Monday, May 9, 2011

Marker Monday - Teacher Thank You Gift

My kids only have 3 1/2 more days of school! I can't believe how fast the school year has gone by! I know many schools though that still have many weeks to go. Hang in there.

In the meantime maybe you can make use of this project I made as a Thank You for the boys' kindergarten teacher. Last week I stumbled across these printable flashcards for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Teacher Flash Cards

How cute! And Marlynn at Urban Bliss even provides a free download for your computer! Sweet!

I quickly downloaded them over the weekend but darn! I didn't have any more color ink in my printer. Hmm, what to do? I had to get these to Yip and Yap's teacher this week and didn't have time to run to Office Depot for more ink. But I printed it off on some card stock anyway.

Huh, shades of gray reminds me of a chalkboard. I can work with this.
So I scrounged through the craft cabinet and found some scrap booking papers.

I cut out an R and used it as a pattern. I left about 1/4" border around the card and added a tab on the right about 1/2" wide. Then I folded the scrap booking paper and traced and cut my pattern. So unfolded it looks like a tent, the yellow flower paper above, and folded it's a rectangle with a tab on the right.  I cut a total of 8 of these. Yes, there are only 7 letters in TEACHER but Marlynn added an 8th card with a message for the teacher.

Then I began to assemble. I took the first pattern and glued the two sides together. Glue sticks work the best.  

Then I placed the tab of the first square inside the second square and glued them together.
And I kept repeating this until I had all 8 lined up and glued together. (I used a ruler to check my straightness with every rectangle) 

The last rectangle I didn't need the tab so I simply cut it off.

While my rectangles were drying I cut out the flashcards right along the gray edge and then glued them on. One on each rectangle.

Once everything was dry I folded between the letters and stood it up like an accordion.

For the final touch I folded it all up and wrapped it with a ribbon.

I would have liked to have printed this off in color but I think it turned out nicely in gray scale. Hopefully the boys' teacher doesn't mind a little homemade gift as a thank you for all the wonderful things she's done this year.

Hope the end of your school year is pleasant and comes quickly!

1 comment:

  1. I love it! I think I like yours better than the original. The gray with the colors behind is really sharp.
    So can you humor me, I'm nice...I just have a mutation on my craft gene that makes me want to be crafy but without the actual ability to be crafty. What is booking paper?


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