Christmas Time is here! Yay!!!
If you have kids in school, this time of the year is a great time to recognize the teachers in their lives and and give them a token of appreciation. I wish I could give them all something fabulous and wonderful, but I have four kids and they have LOTS of teachers. LOTS. School, MDO, Sunday School, Choir, Mission Friends, Zone, extracurricular...all times FOUR! Wednesday nights alone pretty much blow our Christmas budget...each of the kids have 6-10 teachers EACH on Wednesday nights! And my big girls can't imagine leaving out the "extra" teachers they have at school...art teacher, computer teacher, physical education teachers, school nurse, school counselor, school secretary, janitor, will this list ever end????
I am thankful for each of the individuals that feed encouragement and love into my kids and I agree with the girls, I don't want to leave anyone out either!
So...I decided to do small gifts...lots and lots of small gifts for their teachers this year.
It's not the amount you spend on the gift, it's the thought and love put into the gift. Right? I hope so :o)
This year, I made a truckload of these....
I found the idea here and there is a great tutorial! I modified mine a bit because I couldn't find the pretzel bags at Hobby Lobby so I used small treat bags and put the bars in side ways, trimmed the bags and taped the plastic down. I actually preferred this (even thought I was super disappointed I couldn't find the pretzel bags at first) because the packages were super easy for the girls (and boy) to carry in zip lock bags, ready to hand out!
I labeled each bag with the child/location and the kids could easily grab the right bag and go. Super easy!
To make things simple, I labeled all of the packages from our whole family so I could easily switch between the kids if one kid needed more/less.
Btw, I found the pretzel bags a few days later at Wal-Mart. Ha! That always happens to me! I think I have to go to a "speciality store" to find supplies and the supplies are usually at Wal-Mart, right down the street from my house! Ha!
I used a variety of miniature Hershey bars instead of Hershey nuggets because they were less expensive and who doesn't like a variety :o)
We have a very special teacher in our lives that cannot eat candy so he got a tin (from the Dollar Tree) full of cuties! Yummm!
For the big girls' main teachers at school, I made Christmas Wreaths...
I didn't make a tutorial, but I think I can explain the process :o) Start with a straw wreath...
I got mine at Hobby Lobby and used the 40% coupon on their website :o)
Next, fold your burlap in half and cut strips 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide. Then cut those strips into strips about 15 inches long (fold the long strip into thirds and cut...much quicker). The next part is super hard...ha! Tie each strip onto the wreath and double knot. One yard will cover one wreath.
Be sure and leave the straw wreath wrapped in the plastic packaging, it makes the process so much easier!
Next, flowers! I used a couple tutorials off Pinterest and made two types of felt flowers...
I got the wooden letters from Hobby Lobby and painted them green.
Next, hot glue the letters and flowers on the wreath...and you are done!
I was kinda stressing about packaging the wreaths so they girls could easily carry them to school until I found the.perfect.bags at the Dollar Tree! Two "basket bags" for a dollar. The wreaths fit perfectly!
The cool thing about these wreaths is you can customize the colors for any occasion! Here is one I made for Memorial Day/Labor Day/The Forth of July for my door :o)
Yay for being DONE with teacher gifts :o)