Teacher Appreciation Gift
Hey all here is my first post. We are going to be covering little crafts some will turn out great others will not. join me on this adventure.
I have two school aged kids and love them so much. Its “Teacher Appreciation Week” this wee so I tried to get something together for my kids to take to their teachers. I am so grateful for our educators and what they do. I am grateful for the work that they put in day in and day out for my kids. So at the end of the year I needed to make sure I got them something to show them how much we love them! I know that nothing that I do can show them the appreciation that i have for them, but at least we worked on it.
I am still going to try to explain how simple this was to make, and how the kids were able to help and contribute to the gift. It ended up being a lot of fun to make with the kids.
So here it is. I did this in one afternoon. I have the materials around my home and had a good time putting these together.
Like I said the blocks are leftovers from my husband’s little projects. The bottom two are 2X4s cut to size. My husband usually throws these away. I have to pull them out of the garbage. I have found these blocks very useful for little homemade gifts just like this.
After I picked the blocks I had the kids pick the colors of just normal craft paint. I did have to persuade my kids to get colors that didn’t look too crazy! My little girl wanted pink, purple, and red, but I was able to talk her into using white. My little boy was good with anything(he tends to not be as opinionated)! I let my kids do the painting. They did really well. They both worked really hard on making sure there were no streaks from the paint. Whatever they needed help with I was there to finish and help. They both took a lot of pride in their work. It was fun to see them working so hard for their teachers!
I used the my vinyl cutter to cut out the vinyl words which makes it so easy. Vinyl is so cheap and has so many uses. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter you can use stencils to trace and cut the words, easy! I have found that it is much cheaper to buy vinyl from a wholesale. They have them a lot of different places, you just have to look a little harder. It is usually less than half the price of the regular craft stores. You can buy a lot more vinyl, get more bang for your buck if you do your research and find a supplier! Even if you can’t find a supplier then you can try sign supply shops that sell this stuff cheap as well and you can get so much of it, you will literally be tripping over how much you buy.
I cut out the vinyl, used transfer tape to apply them to the block. There are millions of tutorials on how to use transfer tape with vinyl. Its super easy to do and it turns out really cute! The only hard part for me are the little tiny words. Its hard to weed those out and make them look good. It I had to do it over again I would use a thicker font, that would be easier. I also messed up on the “h” I was messing with the fonts and I didn’t change that one, oops!!
Throw a little bow on that sucker and bamo you are done. For me this gift means way more than a store bought gift, I got to spend some quality time with the kids and did not spend any cash money(that’s what my husband loved the most!). It also feels great to see that I accomplished something during the day! The dishes, laundry, and house are never “done” but this project is!
The kids were thrilled, talking about what their teachers would say, how they were going to give it to them, and the reactions they would get. It was really cute to see them get so excited! It makes me think that I need to do this type of thing way more often! All in all a great day. Please feel free to ask questions.