Monday, September 26, 2011

GCD Technique sept

Summer is officially OVER at my house. Yes it is still hot, but we have had a lovely hectic month preparing for school. Our summer ends when school begins! When school begins we don't only prepare the kids but we prepare the teachers. Last year my son's teacher was a little upset that most of the kids would lose their pencils. He was always supplying the kids with new pencils every day. I know that teachers don't make a lot of money and show we as parents care I decided to fix that little issue.

I came up with this little jar full of pencils that the kids can take, use and return. The perfect gift that hopefully keeps on giving. Here is how I made it.

First gather your supplies. Above I have pictured all the tools, glues and ink I used. I also used the Elementary My Dear 48 sheet collection pad designed by Heather Tozzi.

Firs start out by punching your shapes. I punched the tag shape out of the alphabet paper and the medallion shape out of the apple paper.

Ink the edges of your punched shapes to make them pop.
Cut off the top 3 inches or so of the pencil sheet.
I then ran the strip through my paper crimper to add texture.

Place a glue on the underside of the strip on either side. One will anchor it to the jar and the other will close the strip on itself.

Add foam squares to the backs of your punched shapes.
Adhere to the front of the jar on the strip.
I really loved the sweet little pencils and had to cut one out to add to my tag on the front.

I wanted to set the pencils apart from any of the kids pencils so I came up with these little banners to add to them. Hopefully this will insure they get returned. First cut stripes of paper. Mine are 5 inches long by 2 inches wide.

I then fold in half and cut a triangle out of the center of the ends so they match up.

Write your teachers name or please return on the banner.

To adhere them to the pencils I used a very strong glue.Run a bead of glue along the crease in the middle.
Position the pencil on the glue.
Then apply more glue to the end of the banners and join together. The kids wont be able to get these off all that easily.

Add your sentiment to the tag and you are done.
A quick, useful and cute gift to give the teacher.

I hope I have inspired you to create something sweet and useful for one of the important teachers in your life.