Teacher Appreciation Day and the end of the school year are both quickly approaching. What a great time to show your child’s teacher that you appreciate all of their hard work! Since I used to be an elementary school teacher, I can tell you that useful, thoughtful gifts are a teacher’s favorite! I promise you that we have plenty of candles and lotions *wink*. But something with a handmade touch that can be used on a daily or weekly basis… now that’s a great gift! I shared this Painted Clipboard Teacher Gift over at A Night Owl Blog a few years back, and it’s such a great go-to gift, I knew I had to share it here too.
There’s a few great things about this project: my daughter was able to help make it, it didn’t break my bank, and it only took about 20-30 minutes to make. WINNING!
To make your own you will need:
- a vinyl stencil (I created mine using my Silhouette Cameo)
- transfer paper/tape
- a clipboard
- craft paint
- sponge brush
I absolutely love my Silhouette Cameo and most times I create my own designs. But for those times that I am in a rush, I can head to the Silhouette online store and purchase a design for 99 cents (sometimes cheaper!). So that’s what I did for this project. I typed the keyword “teacher” into the search bar and looked through the designs until I found one that I loved (it’s always hard to pick!). After purchasing and uploading to my library, I measured my clipboard, adjusted the settings on Silhouette, and cut the design out on vinyl. For stencils, you can use contact paper as a inexpensive alternative to vinyl.
After weeding the design, I added transfer tape to it and applied the vinyl design to the clipboard, making sure it was centered, then pressing it down and smoothing it out.
Once I removed the transfer tape and set up the paints, my daughter sponge painted the design on the clipboard. We chose the colors green and yellow for her music teacher.
We let the paint dry and removed the vinyl. Then we added ribbon to the top of the clipboard. Don’t you just love how our Painted Clipboard Teacher Gift turned out?! My daughter was so excited to give this to her music teacher. This year, I feel like she should make me one since we homeschool. Lol!