Tuesday, May 29, 2012

End of School Party Favors for less than $10

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As the school year winds down, I created a little gift for the Kindergarteners in my daughter’s class.
Such an easy gift to put together! I made 24 favors and each included 2 sidewalk chalks, a packet of Koolaid, and a bookmark with a fun summer tag for less than $10.  (That’s only .41 cents each!)  Here’s the breakdown:
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The bulk package of Koolaid included 65 packets for $6, but I was able to split it with another Room Mom for another class and still have some leftover.
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The bookmark stuck out past the opening, so I stapled the tag over the opening to keep things from falling out:
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I created the tags myself (though you can find many downloadable ones on Pinterest), and printed them on my computer.
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Koolaid … sidewalk chalk … who’s ready for summer?!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Desk Chair Makeover

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My daughter and I are re-decorating her room.  We’re off to a great start with many new things, but today I wanted to share with you how we transformed a sad old card-table chair into a sassy pink and black desk chair.
We started with this:
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Not a bad chair.  When I was in college, I studied in this chair. When I was in my thirties, this chair saw many a Bunko game.  Now in my 40s, this chair is my daughter’s desk chair.  And daughter is into pink.  Hot pink.  So this dated card table chair needed a facelift!
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The back of the chair only had 3 screws holding the back in place, and the seat only had five screws.
Once the back and seat pieces were removed, I spray painted the chair hot pink.
When I took the screws out and moved the backing aside, it looked like this:
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I used a screwdriver and pliers to remove the bajillion staples off the back:
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It’s slow going because like I said there were a bajillion:
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After I removed the old fabric, I cut a piece of the new fabric marking my measurements with chalk on the wrong side so I’d know where to cut.
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Next I placed the back and the foam onto the fabric and stapled all the way around.  Honestly, this is where I turned over the project to my husband as my staple gun broke and he used an electric one to finish.
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We used the same screws to put everything back together and now daughter has a hot pink desk chair.
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before and after chair
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