One thing on our schedule was making gifts for the teachers.
The last day of school is always bittersweet. On one hand, it's nice when everyone's schedule is open and we're able to do things as a family. On the other hand, I love when my kids come home from school excited about the cool things they've learned (not to mention the peace & quiet I get when they're not here).
The peace and quiet at home part is a huge reason to let your children's teachers know just how much you appreciate them!
Although I think gift cards are the best gift, my daughter just finished preschool, and I thought that a handmade gift showing off all the new skills her teachers taught her over the last few months would be the sweetest.
While we do these things at home too, her teachers worked with her daily. She learned to use scissors, she learned to write her name, she learned to paint. She had lots of crafting time, which is more than just crafts at that age.
"Thank you for helping me grow" is a great summary. Sure, they get taller during the school year, but it's really about the growth inside their little minds.
My daughter is on the verge of reading, which I'm confident she will be doing by her first day of Kindergarten. She learned about plants and even brought me home two marigolds and a bean plant this Spring.
She really had the two most wonderful teachers this year and I am so thankful for their knowledge, kindness, and patience.
Want to make a plaque for your favorite teacher? Here's how:
8" x 10" Wood Plaque (Mine are hollow back)
- Red / White (Flower Petals)
- Yellow (Flower Center)
- Green (Stem)
- Light Gray (Mason Jar)
- Light Blue (Water in Jar)
- White (Top of Jar, over water)
Flower Die Cut
Mason Jar Die Cut
1/8" Wooden Dowel
Paper Edging Scissors (Optional)
Clear Acrylic Sealer (optional)
Mod Podge (optional)
2 hours (plus drying time)
Paint the outside of the mason jar in light gray, paint the bottom inside section in light blue, and paint the other inside section white. Set aside to dry.
I originally had the blue only 2/3 of the way, but my daughter didn't like it, and painted the whole thing haha
We made two of these at the same time and I let my daughter pick which colors she wanted to use. She used yellow for both centers, but did white for one set of petals and red for the other.
At this point in my crafting process I made a poor decision and decided to handwrite "Thank you for helping me grow", but my handwriting leaves something to be desired (Yikes). At this point, I also had my daughter write "Love Baylee".
I then painted over our writing (thinking I could neaten up my words). And while I think this would have been cute had I actually taken the time to make lines, so I could get my font all the same size and make sure everything was straight, mine was a mess. So, what's a girl to do?
I cut out a piece of cardstock big enough to cover my writing, while not covering my daughter's writing, and then I trimmed the edges with fun scissors! I added the words using the letter stickers and glued it on. I also used the a sticky stencil flower and added some to the card stock.
After all the glue was dry and the paint was set, I went over the entire plaque with Mod Podge.
My daughter's teachers were thrilled to get them and my daughter squealed with excitement to show them what she had made. It was a special moment.
Well, that's it for today! If you make one, I'd love to see it!
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