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Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation 2015

 This school year has gone by way too quickly!  When I saw on the calendar last month that it was nearly teacher appreciation week, I got so sad, but so excited at the same time.  I just hate my kids growing up so quickly and all I can think of is how many years I have left until I lose them to college.  Boo Hoo!!  So sad.  But I was excited because I really really love making teacher appreciation gifts.  My kids get excited to help me and they can't wait to take their teachers a new gift each day.  I got WAYYYYY carried away this year with gifts but I sort of had to because we are at the stage in life, with our 4 oldest in school, where many of the teachers our older ones have had when they were younger, now our younger ones currently have.  So we can't do the same gifts every year.  Because the teachers already have them...so we had to come up with a couple new ideas this year and it was sure fun doing that!
This little block is a 2x8x8 painted red, I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering white, then ripped off the vinyl and sanded it to distress it.  Then tied a ribbon around the outside with a knot on top.  The ribbon is from Michaels.  The design is from Lori Whitlock.
 This little block is a 2x8x8 painted red and I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering white, then ripped off the vinyl and sanded it to distress it.  Then tied a ribbon around the outside with a knot on top.  The ribbon is from Michaels.
 Of course every year I have to do a more practical gift too, the hand sanitizer is one every teacher can use, every year.  I just get a HUGE jar from Sam's Club and pull the label off.  I found using a hair dryer to heat up the label first really helps in getting those stubborn ones off quickly!  Then I cut a monogram for the teacher out of whatever their favorite color is in vinyl and tied some ribbons around the top.  Super quick!  Super easy!
 Here's another super easy and quick project.  Just take a mason jar, fill it with their favorite candy, put a label on it that says Teacher Therapy, and tie some jute around the top.  Done!
This project measure 2x6x6 and I wanted to do something that they could use in their home or at school.  I painted the block turquoise first.  Then put on the vinyl stencil.  I painted all the lettering white, then went back when that was dry to add the color to the parts I wanted that on.  Rip off the vinyl when done and sand it and you get a very happy little block! 
 I thought this Dr. Seuss quote was a cute design!  I used the same technique as above.  The board measures 1x12x18.  The design came from Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x24. The design is Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x12. The design is Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x24.  The design is Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x14.  I drilled holes in the top and attached a ribbon so they could hang it on their door or outside their door right away.  :)
  This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x12.
This one is one that I do every year.  I could only make one this year though because we've had the other teachers in the past.  On this one, I feel like there are too many opportunities for the paint to bleed if I stencil it, so I always use vinyl lettering for this design.

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