I love to give a simple and useful (but cute!) gift to the girls teacher each year. Nothing too flashy, but special enough to let them know that we’re looking forward to the new school year with them! I know that teachers have to mark their place in plenty of books, and I’ve made LOTS of bookmarks on this blog and I couldn’t resist making another type, with covered buttons. To present them in a nice package, I created an embossed chalkboard teacher gift holder in our school colors. Here’s how!
- Craftwell Teresa Collins “Alpha” Small 4×6 Embossing Folder (the small size is not available in stores yet, but it’s coming soon!)
- Embossing/Die-Cutting machine and plates: I used my Cuttlebug, A-plate, and two B-plates
- DCWV Chalk-It-Up chalkboard paper stack
- White chalk
- Cardstock in two colors
- Xyron Creative Station with 5-inch and 9-inch permanent adhesive cartridges
- Craft knife, ruler, and self-healing mat
- To make the covered button paperclip bookmarks:
- White fabric
- Tsukineko Fabrico Fabric Markers
- 3/4-inch covered button kit
- Water-soluable fabric pen
- Paper clips – either use large ones, or use the kind with a spot to glue the button on
- Xyron Creative Station
This alphabet embossing folder is perfect for creating a teacher gift or back to school craft. I decided to use chalkboard paper to continue that theme. I inserted a piece of chalkboard paper into the folder.
Set up your embossing machine and plates. I have a Cuttlebug, so when I emboss, I usually use an A plate at the bottom and two B-plates, with the embossing folder and paper in between the two B-plates.
Everything fit through my Cuttlebug perfectly and it came out nicely embossed! Next, I colored in the letters with chalk. At first, I colored in each letter individually, but then I tried shading them all in with the side of the chalk. This worked, but it also caused some smudges along the sides and in between. So it’s up to you…either way works! I just used a lightly damp paper towel to remove the darkest smudges.
Before we go further, I’ll show you how I made the bookmarks. I wanted to customize the covered buttons with school colors so I used fabric pens to create some designs on the fabric (I also did this here on my School Spirit Hair Bow tutorial, which you could also give along with this chalkboard card, but to friends instead…unless your teacher wears hair bows!). I first traced a circle slightly larger than the covered button with some washable fabric pen onto a scrap of fabric (your covered button kit will recommend the minimum fabric size for making the button). Then I drew in my designs inside the circle. I drew a flower, a heart, and the teacher’s initial.
Here’s something I have never done before with covered buttons: I used my Xyron adhesives to help keep the fabric in position! First, I ran my fabric through the Creative Station with the 5-inch cartridge. I’m sure that the Repositionable adhesive would work fine, but I had the permanent one in already so I used that.
Next, I centered my design onto the dome part of the button. The adhesive helped keep it from shifting, so my design stayed in the middle. I pushed it into the rubber thingy with the blue thingy that comes in your kit. Note: No, the teacher’s name is not Laverne, but I think Laverne DiFazzio would be proud of my cursive L!
Trim the adhesive (if you have non-stick scissors, use those, if not, just clean off your scissors afterwards with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser). As you can see, the adhesive also keeps the fabric down, so they don’t pop up and out of the backing. Speaking of the backing, push that in with your blue thingy and you’re done with the covered button.
If your covered button has a shank in the back, remove it with pliers.
Then, apply high-temp hot glue to the back of the button and place the top of the paper clip inside. A regular large one should work, or you can use one of these ones with a spot for the button.
Now back to our paper! Trim the chalkboard paper so just the embossed part is left. Then, run it through the 5-inch cartridge.
Apply it to a piece of cardstock, cut down so the chalkboard paper fits with a thin border around it, plus about 3 inches on one side to display the bookmarks. Change out the 5-inch cartridge for a 9-inch one in your Creative Station and run it through. Apply it to another piece of cardstock that’s slightly bigger (so there’s a border around the first piece).
I made three 3/4″ slits for the bookmarks. Make sure your slits go all the way through both pieces of paper.
When I finished, I realized that I should have made this into a folded card! Oh well. So instead, I adhered a scrap piece of the yellow paper, and my girls can write a message here to their new teachers.
This gift is great on its own, or can accompany more school supplies. Instead of making bookmarks like these, you can stick on a gift card, or attach pens. And as mentioned, since it doesn’t say “Teacher” on it anywhere, you can also give these to your kiddo’s friends as a back to school gift.
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