Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Swimming bear cupcakes

Tomorrow is the last day of fourth grade and we made the cutest cupcakes for the class party.

Mini golden vanilla cupcakes, with tinted buttercream frosting, topped with gummy rings and teddy grahams.  Look like little bears floating in the pool - just in time for summer break!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sock Cupcake's

Our final teacher appreciation week craft are these sweet sock cupcakes!

Suggested supplies -

Fuzzy socks
Rubber bands
12 x 12 card stock (pattern or color of your choice)
Craft glue
Plain and decorative edge scissors
Cellophane bags
Gift tags

Step 1 -

Place one sock on top of the other and roll from the toe end to the open end.  Secure near the bottom with a rubber band.  Pull the layers from the top to achieve the icing/frosting look.


Step 2 -

Make a pattern from scrap paper for your cupcake wrapper.  I started with a regular food cupcake liner and enlarged until it fir the sock frosting.  Then trace your pattern onto 12 x 12 card stock (you can get three per page).

Step 3 -

Cute the liners out and trim the top with your chosen decorative scissors.

Step 4-

Apply craft glue to the edge as shown and press the liner together to form the cupcake cup.

Step 5 -

Insert the frosting socks into the liners, put into cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon.

These can be given for any occasion by just changing the gift tag wording.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Donut Teacher Appreciation Gift.

Today's Teacher Appreciation is another super simply one - Donuts!

Purchased 4 pack donuts, placed in cellophane bags and tied with a pretty ribbon.  The tags read "Donut you know what a terrific teacher you are".

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Gifts - Calculators

Today's teacher appreciation craft is super simple....

Simply buy any size calculators, put them in a cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.  Attach tags which read - According to my calculations.... You make the best teacher! You can also use any other teacher related saying.

Simple and cheap and who doesn't need another calculator?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Custom Retractable Name Badge Clip

This is our Teacher Appreciation craft for Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Suggested supplies -

Retractable badge clips (found at Dollar Tree)
1 1/2" button covers (for this project you will only use the back pieces)
Artwork (clip art printed from your computer, wrapping paper, magazine images, photos, etc.)
Coordinating ribbon
E6000 adhesive
Craft glue
Dimensional Magic (variations of this product are sold).  You can also use any of the resin type products used in jewelry/charm making.

Step 1-

Remove the button shank from the button cover back piece using pliers.

Step 2 -

Using the button back trace around your image and cut out (inside your line so it fits).

Step 3 -

Using the button cover back, with the "lip" side up.  Glue your image onto the back inside the "lip" area.

Step 4 -
This step is necessary only if you are using images or graphics printed from your home printer.
Put a thin coat of craft glue over the top of your image and let dry completely before adding the dimensional magic. If you don't "protect" your paper image the dimensional magic will soak into the paper leaving it distorted.  You could also laminate your image before gluing into the button and eliminate this step.

Step 5 -

Flood the entire inside of the button cover back with dimensional magic, pop any air bubbles with a pin (this is why you use the side with the lip/rim). The image will be cloudy appearing until it dries completely.

Step 6 -

Cut lengths of ribbon to cover the strap part of your clip.  Seal the ends of your ribbon by using seam sealer or heating the ends with a lighter.  Using the E6000 glue the ribbon to the strap part (craft glue will NOT work for this attachment as it will simply peel off when dry).  Make a coordinating bow and glue that, or other embellishment, to the front.

Step 7 -

Using the E6000, glue the dry covers to the front of your badge clips.

Your badge clips are now complete.  Attach them to cardstock and put in clear craft bags for gift giving.