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Two Creative Homemade Gifts for Teachers

written by: Elizabeth Wistrom • edited by: Patricia Gable • updated: 8/2/2012

Say "Thank you" to your children's teachers or day care providers with gifts which are homemade. End of year teacher gifts are always appreciated, but those you have made yourself are sure to be treasured. Read on to learn more.

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    The homemade end of year teacher gifts described below are inexpensive and easy to make. Depending on the age of your children, they might even be able to help or create the gifts all on their own.

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    Classroom Wreath

    4195291363 deb6e17dbf Materials:

    • White Craft Paint and Brush (or any color of your choosing)
    • 8" Embroidery Hoop
    • 12" Embroidery Hoop
    • 1 Box of 64 Crayola crayons
    • Elmers Glue or Hot Glue Gun
    • Large Ribbon
    • Embellishments (painted wood shapes, erasers, rulers, or other school supplies)

    Directions:

    1. Paint the embroidery hoops the desired color using a small paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry completely.
    2. Lay the embroidery hoops onto a work surface so that the smaller hoop is inside of the larger hoop. Make sure the hoops are centered. This will ensure that they are evenly spaced all the way around.
    3. Remove the crayons from their box and begin laying them on top of the two hoops, moving all around the entire surface. Space the crayons evenly for a polished look. Laying the crayons out first, before attempting to glue, will help with spacing and placement.
    4. Once all (or most) of the crayons have been added to the wreath surface, it is time to go back and begin gluing them down. An adult can easily use a hot glue gun for the process. Using a glue gun means a stronger bond with the crayons adhering quickly. If a child is creating the wreath, they may use the glue gun with supervision or use the Elmers Glue as a substitute. Use the age and maturity of the child as a gage. Keep in mind, however, that if the child is using the glue gun there is the potential for burns. To minimize the risk, always apply the glue to the hoops first. Then, gently push the crayon into the glue - making certain the crayon points are all facing outward. Using Elmers Glue will require at least 24 hours of drying time.
    5. Once the glue is dry and the crayons have adhered to the embroidery hoop, it is time to add the ribbon and any embellishments. The embellishments may be glued directly to the top of the crayons, or glued to the ends of ribbons which have been added to the center ribbon for hanging.

    Image Credit Flickr Creative Commons

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    Sunflower Seed Packets

    2789871685 2bcd6b2e07 Materials:

    • Seed Packet Template (see below)
    • Copy of Sentiment (see below)
    • Sunflower Seeds (harvest your own or purchase some from the store)
    • Pretty Craft Paper
    • Rubber Cement or Elmers Glue
    • Pencil
    • Scissors

    Directions:

    1. Print the seed packet template shown below. Using the scissors, cut the template out.
    2. Using the pencil. trace the template onto the back of your craft paper.
    3. Cut the craft paper into the shape of a seed packet by carefully following the lines you have drawn.
    4. Fold the packet as shown, and glue the sides together to complete.
    5. Fill the packet with sunflower seeds which you have harvested or purchased from your local nursery.
    6. Print out a copy of the provided sentiment, or create your own.
    7. Cut the sentiment to fit the front of the seed packet, and then glue in place.

    Image Credit Flickr Creative Commons

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    Seed Packet TemplateSentiment
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    Giving these gifts is a great way to say "Thank you" to those who have worked so hard to give your children the love, care and attention needed to learn and to grow. If you have your own homemade end of year teacher gifts you are willing to share, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!