Teacher Discounts @ Craft Stores

I’m always asking stores if they supply a teacher/educator and/or firefighter discounts. Hey- I figure if we work as hard as we do, we need a little bit of a break, especially when it comes to classroom supplies and crafting.

I have met so many teachers that have no idea that this concept exists after Teacher Appreciation Week.

So here is a quick rundown (I’m leaving WalMart OFF this list)

JoAnn Fabrics

15% Educator Discount. Must have your teacher ID/Teacher card from JoAnn’s

Hobby Lobby

No teacher discount 😦 but don’t forget your 40% off one-item coupon

Michael’s

15% off Teacher Discount when you present your ID or teaching certification. I use the SBEC Teacher lookup and show them on my phone. Usually, I get no issues.

 

Halloween Trunk or Treat Crafts!

This year, our church, Christ Community Church, hosted the annual Trunk or Treat celebration! I have never been to one, but I was excited to decorate our women’s small group trunks for the kids.

This year, (the 3rd year in a row) I went as an egg! My fiance went as bacon. Yes!

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I simply added white tights, a white long sleeved shirt and cut out a little eggshell felt hat. You can get felt for about.25 cents a sheet at Hobby Lobby.

Anyway, our women’s group looked for some Halloween inspiration from Pinterest. We found this adorable activity for little ones and I decided to create my own Poke a Pumnpkin board.

I’ve taken a few ideas from Pinterest and most of them have worked. However, to my surprise, this board was extremely easy and cost effective to put together.

I purchased the board from Hobby Lobby (Don’t forget your 40% off coupon!) and I had some left over Orange Cups from my 90’s theme party that I hosted a month ago.

I superglued the cups into the shape of a pumpkin, cut out a stem and a leaf and I used my Cricut to cut out the letters (Country Life Cartridge).

Here is the finished product:

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Materials: 

  • Orange Solo Cups
  • Orange Tissue Paper
  • Rubberbands
  • Candy/Prizes
  • Foam Core Board
  • Letters/Cardstock for letters

Next, we decided to add a Ball Toss game and a Fishing activity in the other trunk, our Pastor’s wife’s minivan. So, we became the “County Fair” or Fall Fest themed trunks and what better way to communicate that then to create a banner with my Cricut! Again, I used my Country Life cartridge and some of my orange cardstock paired with cardstock that I felt was a little country chic.

I cut out letters using cardboard cardstock (very heavy and sometimes has trouble sticking to the cutting mat) and added some colorful buttons. A basic burlap twine was used to string all the flags together. One tip with banner making is to make sure that you loop the string around the holes on the banner flags so that you don’t have flags that slide around.

Materials:

  • Cardstock – variety
  • Glue Dots
  • Cricut Country Life Cartridge
  • Burlap String
  • Buttons of your choice

Here’s is the finished product:

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What an amazing night we had! So much good, safe fun for the kids and we had such a great time celebrating with our church family! You could easily do this for an elementary school party or even a baby shower! (Pacifier Poke anyone?)

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First Post

Hello! I am Meredith, a DIY crafter in central Texas. I am also an Educational Diagnostician candidate at TX State University. I used to be a classroom teacher but now I am an Independent Living Transition Adviser for adults with recognized disabilities. I’m also a (almost) wife, aspiring mother, caretaker, coupon-clipping saver, a homemaker, a Zumba rump shaker and a gluten-free baker….phew! I seriously have little to no time to throw myself into all my homemaking hobbies and my career tools and tricks. So, I decided to create a blog for moms, dads, teachers, student teachers, educational professionals, beginning crafters and the like to stop stressing over the latest Pinterest fad and start finding their own creative, crafty voice.

Not that I don’t LOVE Pinterest. Trust me, I LOVE Pinterest.

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