My little man will be starting second grade in just a few weeks and I wanted to make a special back-to-school gift for his teacher. As a former teacher myself, I know that teaching can be really rewarding but (I’m being honest here) some days it can be really hard! On those super tough days the only thing that can make your life better is an ice cold margarita. 🙂 But you can’t store that in the classroom, soooo the next best thing…chocolate. Chocolate is a teachers best friend, that’s a fact! 😉 That’s why this back-to-school “In Case of Emergency” teacher gift is going to be perfect.
Think about how awesome this gift is… just having a piece of chocolate hanging in the classroom, ready to go. That’s a pretty sweet sight to see daily, right?! I know it would keep me coming back to my classroom everyday. Oh and of course to see the kids too! 😉 This gift only cost about $15 and took me about 30 minutes to complete. Here’s the step-by-step tutorial to make yours:
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First you will need to gather your supplies.
- Sharpie (Ultra Fine) in black and red
- scrapbook paper
- basic glass picture frame
- 2 chocolate bars (yes, TWO – very important!)
- fingernail polish remover
- tape (optional)
Cut your scrapbook paper to the same size as the piece of glass from your picture frame. Now you’re ready for step one.
I grabbed some tape and lined it up with the lines in the scrapbook paper. It serves two purposes: to keep your lettering straight and holds the glass in place. I placed my chocolate bar in the middle to help me guide my spacing.
Then it was time to add the wording to the glass. I found this teaching stencil in my old teaching supplies. But if you are in need of a letter stencil, most crafting stores have them available for purchase. I used two different colors of Sharpies to give the sign a little more character. Oh by the way, if you are in need of Sharpies right now, check out these!
I did all the black lettering first and then added the red “Emergency”. The great thing about the Sharpies is they are so quick drying! No worries about smudging your letters. Oh! If you make a mistake (Like spell a word wrong which would be a huge NO, NO when giving this to a teacher! Yikes!) you can easily erase with a cotton ball dabbed with fingernail polish remover. It’s like it never happened!
After you have finished stenciling your letters, it’s time to attach the chocolate goodness. I uses double sided tape to secure the bar to the scrapbook paper.
Then you just reassemble your frame starting with glass insert, then chocolate bar attached to paper and finally frame backing. Now you are ready for the last (and most important) step.
It’s time to reward your hard work by eating that other chocolate bar. Oh yea! See…getting two chocolate bars is very important. 😉
On the first day of school, I’m going to wrap this frame up and include a package of Sharpies and a gift card to Starbucks. I’ve heard that teachers love Sharpies! 😉 Here’s wishing all teachers an awesome new school year!