Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gift Idea {with printables}

I've never been a fan of giving my childrens' teachers teacher-themed gifts; really, how many apple and chalkboard tchotchkes must those poor people own? I usually opt for a gift certificate 'cause I'm boring like that. This year though? I'm branchin' out.

First I created a couple little word art printables (different version for the public school teacher vs. the private Christian school teachers) and started to think about how best to frame them. I really liked the idea of a glossy red frame for sassiness factor and holiday fun, so I ran right out to a thrift store and picked up a couple frames to work my Christmas magic on. (am I the only one who has a hard time buying a full-priced frame and then messing with it?)

I used spray primer, Krylon's 'Banner Red' glossy spray paint, and some semi-gloss Polycrylic to take a couple of frames that looked like this:

into this:

Throw the printables I mentioned earlier in those sassy red frames...

...and you have yourself a nice little gift!

I'm also going to make our wonderful teachers a little sweet roll yumminess to go along with this, but then I've recently been informed of my "overachiever" status. Hmm.

(As you can see I did put one of them in a little silver frame I found at Michael's for a few dollars -- I really like the way it looks, too!)

What are you doing for your kids' teachers this year?
(Or your postman, or your coworkers, or your neighbors?)

Speaking of neighbors... I'll be back next week to share what I'm doing for them, too!

(PS - If you want either of those printables, just shoot me your email address and I'll send you the 5x7 file!)


  1. I love these printables!! I'm really digging all the biblical verse printables right now. I think they have such great meaning and are a great reminder of why we even celebrate Christmas.

    I'd love a copy of each of them - I'd love to frame them up in my home!


  2. I love the way these turned out! Such simple and meaningful Christmas decorations.

    I go the gift card route for my kid's teachers...usually B&N or Target, something I know they can use.

  3. Such a cute idea! I'd like a copy of each please!
    And THANK YOU for showing how to do the frames cause I've actually been wanting to do this and put black adn white fam photos in them but wasn't sure what color red would work best AND how to make it look so pretty. :D

  4. I would love a copy of the printables as well, pretty

  5. Love your blog and the printables...please send me a copy

  6. Looks great! I'd love a copy of the printables.

    Tiffany Pintor

  7. Seriously? I would love both of those printables! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  8. Love these - please share... :o)


  9. I'd love to make these for our teachers, if you are willing to share the file.

    Thank you,


  10. I would love to have a copy of these.

  11. I would like a copy of both please they will make great Teacher, bus driver, mail person gifts. I love the red frames too. Thanks you for Sharing.

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