The kids and I got crafty for Teacher’s Appreciation Day and we wanted to share it with you. I saw this on Pinterest (of course) and had to try. The post I saw used shadow boxes, but that is way to pricey for my budget so we used canvas instead. Here is what you need:
- Canvas (I used 8 1/2 X 12 at $7.99 for a 5 pack)
- Crayons (2 boxes of 64 count total $3 a box)
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (I already had these)
- Rope of ribbon of your choosing (I used rope I had)
- Paint (optional) we used Dot Paint for a pretty finish
Because 3 of the things used are standards in my craft room, we spent a little over $1.50 per gift. Not bad for a days work!
First print or draw the letter you want to use as a guide for your product on a sheet of paper. Copy that same letter onto your canvas. I cut the printed letter and used it as a stencil so they matched.
Second start arranging your crayons to fit the letter and cut them to size. I just used a sharp knife, but you can use a small electric saw if you have one and are comfortable using one. I am not, so I stuck to what I felt comfortable with.
Once you know how you want them, start transferring them over from your sheet to your canvas and gluing them with your glue gun. I recommend doing one at a time. I tried to make a line and quickly setting more than one to go faster, but the glue dried before I could get them over. Oops! One at a time works better for me. Because I had to to them this way, I didn’t let the boys use the glue gun this time around. Way to easy to burn your fingers when you are holding the crayon. Not much room for error, ask my fingers.
Once they were dry, I gave the leftover crayons to the boys and they went to town on the canvas. Here is where our Spanish Lesson came in. We reviewed our alphabet and then named the letters we needed. We reviewed our colors as they picked their crayons and named the ones that were glued. They also got to count the amount of crayons used. Learn & Play, I say!
They loved the idea of drawing with crayons around crayons for their favorite teachers. Sweet Boys! For the finishing touch, we used the dot paint to make the pictures pop.
Once everything was set, I glued a piece of the rope to the top for hanging. Wrapped them up and Ta-Da! Pretty gifts!
You could do everything in a day (though the cutting was the must time consuming task so be prepared for that).
Hope you like it! Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to all of the Fabulous Teachers out there Past and Present!
Hugs to you all!