Embellished Scissors {teacher appreciation}

    Posted by  ·  April 25, 2011
    Hey there, Skippers!  It’s Char here from Crap I’ve Made.  I was super excited when Cindy asked me to participate in her teacher appreciation gift series.
    Embarrassing confession, though:  I’ve never actually appreciated a teacher.  I mean, I’ve appreciated a teacher, I just haven’t ever done anything about it.  Who sucks?  (Hint: me)
    Spiffy Scissors

    Patterned paper
    Sandpaper or a nail file
    Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
    I picked papers that coordinated with the scissor handles.
    Cut out pieces of paper the size of the scissor blades.  They don’t need to be exact, but the closer the better.
    Use some E6000 to adhere the paper to the scissor blades.
    Be sure to get the E6000 all the way to the edges.  Trust me on this.
    Using a nail file or some sandpaper, sand off the excess paper.  Sand down (i.e. towards the metal).
    See how much  nicer that looks?
    Move to a “safe” surface (I used a junky old IKEA cutting board) and apply an even thin layer of Dimensional Magic to one of the scissor blades.
    Let it dry for about 3 hours and then flip it over to do the other blade.
    The Dimensional Magic dries clear.
    I had a happy little accident when I discovered that disposable icing bags were a perfect fit for the scissors.
    I tied them with some ribbon and tags (I used the print & cut option on my Silhouette), but you can make them however you want.
    And I solemnly swear that I will publicly thank teachers for the rest of my life.

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    1. Tiffany
      Sunday, June 17th, 2012
      After finding your post, I hurried out and bought supplies to make a pair for my son's teacher. But after finishing one, I ran out and bought 8 pairs of scissors. Now I'm making them for the administrative assistants, the school counselor, the principal, the librarian, and the teaching aides! Oh....I forgot that I need to get a pair for myself!
    2. Kimberley
      Sunday, May 13th, 2012
      ....working on these right now, lol, making 13 pair atleast by Wednesday morning for my first grader's teacher's as an end of year gift ..Finding out there aren't any real shortcuts in prep,(on second pair adhering paper stage} was so happy to find green, blue, and orange scissors, it was the paper selection I wasn't real thrilled with, by the time I hit the craft dept. at walmart for adhesive and mod pog, never using modpog I was overwhelmed with the number of selections except of course the one listed, finally decided on the hard coat ,.and just wanted to be done and get home last night. . living in a smaller town we are fortunate to have a small store where items are only $1.00, went today and even lacking paper selection it actually worked out to be cheaper for me, I found some awesome large gift sacks with perfect color scheme for all three different color scissors
    3. Elisabeth
      Monday, May 7th, 2012
      I received a pair of decorated scissors from a parent last year and I love them. She also added some coordinating ribbon to the handle.
    4. Saturday, May 5th, 2012
      Great idea! I cut the scrap paper down to 8.5"x11" and printed the teachers name in 20 pt font. Now no one can steal the scissors! :) THANKS!
    5. Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
      i love the scissors. i will make them for my sewing friends
    6. Lea
      Friday, June 3rd, 2011
      I just made the scissors as well-LOVE the idea!!

      Just wanted to note, I made sure to get scissors where the plastic handles went all the way to the hinge-not sure how to make it work on scissors with a metal hinge.
    7. Monday, May 9th, 2011
      Thank you so much for a great idea!
      Now can you tell me what is demensional magic,and where can I purchase
      It. A reply would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you!
    8. NaDell
      Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
      My daughters loved picking out the papers I should use for their teachers and their specials (PE, Library, Computers, Music, Art, and for one of them her speech teacher and classroom para-educator.) Sure I’m making several pairs, but they are so awesome and don’t cost too much. I’m keeping a set for myself too. My girls are excited to take the scissors to their teachers.
      I bought some super-duper glue like yours, but couldn’t find dimension magic mod podge, so I just used the regular kind. The first side is drying as I type. I plan on fixing up the other side tomorrow. My scissors are all just boring black because I only had time to go to BigLots instead of Dollar Tree and their $1 scissors were all black.
      We picked out music notes paper, baseball, tie dye, and several black and white and red swirled paper (school colors are white, black, and red.)
    9. Julie in Edmonds
      Monday, May 2nd, 2011
      LOVE this!
    10. Monday, May 2nd, 2011
      I found this post through a trail of other blogs, but can I just say this is ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try it.
    11. Meredith
      Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      I love this idea!! Thanks so much for the great idea! I made these for my daughter's teachers and made some note cards to match and they were a hit! Thanks again!!
    12. Saturday, April 30th, 2011
      What is this awesome crafty madness?! Those are awesome, Char!!!
    13. Thursday, April 28th, 2011
      Absolutely adorable. I love this idea :)
    14. Donna S
      Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
      Supoer cute!!
    15. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
      Loving this cute idea!! Thanks so much!
    16. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      These are absolutely adorable!
    17. Brook Holden
      Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      AS a teacher I woudl LOVE to get these cute scissors! As a parent of children with great teachers, I think I'll be making these.
    18. Amanda W
      Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      Super cute idea!! TFS!!
    19. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      This is awesome! I love that you used the dimensional stuff, because it looks super professional! Thanks for the tutorial!
    20. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      This is fabulous! I want to make them for me and the teachers! :)
    21. Sarah Elizabeth
      Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      Oh I LOVE these :) One of the best teacher appreciate ideas.
    22. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      HOLY GENIUS, Batman! Dimensional Magic may be my new BFF. Lovity love these!!
    23. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      I want to do this right now!
      i've never heard of the e6000 but i'm going to look at joann fabrics!
    24. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      So cute! I love this idea!!!
    25. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      Who would have thought about that? Oh right you! Super cute and a super cute gift!

    26. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      What a great idea--and teachers always need good scissors! I'm going to pick some up today to make this! Thank you!!
    27. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      Oh my, I could see giving these to the ladies at our church for Mother's Day. Mom's are always looking for the scissors.
    28. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      You have been gushing with adorable ideas for teachers! I wanna make them all... but since we're homeschooling I'm going to pick a couple ideas and make them for our Children's director at church. Love them all!
      Thank you for sharing!
    29. martha
      Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      those are too cute.
    30. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      Great idea, they're really cute.
    31. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      What a great idea! I want to make some for myself!
    32. Kim H.
      Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      What a great idea. Our teacher appreciation week has already passed but I'm adding these to my "things to make" for next year! Thank you for the neat idea!
    33. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      These are great. As a teacher, I do appreciate practical gifts like this. No one ever gives them to me, however, I do appreciate them!
    34. Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
      so cute! I would never have thought of decorating scissors. thanks for sharing!
    35. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      These are such a cute idea..thanks for sharing!
    36. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      This is such a cute idea. Love the Spiffy Scissors!
    37. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      Oh wow...I would have never thought of that...like Kara said I want some for myself...I am a teacher too so can I have two pair?
    38. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      SOOO creative!! I love the idea! And the tagline that goes with it!
    39. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      Darling Char! How come I've never known about "spiffy scissors"?!
    40. Tina Criste
      Monday, April 25th, 2011
      I am a teacher and I love reading all the things you make! I try and use them for my classroom volunteers!! I love this idea and can't wait to hit our Ben Franklin for the things I need to make these! Awesome IDEA!!
    41. Monday, April 25th, 2011
      This is such a cute idea, I think I need to make a pair for myself. After I give some to my favorite teachers of course. ;)