Teachers are special and it's nice to show them they are appreciated by giving them a little gift for Christmas. Here is a cute and inexpensive project that any teacher would enjoy.
wood nesting baskets
pencils, crayons or colored pencils - your choice
trims - your choice
I used little wood nesting baskets. They come 3 to a set and can be purchased in any craft store. Each one is slightly smaller and they fit inside of each other. You could also use a small heavy cardboard box or an empty can.
Paint the entire box in your choice of color. I painted the sides of mine black and then used white to make pictures, numbers, and such so they resemble chalkboards.
Once paint was dry, I then varnished the box. I made all three baskets and used a different writing implement for each. The crayons fit on the smallest basket so there was no cutting involved, but the pencils and colored pencils had to be sized.
If needing to cut pencils, measure length needed and using craft knife, score completely around pencil. Hold both ends close to scoring line and snap to break. Use sandpaper or emory board and rub off any rough edges.
Lay pencils or crayons on box to determine how many you will need. When ready, glue each onto box. I use E6000 glue. It dries clear and adheres fast. It's a great glue for crafting.
I had some measuring tapes already on hand and cut pieces from these to wrap around box.
There are many good sites on the internet that offer free printing for school related pictures. I printed out some and covered them in clear contact paper and glued them to the boxes. Another idea would be to print out letter boxes and spell the teacher's name.
Put a package of pencils in the box, then wrap with clear cellophane and tie the top with a red bow.
Teacher's play such an important role in a child's life and what they do is priceless. With the holidays coming up, here is a sweet gift that you and your child can make together to give to the teacher. It will become a treasured memory. This would also make a great gift for adults or a special occasion.
empty canister from tall fireplace matches
trims of your choice
photo of child
handprint of child
clear contact paper- optional
computer and printer- optional
double sided tape
A canister from fireplace matches is ideal for this project but another container, such as from Pringles potato chips would work fine also.
You can choose to use a computer and printer for the poem page or you can write the poem out and attach a photo and the handprint to the paper. If using a computer, scan in a copy of the child's handprint and insert it, along with the child's photo on the paper with the poem.
If doing it by hand, write out the poem. Cut a photo of the child and adhere to same page. Use an ink pad that is safe for kids or brush on a thin coat of non toxic paint on the hand. Have child press hand down on paper. Push gently to make a good print. Wash ink or paint off hand.
I chose to cover the poem page with clear Con-Tact paper so it will last a long time. This step is optional.
To make the canister, choose the paper you would like to decorate it with. There are many sites on the internet that offer free printable design papers. You can find school themed papers also.
Lay canister on paper and mark width and length needed. Cut paper.
Put strips of double sided tape on back of paper. Take your time and adhere paper to canister.
Do the same with coordinating paper ribbon and trim as desired.
If adding an embellishment, you can poke a hole in the canister and thread ribbon through. Tie object to the ribbon and allow to hang.
The canister in this project has a see through window on the top. You could cover with seaside paper and put in items collected from a beach or vacation. Use nostalgic papers and decorate canister for an anniversary. Write a nice note and attach a gift certificate for a nice dinner out for the special couple. The possibilities are endless!
I apologize for the picture of my finished poem. It refuses to come through clearly, but I wanted to include it anyway so you can see where I put my photo and handprint.
I wrote the poem. Please feel free to use it. Just insert your child's name and name of teacher where needed:
I am just a little tyke There's lots of things I like Playing in the park on swings Riding my new shiny bike I can kick a ball and jump a rope Video games are neat Disney is a real fun place And so are ice cream treats My favorite thing in the whole wide world Is being with Mom and Dad They always treat me like a king Although I'm a little lad But when I can't be with Mom and Dad Only one place will do Where I feel safe and loved Always at Miss CC's school She let's us do some real fun stuff We learn and play games too She gives us hugs and we sing some songs She's really very cool Merry Christmas Dear Miss CC I want to thank you for all you do I may be little but I have a big big heart So I'm sending "CJ" love to you!
A 'cute' gift for any Kindergarden teacher can be made easily by taking the plastic arm off an old doll and inserting a wooden dowel (1/2 to 3/4 inch round, to fit). You have created a unique (and adorable) pointer stick for use in the classroom.
This is a great idea for making a very special gift for your child's teacher. Take a plain glass plate, pictures of her students and a class group photo. Place the kids pictures on the back of the plate around the rim and "Gesso" them on. Put the class photo in the middle of the plate and "Gesso" it to the plate. Give the whole plate another good "Gesso-ing" and smooth out any bubbles carefully. Then watch that teacher smile from ear to ear when your child hands her this one of a kind gift! :)
As a teacher, the homemade gifts are priceless to me. Years later I look back & remember great times. Many of my ornaments are from my students. You can buy a box of 12 clear ornaments, get paint & stencils if you want. Paint them really pretty, add names, year. And not only is it one gift, but can make about a doz. Since that is how many are in box. I also wrap them with cheap, but pretty paper from $ tree, or use white paper & tie a ribbon on top to close around it. Believe me. All these are always loved!