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Homemade gift tags- easy teacher and neighbor gifts

I’m always intrigued by what kids come up with when put to a crafty challenge. These gift tags were the brainchild of my 12 year old. Easy, fun and fast, it’s a great budget friendly gift project that has the added bonus of fostering creativity in your kids (and yourself). Use them on gifts you give or gift them in bundles. Put all that pre-Christmas kid angst to good use!

We went through the craft supplies and dug out: card stock, rubber stamps, markers, glitter glue, a hole punch, felt and the glue gun. Also embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon, twine or other sort of string to make ties.

Make a set of colorful tags by filling an an entire page of card stock with colorful geometric shapes, add glitter glue for sparkle and dimension. When the glue is dry, cut the paper into small rectangles. Punch a hole in the corner and stamp or write “To:” and “From:” on the back. Loop the piece of string (of your choosing) through the hole and tie a knot.
With felt scraps, cut out and create any shapes you can think up- Christmas-y or otherwise. (hint: customize tags with personalized interests or letters). Glue the felt to the card stock then use markers or glitter glue to add details. When dry, finish same as above.
An perhaps the easiest- incorporate rubber stamps. If you have a large collection of rubber stamps it’s time to put them to good use! Add color, glitter or glitter glue to your hearts content. Finish the same as above.

Place an assortment of your handmade tags in bags and pair with a treat, a plant or just by themselves- a handmade gift is always the best!

painting faces

At the lake, a birthday party or just on a summer afternoon, face painting is where it’s at. Let the kids show their creativity by pointing the paintbrush at each other and see what they can think up. We used watercolors here but actual face paint would work well too, of course. And all the paint washes off with soap and water. (Don’t forget body painting and Sharpie temporary tattoo- psst- look at the leg.)

Wear it proudly all day- let the paint wear off as they play in the sun. This guy took on the look of Derek Zoolander as his paint faded slowly throughout a day in and out of the water.

light writing

We took off last weekend for one final summertime extravaganza- fun in the sun at Lake Powell. Among the many activities we enjoyed during the daylight hours such as swimming, tubing, wake boarding, kayaking, hiking, relaxing, overeating… one of the mandatory evening activities included a crowd pleasing favorite- fun with flashlights. All of these pictures were shot with a 10 second exposure. The red/pink light was created with a small piece of red gel taped over the flashlight. The wings were made by a person standing behind the angel and drawing toward the camera, switching the light off when finished. The heart was made by a second person pointing the red flashlight at the chest for the full 10 seconds. A third person shined a white light on the angels face for just a moment before turning the flashlight to draw the halo.

10 second exposure. 3 helpers we used making this devil, two behind- one making the trident and the other making the horns and tail. One helper in front exposing the face for a second or two.


Angel with a broken wing, beware, light writing is addicting. Before you know it you’ll have taken 100 picture trying to get it just right.

Group photo, 10 second exposure, 2 helpers in back making swiggles, one if front exposing each face as quickly as possible.