Between my two kids I have 7 teachers, 2 bus monitors, 2 bus drivers, and 2 therapists to show how much I appreciate all they do throughout the year for my kiddos this Christmas and holiday season. That’s a lot of appreciating, right? If I’m not careful the price tag for these gifts can add up quick! These ladies have literally made our families lives better with all they’ve done helping my little man with his speech delay and sensory issues and Caitlin, little Princess Sparkles has just blossomed in her toddler class having something of her own. I put on my thinking cap and came up with a cute and thoughtful gift to brighten these special people’s holiday season that doesn’t break the bank with a little help from the 99 Cent Only Store.
I had decided on a DIY holiday frame for the gift ahead of time because I thought being able to display a holiday moment in a frame was something that would appeal to anyone no matter their interests or tastes. I put little man on his bus this morning and Caitlin and I decided to try our luck at the 99 Cent store. We lucked out that they had these curved clear 4×6 frames and had plenty in stock!
To Make This DIY Photo Frame Gift You will Need:
- 99 Cent Clear Frames
- Holiday Scrapbook Paper
- Holiday Ribbon
- Red & Green Sharpie Paint Pens
- Hot Glue Gun
To Make the DIY Photo Frame Gift:
1. Cut about a 2.5 inch strip of ribbon and either fashion into a bow or if you’re bow making challenged like me a simple tie looks cute as well. Hot glue the bow to the center of the frame.
2. After you’ve centered the bow, use the red and green paint pens to make a design on the frame. I did polka dots but you can do swirls or stars or anything your creative little hand can come up with. Tip: If you do polka dots, bigger bolder ones look best. My first two I made had wimpy little dots and they were pretty cute, but something was missing. I figured out that the dots weren’t big enough.
3. After your paint design on the frame dries, you can add an insert of pretty holiday paper to hold the place until the gift recipient can add their own holiday photo memory. I used the generic frame insert as a template and traced the 4×6 rectangle and cut it out. The holiday paper added a pretty finishing touch!
Even making 15 of these, they are so simple that they are super quick to make. They are such an adorable handmade gift and will be a cute way to display a favorite holiday photo! You can also pair them with a little gift card or home made goodies (or bulk bought goodies!) for a wonderful gift experience. With no gift card they come out to less than $3 each including adding the cost of paint pens, gift bags and tissue (also from the 99 cent store), and scrap book paper! If I add a $5 card for a latte they are still less than $10 a piece. These are great teacher gifts, friend gifts, or perhaps for other people such as our hair stylist who take care of us throughout the year. I am loving this solution to appreciate some truly special people this holiday season while still keeping my budget in tact!
Note: These frames are breakable so if you have littles like me it might be best if mom drops them off at school. 🙂
For more Christmas and Holiday decor and gift giving ideas, have a peek at my Christmas/Winter category!