Choosing gifts for teachers can be tricky at this time of the year. I’m always trying to think of something meaningful to give but sometimes I get stuck and all I can think of is a coffee mug but there’s only so many mugs a teacher can have, even if they do love coffee! I’ve certainly had my fair share of blunders such as giving a teacher a box of Lindt chocolates only to find out she can’t eat sugar. I wonder what she did with the Easter eggs we gave her that year as well, no doubt the staff room had an influx of chocolates to share.
Anyway this year I’m getting the kids involved and we’re painting on a calico library bag so that the teacher will always have something to remember my kids. We might put a little something in the bag, we’re yet to decide on that but one thing’s for sure the kids had a ball making these and I’m pretty proud of their efforts.
What you need;
- Calico library bag
- Fabric paints
- Brushes, cotton buds, sponges whatever you would like to paint with.
- Spray adhesive and plastic stencils if your would like a more structured look.
- Aprons – because fabric paint won’t come off their clothes!
- Wipes for cleaning hands
How to create:
- Wash and iron the calico bags to help the paint stick to the fabric.
- You can use a pencil to outline a design or the kids can freehand a design.
- If you are using a stencil, lightly spray the back of the stencil with spray adhesive and position onto the bag, then smooth over with your hands.
- Set out all of your equipment and get the kids busy with the painting.
- Allow for the paint to dry and then iron over the design with a hot iron, no steam.
- You have one Christmas gift bag ready to give away or add a special treat to.
Note: If you have acrylic paint on hand then you can purchase a fabric fixative which you add to the acrylic paint so it becomes fabric paint.
Enjoy making some Christmas gifts and craft with the kids.