Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Teacher Ornament Tutorial: Personalized Apples


One of my husband's coworkers needed a smaller gift for her son to give to his teachers for Christmas and asked him if I could make ornaments. I have made ornaments in the past but never one for a teacher so I decided to give it a try and here is what I came up with:

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I think they turned out pretty good and my husband's coworker and son were very pleased as well. Her son was so pleased he was trying to come up with more teachers to give them to... too cute! 

Supplies:

  • Plastic or Glass Ornaments (plastic is safer, especially if your kids will be handling them) - You can buy theses at any craft store. 
  • Red, Black and Green Paint Pens - I used Painters Paint Pens by Elmers and the only one that worked right was the red so I DO NOT recommend buying this brand.
  • Ribbon - I used a solid red and a teacher themed one from Hobby Lobby. 
  • Cord Ribbon - .99¢ at Walmart
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Skew, Chop Stick, or something similar - Optional
  • Mod Podge and small paint brush- Optional
*See UPDATE below for paint pen preference.

How To:

1. Draw the apple on the front of your ornament and let dry.

2. Once the apple is dry you can personalize it with your teachers name. Let Dry.

NOTE: I recommend wiping down the surface you plan to draw on before you begin. I used a Magic Eraser to wipe off my ornaments in hopes that it would also make the surface a little more ruff so the paint pens would stick better since they weren't sticking when I started. If the paint pens appear watered down, shake them a little more and if they still appear watered down then it is probably your paint pen and you will have to put a bunch of coats on to get it to show up like I had to do with my green and black.


3. Once the design was dry I covered it with Mod Podge by painting a circle around the year and apple and filled it in. Let Dry. This is optional because the paint should stay on the ornament but I did this because I was having trouble with the paint pens and I wanted it to last forever and not scratch off. The Mod Podge also gave it a nice shine.

4. After the Mod Podge was dry I wrote "Love, student's name" in the middle of the back of the ornament so that the teacher would know who it was from for years to come.

5. While the ornaments are drying go ahead and cut your paper into small strips. I cut my paper in half then folded it and cut thin strips. I used three sheets of paper for five ornaments if that helps you figure out how much you need to cut.

6. Spiral the strips of paper. I did this by wrapping each strip tightly around a wood skew I had. You can wrap the paper around anything similar such as a pencil or chop stick. You can also wrap the paper strips around your finger but they won't be as tight of a spiral.

7. Remove the top of the ornament and fill the ornaments with the spiraled paper till you are satisfied with how it looks and put the ornaments top back on. Each ornament will need at least 15 strips of the spiraled paper.



NOTE: Filling your ornament is optional of coarse and you can fill the ornament with whatever you choose. I chose paper because I thought it would add to the ornament since paper is related to teaching.

8. Cut the ribbon and cord to your liking and tie it around the hook at the top and let it hang. I put one strand of red and one strand of ABC123 ribbon on each ornament. I then attached the cord to make a nice hanger for the ornament. You can use any hanger you would prefer thou.

*Ribbon that looks like a ruler would look cute too!

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9. Wrap it up and let your kid give it to their teacher!

These ornaments took a while to make because the black and green paint pens didn't want to stick to the plastic ornament and kept evaporating but if they worked like they were suppose to it wouldn't of taken that long. I think these ornaments turned out really cute, the pictures don't do them justice and I'm glad my husband's coworkers family loved them, I hope the teachers do to. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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UPDATE: I made more Personalized Apple ornaments this year as gifts and wanted to share them with you. This year I used Sharpie Paint Pens and they worked ten times better then the Painters brand I had last year. DO NOT USE PAINTERS PAINT PENS, THEY ARE AWEFUL. Because I used Sharpie Paint Pens I did not have to seal the ornament. The Sharpie pens are oil based so the paint stays on plastic ten times better. I also used an extra fine black tip paint pen to write with so the names looked a lot neater than before.








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