Thursday, July 29, 2010

Upcycled Hall Passes

"You Shall NOT Pass..." ~Gandalf, the Grey

Mr. Philpot, Taylor's & Diego's 3rd grade teacher, is one of most frugal and economical, eco-friendly teacher I know. He takes the bus to school, doesn't own a car, always brought his lunch, and he never waste anything. And one thing he didn't have was a hall pass that could stand the children's rough handling.  He always replacing them. I've been meaning to make him two hall passes from the beginning of school as a Christmas gift, birthday gift, teacher appreciation but never got around it until the last day of school. I'm such a procrastinator!  I worked on it on the last day of school, literally!

So, here's what I did:
- Think of a theme
- Gather all materials 

Materials I used (most of these things you find around the house):
- old Star Wars Valentine's cards
- stickers: Star Wars, Toy Story, alphabet 
- cardstock & different shades of scrap paper
- teacher's photos
- paper cutter/scissors
- lanyard (you can buy this at any office supply store)

I cut a 4x6 cardstock and lay out the images/materials in any desired way (no design experience necessary)
I had 2 themes:  Star Wars (classic) and Toy Story (which just came out)
Keeping it simple and legible is key but be whatever you want to do.
I have old Valentine's cards and tons of stickers (including the old Toy Story ones which my kids were crazy about when they were little) that I've been saving for occasions like this.
Once I'm done, I went to Office Max to get them laminated.  Here's the front side...

and here's the back side.

Bought some lanyard.  Punch a hole on each pass.  And you're done!

You can also make backpack tags, name tags using all of the same materials and more.  Now GO make some and have fun!  And show me what you made...

Friday, July 9, 2010


Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.  ~Vince Lombardi

So yeah, I haven't posted any projects lately.  I've been yearning to do so but I've been busy doing our church's Kids Camp, driving the kids to and from their fun activities while trying to clean up a big mess in our home. It's like the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico--can't seem to control it! Paperwork all over -- I'm re-organizing!

Anyway, one of Taylor's mentor/youth leader's birthday was coming up and we almost always miss it because we're always out of town.  So just before Taylor left for the East Coast and we to Kids Camp, we put together a crafty gift for her.  Taylor did most of the work.  I just learned how to crochet last May at the Maker Faire so I'm still learning.
She crochet these little doilies (is that what you call them?) with Ms. Dana's favorite colors (based on observing her.)
I had the easy job.  I just went to my collection of beads and buttons and pick the ones that will fit best.
Picking an earth toned satin ribbon to go with it was a whiz.
Then I sewed the doilie with the ribbon attaching the buttons at the same time.
Then I cut out some felt material (same tone as the ribbon)...
Sew it on to cover the back.  This will help stabilize the doilies onto the ribbon.
Voila!  A charming bib necklace made with LOTS of LOVE and care!
It's best worn on a bare neck, but it was too cold for Taylor to model it that early summer morning.
Happy Birthday, Ms. Dana.  You're the best!  Thank you for always taking the time to bond with my not-so-little girl any more.  We love you!
I was able to take a quick photo of them before they took off to see Toy Story 3 to celebrate her graduation and her birthday.  We hope you like your gift.

I hope to post more soon.  Happy Crafting with your children (or not =.)