We try to make money gifts a little more exciting than just opening up a card with a check in it.  We had fun with our Money Bouquet.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I made these pencil vases last year, but each of my kids wanted me to make them for their teachers again this year.
I have some free printables you can find here  and here to make these One Smart Cookie Gifts. If you want to make something else from the kitchen check out these adorable apple and dip jars. I have had friends request the recipe even after I have improvised the chip add in for whatever I had at the house. I forgot to mention this in the post you can use the tags as they are printed separately and just fill a bag of baked cookies with the smart cookie tag! How many layers of modpodge would you use when decoupaging fabric to a flat, textured (in other words, the original finish is not slick) plastic surface?
I’m having trouble with my photo paper buckling up when I put modge lodge on canvas??? Maybe someone has asked this already… I used mod podge to stick a photo to a canvas (the fabric on frame kind of canvas).
If it’s not a real photo, you can put Mod Podge over the top and see if the bubbles go away. I want to send a photo to Walgreens to be made into a 24 x 26 poster and then Mod Podge this to a canvas.
I would like to make a canvas family photo with one of the recent pictures we had done and I am not sure which is the best way to have the photo printed cause I have seen some that some people use ink photos and others use poster which do you think will work better? Matthew Ross was featured by his local newspaper for his excellence in high school football, basketball and baseball.
In an industry sadly bereft of honesty one young aspiring banker, Matthew Ross took the time to write a cover letter that so impressed the individual it was meant for that he in turn decided to share it with other Wall st executives for its candor which of course then led it to being shared by other executives, social media and so forth. Perhaps what makes the letter most interesting is not only its candor but the suggestion that Wall st bosses are from time to time willing to overlook the traditional pedigree qualifications they insist is the best fit which might be a backhand way of saying maybe Wall st bosses are starting to come clean with the notion that just because you know such and such and were educated at a premium entity doesn’t necessarily mean one has the pizzaz to excel, the integrity or ability to make good decisions or simply the discipline and resolve to do anything it takes to get ones foot through the door. Thursday's article about one parent's struggle to get ready for World Book Day prompted many people to recount their own experiences. There was a mad panic last night as my daughter couldn't find her fairy costume (fair enough, she reads fairy books). As a member of staff at a school currently enjoying WBD I've had no end of trouble trying to think of a costume for myself.
We end up giving money gifts for a variety of reasons and these are some really cute ideas! I made countdown calendar boxes – 25 unique boxes that will each hold a treat of its own. I then took my embossing tool, or a small point crocheting needle or knitting needle would work, I began to trace and score each piece by following the lines on the template.
The pencil vases are adorable, and I have always been a big fan of the cookie (or other baked good) in a jar gift ideas because you don’t have to actually bake anything for the gift and you can get really creative with the labels. That is going to be tricky, because plastic is hard – but I would try at least two layers. I would make sure that you are putting enough on – you need you use a lot more on canvas than on wood. I would like to reuse one of those already painted canvas that are always at thrift stores. The circles are also soooo fun, may have to try that–wonder if paint store chips would work??
I’ve tried it a few times now but keep getting bubbles, which by the way I would LOVE to know how to get rid of???


Laserjet is your best way to go if you want to Mod Podge it down (no smearing) and also I wouldn’t go for gallery wrapping unless you are a pretty seasoned Mod Podger. Of course what makes the letter a little sad is the fact that the applicant might be wasting his integrity and good attitude in an industry sorely lacking in those very qualities…. Our four-year-old son wanted to go as a character from 101 Dalmatians, his favourite book at the moment, so we spent a couple of hours on Sunday putting black spots with a marker pen on an old t-shirt, making a set of ears, my wife sewn a dog collar and name tag onto the t-shirt, the application of some face paint and his sister's black-and-white-spotted pyjama bottoms this morning and the look was complete. I don't have the spare money or childish interest to buy something new so have spent days thinking about books I'd read with nondescript characters. I'm a community ambassador for Book Aid International which benefits hugely from the money that children pay for the opportunity to dress up on World Book Day.
Eventually he decided to go as Mr Twit from the Roald Dahl book because I said it meant he could be rude to his teachers. Now that the boxes are finished, I have this cool metal rectangle tray and I will set them out on our living room coffee table so that each day a new one can be opened.
Once each box is glued, I go back and reinforce the seams I glued with a small piece of tape. First of all, you have to use A LOT of Mod Podge on canvas because it soaks in, so yes, you probably should have put it on the photo as well.
The possibility is limitless and what you need is creativity to come out with your own ideas!
Luckily I remembered I had an old Dr Evil costume that can double as Dr No by wearing gloves. I think it's very brave for a child who has become very conscious about his appearance and concerned about what others will say and think. Last year schools raised ?76,000, which paid for shipping 38,000 new and appropriate books, donated by UK publishers, to sub-Saharan Africa. Huband, OxfordshireOur son decided that he wanted to go dressed as Tom from the popular Beast Quest series. We had the funky tights and odd shoes, a boater hat with corresponding ribbon and we even did plaits with odd funky ribbons.
Thom, BedsWe did The Incredible Hulk when my son was six or seven - two or three pots of green and black body paint later, he really looked the part.
Once cut out, I then traced the outline of the template on the back of each piece of Christmas paper. At least do a small test to work with it to make sure you are comfortable getting out wrinkles, etc. Also if the photos are printed on an inkjet printer, they are going to smear if you don’t seal them first. Here's a selection of some of their emails (and photographs).This is picking at an open wound as far as I'm concerned - just spent ?26 on a Fantastic Mr Fox outfit that didn't have a tail, so additional ?8 for tail for a one-day school event.
Justin, NorthumberlandPupils at our daughter's school were given the option to either dress up as a book character or to come to school dressed in pyjamas and bring a favourite book. And whilst I've made an effort, most of the children have used it as an excuse to just come in non-uniform as "Joey Essex" or another of their latest heroes. So I applaud WBD and David Walliams for allowing my son to forget all the self-conscious fears of being 10 and to enjoy getting lost in books. What does it matter whether the characters that children choose are from comic books or from reading books?
Straight into the bath when he came home, which is when we hit the problem - the green body paint dyed his skin (nearly a week to fade away) and the black stuff on his hair flecked off and attached itself more or less permanently to the bath. I do see parents absolutely frantic for costumes because often it's not clear whether a class will be dressing up until quite close to the date. Can I still put mod podge on top of the photo and will the bubbles disappear or do you have to put mod podge on the photo while the mod podge on the canvas is still wet??
Cause if I try to rub the photo down with fingers or cloth, I get finger prints vs colour rubs off..


