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The 12 Days of Christmas – Student to Teacher December 20, 2013

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We celebrated Will’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. T., with 12 gifts for Christmas.  It was so much fun to bring something each day.  I think his teacher enjoyed seeing what she was going to get each day, too!

I found this fun idea from “A Bushel and a Peck”.  Please visit this blog to see how she put the gifts together.  You can also get a free printable of the labels to attach to each gift.

Clipboard Collage

1st Day:  Clipboard

“For the 1st day Christmas,
something for you to use,
I’m giving you this clipboard,
so your papers you won’t lose!”

This is the day I went all out for.  I bought a small clipboard and added some magic to it with some craft paint, ribbon and washi tape.  It was quick and turned out pretty cute.

2nd Day:  2 Red Sharpies

2nd Day of Christmas

3rd Day:  3 binder clips

3rd Day of Christmas

4th Day:  4 dry erase markers

“For the 4th day of Christmas
Dry-eraser markers come in four…
As my Kdg teacher,
You really help me soar!”

4th Day of Christmas

5th Day:  Popcorn

5th Day of Christmas

6th Day:  6 packets of cocoa

6th Day of Christmas

7th Day:  7 packs of gum

7th Day of Christmas

8th Day:  8 paper clips

8th Day of Christmas

9th Day:  9 Candy Canes

9th Day of Christmas

10th Day:  10 magnets

10th Day of Christmas

11th Day: Pencils

11th Day of Christmas

12th Day:  12 Apples with Caramel Dip

“For the 12th day of Christmas,
12 apples you’ll find in here,
I wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!!”

So, I forgot to take a picture of the 12th Day’s gift — oops!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

 

Initial Frames January 7, 2013

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Initial Teacher Frames

I wanted to share with you the gifts I made for Will’s preschool teachers and a slight variation on this gift I made for my office co-worker friends.  I did hi-jack this idea from my friend, Tanya, when we were gone on our annual scrapbooking trip to Minnesota.  She was doing the same for her sons’ teachers and her co-workers.  I loved the idea so much I had to copy her. 😉

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First, I found two 8 x 10 frames.  I found these frames at Michael’s Crafts.  Next, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the frame.  We found this super cute paper that looks like handwriting paper at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud, MN.  I wish I would have picked up a few more pieces.  It was just perfect for the teacher gifts!

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In order to turn the frame into a hanging piece I added two prong hangers to the back of the frame and strung it with hanging wire.  This was the hardest part of the whole project.

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I attached the prongs right to the cardboard backing piece of the frame rather than the wood of the frame.

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One on each side.

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I found ribbon that matched the paper I used to cut out the teacher’s initial  for the frame.  I cut them about 4 inches long.  I think I used about a spool of each color for each picture.

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I tied one end of the hanging wire to the frame, but left the other end untied.  I started tying the ribbons to the wire in a pattern.  I tied them really close together to create a fuller look.  When you get close to the opposite end tie the other end of the wire to the prong.

 teacher frames

Here are the finished teacher frames.  I cut the initials out of another piece of scrapbook paper using my Cricut machine (Alphalicious cartridge).  Lastly, I hand wrote the teacher’s name below the initial.  I have to add here that we are so thankful for Mrs. Tams and Miss Congdon who have enriched our little guy’s life with so many great learning experiences at preschool!

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Here is the variation on the initial frame that I made for my co-workers in the office.  I used a 5 x7 frame and cream paper with black stripes for the background (Jo-Ann Fabrics).  Instead of making it a hanging picture, I added three ribbons tied around the base of the frame.  The frame just stands on its own.  I also used their first name initial instead of last name.

 

 
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