If you are like me, now is the time when you start thinking about teacher gifts for the holidays, since Winter Break will be soon be here. I got an email this morning from Better Homes and Gardens with a few handmade Christmas gift ideas. I immediately fell in love with this one, and was off to the store to get my supplies.
Handmade Coffee Sleeves:
Even though I use the word “handmade”, this is such an easy craft that the kids can definitely do themselves! I went to the dollar store and picked up a pair of snowflake socks, then went to Joanns to grab the re-usable coffee mugs, as well as some cute buttons (which I didn’t end up using). The possibilities are endless, you could use red and white striped socks with some cute green buttons, you could even use a solid color sock and find some Christmas shaped buttons…
So here is what I started with:
Take your socks, and cut of the top and bottom, leaving enough for the width you like plus about 3/4 inch on both sides for rolling. Slip the sleeve onto your coffee cup, roll down the raw edge at the top, roll up the raw edge at the bottom, and tada!! you have a fantastic sleeve, unlike any other . At this point you can hot glue buttons on, or if you choose to sew them, remove your sleeve and sew on your buttons. I chose not to add my buttons, because I liked the look of the snowflake left alone.
The price breakdown on this gift is great: The cups were 5.99 a piece at Joanns and I used a 40% off coupon for one of them, and the socks were 1.00 for two so that comes out to $5.25 per cup with sleeve!
So a 5 minute, 5 dollar project and I am almost done with my kids’ teacher baskets. I will just be adding the cocoa tins and some homemade sugar cookies.
My son asked me if I could make cupcakes for his class sale, where they sell items, and then get a chance to shop. I immediately thought of something I had seen on Pinterest a few weeks ago, about packaging cupcakes in plastic cups. I figured it would be a great way to make the cupcakes look extra fun, and keep them fresh, in case the kids wanted to buy them for someone at home.
All you need are the 9 oz plastic cups, a roll of cellophane, ribbon for tying, a pair of tongs, and of course cupcakes!
After you have decorated your cupcakes, use a pair of tongs to gently drop them in the cup. TIP: When frosting, leave an edge on your cupcake so that the frosting doesn’t squish against the cup. Cut squares of cellophane, place cup in the center, pull up the the cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
These would make great gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends. Everybody loves a cupcake!
Of course when I was finished I had to take some leftover cupcakes and scrape up the last of the frosting to make myself and the kids a snack. Avery and I are the chocolate and then there is my vanilla guy in the middle.