Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Handcrafted Spirit Bracelets - An Easy School Fundraiser Idea!

Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This school spirit craft fundraiser post was sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Our twins started 5th grade this fall, which is a year filled with many field trips.  There are also yearbooks, a graduation ceremony, a graduation party, the class gift to the school, and the gifts to all the 5th grade teachers.  Since money is tight for many of the families at our school, we are trying to raise as much money as possible to minimize the cost of all of the above for the families.

My daughter and I wanted to do our part.  Since we're both pretty crafty, I had the idea to make spirit bracelets in the school colors to sell at the Fall fair at school.  I found everything I needed at Oriental Trading Company with the exception of the P, R, and S beads.
Faceted Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
The bracelets made of Crystal Bicone Beads and Cut Crystal Round Beads were a huge hit!  If you charged $6.00 for one or 2/$10.00, you would make approximately $4 per bracelet to support your cause.  We tried to make a variety of styles, adding Bow Charms and Star Beads here and there. You could easily charge more based on how much your community would be willing to spend.

Pony Beads Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
We also made lots of Pony Bead Spirit Bracelets.  You could sell these for $3.00 each or 2/$5.00, making approximately $2.30 per bracelet on behalf of your cause.  Be sure to use clear stretchy cording for added durability since some of these will be worn by children.

Easy Bracelet Tree Display for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Presentation is everything!  I truly believe that we would not have sold as many bracelets if we had not created an eye-catching display.  All I did was add our school colors to the base of a Black and White Wishing Tree Centerpiece.  Although this inexpensive tree was made of lightweight cardboard, it was sturdy enough to hang a few bracelets on the branches, and it was easy to transport because it folds flat.

Faceted Beads & Pony Beads Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Bonus Fundraising Idea . . . 

One of the easiest donations to obtain for a raffle is free classes.  It doesn't cost a martial arts, dance, or fitness studio anything to add one more person to their class for a few weeks.  Plus, they have the opportunity to impress a potential new student.

It's great when people buy one raffle ticket, but even better when they buy more than one, right?  Why not offer a small thank you gift to those buying more than one raffle ticket?  Just a little something so that they don't leave empty-handed.  These Ninja Mini Prisms, for example, cost about $0.13 each.  A parent could walk away with a happy child if you had a small toy like these to hand out, while you just sold 2 or 3 raffle tickets instead of just one.
Raffle Fundraiser Bonus Gift Idea | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Easy-to-Make Venus Flytrap & Snake-Wrapped Candy Halloween Centerpiece

Easy Venus Flytrap and Snakes Halloween Centerpiece  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This easy Halloween centerpiece post has been sponsored by Oriental Trading Company, your Halloween headquarters.  All opinions expressed are my own.

October is a busy time of year for us, especially now that my children are older and are not all at the same school.  Between all the fall festivals, fundraising, and help with homework, I hardly have time to even think about Halloween.  That's why I was super-excited to come up with an easy Halloween centerpiece that both my children and trick-or-treaters would appreciate.

Putting together an easy display like this would be a fun Halloween activity to get the children involved in.  That's right!  This centerpiece is so easy to make that a child could probably do it.


How to Make a Halloween Serving Tray . . .

All you need is a basic serving tray and some printed Halloween-themed paper.  The tray can be black, woodtone, brown, orange, green, purple, or any other color that reminds you of fall.  Then measure the inside dimensions of the tray and fold the edges of the printed paper under itself to match the tray measurements.  Then place it inside the tray.  That's it!  I chose not to glue the paper down so that I can switch it out for different themed paper in the future.  The printed paper could be from scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or a Halloween bag.  Use your imagination!  I used part of a paper Halloween table runner.
Turn an Everyday Serving Tray into a Halloween Tray  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

How to Make Snake-Wrapped Rock Candy . . . 

It's tough finding candy that everyone will like that is also safe for children with allergies.  I discovered that rock candy is gluten-free and dairy-free.  These rock candy lollipops paired with some cute fuzzy hair monster bookmarks are sure to be a big hit with trick-or-treaters, even ones with some dietary restrictions.
Fun Halloween Party Favor Ideas  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Here comes the fun part!  To wrap bendable snakes around the rock candy, first coil them around your index finger.  When the snakes are in a coil shape, wrap them around the rock candy lollipops.  If you intend to display these treats in a cup or a pail, like I have, then be sure to keep the snakes towards the top of the lollipops.  This would also work well with hard candy sticks.
Snake-Wrapped Rock Candy for Halloween  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

How to Put Together Your Halloween Centerpiece . . .

