into skinny wedges.
  2. Slice cheddar cheese into thin strips.
  3. Spread fig jam onto nitrate -free salami.
  4. Wrap the cheese slice around the apple. Wrap the salami around the apple and cheese. Secure with a toothpick.

Note:  to make this recipe paleo friendly, remove the cheese and replace the jam with honey.

Cruella DeVille Black Forest Ham Rolls: (also pictured above, not labeled)

  1. Cut Black Forest Ham Slices in Half (we used Applegate Brand). 
  2. Mix 1/2 cup cream cheese with 1 tsp spicy mustard.
  3. Spread Cream Cheese mixture onto the ham.
  4. Slice a red bell pepper. Place half a slice into the ham slice and roll. Secure with a tooth pick.

Note: to make this recipe paleo friendly, remove the cream cheese, use the mustard alone. 

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Ursula’s Pearls Finger Sandwiches: (pictured above)

  1. Make tune salad, as desired.
  2. Cut the crust from rye bread slices.
  3. Spread a generous amount of tuna salad onto one slice of bread and top with another slice of bread. Cut into quarters.
  4. Insert a toothpick into a whole small olive and insert into each sandwich.

 

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We also got this fun Duff Goldman cake mix for tie dye cupcakes! These were so much fun to make and each one was a little bit different inside. We frosted them with vanilla frosting and then added sprinkles we also received in our #DisneySide @Home Celebration kit.

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Aren’t those fun?! They were delicious and moist too! I think I ate 2 of them. Okay, maybe 4. Alright, I ate 6 of them! They were small. And rainbow so they don’t have calories, right? LOOK! There’s a UNICORN…

While we waited for paint and glue to dry, we also had fun taking our photos at a Villains Mug Shot Photo Booth we set up! We created silly booking photo signs using foam core board and a permanent marker:

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Why are all of these people smiling? They’re in JAIL! Shouldn’t they be frowning or something?!

PARTY - DisneySide VIllains Tea Party JPriest - Katie MugShot

Yeah, Katie’s got the right idea! To make the “jail bars” in the background we pinned a painter’s drop cloth to the wall and then hung strips of black crepe paper every 4 inches to replicate “bars”. This idea is affordable and you can use things you already have. If you don’t have a drop cloth, use a sheet or an old curtain.

Once the decoupage medium dried, we chose acrylic paints in the colors for our Villains and started painting them.

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I really love how Jolane’s Maleficent turned out! She used Glitter Mod Podge on the book paper and ti gave the project such an interesting look and finish. I need to try that Glitter Mod Podge now!

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I love how everyone got artistic with it, adding swirls and other details. At the end of the party, we all had finished projects to take home!

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I also love how everyone got dressed up and showed their #DisneySide with Maleficent horns and Mickey ears!

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Probably one of the cutest dressed was Christina – isn’t she adorable?! She is a serious Disney fan and an expert at showing her #DisneySide:

PARTY - DisneySide VIllains Tea Party JPriest - Christina Ursula

And here’s all of us together with our creations!

RELATED PROJECT: HOW TO PAINT A DISNEY VILLAIN ON WOOD

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We sent everyone home with a pack of HP CMYK (Create Memories You Keep) Packs, which include envelopes and photo paper, perfect for printing #DisneySide Photos and memories! They also received a Disney Vacation planning DVD so they could learn more about the fun that awaits at Disney Parks. After the party, we cleaned up all the linens with all Laundry Detergent, which was included in our #DisneySide @ Home Celebration box.

Alot of elements came together to make this party happen. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to throw a Disney Villains Tea Party:

Invitations:

Activities:

Refreshments:

  • Hot Tea by Twinings of London® – naturally caffeine free
  • Ursula’s Pearls Finger Sandwiches (shared above)
  • Poison Apple Stacks (shared above)
  • Cruella DeVille Black Forest Ham Rolls (shared above)
  • Duff Goldman Tie Dye Cake Mix by Gartner Studios, topped with Cupcake Supplies (shared above)
  • Paper Plates and Cups

Decor:

Favors & Gifts:

Show Your #DisneySide:

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Disney rosette pins – show your #DisneySide

Disney Villain Name tags JPriest

I am throwing a Disney Villains Tea Party this month and I thought a great way to make everyone feel really welcome is to make them a custom name tag. Not everyone who was attending knew each other and I thought it would be cool if everyone could choose to “be” a villain they identify with by choosing a name tag with the Villian’s photo on it. 

Disney Name Badges JPriest  

I created about 18 name tags and laid them on a tray at the entrance of the party with a smaller tray of labels, pens, and foam tabs. Guest wrote their names on the tags and attached them to the name tags as shown on the example above.

Disney Villain Name tags JPriest

I wanted the name tags to be decadent, like all Villains are, but they had to be affordable because I needed to make like 20 of them. Enter in crepe paper!! Crepe Paper is usually 50 cents to a dollar per roll and each roll can make about 15 to 20 rosettes. These crepe paper rosettes mimic fancy prize ribbons and they have a wonderfully delicate, decadent feel! for the bottom, I decided to go with lace, ribbon, and trims from my stash in traditional Disney Villains colors: purple, green, and black. If you look closely, you’ll see that the greens are all various shades that don’t match, as are the purples and blacks.  The effect is a decadent yet eclectic mix, with no two name tags looking the same.

Gather these supplies to create these rosette name tags:

Here’s how to create the name tags:

 

 

Aren’t those fun? It will take a few hours to make 20 name tags but you can do this while watching your favorite TV shows so it won’t take too long, right? Check out my post about the Disney Villains Tea Party recap!

Disney Villain Prize Ribbons JPriest

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Teacher Valentine in a Jar

Matt with Box of Chocolates at Target - Jennifer Priest Hydrangeahippo

Last week I was on a group google hangout with the ladies from Crafty Hangouts where we all shared Valentine gift ideas in mason jars. I decided to go a little different and picked up a cool jar with a wood lid on clearance from Target in the kitchen section. They have a ton of these at all the Targets I have been to in the last few weeks so I am hopeful you can find one too. I got mine for $4.48! Here’s the teacher Valentine in a jar:

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This is super easy to make and customize for any teacher. We are giving this gift in a  jar to Matthew’s teacher so we chose to fill it with items that she would love. We shopped in the Target $1 spot, which is usually filled with adorable and fun office supplies, stickers, and more. Matthew totally loves shopping at Target! He picked out the biggest box of candies he could find from the Valentine shop at the back of the store!

Matt with Box of Chocolates at Target - Jennifer Priest Hydrangeahippo

You can choose items from the special Valentine section in the store too but we focused on the $1 Spot. We chose several sets of fun polka dot pens, some mechanical pencils, some circle labels, chalkboard stickers, some sticky note page markers, a few candies, and a lip balm to include in the jar. To make the jar cute, we threaded a shipping tag onto a strip of ric rac by Decorative Trimmings that we then tied around the jar into a bow. We stuck some American Crafts layered stickers, also in the Target $1 Spot, to the tag to make is Valentine themed. Matthew wrote his name and his teacher’s name on the back of the tag. 

Teacher Valentine in Mason Jar by Jennifer Priest hydrangeahippo

I love that the teacher can use this jar for whatever she likes once Valentine’s Day has passed. Do you give gifts to your kids’ teachers?

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