Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Teacher Appreciation: Keep Calm

I can't believe it is almost the end of the school year!  Tomorrow my oldest child will be graduating from Pre-K and in four short months she will officially be a kindergartner.  Time goes way too fast, it really does.

So I whipped up a couple of cute Teacher Appreciation for my daughter's two teachers and my daughter is so excited to give them to her teachers tomorrow.

I used (2) 5"x7" wood blocks and painted them both dark brown.

After it was dry I painted them red and let them dry completely.

While the blocks were drying, I cut my vinyl stencil out.  I happened to have a couple scrap pieces of vinyl laying around that I used.  Any color works because you will just use this as a stencil.

 Apply your vinyl stencil to the wood and, using a foam brush, paint the words white.  Let this dry most of the way and then take the vinyl off the block.

Again, you will need to let this dry completely.

I decided to test out a new method for distressing my wooden blocks.  I took a Copper Coated Scrubbing Brush and scrubbed away.  

It gave my wood nice chipped paint edges and wore through the red and white paint just enough to see some of the dark brown underneath.  I love how these look.  Pictures don't do these justice.

And you can't forget to let your child sign the back of the gift!  So cute!

Add a little ribbon and voila!  Super cute teacher gifts!

If you are running really short on time, you can check out my Teacher Appreciation Gift I made last year here.

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  1. This is such a lovely gift idea, they look great!
    Our kids grow up so fast don't they!

  2. SOOOO cute!! Pinning it for future teachers. :)


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