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Easy Family Dollar DIY Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags. Fun gift ideas for teenager girls and boys!
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Family Dollar DIY Easter Baskets for Teens
Need some fun new Easter basket ideas for teens? Then you’ll love what I found at Family Dollar for my teenagers! Join me as I walk you through what I found for $25 or less at Family Dollar. Don’t miss my new giant free printable Easter bunny tags to make your gift baskets extra fun!
Family Dollar is full of so many great products and deals, that it’s hard to decide what to choose. I really could spend hours in that store! On my last trip, I spent a lot of time shopping for things I thought teenagers would like and actually use. These Easter basket gift ideas for teen girls and boys will definitely save you time on your next shopping trip to Family Dollar.
Easter Baskets for Teens that they can actually use!
Watch my video below to see how quick and easy these Easter baskets for teens are to make! I had so much fun finding affordable gifts my kids could actually use and love. Find more Family Dollar deals with their Smart Coupons.
Smart Reusable Easter Basket Container
I like to choose Easter baskets that can be reused after giving. When I was little, my mom always found the most fun, unusual containers for gifts. I must have gotten that idea from her!
If you’ve never been to your local Family Dollar, then I highly recommend going there today! I found so many fun containers for $1-$3 each, that it was hard to choose which ones I would use for my teen’s Easter baskets.
These cute square caddy containers were only $1 each and come in various colors. New caddy’s are just what my kids need in their bathroom too!
What to put in an Easter Basket for Teens
First of all, think technology! My teens fight the most about who has taken who’s phone charger, so I immediately went to the front of Family Dollar to shop their tech products.
Wireless Phone Chargers
I found some great wireless chargers and know my daughter will love this unicorn charger!
Adorable Plush Food Pillows
Next I found the cutest super soft, sweet treat food plushies for only $3! How cute are these? They have donuts, hot dogs, pizza and french fry mini plushies. I wanted to get all of them!
More Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Teens
- Favorite Snacks – Teen boys (at least mine) are all about the food! So be sure to grab their favorite snacks along with the usual Easter candy.
- Bath & Beauty Products – Teen girls can never have enough nail polish, make-up or bath products. I really love the hair towel I found for my daughter and need to get one for myself too!
- Joke Items – I couldn’t pass-up the dollar whoopee cushion for my son!
- Pens & Journals – You can’t go wrong with scented pens, journals or cute stickers.
- Jewelry, Shoes and Hair Accessories – I saw a lot of cute flip flops and earrings on my last trip to Family Dollar too!
–> For more great Easter Basket ideas, check out Family Dollar’s weekly deals HERE.
Easter Basket Free Printable Tags
I designed some jumbo bunny tags for these Easter Baskets and think they turned out really cute! Download the tags below, then trim with scissors and tape to a colorful paper straw to insert into your gift basket.
Download the Jumbo Easter Gift Tags ©2019 LivingLocurto.com
Watch Me Make These Easter Baskets
I hope you found lots of fun gift ideas with these items from Family Dollar. Watch my video below to see how quick and easy these Easter baskets for teens are to make! Find even more amazing Family Dollar deals with their Smart Coupons.
If your kids want to have a Toy Story Party, you’ll enjoy these fun Disney birthday party ideas featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang! Amazing cakes, free printables and games.
The Best Toy Story Party Ideas
Toy Story is one of my favorite Disney movies and I can’t wait for Toy Story 4! A Toy Story Birthday Party is a classic party idea that works wonderful for little boys or little girls.
Adorable Toy Story Party Ideas
Here are some amazing party ideas if you love Toy Story too. Find cute Woody, Buzz Light Year and the gang themed cakes, cookies, cupcakes, free party printables, party favors, crafts and kid games!
Originally published June 23, 2010
More fun party ideas:
- Disney’s Frozen Summer Party Ideas
- Lego Birthday Party
- Mermaid Birthday Party
- Minions Party Ideas
- Olaf Marshmallow Pops
- The Ultimate List of Minnie Mouse Craft Ideas!
–> Be sure to visit my party printable shop for more fun party ideas!
Toy Story Party Decorations
First, you need to think about who to invite. These free printable Toy Story Party Invitations are perfect your party!
Of course you’ll need to get cute plates, cups and napkins. This Toy Story 3 Party Pack is really fun!
Decorate with a fun Toy Story Pinata!
Get some decorating ideas from this adorable Vintage Toy party featured on Hostess with the Mostess.
