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School's about to start and it's sort of sweet to give your child's new teacher a little gift. It's tough to know what to get the teacher you don't know very well yet. Something that includes the students seems like a good place to start.
Supplies: Wooden frame (mine has a 5 x 7 opening, acrylic paint (I used green, red, and yellow), some wooden shapes (I used a horseshoe, a heart and 4 small rulers), some vinyl sticky back chalkboard material (or chalkboard paint), letter stickers (I used Amercian Crafts stickers) or chalk, a large box of crayons, some scotch tape and of course, your trusty glue gun. Note: I picked most of this stuff up at Michaels. Check the clearance aisle! They have similar frames on sale now.
Step 1: Remove the glass etc and paint the wooden frame.
It will probably need 2-3 coats of paint.
Step 2: Paint the horseshoe and heart pieces.
Step 3: I used regular scotch tape to basically line up all my crayons on the back of the frame so I could futz with them until I was ready to glue gun them down. Taping them made it easier to get them lined up.
Step 4: Once I had my crayons the way I liked them (tips and a little crayon peeking over the top of the frame) I used my glue gun to secure them to the frame. I have to admit I felt a little wasteful glueing perfectly beautiful crayons down. But they were on major sale! Yes I still feel guilty.
Step 5: I also glued the 4 small wooden rulers down around the place a photo will go.
Step 6: I cut the chalkboard vinyl material into a rectangle and used a ruler to line up the letter stickers into words. Chalkboard paint would also work great– just use painters tape to mask off a rectangle and use stickers or chalk.
Step 7: Glue gun down the heart shape and stick a fork in it. (Not really, but you know what I mean).
Just snap a photo of the teacher and her (or his!) new class after school starts and your gift is complete.
I have a ton of fun stuff coming up on YoT this week. Tomorrow I am sharing my Aunt Sylvia + Cousin Mitch's recipe for Blackberry Crumble. This is hands down the best dessert my family and I have ever tasted. Ever! And later this week, we'll be getting some tips about cleaning and organizing from Clean Mama. And she's doing a giveaway! Wish I could enter…
BIG Hug! Malia