Thursday, May 27, 2010

Treats for Teachers

,It's that time of the year-- end of the year tests, classroom parties, graduation, cleaning out desks and lockers, the last bell and then total freedom for the summer! Freedom that both kids and teachers alike look forward to and count down the days to!

It's a great time to show those teachers how much you appreciate their hard work and the contribution they have made to your child's life. My project this week is a quick and easy treat you can make and send with your child to a special teacher.

I made my own "Happy Meal" for teachers by creating a french fry box and covering a Diet Coke (my personal favorite) out of coordinating papers from the My Mind's Eye Just Dreamy collection that is currently on sale at The Beary Scrap. These papers are so cute!! Definitely snatch some up while they are such a great price, they are double sided with a ton of cute patterns that fit both both boy and girl type projects. They would be great papers for birthdays, dance recitals, sports, summer fun and lots of other pages.

I used glue dots to cover the bottom half of the pop can with paper and added a little thank you sentiment printed up on my computer. Then I tied ribbon through the pop top of the can along with a tag that says "Pop, Pop! Fizz, Fizz! What a great teacher you is! (I mean are)."

To make your own french fry box, follow these instructions:

1. To start with you will need an empty French Fry box from McDonalds (this is a medium though you could probably "supersize" it!). Carefully take the box apart and spread it out flat.

2. Use double sided cardstock weight patterned paper, lay the fry box on your paper and trace around it.

3. Cut out the shape you have traced. You should have a shape identical to the fry box you disassembled.

4. Using the original box as a guide, mark the fold lines and then score lightly along those lines so the box can be folded.

I don't have a Scor-Pal (though, believe me I am ordering one TODAY! I can't wait to have that little baby so that it's easier to do projects like this plus all kinds of cool folds. Make sure to check out our store, the Scor-Pal is currently on sale!) To score my lines, I placed my paper on top of my paper trimmer, lined up my pencil marks with the groove where the blade goes, and then used a stylus to score a line by pressing it gently in the groove. Though I couldn't totally "score" the round lines on the bottom, I did go over them the best I could with the stylus to help with the folding.5. Fold up your fry box just like the original was, using your scored lines to fold on and carefully fold the bottom round lines in. Secure the sides with glue dots or glue lines to make sure they don't come apart. **Before folding, I distressed all of the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China.

6. Lightly push the bottom of the box inward so it stands up.

7. Now just decorate the box any way you choose! I die cut stars on my Sizzix and then distressed them with Color Box Chestnut Roan ink. The sentiment uses tiny alphabet letters like these mini alphabets from My Little Shoebox-- these are really fun and come at a great price! I love that they include so many of each letter so they can be used a lot.

8. Finally, add your treat. I filled mine up with candy, what can be better than Diet Coke and chocolate! And yes, I did go to the store and buy candy that was in bright green, orange and turquoise packaging because I wanted it to match the paper. I am a little OCD about things matching! But add whatever type treat you want-- maybe desk supplies or movie tickets, whatever is right for that particular teacher.

OR-- try these fry containers for a birthday party favor filled up with noise makers and toys or a wedding shower favor and fill them with lotion, bath gel, etc. Be creative!

Celebrate the end of school and get ready to have a fun summer! But don't forget those teachers, they're excited for that final bell to ring too!

Check back tomorrow for more "No More Pencils" projects and don't forget, you have a few more days to enter our Fancy Folds Challenge for the chance to win your very own Scor-Pal (but I am still buying mine TODAY!)


Cassie_lu said...

What a sweet idea for a teacher.

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Jamie - I love it! It's so cool that you made a french fry box and I laughed out loud to see that you bought the candy to match the paper. Week after week your creativity just WOW's me!


Elise said...

Jamie! You are sooo clever! I just love all the tutorials you do! And your projects are always so inpiring!!!!

Big Hugs to you!

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