This is an easy and inexpensive oldie but goodie teacher appreciation project that still gets rave reviews! It’s perfect for those end of year teacher gifts – especially if you have numerous teachers, librarians, aids, office staff, etc. to thank! It uses the old library book pockets that used to be glued into the back of each library book with a card inside for checkout! That’s all computerized now but the pockets are still around or can be made on a Cricuit or Silhouette. Of course there’s nothing more indulgent than a chocolate bar at the end of the school day! And what teacher doesn’t need more pencils!!!
I do apologize for the picture quality – cameras have certainly been upgraded since then!
I simply started with black cardstock and added an accent color on top. The card pocket was adhered next using a strong adhesive such as Tear and Tape or Fast Fuse. The pocket was decorated with paper scraps, flowers, buttons, etc. The owl was punched out of several different solid and patterned papers and assembled to mix and match the embellishments (or the other way around!) The sentiment is retired but you could type it on cardstock and adhere it – “Thanks for “owl” you do!” I stuffed the pocket with a FULL SIZE Hershey’s Bar (remember it’s MAY!) and 2 No. 2 pencils, tied with 1/4″ ribbon.
These are really fun to make and I enjoyed color coordinating the patterned paper and the owl to make interesting combinations. The teachers really appreciated being appreciated and you can never go wrong with chocolate! The owl punch is still a popular staple (see below) or you could use owl stickers if you can find them. Don’t forget to add the heart on the owl because teachers have the biggest hearts of all!
I APPRECIATE ALL TEACHERS!!!! It’s one of the hardest jobs out there! I know because I was honored to be a teacher for 17 years! Maybe some of my former students are reading this post and making teacher appreciation gifts for their own children’s teachers!
Lynda Falconer, Stampin’ Up Demonstrator