How much do we appreciate our teachers!? SOO much!
Here is a cute and extremely easy gift for all of the special teachers in your life.
Each “coaster” costs about $.60 in lumber (or FREE if you have an extra piece laying around) and another $3 for the candles I purchased for them.
Start to finish these take less than an hour to make.
Here is what you will need:
Piece of scrap wood (the piece I am using here is about 5″x7″).
Paint (don’t worry you don’t really need Tillamook Sour Cream for this project ~ this just happens to be my container of choice for my chalk paint color experiments), stain, sandpaper and a small vinyl decal that says “smile”.
I cut mine using my Cricut Expression and the Cricut font Calligraphy (Matrimony).
(alternatively you could paint the word “smile”)
First step – sand your piece of wood nice and smooth.
Next apply your vinyl smile decal. (Skip this step if you choose to paint the word)
Time to paint! Light strokes, heavy coverage NOT needed.. you’ll want the stain to come through in spots. I would recommend covering your decal pretty well so that the word is easier to read.
Go ahead and peel your decal off… you will see your word is the same color of the natural wood.
Now it’s time to stain! In the following picture you will see me using Minwax Early American stain. I ended up thinking this was too light and not enough contrast so I switched to Kona, which I ended up loving!
Once you’ve rubbed the stain all over your board, take a clean cloth and wipe any excess off.
I then sand my project once more.
I chose to do these in a couple of variations and wrapped them with tulle and twine and a little tag that reads “smile… it takes a big heart to shape little minds”.
You can download a free 4″x6″ version of this sentiment here:
Once printed you can cut to any shape you like!
As for the tag you see pictured here, I printed the sentiments on a 4″x6″ piece of Kraft cardstock. For the shape I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Dies, Labels 17.
Smile 🙂 ,
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