Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Teacher Gift: Candy Jar Pun Poem

Do you ever get news that has you grinning from ear to ear?  That's how I felt when I got word that Echo Park Paper had chosen me as its Fresh Face for September. I was giddy.  Yes, I was!  So, as I begin my role as EP's guest designer. I'd like to share the first project I made for the Echo Park blog: a teacher gift and card.

With the start of a new school year, I thought it would be a nice gesture to offer a little something to my son’s dayschool teacher. She is wonderful with the kids and provides such a warm and loving place for my little one to learn and grow. I wanted to remind her just how much she’s needed and appreciated.

This idea can be adapted to different teacher situations and can be used at the start of school, end of school or for teacher appreciation week. This is not my original poem. I adapted it from a version I saw online. It says:

You are such a SWEET TART for everything you do. You deserve 100 GRAND every PAYDAY. We know sometimes the kids act like AIRHEADS and NERDS. It must be hard to contain your SNICKERS when those little SUGAR BABIES tell you MOUNDS of NUTRAGEOUS stories. They can really come up with some WHOPPERS. I want you to know that I am grateful your work. You bring such (ALMOND) JOY to the classroom. You are the REISEN our kids are SMARTIES instead of DUM DUMS. Thank you for RAISIN (ETTES) our children to a higher level. You are a LIFESAVER and are worth a MINT. HUGS and KISSES.

To make this project, I started with a 32 oz plastic jar ($2.99 at Hobby Lobby). This size jar worked well because 12 inch strips circle around it perfectly. I used Echo Park's "Happy Days" collection. I cut a strip of striped paper and wrapped it around the middle of the jar. Then, I topped that with a piece of red cardstock which I border punched at the top and bottom and added the bottle cap icon strip.

To finish the jar, I added a black and white border sticker from Happy Days around the lid and punched a large red dot circle for the lid top. To make the hanging card, I printed the poem, backed it with black polka dot paper, punched a hole in the corner and used twine to hang the poem. Then I went to the store to look for all the candy in the poem and put that in the jar. To complete the gift, I made a card to coordinate with the jar using the Happy Days line.

Echo Park supply list:
Happy Days: Stripes, Bottle Caps, Border, Journaling Card, Element stickers, Alphas
Metro Stripes and Dots 6x6 pad: red polka dot and black polka dot
Playground: green alphas

Other supplies:
Border Punch: Fiskars
Ink: Ranger
Twine: The Twinery
Sewing Machine: Bernina
Thread: craft supply

You can find Echo Park's original blog post announcing me as its September Fresh Face here:

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  1. This is the perfect teacher's gift! I smiled from ear to ear while I read the sentiment. Huge congrats again on your EP fresh face spot!

  2. I love it!! That is super duper Awesome!!

  3. ...and of course Congratulations on an dream gig for sure! ;]

  4. fun idea :)
    thanks for visiting my blog ~~

  5. Cute cute cute! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @!

  6. That poem is the best, I just love your project Izzy!!
    Super huge congrats on EP!!


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