Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Pencil Letter Display

Last week was our teacher appreciation week.  We had it already as Lucas' last day is the 22nd of this month!  Cannot believe how quickly that is coming up.

During the week we sent in things like school supplies, books for the classroom and things the teacher could use.  For Friday- I wanted to make something special and made this.

I had seen the letters made with pencils and crayons but wanted to do something a little more.

I got a picture frame and took out the glass.  I then painted the back of it white.  I just painted it quickly not worrying about full coverage.

Then I dry brushed in some nutmeg brown mixed with white starting at the edges and heading in just a little.

I found this quote that I love "Teachers affect eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops." 

I used my silhouette to form the quote in a oval and cut it on vinyl. I measured how big the back was to know what size to make the oval and text.

After the paint was dry I applied the vinyl.

I then figured what size I wanted my pencils and cut them.  I used an old kitchen knife and snapped the pencils after I had got them cut most of the way through.

After I cut the pencils, I sharpened them and then mod podged them on to the board in the shape of a T- which is the first letter in his teacher's last name.

On the back (not shown) I put a picture of Lucas with his teacher and he and I both wrote notes which we mod podged to the back.

He reported that she "Love, love love, love, love, love, loved it."

What do you do for teacher appreciation week?

Linking up with my girls (who I got to meet!) IA and Shawn

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  1. I'm going to have to go see this on Pinterest. I hate that my computer blocks your pictures!

    Great idea, though!

    We didn't do anything for teacher appreciation week. I didn't even know it was happening. This week is a big testing week at Punky's school, so the focus has been on that.

  2. What a great idea! I just threw together some random things but the main one for each teacher being a little terra cotta pot complete with soil and a pack of seeds. My son helped me pick them out so at least it was personal.

  3. That is FANTASTIC!!

    Our's was last month. We gave the teachers and staff gift cards to a Gelato place.

  4. This is a really great idea! I bet she'll have it hanging in her classroom for years to come!

    Our appreciation week is this week. Each day is a different item to bring in. Yesterday was candles, today was candy, tomorrow is school supplies, etc. I like being told what to bring in. It's much easier than trying to be creative. ;o)

  5. This week is our appreciation week, and I am dying trying to figure out an awesome gift! This turned out fantastic!

  6. What a fantastic idea! I can only imagine how much his teacher is going to LOVE it! You did such an amazing job :)

  7. This is awesome! Just awesome!

  8. Okay this is without a doubt awesome! What do I do??? Nothing. :( But I have 14 teachers. So maybe nice thank you's? Not sure. hahaha. But you did good girl!

  9. cool project may have to try if i get brave enough

  10. LOVE this idea. Charlie's Teacher Appreciation week is this week.

  11. This is very cool. I had no idea we were supposed to get teachers gifts. I guess I fail in this category... thankfully there is still time.

  12. Aaaaah! You are so much cooler than me! ;) We didn't do a thing because his teacher's appreciation week was when I had the stomach bug. We still should do something though . . .

  13. I LOOOOVE this! WHat a fantastic idea.

  14. This is such a cute idea! I am going to pin it.

  15. You are so talented! I love that gift!! I've had a few gifts that just blew me away but I worked at Title 1 schools so most of the time, my gifts were slightly used. GREAT JOB!!!!

    Thanks for linking up with us!

  16. I can see why she loved it! That is adorable!

  17. that is such a thoughtful gift! every teacher would appreciate getting that!

  18. That is an awesome gift!!! I haven't even thought about end of the year gifts yet. I suppose I should get to it.

  19. That is awesome!! You are soooo good.