For Christmas this year, I had a bunch of fresh foods in mind. However, when the flu stuck our house the week before Christmas break, I did not dare ask anyone to eat food from our house. Closer to Christmas, when everyone was healthy, I did give out baskets of freshly baked bread and homemade jams and jellies to our close friends and loved ones. What does that have to do with teachers? I baked for an entire week, and pretty much decided I had to come up with something different for the teachers.
What to do? I found inspiration at Kojo’s Designs blog. Check out what they did.
They made some gorgeous yard wrapped letters. I went to the craft store, but found myself wandering around as there really was nothing useful for my concept. When I was about to settle for the wrong thing just to leave the store, divine intervention happened; Miss Caitlyn had to use the big girl potty NOW. We ran to the restroom. On our way out, I came across these fancy looking letters made from small bells.
AHA! Intervention/Inspiration! I picked up one representing the first letter of each teacher’s last name. Yes, my 3 kids have 8 main teachers. After I got home, I realized I had forgotten Ms. Jill, the art teacher, and part of my inspiration. Gasp. Jill, if you are reading this, I so owe you something handmade, let me know if you see something in this blog that you like and I will customize it for you. J
Now that I have these cool letters home, what to do with them. I dug through my craft stash, and decided that they needed flowers. Not just any flowers, but fabric flowers. So I whipped up a batch of assorted colors and designs. Honestly, I got sick of working with yellow, so I started to add the pink. Once I had 8 flowers, I went back to my accessories box played with the embellishments to complete the centers. I hot glued the center of the flowers and then hot glued them onto the letters. Easy peasy.You may notice that I have 3 M’s. I decided to wrap them up and just put a little note on each corner so I did not get the letter confused. I use plain, white freezer paper (I love freezer paper!), and ribbon scraps to wrap them. Cute, sweet, and only a week late.