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 ideas series. Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week in May, and these cute scissors are a simple way to show how much you appreciate your teacher!
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)

Cute Scissors for Teacher Appreciation Week

As teacher appreciation ideas go, giving classroom scissors is a really practical gift. We all know that the cost of teacher supplies add up, and many teachers pay for things themselves – especially stuff like scissors that tend to get borrowed and misplaced as the school year goes on… Scissors are also one of those things that a teacher, regardless of the grade or subject they teach, just has to have on hand in their classroom.
So these spiffy scissors are perfect because the embellishments reflect your teacher’s personal style, and they’re paired with a tag to let them know you think they’re “a cut above the rest.” Here’s all you need to put this gift together:
Scissors – I like heavy-duty craft scissors, which come in a variety of colors.
Patterned paper – Scrapbooking paper offers a great variety to coordinate with the handle colors.
E6000 – This adhesive will bond the paper to the metal scissor blades.
Sandpaper or a nail file – You’ll use this for cleaning up paper edges.
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic – This creates a flawless seal over the paper.
I picked papers that coordinated with these craft scissor handles.

Embellishing the scissor blades

First, cut out pieces of paper the size of the scissor blades. I traced around the individual scissor blades lightly on the backsides of my paper. The pieces of paper don’t need to be exact, but the closer the better.
Next, use some E6000 to adhere the paper to the scissor blades. A little goes a long way! Carefully place the paper onto the blades and smooth it from the center out.
Be sure to get the E6000 all the way to the edges. Trust me on this.
Next, 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. This is a clear coat that totally seals the paper to the metal blade. Before you apply the sealant, make sure you’ve cleaned off any little particles left from filing or sanding the paper!
Now let it dry for about 3 hours, and then flip it over to do the other blade.
The Dimensional Magic dries clear and makes a beautiful, uniform finish. They look pretty professional, right?

“A Cut Above” Teacher Appreciation scissors gift

Now for the gift-wrapping and finishing touches. I had a happy little accident when I discovered that disposable icing bags were a perfect fit for the scissors.
The blades fit perfectly down in the triangle icing bags. Then I tied them with some ribbon and tags – I used the print & cut option on my Silhouette and made tags with the same patterned paper I embellished the scissors with – but you can make them however you want.
Just like that, you’ve got a whole assortment of fancy scissors to give all the great teachers in your school! And I solemnly swear that I will publicly thank teachers for the rest of my life.
Are you looking for more fun ways to show appreciation for a special teacher? We have so many free printable teacher appreciation gift tags, gift card holders, and more! If you want some inspiration for puns or clever ways to say thank you, we’ve got you covered with 50 cute sayings for teachers!

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  1. 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. ….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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.)

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

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