make your own bleach shirt

Make A Bleach Spray T-Shirt – Fun DIY 5 Minute Project

Spray On Your T-Shirt Designs

Posted By: Matt Hamilton

Have you seen the bleach spray t-shirt craze that is sweeping the internet?  Our good pal Angie Holden at The Country Chic Cottage  put together a great step by step guide to show you how to make a bleach shirt in 5 minutes with a couple of household items.

The idea came to her when she couldn’t find a use for some leftover triangle labels so rather than waste labels she upcycled them and put together a cool geometric pattern on a blue shirt.

bleach-spray-shirt-in minutes

Make Stencils With Labels

Pick a label from our standard label size list or use a full sheet label and cut with scissors. If you want to create a really elaborate design, use your Cricut or Silhouette machine.  Next peel the label from the sheet and stick it on the shirt to create a pattern, then spray the bleach.

stencils for bleach spray shirt

Supplies You’ll Need:

The supplies to make a bleach spray shirt are as follows.

Spray Bottle
Labels (for stencil design)



See full tutorial with resource links and more at The Country Chic Cottage blog.


blueberry peach jam recipe with jar labels

Delish Blueberry & Peach Jam Recipe + Free Labels

Jamming Through Summer – Recipe & Free Labels

Posted By: Matt Hamilton

Looking for a fun activity this summer that will prepare you for winter?  Our friend Lindsay at Love And Olive Oil made this amazing recipe for Blueberry & Peach Jam.   Lindsay is also really crafty so she included a free label printable design that she made for you to use on your jam.   These cute jam jars make great gifts or keep the jam for yourself, it will liven up your taste buds during the winter season.

Here is a look at the printable label design, just click on the image and you can download this printable for free!

blueberry peach jam labels printable


Get all the details including how she made the labels, where she purchased the jam jars and her special one of a kind jam recipe here.   Jam on!

7 Fun Facts About Teachers

7 Fun Facts About Teachers

(Photo credit: US Department of Education)

Posted by Kevin Chung

If you haven’t been following our #MakeEducationStick campaign, you should check out a few of the articles we released: 5 Creative Lesson Plans & Activities for the New School Year, Five Fun and Creative Classroom Organization Ideas, and How To Save On School Supplies – For Teachers. This time we are presenting 7 fun facts about teachers. Whether you are a teacher or know a teacher, we hope you enjoy these!

1. Teachers Have Been Hearing the Dog Ate My Homework Excuse Since 1905


Photo by rpavich

2. Teachers Have to Check Their Seat Before Sitting Down

3.  10 Famous People Who Used to be Teachers: Gene Simons, Alexander Graham Bell, Sting, Robert Frost, Lyndon Johnson, Art Garfunkel, John Adams, J.K. Rowling, Mr. T and Sylvester Stallone


Photo by Sezzles

4. Teachers Wish They Could Take a Red Pen to Facebook Posts


5. Teachers are One of the Few People Who’ve Used One of These


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6. Teachers are Very Familiar with Five Letters of the Alphabet

7. The Teachers on Pinterest Hub has 94k+ Followers

Screenshot of Teachers on Pinterest

If you enjoyed this article please share it with others! Let other teachers know how much we appreciate them.

Bonus Facts:

  • Number of Original Excuses Students Use for Not Having Their Homework (0)
  • Percentage of Students That Bring Apples for Their Teachers (0% because it’s 2014)
  • Percentage of Teachers That Do it For the Pay (0%)
  • Percentage of Teachers That are Underpaid/Underappreciated (100%)

How To Save On School Supplies – For Teachers

Did you know 51% of teachers polled said that general classroom supplies were not adequately covered by school budgets?

Did you know an estimated $1.6 billion was spent out of pocket by teachers in 2013?

Of course you did.  You are a teacher.  You know what it’s like to wake up at 5am to get ready for work.  You know what it’s like to be in charge of a room full of other people’s kids.  You know what it’s like to spend hours after work, grading papers at home.  And you know what it’s like to spend your own money on classroom supplies that just aren’t available to you.

Aside from entering the #MakeEducationStick contest to help increase your available resources, there are other ways to help stretch a limited classroom budget.  And we’ve put together a fun info-graphic to help it all look better!  You can see a couple of the money-saving solutions listed below and can view the entire Info-Graphic by clicking here right now.

Group Work:
Dividing your students into small groups and having them work together on activities can reduce the amount of worksheets and handouts that you need to print.  Group work also can enhance your students’ cooperative and social skills.

Recycle Materials:
Keep a scrap-paper bin for future art projects and crafts.  This type of resourcefulness cuts down on waste and prevents out-of-pocket expenses for colored construction paper and magazines.

