Wednesday 18 July 2012

Handmade Teacher Thank You Gift

My 3 Boys love giving their teachers handmade gifts at the end of the year. They're also very different from the usual chocolates and bottles of wine they receive.
This year we came up with Fridge Magnets! After failing miserably with our original idea of using glass pebbles, we really struggled to find any clear glass ones that were big enough, I had the idea of using bottle tops.
Between the 3 boys they have 10 teachers!! So we had quite a task on our hands, but this is what we came up with...

The magents were made using  various co-ordinating papers and a 1" punch. VERY easy for my Boys to do themselves, being ages 4, 6 and 8, its important I dont do everything for them. All they did was punch out lots of circles, glue them to the squashed bottle top and add a clear epoxy circle bubble sticker over the top. I had the job of gluing magents onto the backs using my Glue Gun.

The mini Pizza boxes I custom made to measure 3" x 3" x 1/2" and hold 5 magnets.
Using Spellbinders butterfly die, I die cut an aperture into each box lid and glued attached acetate to the back to make a aindow.
Ribbon was glued to the base of the box so it could be tied into a bow on the front Then I die cut lots of mini Rolled Roses using an MFT die along with leaves using a Marianne D leaf die. Everything was carefully glued onto the lid using glossy accents.

Giving the present to the teachers like this just didnt feel quite "finished". So I put each box into a cellophane card bag and die cut some labels using Spellbinders label dies, folded them in half and stapled them to each bag. I wrote the Teachers name in a fancy font and each boy signed it from them.

And heres what 10 packaged Fridge Magnets in Mini pizza boxes look like...

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