The majority of the children - including our daughter - opted for the pyjamas, which made our morning routine quite enjoyable and the walk to school most interesting. The children love dressing-up, and the money helps to send good books to libraries where books are scarce and therefore very precious indeed. My biggest piece of advice is get something to make a Dahl character because Roald Dahl Day in September is on the rise and also requires dressing up for.
Never mind the WWII-style evacuee dress we've also just had to buy for the class assembly - I remember going to school wrapped in an old dust sheet to be a shepherd.
This may also reinforce the idea of reading before bedtime as entertaining and relaxing, in addition to saving the family both resources and frustrations. Caroline, TowcesterBack in the day when primary schools were less politically correct, my little brother found a book about the Soviet Union on the bookshelf in our home. You can put them on a cute display tray or any where else that suits your fancy and merriment.
Now enjoy these Mod Podge canvas projects – just click through the slideshow to pick your favorite idea!
Graham, WesthoughtonMy daughter is in reception, so this is the first year we have experienced this. Rather unhelpfully, the school only told us six days before the event that the children were expected to dress up. Keith, LiverpoolAfter last year's Hungry Caterpillar debacle, I wrote a book about my daughter going to school and sent her in her uniform with it. I personally teach my kids that it doesn't matter if they win the competition, and to just enjoy the day, but I felt that if I didn't put everything I had into the costumes I would be letting them down. At the school assembly, all the children who had dressed up got to stand at the front, one class at a time, and tell the school who they had dressed up as. Jim, FifeThe internet and films have much to answer for - no longer is it possible in our household to imagine what a character looks like, my nine-year-old daughter goes straight online and then refuses any suggestion that doesn't make her look exactly like what she finds. Emma, LondonI have four children and on WBD will be the mother of a ninja meerkat, a rescue princess, Alex Rider and Muncle Trogg (don't ask). John, HertsI remember years ago, my younger son wanted to go as an Uruk-hai from Lord Of The Rings. To create these costumes while managing children through their learning logs, supplying recycled items with which to construct a robot and get everyone to school on wheels without injury for Bike to School Week is not a walk in the park.
Several vetoed suggestions later (Dorothy - no red shoes, Hermione - wrong hair, Susan from Narnia - no chainmail), she is going as Zorro (she's a fencer so has the sword) with an old black hat, black clothes and boots she already has and a mask and cape made from an old piece of black material. He had indeed read the book, but the film had just come out and these creatures sparked his imagination. I spent many hours constructing his costume out of pieces of leather, making papier mache armour and so on.
Sam, BedsFor weeks now I have been arguing with myself that my son's insistence of going dressed as Buzz Lightyear is just "not right". Unfortunately, my uncle died that week and on the great day, I was obliged to get up early, dress my son, apply the "white hand" face make-up, then drive 70 miles to make it for a 9am funeral. I have been feeling as though the other mums will be looking at me and my little boy dressed as a superhero. I have to hope she cheers up come playtime, when all the girls in silly princess dresses can't play outside in the mud. I tried to persuade him to go as a magician from a new book I bought him the other in am attempt to steer him away from Buzz Lightyear - no such luck. We have managed to find a Toy Story annual to back up his choice - not exactly Roald Dahl though, is it?




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