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Stamp of Approval Gift {teacher appreciation}

Hello Skip to My Lou readers! I am really excited to have been invited by Cindy to share a Teacher Appreciation gift with you today. Don’t you just love Cindy? I was able to finally meet her a few weeks ago and she is just as I imagined her to be…creative, sweet, intelligent and a great friend! Love her!

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I was trying to wrack my brain to think of something different and unique…not sure I achieved it, but I did come up with something that I think is cute and still practical for a teacher…a STAMP set! Teachers grade and go through so much paperwork that I thought it would be fun to give them something they could use. The stamps could be anything from a smiley face, keep up the good work, or you could even order them a customized stamp with their name.

Since I have five kids, I have to be a bit more frugal about my teacher gifts and sometimes I feel like I am limited in what I can get a teacher that will still be nice…ya know? I just happened upon several BRAND NEW stamps the other day while I was browsing the thrift store for 50 cents each. I know…score! But you can buy stamps at the dollar stores or craft stores for fairly inexpensively especially if you go with a coupon.

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Then I took a craft box that was made out of Basswood. I forgot to take a picture of it while it was still in the wrapper and before I had covered it with decorative paper…but alas…I forgot. So I dug the wrapper out of the garbage {you’re welcome} and snapped a picture of it so you would know what to look for if you are interested in making one similar to mine…I’m nice like that :)!

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First I painted the inside of the box with an antique white acrylic craft paint. Then I simply covered the box with scrapbook paper when the paint had dried. I cut into the edges {corners} of the box with scissors so that the paper would wrap around the box nicely. I pasted it onto the box with a couple of layers Mod Podge on bottom and the top of the paper and let it dry completely between coats.

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Then I purchased a brand new stamping ink pad and placed it inside the box. I was happy to see that the ink pad and stamps fit pretty nicely inside.

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Inside the box lid I had typed up a little saying and attached it.

It says…”Thanks for being such a great teacher. You have earned our STAMP of approval!”

Then below it you could add your child’s name and year or leave it blank. I also thought it would be fun to add the teacher’s last name to the top of the box so she could keep in out on her desk to look at it. I also thought it was a fun way to personalize it. I simply printed out her last name letters onto some white cardstock and stuck them onto the box with some glue dots.

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That’s all there is too it. A quick and easy project that your kid’s teacher will hopefully enjoy and get some good use out of it!

Thanks Cindy for sharing your blog readers with me today! You are always welcome to come and visit me over at The Idea Room any time!

See more teacher gift ideas in the gallery!


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