Teaching the value of handmade

I am one of those people who insists on sending heartfelt thanks to my children’s teachers on special occasions, Easter, World Teachers Day, Retirement 🙂 and of course, Christmas. I trustingly pack my kids off to school every day into the hands of these people and I know too well (as a teacher myself) just how much care and energy goes into educating and nurturing one child, let alone a class of 30 or so. A handmade card with a note of appreciation is really all it takes! I like to think this is distracting my kids away from the commercialism of Christmas and instilling in them the value of giving.

Anyway, as I am teaching my children the art of gratitude and appreciation, we took great pleasure in presenting my children’s teachers with their gifts this afternoon. Their gifts were all handmade, with lots of love, time and thought poured into every piece of them. They weren’t expensive to make and we hope they will be something that they treasure for years to come. As this is the end of our first year at a new school, I also wanted to say thanks for making the transition so positive for everyone. My kid’s teachers are gold.Their school is gold and I am one very lucky (and happy) Mumma!

This was an ornament set given to my eldest DD’s teacher.





Materials: Miniature canvas, brushes, bubble wrap, acrylic paint (Opal, Earth Brown and Crimson Red), Gold metallic paint, ribbon, Stamp sets: En Francais, Dasher, Peaceful Wishes (ret.), Ornament Punch, Blossom Petal Punch, Hemp Twine, Vintage Brads, Soft Suede Ink pad, sponge daubers,Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (ret.), Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon (ret.), Mod Podge (Gloss)

Paint can be used on Stampin’ Up! rubber stamps in place of ink. Apply evenly with a brush and quickly wash with water immediately afterwards. I make sure that I use quality acrylic paints to ensure good opacity.

  • Base coat canvas in Opal.
  • Dry brush gold metallic paint to accent.
  • Stamp En Francais in Earth Brown across canvas – aim for uneven/imperfect effect!
  • Stamp bubble wrap then berry branch in Crimson Red (mixed with small amount of Earth Brown to tone). Stamp off on scrap paper first to tone down intencity of the colour.
  • Lightly sponge around punched shapes using Soft Suede. Adhere bauble shapes/flower to canvases using Mod Podge. Stamp Dasher onto third canvas in brown, lightly accent Dasher and berries using gold.
  • When paint is dry, coast entire canvas in Mod Podge for a shiny finish.
  • Adhere ribbon to the back of the canvas and VIOLA! Pretty ornament to gift!

These smaller ornaments were gifted in a set of four. The same technique (above) was used although this time, I used my Stitched Stocking punch and Real Red grosgrain ribbon instead. Cute! Hope you like them as much I have enjoyed making them. 🙂



2 thoughts on “Teaching the value of handmade

  1. Lovely, I’m sure they appreciated the thought and time gone into them. I’m still trying to finish my gifts off. Nothing like leaving it till the last minute! I hope as a teacher you received some thoughtful gifts yourself. xo

    • Thanks Lorelei! No gifts as such for me this year, but I do get beautiful hand drawn pictures each time I visit different schools! Tricky when you pop in and out of many different places!

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