Teacher Gift

Teacher School Supply Bouquet

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GiftToday my girls had their first day of school! The summer flew by this year. It seems like they just got out but they were all 3 super excited to go back! Which makes it much easier on Momma. I’ve been thinking about doing a school supply bouquet for a teacher gift for a while but just never sat down and tried it. Until now. Because what better gift to give the teachers on the first day than new school supplies? It was also so much easier than I thought it was going to be. Which is always a plus. I see many more of these bouquet gifts in the future!

Supplies

Supplies needed:

Bucket

Floral Foam (Bought at Dollar Tree)

Ribbon (21.5″ is what I needed along with making a bow)

Popsicle Sticks

Washi Tape

Scissors

Glue Gun & Glue

Vinyl or Letter Stickers

School Supplies (And chocolate. I promise your teacher will thank you!!)

IMG_4006Start by cutting your foam to fit in the bottom of your bucket. Then using the glue gun, glue this in the bottom. Use plenty of glue. This is going to hold all of your supplies and needs to be very sturdy or it will come out.

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While your glue is setting on your foam and before you start adding in your supplies, add your ribbon, bow and any decorations you want on your bucket.

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Now it’s time to personalize. I used my cricut and vinyl but if you don’t have that available, Hobby Lobby and Michaels have really cute stickers that could be used instead.

IMG_4014Now take your popsicle sticks. I found these colored ones at the dollar tree. Using your scissors, cut the bottom so there is a point.

IMG_4017Using the tape, tape the popsicle sticks on each piece with the pointed end down. You could also use BBQ Skewers here instead.

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Now for the fun part! Adding all the school supplies. Just push them in far enough they won’t go anywhere.

IMG_4022 IMG_3998The girl’s teachers loved them! And they were super proud to give them a gift on the first day of school too. This gift only cost me around $5 thanks to the amazing deals we have here for back to school sales! Would love to see your finished project if you make one!

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Wedding Gift Personalized Coasters

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Every time I need a wedding gift, this is one of the things I make first. Monogramming everything is the craze these days, but just think about how even more exciting it is to have your new last name on everything right when you get married! This super easy craft is also good for any gift not just weddings. I have a friend that has me make them for her every Christmas for her kid’s teachers. I even made them for myself and still love them!

Name Coasters

Supplies Needed:

4 Coasters (these came from Home Depot)

Cork

Vinyl

Contact Paper

Twine or Ribbon

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Start by cutting out your vinyl. I used my cricut. The letters measured 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Weed your vinyl by carefully pulling away all the excess vinyl. Be very careful as you get to each new letter and especially pay close attention to the dot in the I! It is super easy to lose….don’t ask how I know that! Lol

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Now carefully peel off each name using the contact paper. Then transfer it to the top of the coaster. These letters were almost as big as the coaster so it was fairly easy to get them straight.

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Once you are done with the vinyl you are ready to start putting the cork on the bottoms.

Split Name Coasters

I got my roll of cork in the aisle with the contact paper at Home Depot. I know they also have this at Lowe’s and Walmart. But in my experience it is always really close to the same price. Start by measuring and cutting the cork the same size as the tile.

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Then fold back one corner of the cork and line up the rest with the bottom of the tile. Push the corner down that you folded the backing on and carefully peel the rest of the backing off pressing as you go. Sometimes if I didn’t cut straight I will go back and cut off the excess so it’s not showing from the top.

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Now stack them all up and tie them together with twine or ribbon. This wedding was a country theme so I thought the twine fit well. If I am making it for Christmas gifts, I like to tie it with Christmas ribbon.

Fabric Flower Keychain

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Fabric Flower KeychainSupplies needed:

Scrap Fabric measuring app. 3″ x 26″

Felt in coordinating color

4″ Ribbon

Keychain (Mine were 1 1/2″)

Glue & Glue Gun

Fabric Flower

This is a perfect gift to have around. I try to keep these around for teachers, bus drivers, friends birthdays, hair dresser, pretty much anyone! My 10 year old even loves hers. So if you’re looking for something to do with all those leftover pieces of fabric, here you go!