Toy Story Party Food
I highly recommend you start planning your Toy Story Party with the food. There are so many great party food ideas you could try. Here are some of my favorite Toy Story party recipes.
Toy Story Birthday Cakes
Want to make your own Toy Story Cake? This is a simple, adorable Toy Story cake with Woody and the gang by Beth Kruse.
I am in love Bakerella’s Toy Story Cake Pops!! Aren’t these the cutest?
Woody Cowboy Hat Cupcakes made with just a few ingredients like a Pringles Chip, Gumdrop and a Twizzler would be so cute!
Check out this easy to make Spaceship Pizza that Jamie from Mommas Fabulous Playground made!
Simple Toy Story Army Man Cupcakes! Pipe green icing for the grass add a toy soldier on top. Use this frosting tip -> for making grass.
Terri at Crafty Working Mommy made cute cupcakes for her daughter’s party!
Toy Story Party Favor Ideas
This inspiration for Toy Story cookies by Laurie from Whimsy Cookie Co. would be fun for party favors.
This Toy Story 12 Pack of Pez is perfect for party favors!
Toy Story Free Printable Pencil Toppers make great party favors for kids!
Toy Story Party Games & Activities
Play a game of Pin the Tail on Bullseye! This free printable game of Woody’s horse is super cute!
For a fun Toy Story Birthday Party Cctivity, print some Toy Story 3 coloring pages at Cartoon Jr.
Toy Story 4 Movie Trailer
I hope you enjoyed all of these fun Toy Story Party ideas! Visit my Shop for more fun ideas and printables and don’t miss the new Toy Story 4 movie trailer!
Making a recycled bottle cat container is an easy craft and a lot of fun! Learn how to repurpose shampoo bottles by turning them into cute kitty cat containers.
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Easy Recycled Bottle Cat Container
Recycled Bottle Cat Containers make a cute, and best of all FREE craft! I came up with this fun idea after doing a little spring cleaning.
My cat is not feeling well and living in my bathroom right now, which means I’m constantly cleaning that room for him. I found a bunch of old shampoo bottles that I started to trash, but decided to turn them into cat containers instead. I guess my cat inspired me!
Start Fresh This Spring
Spring is the perfect time to clear out your old bathroom products and start fresh! I’m writing on behalf of CVS to let you know they are having an amazing offer on various Suave products. Now is the perfect time to buy new products for the entire family! I got all of these great Suave products for less than $15.
Here’s what I got at CVS:
- Suave Powder Antiperspirant is a great 24-hour protection solid invisible deodorant!
- Suave Men’s Active Sport Body Wash for my husband. I love the fresh, manly scent with a hint of spice.
- Suave Ocean Breeze Body Wash for my daughter who loves body wash. This contains mineral-rich sea algae extract, and is infused with Vitamin E, which can help condition her dry skin.
- Suave Kids 3 in 1 Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash. Suave Kids 3 in 1 combines shampoo, conditioner and body wash in one quick step, perfect for kids who can’t sit still! Or for my teenage son who will only use ONE bottle. ha!
- Suave Keratin Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner for me! Did you know your hair’s natural keratin protein depletes over time, leading to frizzy and unmanageable hair. This helps restore and tame unruly strands for smoother silky hair.
Go ahead and use up and recycle those half-empty bottles with this fun cat container craft. Then head over to CVS for some great values. Right now get 2 for $6 + Buy 2 and get $2 ExtraBucks rewards with your CVS card.
How to Make a Recycled Bottle Cat Container
Now that you’ve cleaned out old bottles of shampoo, lotion and body wash. It’s time to make some cute cat containers.
I think these easy Recycled Bottle Cat Containers would be fun for a kid’s birthday party activity. Just have pre-cut bottles cut and let kids draw their own cat faces on the bottles with a sharpie.
What you’ll need:
- Shampoo, lotion or body wash bottles (Remove labels with nail polish remover)
- Exacto knife
- Sand paper (optional)
- Start by drawing a line for the head and ears with your sharpie on the front of the bottle.
- On the back, draw the cat’s tail.
- Carefully begin cutting out the cat’s ears and move towards the back towards the tail.
- Cut as much of the bottle away from the tail with the blade, then use scissors to shape everything nice and neat. If the edges are too rough or sharp, sand down with sandpaper.
- Wash out any extra product from the bottle and clean any pen marks.
- Draw a cat face and you’re done.
What Should You Do With Your Cat Container?
