Monday, May 13, 2013

Teacher Crafting Vol. I

I've been trying to find a way to thank these two teachers in my life.  They are ladies that I student taught with who have been of huge help me to me.  They asked me to sub for them multiple times in their classes.  From there, I got more jobs, and found that I had room in my heart to love another school and another group of kids.

So, to say thank you, I'm going to make them large frames for their kids to take pictures with.  Inspired by this AH-MAZING frame over at First Grade School Box (thank you, Pinterest), I'm creating a frame that can serve 3 purposes.  See how she has that star that says "First"?  Well, it's on the frame with velcro, so she can change it out for 100th day and the last day of school.  Is that not genius?  After I read her blog post about it, I knew I had found the perfect craft to satisfy my love of paint and glue, and say thanks to two wonderful people.

Here's the first shot of my raw materials:

Lemme break it down, a la Young House Love:

Frame: $10.49 from Hobby Lobby (regularly 17.99 USE A COUPON)
Letters S, C, H, O, and L: $1.99 each from JoAnn's
Letters D, A, and Y (They come 2 to a Pack): $1.47 from HL
Letters o and f: $.79 from HL
Package of all letters: $3.99 from HL
Circles and Apple: $.79 ea. from HL

Now, places like JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels are always having sales, so all these supplies (except the frame) were cheaper than their tag says - I just put the tag price.

Total Cost (for 1 frame):  About $30

"Wendy, why didn't you just get everything in one place?"  Well, our JoAnn's is closing and moving, so I was there looking at all the stuff that's being liquidated when I decided to start buying supplies.  It's why I couldn't get an Os for "School".  I got what I could from JoAnn's, then moved on to Hobby Lobby (where I forgot to get Os for School, but I'll get them later this week).

"Wendy, this seems like kind of an expensive craft."  Well, because several of the letters come in sets of more than 1, it would cut down on total cost per frame after I make 3.  Also, you could save money in different places - I could have just bought the set of small letters that's in the box, but I bought those second and I can't return anything I bought at JoAnn's (liquidation sale and all that).  Also, if you have an old frame around the house that you can simply take the glass out of and spray-paint (or if you have a willing assistant that can MAKE you a simple frame), that cuts $10 off the cost right there.  Finally, this is something that my fellow teachers and I can use 3X in one school year, multiplied by however many years we teach at the elementary level.  It's not just some throw-away craft, it will be used over and over again.

Now, when it comes to painting and embellishments, I can't help you out because I already have a TON of paint, glitter, scrapbook paper, stickers, whoosits and whatsits galore...So if you don't own any of that stuff already, you're gonna have to lay down some more moolah.  I would also include some velcro and a glue gun if you don't own those things.

Next time, I'll post pictures of things painted and assembled!  

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