Monday, May 9, 2011

More Teacher Appreciation

I know that Teacher Appreciation week is officially over BUT the end of the school year is fast approaching so in case people are wondering what to make that will be useful and easy on the budget - here are the rest of the goodies I put together for my daughter's teachers. There are 6 teachers/aides in her class on a regular basis so they all deserve a treat! Each received a bookmark (the ones from this post) and then I made each a large altered wooden clothespin clip. I thought these would be great for them to use to hang up memos and reminders. I was able to use some of the older carts that I have been neglecting and they are definitely oldies but goodies - and as a bonus I have submitted it to the Circle Magazine challenge!

Here is one set:

All wrapped and ready to present:

A side view so you can see the clip from the side:
All of the clips done:

All of the bookmarks:

The details:

The wooden clothespins I found at ACMoore for I believe $1.19 each, and I hot glued a strong magnet to the back. The polka dot paper is the new Recollections paper from Michael's and comes in a variety of colors. The ribbon was Joann's brand and adhesive backed. Sorry - nothing from Hobby Lobby!

I cut a rectangle of paper to match the front of the clothespin and glued it on. Then I cut a pencil from Locker Talk - at about 6 inches - until it was approximatley the height of the pin. The apple (2.5 inches) with their names on it is from Doodlecharms and I cut it with all the layers and a white blackout piece for the back. After glueing the apple on I mod-podged the whole thing so it would last and be a little bit sturdier.

I used the extra paper to wrap the bookmark and then cut another apple (1.5 inches)  from Create A Critter, using the Gypsy to hide the contours of the face, and then stamped with a Peachy Keen Stamp. It is the Princess set and I just love them - too cute!

For the tag, more of the same paper, and I found this scalloped tag on Christmas Cheer (of all places!) and cut it rather large at 4 inches. This is because I knew my daughter would have to sign the apple and I wanted it to be large enough for her. I then cut the same Doodlecharms apple (3.5 inches) but with just the base cut - and I used chalkboard paper! How cool is that?? It cuts like a dream in the Cricut too.  Then I had my daughter sign in chalk just for more fun, and wrapped them all up with coordinating ribbon.

The teachers really loved them and my daughter is always so happy to give them a treat I think this earned a spot on my repetoire of craft gifts. I may have one more teacher gift post before the school year is done, and then back to the Disney scrapbook grind!


  1. Very cute. I need to get out some of my forgotten cartridges as wel. There really are some useful cuts on them.

  2. Very Cute. YOu did a wonderful job.

  3. These are so cute! Great job! TFS.

  4. What nice gifts for the teachers, I am sure they will love them

  5. Gosh I love that clothes pin idea!! Very cute sets. I am sure they were loved!

  6. Those clothes pins are wonderful!

    I have a little something for you on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. These were great and so inspiring. I didn't get to make the big clothespin but I loved it and am going to try for end of the year gifts! Thanks for sharing your ideas.