Here are some fun ideas for how to use your new kitty cat containers:
- Hang in shower to hold razors or face cleaner
- Use as a planter
- Hang on a wall for decor
- Pencil holders
- To store headphone and phone chargers
I hope this project inspired you to start fresh and try something new. Don’t miss the great deals for Suave at CVS!
Cute Cat Donuts make the purr-fect treat for your Valentine! Learn how to make cat donuts and enjoy a free printable tag for Valentine’s Day gifts or a cat themed birthday party.
Cute Cat Donuts with Free Printable Tags
We LOVE cats around here, and I can’t tell you how much I love these cute Cat Donuts! Thanks to fun food contributor Jill from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, for making these for us today! These donuts are purr-fect for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy Jill’s fun food edible craft tutorial and free printable Valentine gift tags! ~ Amy
Originally published on February 2, 2015
Valentine’s Day Cat Donuts
Valentine’s Day is one of my most favorite times of the year to create fun food ideas. I was inspired to make these lovable Kitty Cat Donut Treats seeing Amy’s new cat Apollo that even has his very own Instagram account–> here!
These fun donut Valentine treats are so easy to make. They would be adorable at a cat themed birthday and also really cute for Valentine’s Day class parties at school. We have included a Free “You are Purrrfect” Printable Tag to display with your lovable kitty treats!
How to Make Kitty Cat Donuts
How to make cute kitty cat donuts. This fun food recipe idea purr-fect for a pet themed birthday party or Valentine’s Day.
- Mini Chocolate Donuts
- Candy Hearts
- Red Heart Sprinkles
- White Cookie Icing
- White Jimmies
- Edible Eyes
- Black Edible Marker (optional)
Cat Donut Directions
You can leave the edible candy eyes the way they are, but we like to make the pupils larger using edible marker for a sweet look. We do this quite often and you can make them look however you would like. Attach them right above the hole in the donut using the icing.
Place a candy heart in the hole for the nose. Use the icing to make the mouth…
Place a red heart sprinkle in the mouth to look like a little kitty tongue…
Cut the top sides using a knife & press in two more candy hearts with the point facing out to make the ears…
Attach on white jimmies using your icing to look like whiskers…
Even the kids can help make these and you can use any color of hearts that you like.
Free Printable Gift Tags
We created a lovable paw print for your kitty treats. You can simply place a heart candy in the hole to display them.
Download the Free Printable Tags
For Personal Use Only – For Use with the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader
You might also like these fun cat themed party ideas!
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Learn how to make glow in the dark Galaxy Jars. This easy craft is perfect to make when watching 3Below on Netflix. Light up your galaxy jars, pop some popcorn and snuggle up for an out of this world adventure!
Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars
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With kids out of school for the holidays, this is the perfect time to get crafty at home! Today’s craft idea for these easy glow in the dark Galaxy Jars was inspired by Tales of Arcadis: 3Below, a cute new animated series streaming now on Netflix. It’s perfect for the whole family to watch together over the holiday break!
From the director Guillermo del Toro and the team behind DreamWorks Trollhunters, 3Below is a hilarious tale of alien royalty who must escape intergalactic bounty hunters by blending in on a primitive junk heap known as Earth.
Make one or two of these Galaxy Jars, grab some popcorn and snuggle up for some out of this world family adventures!
3Below follows two royal teenage aliens, Aja and Krel, and their bodyguard Vex, as they flee a surprise takeover of their home planet and crash-land on Earth. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they must blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all while attempting to repair their ship to return to and defend their home planet.
Easy Galaxy Jars Craft
I thought glow in the dark Galaxy Jars would be fun to make and then light up while watching this new series! After we got to testing the galaxy jars, I came up with two different versions for you to choose from.
- On the left is the No-Mess Galaxy Jar version with a printable galaxy backdrop from 3Below.
- On the right is the slimy Ooey Gooey Galaxy Jar version that I know your kids will enjoy making. Just like Princess Aja’s alien dog, Luug, it’s a slobber mess, but of course super fun!
How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars
With only a few ingredients, these glowing Galaxy Jars are a piece of cake to make! Here are the directions for both versions that I showed in the photo above.
What you’ll need to make the Ooey Gooey Galaxy Jars:
- Glitter Glue in Pink, Purple and Blue
- Glass Jars
- Battery Operated Votive Candle or Glow Sticks (in pink, purple or blue)
- Plastic Spoon
- Oven mitts
Remove the caps to the glue and squeeze some of each color onto a plate (plastic disposable is best). Use a plastic spoon to pick up some blue glue and rub it around the inside of a glass jar. Coat the jar well, but not too thick.
