Friday, May 23, 2014

Graduation Gifts for Girls

What do you give girls graduation from high school?
I love to give gifts that will actually be useful at some point. A couple years ago I made bags with some tools in them. So, this year I was in charge of getting a gift for the 8 girls graduation from high school. Honestly, what girl thinks about needing a hammer or screwdriver until you actually need it---right that minute? So, I think it's a perfect gift.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mother's Day Chevron Frames

Coming up with a Mother's Day project for my students is always a little tricky. I like to have them do something that their moms might actually use and appreciate...And it needs to be cute:) Last year, we painted a chalkboard board, which we wrapped with ribbon and placed their picture on---it was pretty cute and the kids loving being able to write on the chalkboard. I really liked the fanciness of the boards--but I wanted them to stand on their own. Sooo---I adjusted last year's a little bit and came up with this year's Mother's Day gift. I must say it is my favorite. It's only taken 11 years to come up with something I absolutely LOVE!

We started with painting the boards gray. Several coats. A lot of patience.
Then, I put vinyl chevron on each frame.
Now came the kids' favorite part--picking the color.  I had some adventurous students who decided to use two colors. They had to be careful not to paint the sides. They did a lot better than I thought. I made a quick run to Haun's during lunch for sandpaper--and we had any mishaps fixed by three.  We ( have a slight chevron obsession this year, so the kids were pretty excited to pull off the vinyl and have perfect chevron stripes. We added their pictures---and I loved them. SOOO cute!!!

I just had to put them all up to enjoy, even if it was only for a few hours.

I let the kids wrap them, they made a tag, and we tied it with a bow. They were pretty proud of themselves. Hope their moms loved them.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teacher appreciation

This week is teacher appreciation and I have a few new ideas that we haven't done before. Several places I have seen fingernail polish with a tag and thought they were cute. So this year for Ashlynn's teacher I did fingernail polish. Ashley made a cute tag and then I added it to the bag and a cute gift was made.
Since the beginning of the year we thought that Megan had to have gifts for her teacher. Well, come to find out she really didn't but we went ahead and did a small gift for each of them. Again I have seen the light bulb idea around and thought they were cute. I found them at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, they were $1.99 so this gift cost me about $1.50 not to bad and pretty cute also. Ashley made the tag for these also.

Click the links below to grab the printables.