One of my favorite crafts to do is gifts for my kids' teachers! I have so much respect for the teaching profession - in large because I know I couldn't do it! - education is truly a calling & I love how the right teacher can make all the difference in a child's life. This year was particularly special because it was Dillon's 1st year (PK) and Erin had an AMAZING teacher this year after an extremely frustrating last year.
Erin's teacher had a wilderness theme to her classroom with the slogan Children Actively Making Progress (C.A.M.P) and a moose named Maggie as the mascot. So I made her a wooden "Welcome to C.A.M.P" sign with a moose sitting outside a tent & a card to match - unfortunately I didn't have time to take pictures so you'll just have to take my word that it was cute :-P.
For Dillon's teacher I made a plantar box with some metal pails that could be used for plants or school supplies. All year I had the phrase "Bloom where you planted" running through my head because Erin had the same teacher but at a different school so while they didn't get the same PK experience it was still a good school career start. It was even more appropriate because this teacher happens to love flowers and gardening as a hobby.
Again I wish I had time to get nicely staged pictures so you can see all the details! My husband built the box out of basic poplar (can't see the embellished pails :-( ) and then I did several layers of white washing with dry brush streaks of Hickory Smoke,Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain distress paint. In between each layer of paint I sanded some paint away & the edges/ corner so that in the end it looked like it was well-worn. I then stenciled wildflowers around the sides with Tarnished Brass & went over it with a wipe to make it look faded. Finally I hand lettered the phrase on one side in acrylic paint before coating the whole piece in polyurethane for durability. The pails I got from the dollar spot @ Target, painted chalkboard rectangles on each one, embellished each one with wildflowers (in chalk paint) & labeled them "Love" "Patience" "Time". All in all this was one of those projects that seems so simple in your head but ends up taking WAY longer then you thought! So thankfully she loved it lol, said it was going on her kitchen counter as a reminder to herself & her kids :-D.
** Entered to Simon Says Stamp Monday "Summer Garden" Challenge
Bonus: The pails I made the teachers for Valentine's Day but didn't have a chance to share; both were the same with an embellished heart "You're a hoot!", a Starbucks gift card in holder & a bag of M & Ms :-)
Hope everyone has a great Saturday!