It’s Mendi here today with a quick and easy gift idea for the special teachers in your child’s life. I love creating handmade gifts for my own kid’s teachers and I thought the Wooden Recipe Box from Pebbles Homemade collection was the perfect object to alter for this fun present.
I think personalizing gifts with the Teacher’s name is always a nice touch and it was easy to achieve this using the darling foam thickers from the Homegrown collection. I adore mixing my fonts and THIS cutting file was the perfect way to achieve this. I think it’s pretty cool that it covers all the acronyms you might need.
The colors in Pebbles Homegrown collection are a perfect fit for a school themed project. I love how well the colors compliment the school supplies that I added to my box and it’s a wonderful bonus that a basic box like this is able to serve so many different purposes from a recipe box to a phone/address box to a basic container to hold a multitude of different office supplies.
To embellish my gift box I created a simple 3-D bow using a tool you might already have in your stash: The Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers! I have included simple instructions below with a step-by-step picture tutorial.
Step 1: Cut (2) 6″ x 1″ strips. Line up the strip at the 3-inch mark on the punch board and punch notches from both sides of each strip.
Step 2: Adhere two sides of bow (wrong sides together) with liquid adhesive. This acts as a lining for your bow as well as adding stiffness to maintain it’s shape.
(Note: You can also reverse step 1 & 2 punching out the center after the 2 strips are adhered together).
Step 3: Line up the center of the bow at the 3-inch mark, punching each side on both ends.
Step 4: Gently curl each end toward the center. I used a pencil to gently curl it.
Step 5: Adhere the ends in the center with a bit of liquid adhesive or hot glue. I chose to staple the center afterwards for extra stability.
Step 6: Cut a 4.25″ x 1″ strip for the ribbon tails. Center the strip in the punch and notch each end as shown.
Step 7: Line the strip at the 2-1/8″ mark and notch each side of the ribbon tail in the center.
Step 8: Add liquid adhesive or hot glue to center of bow and adhere bow portion to ribbon tail.
Step 9: Thread twine through button using an embroidery needle, add a bit of glue to center of button and wrap button & twine around center of bow, knotting on the back.
Step 10: Use finished 3-D bow to embellish your favorite DIY or Home Decor project.
I hope I’ve inspired you to try this quick and easy gift! The 3-D paper bows are so much fun to make!
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