Next, spread some purple glue around, then add some pink in several places.
Place the jar into the microwave and set the timer to 40 seconds. The heat from the microwave will heat the glue making it crystalize on the glass. You might need to heat for 30 additional seconds if you don’t notice the glue drying.
CAUTION: The jar will be HOT. Use an oven mitt to remove the glass from the microwave.
Let the jar completely cool.
Add more glue if you want more color and repeat the heating process. Only do this a few times, overheating can cause the glue to burn and darken the glass.
Once the jars have cooled, add a battery operated votive candle or glow stick and enjoy looking into the galaxy when it gets dark!
You’ll love the way the jars look with blue and pink glow stick bracelets! We had bad storms last night which caused our power to go out for several hours. Guess what came to the rescue? Talk about perfect timing. ha!
What you’ll need to make the No-Mess Galaxy Jars:
- Glass Jars
- Battery Operated Votive Candle or Glow Sticks (in pink, purple or blue)
- Free Printable 3Below Galaxy Paper
Print the Galaxy Paper and trim to fit the size of your jar then place a battery operated votive candle or glow stick into the jar. That’s it! These look great on a party table or to use to hold pens and pencils.
I hope you enjoy these easy glow in the dark Galaxy Jars craft ideas! Check out the new animated series Tales of Arcadia: 3Below on Netflix Family today. We’re having fun watching it together as our Galaxy Jars glow!
Watch the official 3Below trailer below. Happy New Year!
Christmas tree braid tutorial is an easy Holiday hairstyle for girls! With a few embellishments you’ll have a cute Christmas themed hair braid.
Cute Christmas Tree Braid for Girls
This Christmas tree braid turned out so cute! I love being creative and thought I would challenge myself to doing something extra cute with my daughter’s hair for Christmas. She actually let me play around with her hair until I came up with this fun and simple Christmas Tree Hairstyle!
If you have a little girl and not so good with hair like me, then this Christmas tree braid hairstyle is for you! It’s really easy and looks cute even if you don’t decorate the tree. Just follow my directions and I’m sure you can do it!
We love making cute crafts for girl’s hair, but this is the first time I’ve actually tried a braid. If I can do it, you can too!
Originally published December 2014
How to Make a Christmas Tree Braid
With only a few embellishments you’ll have an adorable Christmas themed hair braid! The girls will love it. I hope you enjoy this fun idea.
What you’ll need:
- 11 Small Rubber Bands (green is fun!)
- 1 Larger Hair Band (brown looks like the tree trunk)
- Gift Bow or Star Hair Clip
- Bobby Pin
- Hot Glue
- Ribbon & Tiny Ornaments for Decoration (optional)
Get all supplies ready along with a hair comb. Glue a bobby pin to the back of a gift bow for the Christmas Tree star.
First you want to pull half of the hair back and secure into a pony tail with a small band.
Split the half pony tail hair into two sections. Braid each section and secure each end with a small rubber band.
Here is the trickiest part that I wish I had on video for you. Really, it’s very easy though. What you want to do is form a Christmas tree shape with the two braids.
Pull one braid to the right side of the head and gather a small bit of hair about an inch down and to the right. Secure the braid to the loose hair with a small band. Let the loose hair fall back into place under the braid.
Do this three to four more times depending on the length of the hair.
Repeat on the left side. My daughter’s hair did much better on this side. I’m not sure why, but it looked so much cleaner.
Make sure the two bottom bands on each braid line up. Then bring the two braids together to form the tree shape.
I removed the small bands, then used a larger brown band to attach the two braids together with a section of loose hair going down the middle of the head.
This took some maneuvering to get the shape just right. Once the hair is secured and the braids are shaped to look like a tree, add the bow to the top of the Christmas Tree.
Decorate Your Christmas Tree Braid
I really LOVED the simple shape of the Christmas Tree braid. You could absolutely leave it like this for an adorable hairstyle.
Since we had time to play, I decided to go ahead and decorate the tree just for fun! I found some floral stems in my Christmas decorations that had small glitter berries and thought they would make good mini ornaments.
After attaching strips of ribbon to the rubber bands, I stuck some of the plastic berries inside the braid. They stayed put just like a bobby pin.
