Posts Tagged ‘Teacher Gifts’

DIY Book Page Flower Tutorial (With Free Printable)

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

If there is one thing our family loves to do it is spoil our teachers. Today I am sharing how to make book page flowers out of old books to brighten a teacher’s day. I hope you will enjoy this book page flower tutorial and be able to use our free printable to create your book page flowers.

As you know, book page crafts are something that I have recently grown fond of and I wanted to create a bouquet of book page posies that you could share with a favorite teacher. A great way to build upon this thrifty gift is to pair it with a gift card to a favorite local bookstore for your teacher.

Supplies Needed:

1 old book/textbook (I picked one up at Goodwill for $.50- it was WELL loved with loads of notes, yellowed edges, and bent corners.)
Jar or Vase
Grilling skewers
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Book Page Flowers Template


1. Cut out your five flower petals from the provided flower petal template

2. Begin by pulling out five pages of your book and leave them stacked. Using one of your flower petal templates as a guide, cut out your first petals. Since you are cutting through the stack of papers, you should have five petals cut. Repeat this process with the other four petal templates until you have five of each kind.

3. Using your grill skewer as a paper shaper, roll each of the petals to create curving of the petals around it. I simply rolled these around the skewer, then released them.

4. Pull out another page from your book and tear a strip lengthwise from the book. Just as you would with floral tape wrap, pulling down gently, the skewer with the strip from your page. You may need two strips to cover the entire length. (pictured above).

5. Tear another strip lengthwise and roll this at the top of your skewer to create the center of your flower (just ignore that bare stem!).  I just add a bit of glue at the beginning and then a bit of glue at the end to hold it together. Now you are ready to start adding your petals.

6.  Add a drop of glue almost at the edge of the bottom of your petal and begin with the smallest layer. Add these petals all around the flower center. Repeat this process with the petals the next size up. Repeat again, again, and again until all of the petals are attached to your flower. If the base feels loose at all, add a little dab of hot glue around the bottom of the flower with your hot glue gun.

DIY Book Page Flower Tutorial
7. Finish by placing them in a thrifted jar or vase and spread and fluff the petals of your flowers. Give these to your favorite teacher with a gift card to their favorite bookstore.

Be sure to check back this week for more fun teacher gift ideas!

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Amy’s Notebook 05.23.12

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!


I love this cute graduation soda topper for a simple & easy grad gift (@ the letter 4)

This “you are APPreciated gift,” is a cute end-of-year teacher gift (@ eighteen25)

This grandfather clock makeover is so cute! (@ trash to treasure)

I love this greenhouse made out of a trampoline (@ How Does She?)

I love the idea of adding washi tape to a drum shade for decorating (@ it all started with paint)

I love this DIY constellation jar (@ Design Mom)

I am bookmarking these dairy-free summer treats to create in our kitchen (@ the kitchn)

These wind-up paper butterflies would be such a cute craft to do with the kids (@ You are My Fave)

I want to try these slow cooker shredded pork tacos (@ Confections of a Foodie Bride)

These pancake pops would make a cute breakfast treat (@ tatertots & jello)

These knitted golf club covers would make a cute Father’s Day gift (@ The Purl Bee)

I can’t wait to make this kindergarten graduation sign for my daughter (@ Paging Supermom)

This mango rice looks like a fun summer side (@ Eclectic Mom)

My kids will absolutely love this Olive Us series for kids created by Design Mom (@ Olive Us)

These DIY fruit balloons would be so cute for a summer party (@ Oh Happy Day)

Great Gifts to Give Teachers From Goodwill

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The end of the school year is upon us and if you missed showering your teacher with gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week, I have some fun gift options for a final thank you for all the hard work your teacher has put in this year.

You may not think of Goodwill as a spot for accessorizing your teacher gifts, but I am showing you how to dress up thrift store items to create beautiful gifts for your teachers. Join me over at the Goodwill Tips Blog for great teacher gifts that you can create from Goodwill supplies!

What is one gift you love to create with Goodwill supplies for your teachers? We would love to hear your ideas!

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