I was lucky to find a set of 3 Halloween pails that I fell in love with.  Either little pails or flowerpots would work well in this case.  The first pail is for holding your decorative Venus Flytrap plant.
Venus Flytrap Decoration for Halloween  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

The other two pails are for holding your snake-wrapped rock candy lollipops.  Place the three pails in the Halloween serving tray you created.  Add a few snakes here and there, and you're done!
Decorative Spooky Halloween Pails  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Easy to Make Venus Flytrap and Snakes Halloween Centerpiece  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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King Richard's Faire: Holiday Gift Guide for Dragon-Lovers, Music-Lovers & Renaissance Collectors

This post has been sponsored by King Richard's Faire.  All opinions expressed are my own.

After souvenir hunting at Carver, Massachusetts' King Richards Faire for the 6th year, I just had to share some of the unique finds I've come across.  If you wait until the holiday shopping season officially starts in November, then you'll miss out on these unique gift ideas because this wildly popular Renaissance faire closes for the season on October 22nd.


Gifts for Dragon-Lovers . . .

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Dragon Lovers | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Mardigan's Maile, who offers hand crafted chainmaile jewelry, also offers handpainted collectibles next door.  You are sure to find something for your dragon-lover here (young or old), as well as for fans of fairies and unicorns.

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Dragon Lovers | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Here Be Dragons has a wide variety of ready-to-frame fantasy art prints that feature dragons and more.  A perfect gift idea for a cult movie fan or MTG enthusiast.

According to Uncommon Adornments, dragons are a symbol of wealth, power, and protection. Dragons are just a small sampling of the 40+ designs they sell.  Each piece of jewelry can be customized with one of twenty different stones.  Each symbol and stone have a unique meaning.  Creating a custom combination would make the perfect gift for someone special.

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Dragon Lovers | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
The Imaginarium Galleries is where my youngest son chose his King Richard's Faire souvenir last year.  This shoppe offers cable-controlled dragon puppets in all different colors and sizes.


Gifts for Music-Lovers . . .

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Sunnyside Musical Creations is where my daughter chose her King Richard's Faire souvenir this year.  She actually saw these hand carved flutes last year, but had already chosen a portrait painting for her souvenir.  This year, she anxiously returned to try out the different flutes.  They were all unique in both look and sound, but ultimately, I convinced her she should select the flute that had the sound she loved the most.  The selection included regular flutes, recorders, pan flutes, and more.

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Mystic Rhythms sells exotic drums and other handmade instruments.  I was enamored by the drums because, not only are they musical instruments that are fun to play, they are also works of art.

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Magical Ocarinas . . . the name says it all.  This little clay flute is one of my son's favorite souvenirs from our past visits to King Richard's Faire.  The ocarinas are all unique and fairly easy to play, making them the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer for a child or an adult.


Gifts for Artisan-Made Collectors . . .

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Unique Artisan-Made Gifts  | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Ivy Rose Archery sells handcrafted archery bows and arrows.  Although those would make a great gift for anyone who is adventurous, what really caught my eye were the hand sculpted drinking horns. They would be a wonderful addition to a 3D art or drinkware collection.

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Unique Artisan-Made Gifts  | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Starfire Swords carries stage swords, daggers, and axes.  These pieces are crafted of real metal and are quite heavy.  Although the short swords and daggers I handled were not sharpened, they would most definitely look quite impressive on a wall display.

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Unique Artisan-Made Gifts  | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Mahinda's Mad Dog Pottery offers handspun pottery vases, mugs, bowls, and more.  I thought the Baby Bear Mugs and the Big Papa Bear Mugs would make perfect gifts for father and son.

King Richard's Faire Holiday Gift Guide for Unique Artisan-Made Gifts  | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
We visit Staffs By Gust every year during our trip to King Richard's Faire, and every year my husband admires the craftsmanship of these walking staffs. No two are alike, and you can choose the height, color, and design to suit an individual's personality.  I'm so happy my husband finally treated himself to one this year.

Visit King Richard's Faire by October 22nd to start your holiday shopping early with over 80 different Artisans of the Realm!

Which favorite find from King Richard's Faire would you add to this gift guide?
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