Hey teaching friends! It has been a crazy last couple of months for me to say the least! I hope your life is way more calm.
Today I wanted to share a fun and inexpensive gift idea for your colleagues.
Seriously – it is so simple and fun!
I don’t know what you all like to use on your desk, but on mine, I use a coffee mug to store my big people teacher scissors, pens, markers, grading pens, and pencils.
They all fit nicely inside the mug and it is heavy enough so it doesn’t tip over at all. Easy and cute!
So why don’t you make a custom writing utensils holder for your colleagues this holiday season? Or if they are big coffee drinkers, you can always gift it for the actual use as a mug.
Here is how:
Step 1: Grab a cheap white mug at your local dollar store or big box store.
Step 2: You will also need large monogram letter stickers – doesn’t matter what is on the sticker, just that it is a good size and the shapes you need. Place the letter sticker on the mug to use as your stencil.
Step 3: You might need to find these at your local craft store as I am not sure the big box stores carry them: https://amzn.to/2VszfYe” target=”_blank”>Oil-based Sharpies. You can use regular sharpies, but they will not last as long and will wash off if the mug is used and washed along the way.
Step 4: Use the Sharpies to decorate the mug.
Step 5: Take off the sticker. Check out your beautiful masterpiece!
Step 6: You are going to bake your mug in the oven to “set” the Sharpie.
Place it on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not preheat the oven. You want the mug to heat up at the same rate as the oven.
When finished, leave on the pan and allow to cool fully.
Step 7: Grab some new scissors, pens, and pencils, along with a fun gift tag and leave on his or her desk in the morning!
How fun and super useful too! Happy creating!
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If you make these, I would LOVE to see your pictures on our Facebook fan page. I know there are some crafty teachers out there.
Talk to you soon!