Thursday, June 2, 2011

End of the Year Teacher Gift!

Tomorrow is our last day of school.  While I'm excited for the upcoming summer (first wedding of the season is Saturday!), I'm also sad because I'll be leaving my school.  In case you missed when I have mentioned this before, our district had a levy on the ballot in May.  It failed.  Therefore, I do not have a contract for next year.  The end of this year is bittersweet for me.  It's possible that jobs will open up over the summer, but in the mean time, I'm applying in other districts.  Unfortunately there aren't many other jobs out there right now but I'm trying to stay positive....I still have over 2 months to find something.......! 

Anyway, I wrote a bunch of my co-workers cards since tomorrow will be my last day at that school.  I wanted to include a little gift but I'm trying to stay on a budget since I'm technically unemployed now.  Since I teach reading, I though it would be fun to make a bookmark.  I decided on magnetic bookmarks because I like how they won't fall out of your books!  I already had some of the supplies from a previous craft so this project was super cheap.  Total cost: under $5 to make 8!

Here are my supplies.  I used one piece of thicker scrapbook paper (this type was plastic-y...not sure of the technical term), flower embellishments, rhinestone brads, and pre-cut magnetic squares with adhesive.  I used my circle punch to put a circle of colored paper under my flower.  It isn't necessary but I thought it looked nicer when you opened the bookmark up.  I also used my corner punch to round the corners of the bookmarks.

And here is the finished product!  I hope my co-workers will get a lot of use out of these! :)

I like this craft because you could totally change the look of the project by using different scrapbook paper and/or embellishments.  I thought about making it even simpler and using a circle punch (scalloped perhaps?) and stamping a name, initial, or monogram on it.


Married...with a Pup said...

Wow, what a great idea!

CWimbish said...

These are so cute! Really a great and cost effective idea! I really like how you used clear (maybe its vellum) type paper so it looks almost like its a black wire. Thanks for sharing

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