Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 3

It is now Day 3 of Teacher Appreciation Week, and my kids have another DIY gift to give to their teachers.  This time it is a small jar (4 oz) of caramel cream cheese apple dip with Heath bar bits and a green apple.  This project is very simple.  Below are the materials needed and directions to follow. 

Here is the final product:

Apples and dip wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied with ribbon and raffia.
 
And......I got to make labels again!

Label for the bag.


Recipe for Caramel Cream Cheese Dip:
(Makes 4 jars that are 4 oz each)
Ingredients
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened
1 (15 oz) tub of caramel apple dip
1 bag of Heath bar bits (I found this in the baking aisle)

Directions:
In a small mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and 4 spoonfuls of caramel.  Use a hand mixer to blend well, until creamy.

Materials Needed:
  1. Cream Cheese dip (recipe above)
  2. Caramel apple dip
  3. Heath bar bits
  4. Green apple
  5. 4 oz Mason jar
  6. Medium-sized cellophane bag
  7. Ribbon
  8. Raffia
  9. White card stock to print out labels
  10. Printer
Final product of the Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip with Heath Bar bits.


Directions:
  1. Make the caramel cream cheese apple dip using recipe above.  Spoon mixture into 4 oz Mason jar until the jar is about 3/4 full. 
  2. Carefully wipe any dip off of the jar that spilled.
  3. On top of the cream cheese and caramel mixture, drop a healthy spoonful of caramel.
  4. Top caramel with Heath bar bits (see picture below).Place lid on top of jar and close tight
  5. Make labels on white card stock for the top of the jar by using Microsoft Word.  Draw a circle and type in a text box inside the circle: "Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip with Heath Bar bits." Print.  Cut out circle and, using double stick tape, place on top of the jar lid.
  6. Make rectangle labels on white card stock by using Microsoft Word.  Draw a rectangle and type in a text box inside the circle: "A good teacher deserves and apple.  You deserve the whole tree!"  I used an apple clip art to add to the label.  Last, type your "to" and "from" information.  Print.  Cut out labels and punch a hole with a hole puncher in the top left corner so that you will be able to run the ribbon through it.
  7. Place jar in the cellophane bag and top with green apple.
  8. Using the ribbon and raffia, tie the bag shut (be sure to attach the label with the hole to the ribbon before tying in a bow.
  9. Give to teacher.
One last picture....

Apple Teacher's Gift

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Click here to see Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 1
Click here to see Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 2

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 2

For the second day of Teacher Appreciation Week, my children are taking cookie jars to their teachers.  This is a post with two projects in one because for one of my daughter's class, she took a cookie jar full of cookies to her two teachers (Project #1).  However, for the other daughter it was a class gift for which I supplied the cookie jars for the two teachers, and all of the students brought a cookie for each teacher to fill her cookie jar (Project #2).

Here is Project #1:

Project #1

The lids have labels too:

Label for top of cookie jar

Another picture just because I can:



Project #1 Materials:
  1. Clear glass or plastic jar with lid.
  2. Ribbon
  3. Paper for labels
  4. Printer to print labels
  5. Double stick tape
  6. Cookies
Project #1 Directions:
  1. Print the labels.  To make these, I simply went to Microsoft Word, drew a rectangle, and typed the label: I am one SMART COOKIE because you are my teacher! Thanks!
  2. Print the "to" and "from" tags.  To do these, I again used Microsoft Word, drew a square, and typed the "To" and From" information.
  3. Cut out all labels.
  4. Using double stick tape, attach the labels to the cookie jar.
  5. Fill the jar with cookies.
  6. Tie a bow around the top.
  7. Give to teacher.
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Now for Project #2: the class cookie jar gift.  To do this, one parent needs to supply the cookie jar(s) as shown here:

Project #2
This project also has labels on the top of the jar:

Labels for top of cookie jars

When you tie the ribbon at the top of the jars, make sure the jars can still open easily since students will be bringing cookies to put in the jars.

Make sure the lid can still be opened after the ribbon is tied.

Now, because the students are to bring a cookie to the teacher to fill their cookie jar, everyone's cookie needs to be wrapped individually in a clear cellophane bag (as shown below) or a clear zip-top bag.

Cookie inside of a cellophane bag

Because I seem to be label happy, I made a label for the cookie in the cellophane bag as well (directions are below).

Label to seal the cellophane bag



Project #2 Materials:
  1. Clear glass or plastic jar (large because it will be filled up by the entire class).
  2. Paper
  3. Printer
  4. Ribbon
  5. Double stick tape
  6. Cookie
Project #2 Directions:
  1. Print the labels. To make these, I simply went to Microsoft Word, drew a rectangle, and typed the label: We are SMART COOKIES because you are our teacher! Thanks!
  2. Print the "to" and "from" tags. To do these I again used Microsoft Word, drew a square, and typed the "To" and From".
  3. Cut out all labels.
  4. Using double stick tape, attach the labels to the cookie jar.
  5. Tie a bow around the top.
Project #2 Extra Information: Make sure the parents of the students in the class know to bring a cookie and which day to bring it to school.  Also, have them wrap their cookie in a clear cellophane bag or zip top bag.  I used a medium sized cellophane bag, cut the length of the bag to better fit the cookie, then closed it with a special label with double stick tape (see picture above).

Please share or "pin" this project if you like it, thanks!


Click here to see Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 1 Project.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 1

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my daughter's schools.  The first gift that my children are giving their teachers is a jar of M&Ms:



Looks like a rainbow, right?  There is even a poem for the label:



And a great label idea for the top of the jar:


Now you want to make it, right?  Don't worry, it's easy!  I have found this project in several different places, but here is my version.  Below are the materials you need and the steps to complete the project.

Materials (for one gift):
  1. Clear plastic or glass container (mine is a glass container from Michael's) with a lid.
  2. 1 bag (14 oz) of M&Ms
  3. Ribbon to tie around the top of the jar.
  4. Double stick tape
  5. Paper
  6. Printer
Steps:
  1. Separate the blue, green, yellow, orange, and red M&Ms into separate bowls (discard or hide in your closet and eat the brown M&Ms....I recommend hiding and eating them).
  2. Layer the M&Ms in the container.  Order (from bottom up): red, orange, yellow, green, blue.
  3. Make the label for the poem.  I went to Microsoft Word, found a rainbow border, typed the poem, and printed the label.
  4. Cut the label out to fit on your container.  Use double stick tape to attach it to your jar.
  5. Make the round label for the top of the container.  Again, I used Microsoft Word and found a round border, typed the "To" and "From" information, and printed the label.
  6. Cut out the round label and use double stick tape to attach it to the top of your jar.
  7. Tie a ribbon (hopefully you can find a rainbow ribbon, but if not use another color that is in the jar (red, orange, yellow, green, or blue).
  8. Give to the teacher!
Please share or "pin" this project if you like it!  Thanks!
Here are more pictures of the project (the bright colors were so photogenic that I could not help myself!):




 
 
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