Monday, May 14, 2012

Teachers Appreciation 2012 - Day Five

We saved the biggest gift of all for the Last day of Teachers Appreciation.

A Huge Tower of School Supplies to get the classroom stocked up for the next year.
I wasn't sure how well this idea would work - since it's usually done using colorful boxes of crayons, and glue sticks, and scissors and glue bottles and construction paper.  

In 5th Grade - the most needed supplies are not very exciting.  Things like Note Book Paper, Pencils and Composition Books.  We managed to make it look pretty festive with the addition of ribbons and tissue.

The tower rests on a base of composition books.  

Tier #1 is made of packaged Notebook Paper and Graph Paper wrapped around a large popcorn tin.  A large rubber band holds it all together. 

Three layers of ribbon (in his favorite colors of blue and purple) are tied to cover the rubber band.  

It looked a little plain with the all white paper - so I sewed a paper garland made from various colors and sizes of punched circles - and draped it along the bottom tier.

Tier #2 is made from boxes of colored pencils and white board markers (he specifically requested the purple ones).  They are held around a metal cookie tin with another rubber band and more ribbon covering the band.

A bit of tissue paper fills in any gaps.

Tier #3 nests inside the colored pencil tier.  Boxes of Pencils and more white board markers are wrapped around a paper towel roll and secured with rubber bands and ribbon.

The Topper is a tomato paste can covered in scrapbook paper - and wrapped with ribbon.  It holds more pencils (we had one extra box that wouldn't fit around the paper towel roll), and makes the perfect "accidental" crown for the top of the "cake".

We transported it in layers and simply stacked it once we got to the classroom.  Nothing is glued, so it can be easily disassembled. 

I think it turned out pretty cute, considering there were only 6 different school supplies used:

composition books
note book paper
graph paper
colored pencils
white board pens

It's hard to believe another school year is coming to a close. 

a Big THANK YOU to all the teachers that take special care of our kids.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.        ~Henry Brooks Adams


  1. This is an outstanding gift Karina! I am sure the kids and the teacher got a kick out of it! You are such an inspiration as a crafter.

  2. WOW!
    I have loved seeing all your great teacher ideas.
    have a happy day karina