Holiday Craft: Personalized Ornaments

I wanted to share a gift I made for my youngest students (ages 5-7) that was easy and fast to make…and it was cheap!

24 Shatter-proof Ornaments – $3.50
Permanent Paint Marker – $2.00
Spray Glitter – $2.99
Ribbon or pipe cleaners – $1.99
Cost per student: Around $0.40

If you have more students, the cost per student only goes down because the paint makers and glitter will be able to be used again.  I already had the silver paint marker, spray glitter and leftover pipe cleaners so my only cost was the ornaments – and my students were so excited to see their name on an ornament and moms were appreciative that they weren't getting a sugar-high before dinner.

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Holiday Craft: Cookies and Brownies in a Jar

Everyone loves cookies and brownies! However some dance teachers are overwhelmed by food and candy presents during the holidays that end up going bad by the time holiday break is over.

Want to give your teacher something homemade? The cookie ingredients in a jar is a gift that can be made easily by children, and the recipient can make the cookies after the holidays are over or whenever is convenient. And since cookies are just about everyone’s favorite treats, give a fresh-from-the-oven gift that will keep on giving.

This gift has endless possibilities – just find your favorite cookie recipe and get a clean mason jar with a lid.

How To Make One
You will need: A large mason jar with a lid (1-quart or 1-liter)
Your favorite cookie recipe
Baking ingredients (flour, sugar, chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc)
Ribbon, cloth or other decorations

You are going to layer the dry ingredient in the jar so that the individual ingredients form layers. The more varied the colors and textures of your ingredients, the more interesting your jar will look (a simple sugar cookie recipe with white sugar and white flour will not look like much). After layering your ingredients, close the jar and decorate with ribbon or cloth. Include the recipe directions on a little card.


  • Once you put each ingredient in the jar, tamp it down with a long-handled utensil.
  • White sugar, flour and confectioner’s sugar tend to “seep” through layers – it is wise to put them on the bottom to avoid them seeping into other layers (like chocolate chips).
  • Don’t forget to include the recipe – including an expiration date is also a good idea. If stored in a cool, dry place, jars will last up to 6 months. If your jar contains nuts, it will last 3 months.

Beyond the Jar
Dress up your gift by placing two ingredient jars in a large mixing bowl and wrapping the whole thing up like a gift basket. Throw in a wooden mixing spoon, potholders or holiday tea towel if you’d like.

Cookie in a Jar
Double Fudge Brownie Mix
Oatmeal Cookie

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Holiday Craft: Personalized Clipboard

From eHow – Decorative Clipboard

An original gift for your favorite dance teacher, studio owner, dance director or office manager: a personalized clipboard!

Here a few different tutorials:
Decorative Clipboard (eHow) – pictured at right

Chalkboard Clipboard (Craftzine)

Simple Clipboard Update (Vanilla Joy)

Inspiration for decorating your own clipboard

And here’s a video tutorial for an altered clipboard – if you stop before adding the album, you have yet another beautiful clipboard upgrade!

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