Monday, May 2, 2016
Teacher Appreciation Word Art Gift
Teacher appreciation week is here! Hopefully you've made plans to show your child's teacher just how much they mean to you! If not, don't worry. I have an idea for you.
I'm class mom for my daughter's fourth grade class. I didn't start the year that way, but I guess no one volunteered and they saw me in the school lobby one day and asked me to take over the position. I wasn't sure how much time it would take up, but it hasn't been that bad. I've decorated the class door for Red Ribbon Week. I've organized the teacher's birthday gift and lunch. Mostly it's been e-mails out to the few parents that would actually share their e-mail address with me. The toughest part is that I have very few parents that are involved or want to participate. The school has a basket night where families try to win baskets that the classes put together by buying tickets and using them as chances to win different baskets. I asked for donations from our class, but no one responded. I ended up making two different baskets for our class on my own. I got donations from our local MLS team, Orlando City and made that into a basket. Then I shopped after Halloween sales to make a costume/dress up basket as well. I don't like the ball to be dropped so I just take it over. It' gets to be a lot of work, since I tend to make it more than it needs to be. But I'd rather do that than have nothing done at all.
So coming into Teacher Appreciation Week, I wasn't too hopeful to get donations. I was pleasantly surprised to have a few generous donations that will definitely help me to show our teacher some love. I had already planned to do a little gift each day, so this will help me to do that.
Today I sent in a framed Word Art gift that had all the kids names made into the shape of a flower. I used Tagxedo to make my flower shape. There are all different kinds of shapes to choose from and you can change what words you want to use to appear in your word art. It really is so cool. Plus it can be used for so many different projects! I've used it for party invites as well!
After choosing my design and getting it laid out the way I wanted, I printed my flower onto cardstock. Then I found a frame I liked to put it in. Now I just wanted to add my message to the mat of the frame. I used my Silhouette Cameo to print out Thanks for helping me Grow in vinyl. You can also use sticker letters from the craft store as well.
On the bottom of the mat I added the school name and year. You could also add the teacher's name or whatever message you choose.
I'm really happy with how it came out. Perfect for Day 1 of surprises for Teacher Appreciation Week!