Teacher’s Day is just around the corner, and the kids and I were trying to come up with simple gift ideas.
J wanted to give each of his teachers a pen as he noticed that all of his teachers seem to use up pens very quickly. I thought that this was a very practical but rather impersonal gift, so our challenge was to come up with a way to present his gift that was not only unique but memorable.
We decided that we would make Teacher’s Day cards using J’s photo and slot a pen into each one, so that it would look as if he was holding the pen like a light saber!
What you will need:
- A computer
- A digital camera or smartphone
- A printer
- Blank card paper or matte photo paper (we used matte photo paper)
- Paper knife or craft knife
- (Optional: Alphabet stamps and ink)
How we did it:
- We started off by taking a picture of J holding a small object in his hands (so that his fingers would curl naturally) against a white background.
- To make J stand out against a white background, I asked him to choose dark clothes with a bright pattern on it.
- Using a word processing programme on the computer, I inserted J’s photo into the file, carefully positioning it so that his hands were roughly in the centre of the card.
- I printed off the cards onto matte photo paper, and J carefully cut them out using scissors.
- You can actually just print out a message on the left side of the card, but we decided that it would be more personal if J handstamped his message. We got our alphabet stamps from The Paper Stone (the stamping ink was a gift from a friend), but most scrapbooking or craft stores will have something similar.
- Using a sharp paper knife, I carefully cut along the outline of his hand and arm, making a slit big enough to slot in the pen.
- I had J stamp his teachers’ names on the front of the card, and write a personal note to each teacher in the blank space next to his picture.
- Ta-dah! The card is done!
I really liked how the card turned out – so I might use this technique to make party favours or maybe have J holding a pencil, a lollipop or a party whistle!
The options are endless!