And since we are a Label company, this last one is my favorite tip.
It is expensive for parents to replace items that are lost or misplaced.  The same can be said for supplies provided by the school.  Label everything to keep from having to constantly replace them.

An Info-graphic for teachers. Learn how to save money on school supplies!

An Info-Graphic explaining how you can save money on school supplies!

Info-Graphic Sources:
K-12 Teachers Out of Pocket $1.6 Billion on Classroom Tools” – David Nagel – 7/1/13 –
The Journal
June 2013 Horace Mann Educator Advisory Panel Survey – The Horace Mann Educator
Advisory Panel
Back-to-School Stats – MarketingCharts Staff – 7/24/2013-  Watershed Publishing
Teacher illustration by • Chalkboard Illustrations by
Summer Sangria Party with Printables

Summer Sangria Party + Fun Cup Printables & More!

Host a fun Summer Sangria Party!

Posted By: Matt Hamilton

It’s scorching down here in Orlando, Florida so I decided to throw a summer sangria party for my friends and family.  As a guy it can be a challenge to put together an event that is classy and fun, especially if you have a lack of decorative talent like I do.

After thinking for awhile about how I could pull this off, the light bulb when on.  I remembered seeing the girls from on the Shark Tank pitching their idea for sustainable eco friendly party supplies.  I liked the style and culture behind their brand so I ordered a bunch of cups, straws, plates and cutlery then made up some fun party printables to go along with all of those items.  You can get the printables below for free and see how my party turned out.  Bottoms Up!baby picture asher susty

 Lets Eat!

We made some mozzarella, basil and grape tomato skewers along with some brownies that were to die for.  In addition we also offered a ton of other delicious cheeses and eats (we went way overboard). In the picture you will see we used Susty’s wooden birch cutlery wrapped in a blue spotted cocktail napkin and embellished it with a 3″ x 1″ removable “non bonding” label that says “Yum“.

Our guests loved the uniqueness that the wooden forks and knives added because most people opt for el cheapo plastic cutlery at their parties.   It might sound crazy but I heard multiple guests talking about the forks and knives.  It’s the little details like a birch wood utensil set that makes a lasting impression.

susty party plates and cutlery


Fun Sangria Party Cups

The main focus of the party was the Sangria so we wanted to do something fun with the cocktails.   I thought red plastic party cups would be a bit cheesy so I used clear 18 oz biodegradable cups with grey stars and white 16 oz compostable paper cups to add some diversity.  FYI both of these cups are approved by me for flip cup and or beer pong.

We didn’t stop with cool cups, we added decorative 2.25″ round party cup labels with fun fill in the blank sayings on them like “Zero to awesome in #_____ drinks”, “I like to:” and “This cup belongs to:” that our guests could write on with a Sharpie.  I would highly encourage you to include these printable cup labels at your event because they make great conversation starters.  Good conversation equals a great party!

Raising The Straw Flags

Fun drink flair is a must and it’s easy to do.  I used Susty Party’s blue striped paper straws and added straw flag labels using the 4″ x 1″ blank labels.  The labels were made with Maestro Label Designer, which you get free access to if you order from or you can use the free PDF and Microsoft Word templates that are provided.  I added some text and lines with colors matching our party theme.

Free Cup, Straw and Napkin Printables

Here are all the free summer sangria label printable templates that were featured in this post.   All you need to do is click on the template and you will be taken to the download page.

Napkin Labels

Napkin Labels

Straw Flags

Straw Flags

Cup Labels

Cup Labels

 Summer Sangria Recipe

Watermelon Sangria Recipe I was inspired by Bobby Flay’s watermelon sangria recipe from the Food Network.  Here’s what you’ll need to make this absolutely refreshing and dangerously easy to drink libation.  I made some slight changes based on my taste but stayed close to the recipe.


1 small seedless watermelon, remove rind and cut the melon into large chunks. 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced, 1 cup reserved for garnish 1 bottle rose wine, cold 1 cup vodka (yes vodka!) 1 cup fresh orange juice 1/2 cup orange liqueur 1 orange, sliced 1 lime, sliced Get all the directions at more here:

Product’s Used In This Post:

3″ x 1″ Labels – Napkin Ring Labels 

4″ x 1″ Labels – Straw Flag Labels

2.25″ Round Labels – Cup Labels

Blue Party Plates

Blue Striped Straws

Wooden Forks & Knives

18 oz Clear Party Cups with Stars

16 oz White Paper Cups with Stars

Thanks to our lovely vendors:

Orlando Photographer Orlando Photographer – Amalie Orrange for the beautiful photos.     SustyParty.comSusty Party for all of the wonderful party supplies.