DIY Easy and Cheap Pencil Gift for Teacher Gift

INSIDE: DIY easy and cheap pencil pack gift for teacher gift. Free “Write Stuff” printable label.

DIY Easy and Cheap Pencil Pack Gift for Teacher Appreciation with Free "Write Stuff" Printable | Dazzle While Frazzled.comEven though my kids are just at the start of their school years, and they have more years to go than I have fingers, I LOVE making teacher gifts.

So whether it’s Teacher Appreciation Week or the last day of school, I love making something crafty using the iconic school red apple or sharp yellow pencil.


If you have 5 minutes, you can make this easy (and cheap) “Write Stuff” pencil pack teacher gift with a FREE printable…
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How to Sew an Easy Envelope Pillow Cover

INSIDE: How to sew an easy envelope pillow case tutorial.

DIY Sew Envelope Pillow Cover | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comEnvelope pillow cases are my absolute favorite to sew. They are not only easy but once you get the hang of it, super quick to get done. Once you get the basics of sewing envelope throw pillows, you can make them for specific holidays and seasons as well as decorate them in any way you like. Like I did in for this pumpkin pillow and this easy fabric scraps pillow project for Christmas.

Here’s my simple how to sew an envelope pillow cover tutorial…
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DIY Sweater Winter Wreath with Upcycled Scarf Rosettes

DIY Sweater Winter Wreath with Upcycled Scarf Rosettes | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comMy poor sweater bit the dust. It was the perfect color to go with anything and the perfect weight for our chilly then suddenly warm Arizona weather. I think what did it in was strapping on Child #1 into the baby carrier while towing a protesting Child #2 as we walked Child #3 into kindergarten every morning. Apparently, that school year was just too much for the sweater to withstand (and probably mom too) and hole after hole, it slowly become unwearable.

But do you think I tossed it? No! It was re-purposed into a DIY sweater winter wreath. And while at it, I also upcycled an old scarf to create accent flower rosettes. And this is how I did it…
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How to Pick a Family Word of the Year

How to pick a family word of the year | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comThis year we are trying something new. We are going to have a family word of the year. We were given this idea by a good friend of the family, who does this each year at Thanksgiving when her grown children come to town. In their case, they reserve a board room at a restaurant and don’t emerge until they’ve agreed on a focus word for the upcoming year. This year, they selected the word “integrity”.
As much as I love that word, and the idea of sitting around a grand table (with cocktails and finger foods!) deliberating inspirational words and phrases, we are just not there yet with our crew. Nowhere close.
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How to Learn to Craft and DIY with Online Classes

Learn to craft and DIY with online classes | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comIs tackling home improvement projects on your resolution list? Or, is this the year you finally conquer one of those Pinterest projects you’ve pinned? It’s one thing to see a cool or pretty picture and another to successfully recreate it, right?

I have many DIY and craft fails on my resume! Like my attempt to sew a tulle skirt that resulted in a teary ball of fabric tossed into the garbage can (however I did kinda sorta salvage the day with this project). Or the yards of rope now sitting in a box in the garage after an outdoor seating project literally fell apart. What’s the saying about what doesn’t kill you makes you [a] stronger [DIY-er]?!

Before you enthusiastically pull out the tools, check out these craft and DIY online classes to give you the skills and confidence to successfully get ‘er done…
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How To Set Up an Easy New Year’s Eve Cocktail Bar

How to set up a New Year's Eve cocktail bar | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comOver the past several years, we’ve taken in a few extra roommates. They are junior sized, pretty cute and are often full of demands and requests.

Needless to say, the days of partying to midnight are long behind us. Instead, our New Year’s Eve festivities involve getting together with other couples with similar aged “party crashers”, as my husband lovingly calls them, and living it up to about 9pm!

So if you are staying home this year, set up an easy New Year’s Eve cocktail bar with disposable champagne toasting flutes and “midnight” snacks for all…
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How To DIY Faux Fur with Fleece-Lining Wrap Tutorial

DIY Faux Fur Wrap Shawl Shrug with Fleece Lining | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comFor the past several years, my husband and I attend a formal holiday party, which is usually the one time of year we get all gussied up. leave our pint-sized trio at home  and head out for a kid-free night. And given that we live in Arizona – in December – you never know if you’ll still be flipping around in sandals or will need to pull out “winter clothes” (which is probably what most of the country wears in September!).

For this year’s holiday party, we were actually having a wee bit of a “cold front”. You know, daytime weather in the 60s. Wanting something a little more hefty than a pashmina, I created a super warm and comfy DIY faux fur wrap lined with fleece. Learn how I easily made this…
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Make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow Cover

DIY Modern Christmas Pillow Cover | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comEvery year, when I haul out those holiday decor boxes, it’s literally like Christmas morning. It’s as though I pack away all things red, green and white when the holidays are over, and then completely forget about what I have for a year. (That or I’m just quickly approaching the forgetful age!)

As I pull paper-wrapped goodies out that survived a year crammed in a bin in the garage, the one thing I didn’t have in these too many holiday boxes were any Christmas pillow covers for the couch.

Here’s how I quickly sewed up a DIY Christmas pillow covers using fabric remnants. Check out the easy DIY pillow pattern…


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How to Make a DIY Holiday Photo Tin Can Vase

Are you a holiday movie junkie? Clearly I am. My husband rolls his eyes when he finds me watching a sappy holiday movie on the Hallmark channel…as early as October! (I admit it’s a little much to see Santa Claus while I still have jack o’lanterns in my front yard.)

There are some movies I could watch year after year and still enjoy them as much as I did the first time. One of them being the Family Stone. Do you know this movie? Gotta love a dysfunctional family at Christmas!

See how I created a very easy and simple holiday craft inspired by the movie Family Stone and the importance of family this time of year.


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DIY Merry Welcome Holiday Chalkboard Plate Charger Sign

Make a holiday chalkboard plate charger | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comHave you ever walked out the door to find your spouse on a sudden and manic clean-out-the-garage mission? The kind of serious business where the garage belongings are now sitting pretty on the driveway, your secret stashes and clutter exposed for the entire neighborhood to enjoy? As he emerges from the swirls of garage dust from his determined sweeping, I’m greeted with a no-messing-around “Why are we holding onto this thing?”

One such garage clean-out finds was a decorative metal plate charger. An inherited belonging to a late aunt. It’s always hard to get rid of items that belonged to a beloved family member, which is why this plate charger was buried in a pile of I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-this-but- I-can’t-get-rid-of-it assorted items.

With this plate charger now thrust in my hands, I set about giving this garage “trash” a treasured new life…
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