Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Handmade Love: Teacher's Gifts

While Tucker's classroom valentines are very cute, we wanted to do something a little different (but also handmade) for his teachers. Inspiration for these scented hear-shape ornaments was found in a book the boys were given by a family friend called "Love the Earth Crafts", and a post at 5 Orange Potatoes.

Because we did this project on the day we were snowed in from the blizzard and did not have all the ingredients for Lisa's recipe, we combined the two. We used a salt dough mixture consisting of:
3/4 cup al purpose flour
3 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1/3 cup water

Instead of painting the dough once it baked as the book suggested, we added red food coloring during the mixing. We used a small heart cookie cutter for the shape and a plastic straw to make ribbon holes in the corners.

After cutting out the shapes, place on a cookie sheet at bake until hard, about 3 hours at 250 degrees F. We learned that there is no point adding the oil before baking. A few drops of lavender essential oil will be added to each ornament before gifting.
I found leftover ribbon, string, organza bags, and small boxes saved from presents we were given and used those to pretty them up and wrap them. I also cut out a card from the leftover cardstock to go with each one which says, "The smile that lights the face will also warm the heart. Thank you for making us smile and warming our hearts."

Are you doing separate teacher valentines? What did you come up with?

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