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As I pull to to the kid’s school, I glance at the clock. It is 7:29 am. The kids are lining up along the front door, waiting for the doors to open at 7:30 am.
I pause for a second. There is an eerie silence in the air… Like a calm before the storm.
There, it hits me, the calm. The peacefulness is the collective sigh of relief from every school teacher… as they step out of their cars, grab their purses, balance tote bags and boxes full of papers and well-intended lesson plans, and brace themselves for one of the last Mondays of the year.
You can feel it in the air, even the birds are singing along: “We did it! We made it through another year!” As the school year draws to a close, teacher appreciation celebrations across the nation have kicked into high year – and with good reason.
Parents are thankful for the wonderful men and women who put up with their excessive emails, late permission-slips, forgotten lunch boxes and their children’s less than stellar behavior. Teachers deserve medals, not just for spreading knowledge and hammering multiplication tables into our kids, but also simply for putting up with 20 snotty-nosed kids, day in and day out.
This year, we had a blast at home making Teacher Appreciation gifts for the many wonderful educators in our kids’ lives.
These wood apple signs from Woodpeckers are PERFECT for Teacher Appreciation week and also back-to-school. I made a few version, for your inspiration.
Things you need to make a wooden classroom sign:
- Wood apple plaque from Woodpeckers
- Acrylic craft paint: Red, pearl white, browns, greens
- Wide Silver Marker
- White ribbon, length 9”
- Hot glue gun
- Paint brushes
Steps to make a wood apple teacher sign:
- Stem: Put two – three brown colors on a plate, get a little of each color on your brush and paint the stem.
- Leaf: Put two – three GREEN colors on a plate, get a little of each color on your brush and paint the leaf. Be sure to paint in the same direction as the shape of the leaf. Replenish the paint on your brush often. The more paint, the more definition and depth.
- Apple: Paint the entire apple red. Put a little pearl white on your brush and gently paint the upper left corner in a half circle.
- Once all the paint is dry, write on the apple with the wide silver marker.
- Attach ribbon on the back of the apple with your trusty hot glue gun.
- Voila! You have just bought yourself just one more reason for your child’s teacher to pick you as chaperone for the next field trip… if you are into that sort of thing.
We like to give these signs with either inspirational sayings or for the teacher to hang in their room at the beginning of the year.
What do you plan on writing on the classroom sign for your kids’ teachers?
- I have been very impressed with the wood products I have bought from Woodpeckers® on Amazon.
- Their products lend themselves perfectly to crafts and DIY projects.
- The wood shapes are uniform and without blemishes.
- Their customer service is wonderful with personal attention to each customer.
- They even send you an adorable ebook for inspiration when you purchase their peg dolls.
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I have SO much fun crafting with products from Woodpeckers®. Check out these projects – they are sure to inspire you!