Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift {FREE Printable}!

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift | simplykierste.com

I love giving my kids' teachers a little something at the beginning of the school year, and my kids love it too. It's never anything big or fancy, just a small token of our appreciation, and to show them how much we are all looking forward to the school year.  I actually made this fun "Thrilled to Pieces" Teacher Gift at the end of the past school year for my kids' teachers, but I went ahead and made a tag for the beginning of the school year so I could share them both with you! This is SO easy to put together! I filled a mason jar mug with Reese's Pieces, then tied on the cute tag.  I stuck in a orange chevron straw, and added a cute chalkboard flag with my girls' names on it.  When I … [Read more...]

Favorite & FREE Back-to-School Fonts!

favorite & free back-to-school fonts | simplykierste.com

Hello, my name is Kierste, and I'm a total fontaholic.  I LOVE finding and using different fonts in all my projects, and while I have purchased several fonts I adore, I'm always on the hunt for FREE and FABULOUS fonts.  Of course I want to pass on my finds to you, and with the start of school quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share my most favorite and free Back-to-School fonts! Aren't they delicious?  YUM!! And yes, I'm describing fonts as if I could eat them, because that's how much I love them! Use these darling fonts to create fun gift tags, jazz up school projects, and more! You can even just stare at them a little, like I do.  ☺ Once you download these fonts, you can … [Read more...]

Ruler Necklace {Teacher Gift}

Ruler Necklace | simplykierste.com

I used rulers in a project awhile ago, and I've had a leftover bag of ruler pieces in my drawer that I've been wanting to do something with.  With the end of school coming, I thought they would be darling to use as a teacher gift. I made a simple ruler necklace for my girls' teachers--just a little something that we thought would be fun for them to wear to school! I'm kind in love with rulers, and I think is SO cute!  I thought about different ways to put the words on the ruler, but the slick surface and tiny letters eliminated most of them.  I wanted it to be simple and easy, so I printed the text out on white cardstock, then sealed and adhered it on with Mod Podge. My girls can't wait … [Read more...]

Pop! An EASY Music Recital Gift!

Pop! Music Recital Gift | simplykierste.com

I've been teaching piano lessons for a long time, and I absolutely love it. After I recital, I always like to give my students a little something to let them know how proud I am of them, and to congratulate them for a job well done.  It's May, and it's the month of recitals!!  My kids have piano and violin recitals coming up, and I love to give something to them as well, to recognize how hard they've worked.  Some of mine are nervous to get on stage, so it's also a BRAVO for being brave and doing something that's hard. Whether you are a music teacher, or someone special in your life is a music student, this easy music recital gift is a super fun and simple way to let them know that you're … [Read more...]

Footprint Stool

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I made this footprint stool four years ago, not too long into my blogging career.  To this day, it has remained one of my most popular posts, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites too.  I decided to update the post for a couple of reasons, but it was definitely time for better pictures.  ☺ It's amazing what you learn in four years!  I also wanted to share it with my newer readers, especially with Mother's Day coming up. I absolutely love this stool, and now that I've had another baby, I'm trying to figure out how to fit another footprint on there! I had a wooden stool that had been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little … [Read more...]

Christmas Mason Jar Gift Set

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This post was sponsored by Michael's.  All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. ----- In addition to the in-store Michael's Pinterest party last weekend (and it was SO fun), I threw a Pinterest Party at my house this week for some of my friends, and we had a FABULOUS time!  I love the idea of getting together with friends for a party to create some of the things that you see on Pinterest...to not just pin, but make it! I, of course, am a huge advocate for DIY projects, so this is exciting to me. Plus...it's so much more fun to craft and create with friends!  For my party, I went with a DIY gift theme, and decided on one of my favorite gifts to give, with a Christmas spin...a Christmas … [Read more...]

{juice can lid magnets}

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 Y'all know that I love simple projects--ones that don't take a long time, are easy to do, but are darling, all at the same time!  These juice can lid magnets fit the bill for each of those things, I love them! I have a large magnet board hanging above the kids' backpack hooks, and I really wanted and needed some magnets for it.  Enter in...juice can lids!  I've used them for so many projects, and I LOVE them.  These literally took less than 10 minutes to make--love that! These would be so cute in a locker, on a fridge or magnet board, or anywhere magnetic! Use photos instead of paper for an even more personalized look or gift.  I used ampersands, but you could also use initials--one … [Read more...]

Apple Handsoap Teacher Gift

apple handsoap teacher gift | simplykierste.com

Every year on the first day of school we traditionally give the kids' teachers something "apple" as teacher gift.  We've done caramel apples, baskets of apples, and few other things.  This year I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, until I came across these yummy Farmstand Apple scented soaps at Bath & Body Works.  The result?  An apple for the teacher!!!   I know!! SO cute!  Any teacher would love to get this darling gift! Send it anytime the first week, or even as a fun surprise during the year. {supplies} -apple handsoap -printable (see download below) -white or cream cardstock -red cardstock -green cardstock or green patterned paper -hole punch -distress ink -bakers twine, … [Read more...]

{diy stenciled magnet blocks}

diy stenciled magnet blocks | simplykierste.com

 Hi, it's Michelle from Chalkboard Blue! I wanted to share with you some fun magnet blocks that you can make... They are simply cut from a long board of trim measuring 3 in. wide and are perfect to use on a magnet board or fridge. They are perfect for Back to School paperwork, pictures, etc... 1. Cut your blocks 2 in. tall.  They should already be 3 in. wide. 2. Glue a Magnet to back of each block. 3. Paint your blocks a color of your choice... 4. Cut Stencils  out of contact paper on a Silhouette Cameo or purchase already made stencils and place stencils on the blocks... 5. Paint colors of your choice to fill in the stencils... Remove your stencil and your … [Read more...]

{teacher gift idea…and the best hot fudge ever}

teacher gift idea | hot fudge | simplykierste.com

Aaahhh!  Teacher gifts already?  This summer is flying by!  I first posted this hot fudge teacher gift idea almost three years ago, but I didn't include a printable, so I thought it was a good time to add one.  It's still one of my very favorite things to give...silky hot fudge in a mason jar, complete with darling paper and twine.  LOVE.  I'm not kidding.  This is the kind of hot fudge you just want to eat with a spoon. (Not that I have ever done that.)  Heck, who needs the ice cream? But when it's warmed up, and generously poured over vanilla ice cream, well, it will make your heart sing.  It makes such a yummy teacher gift, but can be given on lots of occasions.  For your neighbors at … [Read more...]