What better way to show a teacher you appreciate them than giving them a gift. In my case, I wanted to make something for my son’s daycare provider. This is not just any homemade gift, but one that she will display and appreciate for years to come.
When I looked at my son’s monthly calendar and noticed that his provider’s birthday was coming up, I knew that I wanted to give her 2 gifts to show her how much we appreciate her. Not only did I want to give her something for herself, but I also thought it would be a nice idea to make something for the children’s room.
So, I began searching and eventually landed on a few tutorials of crayon wreaths. My inspirations include The PharMA Blog and Two Yellow Birds Decor but of course I had to personalize it for what I needed it for.
These are the items I used:
12″ Embroidery Hoop (~$2.50 at Michael’s)
7″ Embroidery Hoop (~$1.50 at Michael’s)
96 count of Crayola Crayons (~$8 at Walmart)
Ribbon (~$5 at Hancock Fabrics)
Decorations (~$4 at Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue Gun (w/ extra glue sticks)
This colorful wreath was a blast to put together! The most difficult part was making sure that the crayons were aligned correctly. I admit, I struggled with this at first but after gluing the 5th crayon down, it became easier.
Because I like a little bit of order, I couldn’t just randomly put the colors on (I am not a random kind of girl). They had to be somewhat like a rainbow but not too much of the same color in one place. The solution: have three series of colors like shown below.
Notice there are 3 sets of red, 3 sets of blue, and so on.
And to make a somewhat perfect circle, I placed the bottom black line of each crayon on the smaller hoop so that the top black line lined up with the larger hoop. I hope I explained that clearly.
Then I dabbed hot glue on the hoops, and placed each crayon on one at a time.
Once the crayon wreath was completed, the fun part was next. You guessed it, decorating time!
Because the theme of our provider’s day care is butterflies, they had to make an appearance on this wreath. I was excited to find this butterfly tape in the craft aisle of the Dollar Tree.
I also found paper letters where the teacher decorations were and decided to put the tape on the left side of the letters.
Next, I placed the letters and the flowers that I found in the garden section of the Dollar Tree (they have everything I swear) onto the wreath to get an idea of the placement that looks best. To me the letters looked best on the bottom with two flowers on each side.
What do you think?
After gluing down the decorations, came the last step.
Now, I love this yellow ruler ribbon that I found at Hancock Fabrics, but my luck with ribbons and bows hasn’t been that great.
Making bows is not one of my strengths, so I did what I could with the talent that I lacked and this is what became of it.
I think she turned out pretty nice, what do you think?