Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Is it Teacher Appreciation time at your kid’s school?  Are you as unprepared as I am?  I raided my gift stash for gifts for his current teachers, but since my son is in the same daycare he’s been in since he was 6 months old, there are a lot of teachers we want to show our appreciation for (ten to be exact – yikes!). Even I don’t have that impressive of a gift stash. And the deadline to leave gifts was today! So running to the store last night wasn't ideal.

I had to find some little gifts for his previous teachers pronto.  I had some Dove chocolate eggs on hand (more on that next week).  Who doesn’t love chocolate, right?  But how to make them into a cute presentation?

I thought about making my own treat bag, but had a tough time figuring out would I make it expandable to allow for the bulkiness of the eggs. Then I remembered my stash of kraft lunch bags. These have gussets on the side so they can expand.  I was still limited by size since the collection bags set out at the school were pretty small.  And honestly, I only had 2 bags of chocolate eggs to go around to 8 teachers!  So I decided to trim down the bags. 

I used a scalloped blade on my paper cutter to cut off the bottom half of the bag where the rectangle base is.  You can also use fancy edge scissors, pinking shears, or regular scissors and a shaped border punch.  Then I sewed a basic white stitch with my sewing machine on the bottom to close the bag.

By the way, I should note I was doing this around bedtime last night, so forgive the lack of daylight in my photos! 

I’m a scrapbooker in addition to general crafter so I have random things stashed around the house to use for a project like this.  My set of clear Thank You stamps from Fiskars caught my eye.
Have you seen all the subway art around blog world lately?  I decided to make my own on an acrylic block with the stamps above.
Inked it up and stamped it on the bag above the sewn edge.

Filled the bags with some of the eggs.
I thought about sewing it closed, but I ran out of bobbin thread. And I’ll be honest - I’m lazy when it comes to filling my bobbin. (I know, G would be shocked if she heard this pathetic sewing confession.) It was my little one’s bedtime and with the sewing machine in the room next to his, I just didn’t have time to deal with it without making noise and keeping him awake. So I cut the same scallop on the top and grabbed some cute colored binder clips to close them. 

Ten Teacher gifts in ten minutes?  CHECK!  Cute, easy, and entirely made with stuff I had on hand.

PHEW!  Avoided that emergency! By the way, apparently Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6.  No idea why my son’s school decided to instead celebrate this week, but maybe you can benefit from my lack of planning and odd school schedule and make your own!  These would also be simple favors or thank you gifts to neighbors and friends any time of year. Fill them with home baked goods for an even sweeter treat!

Are you doing special Teacher Appreciation gifts?
UPDATED: I also made tags for the gifts for his current teachers with the stamp - just stamped it on a mailing tag and attached it to the gift!

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Cupcake Carrie said...

SUPER cute!!!

HeatherV said...

Thanks, Carrie!! They were a big hit at school!

TidyMom said...

Love this idea!!

Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up! Have a GREAT weekend!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

This is such a cute and inexpensive idea! I love how fancy the brown bag seems just because you cute the edges and sewed them up!

angelfitch said...

I have a ton of these to make too (4 kiddos, with 2 teachers in each classroom, plus one in spec. ed. so there are aides, and specialists....yikes!!!) and I so appreciate this idea! Something I can do with the kids is always a perfect project! Thank!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

I love the clips on them. that's cute. good job.

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heather {WhipperBerry} said...

oh how funny, I actually pinned this earlier today. I LOVE it!!


{nifty thrifty things} said...

These are so cute!! Great idea!
I would love for you to link up at my first linky party! :)
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ellie g said...

Saw you on whipperberry, and I just pinned this too! Holy hannah that's fantastic! I love it. The little clippies are beautiful. And I have a box full of gray ones that are probably needing this treatment! Love it!

Lori Lucas said...

I teach high school English and just thought I would let you know that idea is just adorable and would be appreciated by any grade level. Not only is it very cute, just knowing that someone took the time to think of their child's teacher is very very very appreciated! Those teachers are very lucky! Lori L

Erin said...

These are super cute!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Subway art with stamps??? Genius! I loved Teacher Appreciation Day when I was in the classroom...

Please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

HeatherV said...

Thank you all for the compliments! It is truly such an easy project and the gussets in the side of the bag make them easy to fill with any treats. It really was such an easy way to show his teachers how much they mean to us. We hope you enjoy! We'd love to see what you make, so please share!

Bonnie said...

I didn't get the chance to post earlier that I made some easter bags with your tutorial, and linked it back to your site! Obviously you saw that :)
SO CUTE, and easy too! And yes, I had EVERYTHING on hand!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

I'll be featuring these at tomorrow's linky party!
Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}! I would love if you stopped by tomorrow and share more of your cute projects! :)
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

Deb said...

Wow..very clever! Love the stamp combination and up until now I didn't know I could get a scalloped blade for my cutter! Glad I found you, I will be back!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday...Hope to see more of your ideas this week!

{I've been scouring Michael's for stamp ideas...}

Shore Girl said...

These are so neat! I love how you used a whole bunch of stamps to make that neat stamped image! I never would have thought of it -- but I will now thanks to you!

Larissa said...

Great idea. Super easy and fast, yet unbelievably adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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Al McLeary said...

Very cute idea - even without sewing it closed

Jen @ Domesticated Nomad said...

I really like this! Those little bags could be used for so many things!

Rick Warden said...

Hi, I like your ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day and thought some might find word art as another creative idea.

There are some samples of word art images I made for Christian teachers at the following link.

Shoregirl said...

Linking to your cute gift bags on my blog today:

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