I have some MAJOR respect for teachers. A class full of 4 year olds is not for the faint of heart. Penny is about to finish Junior Kindergarten and seeing how much she has grown personally and how much she has learned this year is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of her teachers. We could not be more grateful for the people who dedicate their lives to the education and personal growth of young people.
To thank our JK teachers, I have put together a fun and personalized DIY tote bag as well as a free printable tag to attach and write a thank you note.
You will need:
Canvas Tote Bags
Old Newspaper or Magazine
Cut a piece of freezer paper big enough to cover your printed letter you would like to use as a stencil. Using an old magazine as a base (or a cutting mat) cut out the letter to create a stencil. I like to use the small pen like exacto knife but be very careful that it doesn’t slip!
Now your cut piece of freezer paper is ready to become a simple stencil. Place the freezer paper shiny side down on your canvas tote and line it up how you would like to see your final image.
With a hot iron on the cotton setting (but to be fair I use the cotton setting for everything) iron down the freezer paper. Keep the iron moving but make sure the paper is stuck down well. (You’ll see why later!)
Cover your image with fabric paint and using the foam brush fill your stencil area in with paint. I try to brush the paint in to the centre of the stencil to try and keep the borders crisp.
When the paint has set for a few minutes gently peel off the freezer paper to reveal your finished image! The “E” didn’t come out as planned but it’s the thought that counts! Make sure to really, REALLY iron down all the edges of your freezer paper.
I also created a couple of “Tote-ally Awesome Teacher” tags to attach as an end of year teacher gift and they are below as a free printable! Make sure you show your teacher some appreciation at the end of this year! They are a hard working bunch!
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