College Survival Kit

It’s that time of year! You know it’s college season when every twin XL memory foam topper in the city & on Amazon is sold out, lol.

I wanted to put together a send-off gift that would be both functional and fun so I scoured the Internet for ideas. Some were very clever but not functional. Others were incredibly functional but not personal. So I started from scratch. Here’s the end result! Borrowing the packing bubble idea from Pinterest, the rest of the ideas came from endlessly wandering around WalMart anticipating what would make the transition to college a little easier. 🙂 It was a lot of fun to make the labels with a personal software program.

The black gift bag symbolizes a chalkboard and I used a white chalk marker for the verbiage. The gift bag’s name tag and ribbons tying the tag to the bag are in the school’s colors for a personal touch.

The school inception gift – bags within the bag! 😉

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On the go or studying inside – a high protein snack kit with chicken salad & crackers and a water bottle

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Get well soon – A can of chicken noodle soup; a bottle of hand sanitizer; a pack of tissues and an Echinacea tea bag

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Celebrate the good stuff! – A single-serving cake mix packet; microwavable mug; spoon, party blower and confetti

Celebrate the good stuff! – I photocopied the box of cake mix

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Running late – A packet of instant Starbucks iced coffee & a pack of breath mints.

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Stressed Out – packing bubbles to pop

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Just because 😉 – a bag of mixed candy

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Stay Safe! – An Uber gift card to jet if needed

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Mistakes are okay – An eraser with a personalized rice crispy treat

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Have fun!!!! – A frisbee and a deck of cards

 

Dragonfly Jars

8.5 x 11 miscellaneous VERTICAL - Page 149It’s Christmas in July! Last December, I found these beautiful, inexpensive acrylic dragonfly ornaments at WalMart. From the moment I saw them, I knew they were perfect for our back porch…in the summer. So I bought and stashed them for months.

Then I found these gorgeous blue glass canning jars in the canning section of our local grocery store. Again, a super economical find!

These dragonfly jars fare SO easy to assemble…

Items Needed:

  • Glass canning jars (a.k.a. Mason jars)
  • Acrylic ornaments
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots
  • Super Glue
  • Votive holder, candles, flowers, pebbles, etc. to fill the jars

Directions:

  1. Cut the strings off the ornaments.
  2. Play with how you want the ornament to sit on the glass jar.
  3. Once you have an idea of how to affix the ornament, place two glue dots on it; one on the top half and one on the tail. Make sure both glue dots will rest directly on the glass jar.
  4. Press the ornament on the glass and hold it for a few seconds while the glue dots adhere.
  5. Using Super Glue, use a drop or two between the rim of the glass and the ornament so it runs down between the two fora secure seal.
  6. Fill the jars with whatever you’d like!

(Serving board is from Home Goods.)