DIY Teacher Gift: Summer Countdown Clipboard

The school year is winding down, and I don’t know who is more excited, the kids or the teachers?  That also means that it’s time for end of the year goodies for those teachers, and this altered clipboard is perfect to help them make it to the final days!  The chalkboard label provides the perfect place to start the countdown for summer.

006Summer Countdown Clipboard Supplies:


Step 1.  Remove the hardware from the clipboard.


Step 2.  Cut paper to fit the board and adhere.  Ink the edges. Replace the hardware.


Step 3.  Cut the word “Freedom” from the Seasonal Impressions.  Sand the raised area with the Sand-it Gadget.


Step 4.  Decorate the clipboard with the sanded cardstock, stickers and ribbons.

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These are easy to make and any teacher would appreciate it.  Have you started your countdown for summer?



Teacher Appreciation Pencil Flower Bouquet

Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up in just a few weeks and now’s the time to get creating if you want to make a special handmade gift!  Today I am going to share with you how to transform plain old pencils into a beautiful bouquet just like this! And although it looks like it would take a lot of time, Core’dinations new Party Mixers make this project quick and easy!


Pencil Flower Bouquet Supply List:

Pencil Bouquet Supply List

Step 1: Wrap Glitter Tape around the pencils to pretty up the stems.  I left about 2 inches at the bottom of the pencil so that they could be sharpened and usable if she wanted them to be used.

Step 2: Add a dot of hot glue to the eraser tip and attach a rosette there.

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Step 3:  Continue to add all the Rosettes to the pencils.  I did ten total and that filled out the pot nicely.

Technique Tip: Because of the canvas texture of the Core Cardstock and the thickness these will soak up the hot glue quickly and don’t need much time at all to dry.  I spent less than five minutes doing the glue part!

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Step 4: Add the Paper Pops to the center of the Rosettes using a quick drying liquid adhesive.Pencil Bouquet Closeup 4

Technique Tip: As you go through your Paper Pops package make sure you look at both sides of the Pops!  At first I wasn’t sure how to use them thinking I had a lot of letters and that wasn’t going to work for my flowers.  But when I flipped them over I figured out they have a cute icon on the back of each one!  Perfect for this project and so versatile!

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Step 5: Add some ribbon to your pot and fill it with rice (or beans or coffee beans or something that will help hold your pencils in place)


Party Mixers made this project so easy!  I love how versatile they are and that they can be used for all kinds of celebrations!  I don’t know a teacher out there who wouldn’t love to receive something like this!  I think I may make one for my homework area at home!




Holiday Gift Card Holder

It is getting to be that time of year when we all start thinking about gift giving. There are so many people we can give gifts too, and some that I always like to remember are my kids teachers. Teachers do SO much for their students, and I think a lot of times they don’t get the appreciation that they deserve. Today I’m going to show you how to make this Simple Teacher Gift – Gift Card Holder. This could be used for anyone, but when I made it, I had teachers in mind. They spend so much of their own money, out of their own pocket, I know they would appreciate receiving a gift card to somewhere like Target or Wal-mart, or even teacher supply stores.

gift-card-holderHoliday Gift Card Holder Supplies:


Step 1. Cut your Tillie Scarlet and Tillie Mantis paper into a 4.25″ x 6.5″ rectangle. Looking at the paper vertically, score your paper at 1.25″ from the bottom and again at 4.25″ from the bottom. The score lines will have 3″ between them. Fold on the score lines.


Step 2. On the 1.25″ flap, put adhesive on both sides, then fold to create the pocket for the gift card.


Step 3. Put your gift card in the pocket.


Step 4. Put two strips of adhesive across the front of the gift card holder.


Step 5. Lay your ribbon across the adhesive, ruffling it as you stick it down.


Step 6. Use your scissors to trim the extra ribbon off the edges.


Step 7. Tie your twine around the card holder, over the top of the ribbon.


Step 8. Use your die cutting machine or punch to cut a snowflake out of the Kraft Cardstock. Tie it on with the twine.


You are all done! These are so easy to put together, you could have several of these put together in no time, and have them ready to give to the teachers.




Back to School 3D Pencil and Card

Hi everyone!  I’m Joy and today I’m super happy to be sharing this project with you using Core’dinations great products!



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Step 1: Cut the pencil 3D and card shapes using Core’dinations Neutrals and Bright Color cardstock along with solid black and white.  They cut so well!  A little side note: At first I cut the pencil card background in white but later I went back and cut it out in grey to match the band near the eraser of the 3D pencil.  I thought that just looked better color-wise to match both project pieces.


Step 2: Emboss the pencil pieces as desired.  Here, I’m using the wood grain background folder.


Step 3:  Sand the pieces using the Core’dinations Sand It Gadget.  That revealed a lighter color yellow on these pieces.  That’s so cool!


Step 4: Adhere the pieces.  I used my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the backs of these pieces.  Then I added them to the pencil.

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Isn’t all that sanded texture great?!


Step 5:  Create a tag.  I cut a small tag from the Core’dinations Bright Assorted Tags even smaller and backed it with a piece of Core’dinations black cardstock.

Step 6:  Stamp a sentiment.  Keep in mind that stamping on textured paper can give an uneven stamped image.  You can fill in any spotty places with a marker.  I did!

Step 7:  Sand the tag and tie ribbon to finish the look.


That huge roll of Smarties can fit into the 3D pencil!


Now your project is ready for gift giving! Happy crafting! ~Joy

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