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Embellished Scissors {Teacher Appreciation}

Posted by  ·  April 25, 2011  ·  Last Updated: April 18, 2019
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. 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. ;)