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    Stamp of Approval Gift {teacher appreciation}

    Posted by  ·  April 29, 2011

    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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    1. Monday, May 2nd, 2011
      Hi really enjoyed reading your article and was wondering What is a good way to show a teacher appreciation without looking like i'm trying to "kiss up"?
    2. Laura Sperry
      Sunday, May 1st, 2011
      Thanks Cindy
      A friend suggested Ben Franklin also. I'll have to check it out tomorrow.
    3. Sunday, May 1st, 2011
      Thanks for the kind comments. @Laura--I got my box at Ben Franklin Crafts. But you might be able to also find them at Roberts. If you can't find a box like the one I used, you could try using a brown paper box that are pretty easy to find in most craft stores. Hope that helps.

      Thanks again Cindy for having me!
    4. Laura Sperry
      Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      I am planning to make this for my daughter's preschool teachers. I checked at Michael's tonight for the box but they didn't carry it. Could you tell me where you purchased the box from?
      Thanks!
    5. Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      I am an elementary school teacher and I love this ideas! And I hate to sound at all ungrateful, but I am someone who hates clutter. The practicality, usefulness and cuteness of these ideas make them wonderful gifts for any teacher! (2 thumbs up)
    6. Neola Grange
      Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      Love this site!
    7. Neola Grange
      Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      Loved all the cute ideas. This will become one of my favorite sites!
    8. Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      Very cute idea! i love it!
    9. Kim H.
      Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      Love all these teacher gifts! I need to make sure to "folder" these so I'll have them for next year>
    10. CindyM-Ky
      Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      What a super sweet idea, it turned out fabulous!!
    11. Friday, April 29th, 2011
      What a fun idea--thank you! I love that you said you really had to think about it. You are just chock-full of great ideas! ;)
    12. Friday, April 29th, 2011
      That is super cute! I will have to keep that in mind for when my girls start school! :)