Wednesday, May 5, 2010

2-4-6-8 Who do we appreciate?

Our teachers, of course!

This year I have been doing one small gift each day for this week of Teacher Appreciation. If you've been following along, you know I am late with everything these days. I wish I had blogged about these before this week, but....

I have managed to get them to the teachers on time. And, you will have some good links for your file for next year or gift-giving ideas any time of the year. AND, there are two school days left this week!

{Number 1}

I found this wonderful paper cake from Mrs. Jones at Skip to My Lou. This is truly amazing. Be sure to check it out because her cakes and the photos people have sent her are all absolutely beautiful. (Look at the whole cake in her sidebar--WOW!)

Mine are pretty simple, but work well for me and my personal style. And, it had a slice of cinnamon coffee cake in it (my all-time favorite) so the package became almost inconsequential at that point!

I added a flower with brad embellishment, ribbon and a die cut apple tag to the back which said "You take the cake!" Each of my girls signed the apple card. Then, I stuck a plastic fork through the ribbon and it was good to go!

{Number 2}I found this next wonderful idea on Skip to My Lou also. It is a link from Whisker Graphics which includes a downloadable template.

All I had to do was print them out, cut out the individual bookplates and run them through the sticker maker so they would be adhesive.

There is a also downloadable template for an envelope to put them in as well, but it said "Happy Holidays" on it so I just printed one out, enlarged it (my bookplates were a little big because I had the sticker paper backing), traced it onto a piece of cardstock and then made it just the way the instructions say to make it.

I tied it up with a ribbon to hold it closed and added a gold star. Make it as simple or as fancy as you would like.

{Number 3}

The next idea was the quickest of all. While shopping at JoAnn's with a friend, she told me about this idea that she had read about on a blog. I quickly snatched up a candle in a tin because this idea was much quicker than the one I was planning for the next day.

Later that evening, I found the originial source--Eighten25--linked on a different blog. I guess it was meant to be! I had already made mine by the time I saw the blog and it made mine look like garbage paled in comparison to theirs. Again, simple is fine, though.

I cut out a circle and used chalk on the edges to make a border. I wrote the word "scent-sational" on another sheet of paper so my girls could copy it, but write this card themselves. Then, I stuck it on the top of the tin, tied a ribbon around the tin, put it in a cellophane bag and added a ribbon to that. Easy!

And, I am thinking that any of these could easily be made into quick and wonderful Mother's Day gifts--especially if you are doing a basket of goodies or want to make these fancy. Imagine a good book or gift card bundled with the book plates--your book-loving Mom would be so pleased! I'm all about options!

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Two Shades of Pink,  said... May 5, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

Cute and cuter. Love them all and simple is always translated to doable. So you speak a lot of our languages! Too bad my mom lives up north and I barely got the photos of the girls to her in time. Oh well. Great ideas!

Natalie at Our Old Southern House,  said... May 5, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

this is my sixth year teaching and i have yet to get a teacher appreciation gift. lucky ducks, your daughters' teachers!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea,  said... May 5, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

Great ideas...we will be needing them in a few short weeks. Thanks for the amazing ideas!

Mrs. Jones,  said... May 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Thanks for the link! Your cake turned out great!! I like making a whole cake, because my son can give a slice to each of his teachers. Wouldn't it be fun to find a cake box to take it to school it?


Mrs. Jones,  said... May 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

I forgot to mention ... your header is PRECIOUS!! My little girl is in high school now. I sure miss that age.


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