To start with, cut out your fabric. I made mine 3″ x 26″. This is no exact science. You can honestly make it any size and it will work out. I ended up with about a 3″ flower. If you want it bigger, make your fabric larger, likewise if you want it smaller, make your fabric smaller.

Then, fold your fabric in half.

IMG_3760Tie a knot in one end.

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Now hold the small end with the knot. You are going to twist your fabric and then wind it around the knot. The tighter you wind

the smaller it will be. I like to try to twist my fabric so the edges are on the inside and not seen but honestly I’m sure I’m the only one that notices them anyway! I like to put a few dobs of glue as I go to help hold the fabric in place.

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Next take your ribbon and fold it around the key ring. Glue the edges together.

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Place your felt on the back of the flower and cut around it so it’s the exact size. Then glue the bottom edge of the ribbon between the fabric and the felt. This just finishes the back and helps make the keychain stronger.

IMG_3767And you’re done! It’s really even easier than it looks! I did this a couple of years ago when I was the craft coordinator at my MOPS group. It was a hit. They made several each and were able to give them as gifts.

 

End of Year Teacher & Bus Driver Gifts

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I can not believe I will soon have 1st graders & a 5th grader! Time flies by so fast. This year I wanted to give the teachers and bus driver something they could use over the summer. What is more perfect than a Redbox gift card? Since they even have one in the little town where we live I know they all would have a good chance to use it. So here’s our idea of a movie & snacks in a basket!

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Supplies needed:

Basket

Candy

Popcorn

Card

Ribbon

Cellophane wrapper

I bought everything at the Dollar Tree! Place all of your candy into a basket. My girls always love a chance to craft so they were super excited to contribute by making cards for each teacher and bus driver. Print off your card onto cardstock.

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Let your kids sign the bottom of the redbox card if they didn’t make one. Then take a hole punch or scissors and make a hole so you can thread your ribbon through. Tie to the handle of the bucket. You could also wrap the basket in cellophane if your kiddos are delivering the baskets. That way nothing falls out!

I’m sure your teacher and bus driver will love this as much as I hope ours do!

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Teacher Appreciation Gift

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I must say my girls have the most awesome teacher this year. I am so very grateful for that! Just think about how much time and energy they all put into loving on and teaching our kids. The time that I am unable to be with my girls I am so thankful knowing they are still taken great care of. For that, I think anytime is a great time to say THANK YOU! But since it is Teacher appreciation week, I figured this was the perfect time to give their teacher and the aide in their class a gift! So since vinyl is one of my favorite things, I made them each a cup and filled them with candy. Because who can’t use a cup and candy! Right?

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I use a program called Sure Cuts a Lot along with my cricut. If you don’t have that program, you could still use your cartridges to accomplish the same thing. But I’ll be honest I don’t know how to do the shadow without it.

Start by typing your word for the saying. I used the font Segoe Print. It measures 3.61 x 3.22. The word TEACHER is a shadow blackout rounded. Make sure to group your words and then meld them so they will cut out together where they overlap. I cut out my saying and the teacher’s name in turquoise. Once it cuts, use your contact paper to transfer onto your cup. Press down hard to get out all the bubbles before you pull off the contact paper.

IMG_3712I used white for the shadow for the teacher’s name and also for the word TEACHER so it would stand out more. I cut these out together and then used my contact paper again to transfer them onto the cup. You can use any size and font that will fit on your cup. I made the shadow on the teacher’s name 3 x 3. Then used 2.77 x 2.74 for the name. This is just what size it ended up when I made the shadow a 3 x 3. Again I used a shadow blackout rounded measuring a 10 since I thought it matched the font well.

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Now do the same starting with the white shadow teacher’s name and follow with the teacher’s name. Super easy but so special!

Fill it with candy and let your kiddos make a cute card! A perfect teacher gift!