The other room mom’s and I have started what looks to be the begining of great friendships!
We have planning meetings regularly some of which happen at our favorite local mexican watering hole. If there’s a craft we meet together and prep for it and we have found there is power when we work together.
I am writing this to cover Teacher Appreciation Week which for us is the last week of April 2012. We have daily plans but today I am going to share the major crafts that we completed for Teacher Appreciation week.
For the week our plans are roughly planned out like this:
- Monday – a cute door sign made by Room Momma Amanda – hopefully I will have a picture soon to add to this post. - she sells them and you will love them. Finally got the picture of these!! SO CUTE she sells them so let me know if you want one and I will get you her contact info!
- Tuesday – They will recieve a colored pencil decorated container that will serve as a vase and the students will bring the teacher a flower to make up a beautiful bouquet! The vase will serve as a cute decorative container later! (this craft is featured with instuctions in this post below)
- Wednesday – we will offer them a duty free lunch in addition to the one the school offer. We will each purchase our teacher a Steak Out gift card and we will come take the kids to lunch so they can enjoy their lunches.
- Thursday – They will get a monogrammed crayon picture (that will be featured in this post with instructions) – the school is also doing a special lunch for them this day!
- Friday – we will have the parents send in home made cards from each of the kids and maybe a piece of candy too!
How we made our crayon monogramms:
Each room mom decided to make a monogram based on the personality of the teachers and thier decor taste. Basically it is almost as easy as it looks.
Shadow boxes, LOTS of crayons, hot glue gun, sharp knives, and cardstock. Moneywise Supply Tip: you can often get shadow boxes at 50% off at craft stores and if you plan ahead you can stock up on crayons during the back to school sales
Here is what we came up with and instructions:
- Gather your supplies
- Free Hand or print out a letter the size of the monogram you want to use as a guide when lining up your crayons
- Cut crayons and line them up on your letter guide. I had to make lots of adjustments to get mine to look right but also realized it doesn’t need to be perfect.
- Now use your hot glue gun to glue the crayons onto the cardstock that will be the backdrop of your picture.
- Now decide if you are going to outline the picture with crayon. I initially thought to use a sharpie but since the pic is made with crayons its super cute to outline or write on it with crayon!
You see the colored pencil container in the picture above? That is what will serve as a vase when the kids bring thier teacher a flower on Tuesday! It’s great because it will also serve as a cute decorative container in their classroom when they are done using it as a vase.
Colored pencils – the amount will depend on the size of the container. I used about 55-60 for this one.
Glass container one with a lid is optional – we wanted a dual function. You can find class containers like this at a local craft store and they are oftened on-sale 50% off.
Hot Glue the pencils to the container
Use a rubber band to hold the pencils in place while it dries completley
Tie a ribbon around it for a little added umph!
Here are some pics of ours: