The end of the school year has many celebrations that come with it. Graduations, class parties, summer birthdays, teacher gifts . . . I'm quickly learning how overwhelming it can get! I'll show you a few gifts I included for Hailey's teacher gift. Everything I included is something you can make very easily, even if you're feeling less than creative!
By now you probably know how I feel about gifts being useful. Instead of giving her teacher another something to find a place for, I tried to think of things she could use, and then make them a little more fun. Here's the finished box we put together . . . a cute brown caddy with her teacher's name on it. The classroom theme is always frogs, so we added some fun frogs too. So many uses for a caddy!
Here's what I included in the caddy: a fabulous clipboard that certainly won't get mixed up with anyone else's; some return address labels modified to say "This book belongs to Mrs. Ray, Kindergarte"; a picture frame made out of color pencils (tutorial will follow on that one, so cute!); two square glass vases, one labeled "pencils" (and thus filled with new pencils - I always loved new pencils), the other labeled "candy"; a plastic jar with a lid labeled "clips" and filled with all sizes of paper clips; a tshirt printed with "Hands down Mrs. Ray is the best teacher," with Hailey's handprints underneath. Hailey then wrote "Love, Hailey" underneath her handprints. Hailey also wrote her own letter to Mrs. Ray and stuck that right in the front. I think there was a couple more things in there, but I can't think of what they are at the moment.
Here's a close-up of the clipboard, and then the super easy instructions on how you can make one too. Wrap it up, and you're ready to go with a teacher gift done!
Clip Board Instructions:
You'll Need: 1 Plain Clipboard (I bought mine at Walgreen's); 2 sheets Patterned Scrapbook Paper (12 x 12 works the best); 1 Sheet Solid Colored Card Stock; Ribbon; Tacky Glue; Pencil for marking, Scissors, and Alphabet Stickers
- Place one sheet of the 12x12 scrapbook paper over the clipboard, and mark the area you'll need to cut out for the metal clip on the top. Cut this out so that your paper will fit snugly around the metal area.
- Cut small squares at the bottom two corners of the paper so that the edges will easily fold around the edges of the clipboard.
- Cover the back of the scrapbook paper with tacky glue, place it on the clipboard, and wrap the edges around the back. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the glue.
- Turn the clipboard over, and cut a sheet of scrapbook paper so that it is the same size as the clipboard.
- Cover this sheet with tacky glue, then adhere it to the back of the clipboard.
- I had some overlapping of paper on mine, so I cut a length of ribbon and used it to cover the overlapping line of paper. If you didn't overlap, place the ribbon anywhere you like, and tie a knot off to one side. Keep in mind that you don't want this to interfere with the use of the clipboard, so place it high or low, and keep the knot to one side or the other.
- I also used ribbon to wrap the metal clip at the top. If you would like to do this, just add some tacky glue to one end of your ribbon, then start wrapping the clip. Add a dot of glue every few wraps for extra staying power. Tie off your ribbon with either a knot or a cute little bow.
- I used my Silhouette cutter to cut out adhesive vinyl letters in the font I wanted. You can use alphabet stickers found at any craft store to do the same thing. Cut squares from the solid cardstock, and place one letter in each square. Feel free to be creative here and add the name however you want, this is just how I chose to do it!
- Have fun with it, and follow the teacher's personality in your design!