What a fun and easy Christmas hairstyle right?!?
You might also like this Elf Hair Bow Craft.
Five adorable snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! Fun inspiration for cute DIY snowman place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party tablescape.
Snowman Plates! Cute Christmas Table Setting Decorations
When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you can’t get any cuter than these Snowman Plates for Christmas Table Setting Decorations! I’ve featured cute snowman plate table settings in the past and have always wanted to come up with my own. When I got the Living Locurto Team together this fall, I created a Snowman Plate challenge and excited to reveal what we all came up with for you today!
Making snowman plates for your Christmas table is super easy! I packed up a bunch of white and light gray plates, various cloth and paper napkins, carrots, blueberries, flatware, ribbon and anything else I could think of that could be used for making funny snowman place settings. I then gave everyone a set amount of time and we started decorating!
It was so much fun to decorate snowman plates! These would not only make gorgeous table decor but a fun Christmas game with your family. I think my husband would really get into this tablescape challenge too! I hope you enjoy the ideas my team and I came up with at our retreat.
More fun ideas from the Living Locurto Team Retreat!
5 Cute Snowman Plates for Christmas Table Settings
Snowman Plates 1
Annaliese came up with a super cute traditional little snowman. She found some googly eyes in my stash of crafts that I didn’t realize I had brought! I love the tied napkin scarf.
Snowman Plates 2
I was busy taking photos, so my snowman plate table setting is VERY simple as I was rushed. But I though he turned out super cute! I used a ribbon for his smile and a black paper napkin for a hat.
Snowman Plates 3
I think Pamela won our challenge with her creative napkin idea that is folded into a snowman cap! She was seriously working in a corner and now I know she meant to win! ha!
Snowman Plates 4
Natalie’s snowman plate is perfect for kids! What kid wouldn’t be happy to see this at the dinner table! So cute!
Snowman Plates 5
Naomi got fancy with her flatware and napkin, then used floral decor for her snowman’s arms. You could easily go outside to find twigs for arms. I didn’t think of doing that until just now!
I hope these fun Snowman Plates inspired you to get creative for your Christmas table decorations!
Which Snowman Plate is your favorite?
More Christmas Decorating Ideas
You might also love these creative ideas for your holiday home!
Printable Days of the Week Closet Tags are a simple way to get organized for back to school and help kids get dressed on their own in the mornings!
Printable Days of the Week Closet Tags
I love this idea for Days of the Week Closet Tags that I came up with to help keep my kids organized and ready for school. It’s been a lifesaver! No more stressful mornings and my kids learned their days of the weeks at a very young age.
Getting organized for back to school and ready for my kid’s daily routines is a huge help for a busy mom like me. To make mornings much easier, we chose clothes for each day of the week and hung them on a low closet rack for my kids to reach. Then I designed some cute Days of the Week Tags to hang on each outfit’s hanger. The Days of the Week Closet Tags have the day of the week written out and a giant letter for kids not old enough to read.
Originally Published on August 26, 2008
How the Days of the Week Closet Tags Work
To help you visualize how these tags work, I’m sharing a photo of my son’s closet from when he was in kindergarten. We still do this and he is now going into the 5th grade!
The night before school, he takes the designated outfit off of the hangers and lays it on the floor by his door. This way he won’t forget to get dressed before coming downstairs. We usually make silly poses with the clothes and that makes it even more fun!
These Days of the Week Closet Tags are also perfect for my daughter, because she can go a little crazy on the layering! This causes much less decision making stress in the morning! I designed the pastel pinks and purple Days of the Week tags for her closet.
More great ways to get organized for back to school:
- 4 Simple Back to School Tips Ever Parent Should Know
- Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner + 85 Lunch Ideas
- 20 Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids
- 7 Free Printable Lunch Box Notes
- 50 BEST Back to School Free Printables
- Free Printable Meal Plans
Get Organized & Print the Days of the Week Closet Tags
Please visit my shop to buy these fun printable Days of the Week Closet Tags in primary or pastel colors. I hope this printable design helps you as much as it did me!
UPDATE: My son is now going into the 10th grade and I still use these!! LOL!! What’s great about a printable design is you keep the file and print as much as you like. Enjoy this one for years!
**IMPORTANT** If you have clicked here from a site featuring this as a free printable, sorry that freebie has been expired since 2010 (I created this design in 2008 and my readers enjoyed it free for over an entire year). You can purchase the tags here now at a very affordable price. – Thank you!