Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at our school. My thoughts have evolved on gift giving to teachers, even since last year. Last year was the first time my oldest daughter attended public school. Since it was my first, I didn’t know when to give gifts or what the gift etiquette is- start of the year, Christmas time, teacher appreciation, end of the year. What was appropriate?
You can see the gifts that we ended up doing last year above. My daughter gave a bag of White Chocolate Oreo popcorn as a Christmas gift to her teacher, some homemade Swig Sugar Cookies for Teacher Appreciation Week and then a Sunglasses Case with a pair of sunglasses for an end of the year gift.
This year I have volunteered more in both my daughter’s classes and I have seen first hand how hard the teachers work. I am so grateful for all the time and effort and love they put in to my children’s education. I am HAPPY to show my appreciation with a heartfelt gift. We aren’t rollin in the dough (unless it is cookie dough) so I opted for handmade.
I wanted to make cookies but wanted a cute way to give the cookies as a gift. I decided that I would bake them and put them in a mason jar. I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette to make the gift tag. I started off with the Cookies for Santa shape by Kolette Hall. I only wanted the “cookies” part and I wanted it to say cookie instead of cookies so I edited the shape.
2. Double click on the Cookies shape to edit the points.
3. Click the individual points of the “s” and then click delete point.
4. Delete all the unwanted points until the “s” has been deleted and the “e” at the end of cookie looks how you want it to.
Next I added the wording that I wanted. I chose to say “thanks for helping me become one smart cookie”. I chose one of the whimsical tags also made by Kolette Hall to put around my message. Under cut lines I chose to only cut out the tag and not the words.
I added the registration marks and then I printed the sheet out on my printer and loaded it into my Silhouette CAMEO. I chose the option to have the registration marks detected automatically and then let my CAMEO cut out the tags.
I like to leave a little spot for my kids to sign their names. Gives it that personal touch!
I also used my Silhouette to make the topper for the lid of the jar. It is made from kraft colored wrapping paper. I wanted to add a pattern to my kraft wrapping paper so I cut out a section of it and used a white sketch pen to sketch out a pattern on it. I chose the Clover Lace Background by Kolette Hall .
First I sketched the pattern on with the sketch pen and made sure that under the cut lines, the circle was not going to be cut (or sketched in this case). You can see that some parts of the sketch pen didn’t trace on as well. That was fine with me and I actually liked how it looked. If that bugs you, check out this tip I gave for working with sketch pens!
Then I went back to my Silhouette software and changed the cut settings so that the circle (which was 6 inches) would cut and the clover background would not. I changed out the sketch pen for my blade and cut it out using the print paper setting.
I wrapped the kraft wrapping paper circle around the lid of the jar first before it was screwed on the jar. That way I could put the cookies in the jar without having to turn the jar over to put the topper on it. Plus it kept sliding off when I tried doing it while the lid was screwed onto the jar.
It is such a cute way to package the cookies up and really makes them feel like a gift! I am sharing the recipe for the cookies (Brownie Batter Cookies!!) tomorrow so make sure to check back to see it!
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