Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teachers. It's impossible to calculate the worth of a good teacher. They do so much for our children and as parents, it's a relief and blessing to have a good teacher who we know will care for our child all year and provide them with so many opportunities for growth. The end of the school year is usually the time that there is a concerted effort to share our "thanks" with them. So how about a couple of ideas to get us started?

Idea One: Fancy Favors box (filled with snacks)
optional: die cut one box with card stock, a second with fabric. Adhere the two together using a glue stick and assemble box. (Yes, it really IS that easy!)

The box on the left is the one covered with fabric; it is wonderfully sturdy! We finished it off with a chipboard letter and basic rhinestones. Our snack of choice was almonds; they are in a cello bag tied closed with ribbon which was adorned with felt flowers (retired).

The second box is simply cut from Brights Designer Series Paper (from the stack). A little belly band was created using a remnant from the same cut along with additional felt pieces and random brads I had on hand. The thicker the paper, the sturdier the box. This one is just fine, though not as sturdy as the fabric covered one.

Idea Two: Cards, of course!

Now, I am a card maker and the teachers know it so I always give them a stack of cards. My fourth grader's teacher told me that this is the time of year that gifts of cards always come in handy. She always responds to gifts with handwritten thank you notes so she NEEDS a stash of cards. Her last name happens to be Beagle and she uses the dog theme in the classroom, so these cards are personalized with that in mind:
"P is for Paw" standard wheel
The following cards are for my sixth grader's teachers. The designs going across the cards were also stamped with standard wheels; a little bit of bling dresses them up. (Yes, me using bling again... I know...) As with Mrs. Beagle's cards, the design is layered over a strip of card stock and over a layer of coordinating Designer Series Paper. (Others in the stack use the Daffodil Delight used on the bag topper.) By the way, these cards are all created using our Note Cards. You get 20 to a package along with envelopes for only $5.95!

These wheels are retired; see page 219 of the Idea Book & Catalog for current choices
Each teacher is receiving their cards and envelopes packaged in a medium flat cellophane bag. The toppers were created using a 5 x 3 strip of card stock scored at 1-1/2" to create the fold over the top. I added an extra strip of Whisper White card stock with the same wheel as the cards and a little additional bling to decorate. I may add a ribbon bow... haven't decided yet...

If you are worried that you don't have a lot of time, all of the cards shown here were whipped out in just a couple of hours yesterday - and that was "figuring it out" as I went! Using these wheels certainly saved a lot of time as did the simple design, both facets working together to help create gifts I believe the teachers can use and enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by! For more ideas stop by tomorrow - I have 2 more to share Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

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