Monday, May 13, 2013

Teacher's Gift Ideas using files by Lori Whitlock

As many of you are wrapping up your school years (my daughters still have another month) I thought I would share on Lori's blog an idea for a quick and easy teacher's gift.

I ran across these bare wood plaques at my local craft store when I was searching for ideas and thought they would be perfect for a personalized gift to sit on each of their teacher's desks (or window ledge, chalkboard tray, etc.).  A simple coat of paint (and perhaps a light spraying of clear Kylon to seal) and they were immediately transformed and ready to cover. 

I have always been attracted to school themes so I had a big stash of school themed papers to turn to, but it's not hard to find something perfect these days with all the school ruled papers, cork, chalkboard and ruler paper out there on the market.  I think Lori's Take Note collection from last year would be super cute for this!

For these projects I used the following cutting files designed by Lori and available in the Silhouette store:

September Art
LW Happy Font

I hope I've inspired you to create a quick personalized gift for a special teacher in your life.  I was serioulsy amazed with how quickly these came together.  :)


  1. These are soooo cute....I had to pin them....definitely have to keep this idea for Teacher Appreciation next year. Did you get the plaques at CW?

    1. Thanks Cara! It just so happens I did get these at Craft Warehouse. ;)

    2. Cool...then guess I need to get to CW this weekend, huh??

  2. WOW Mendi this are awesome ideas!! Sometimes I wish I was not homeschooling my little girl so that I could make gifts like this! I love this!


  3. I ADORE these! You always come up with the cutest ideas, Mendi!

    1. Thanks Jana! That means a lot coming you as I adore your style and great sketches so much! :)

  4. These are fabulous gifts. I love the bold graphic nature of them and also how if displayed in the classroom they will visually help the kids learn reading/writing and just plain how to spell their teacher's name!


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