I have mentioned before that I am the school secretary for an after school religious school program, and every year, we have a Teacher Appreciation Dinner and Service where we give gifts to each of our teachers, tutors and student aides. It is a beloved event, and since I happen to love doing crafty things, it has been my job to make gifts for many years now :)
When I saw this post at Emilie Handmade, I knew what I was going to make this year! I fell in love with that clock.
Ultimately, I made 40 clocks altogether, and now I feel like a pro!
For the clock face, I modified a saying from Ecclesiastes in the bible - since these clocks are going to religious school teachers ;) I did have to use some trial and error to make it the right size, and to leave the correct space in the middle.
I made one for my family as well that says our last name. In my opinion, the school supplies are really the stars of the show though:)
I used a sharp pencil to poke through the center of the clock face (where the hands will go) I found it made a nice round hole.
Using a hot glue gun is great, because it is strong and dries very quickly, but it is also not very forgiving. You must make sure you know where you are going to stick things, because once they are down, you can't scoot them over if they get in the way of the clock hands! So, just keep that in mind ;)
- Push Pins
- Pencil Top Erasers
- Paint Brush Tips with a line of puff paint. (I cut these with a very sharp box cutting knife)
- Ruler (mine were actually yard sticks. Yard sticks were the only thing I could find that didn't have a metal strip that I didn't feel comfortable cutting through. And plastic rulers just shattered for me. So I scored the yardstick on both sides with the box knife, and snapped it. Each piece is about 1 inch, and I put the number on the ruler at the corresponding position on the clock. (I.E. the 9" section was put at the 9 o'clock spot.)
- Colored Pencils (scored with a sharp box knife and broken)
- Regular Pencils (scored with a sharp box knife and broken)
- Crayons (scored with a sharp box knife and broken)
- Rubber Bands
- Paper Clips (I went to Staples and found some colored/shaped ones which I love! I tried to use colors whenever possible, and these gave me the opportunity to add color instead of using plain silver paperclips. For the music teacher I used the paperclips that were shaped like a guitar and a treble clef!)
- Binder Clips
- Colored Dots
- Large Pink Erasers (cut into smaller pieces with a sharp knife)
- Colored popsicle sticks (this one might have been a little bit of a stretch, but they do get used in craft projects, and added some great color when needed)
Each clock also has an item I made out of clay in the 12 o'clock position. This is another way you can add a lot of personalization to your clock if you wanted. All of the teachers I am making these for work at a Jewish Religious School, and we wanted to reflect a Jewish element in the gift. So, I made a little item out of clay that fit the bill.
Once all your items are glued on, make sure that there aren't any glue strings hanging around, and blow away all pencil or crayon shavings. It's the worst when you screw the clock entirely back together, and some particle drops onto the glass, and you have to take it apart to wipe it away because you KNOW it will bug you if you don't! Same with fingerprints :)
ALSO, Make sure your clock hands line up correctly! Set the minute hand at the 12 position, and make sure that the hour hand lines up on an hour. I used the 3 spot to test that the hour hand was in the right position, because it was easy to judge a right angle.
I can't tell you how pleased I am with the way these turned out!! They are so unique, personal, bright and fun! The great thing is, you can really personalize this sort of clock to fit any theme you want! I LOVE clocks, and they are really fun to give as personalized gifts.
You could use sheet music for the face and put music related items around the numbers and give it to a music teacher. My friend has a daughter who loves monkeys, and she was thinking she wanted to make a clock for her room using the Barrel of Monkeys toy for the numbers :)
|The one for our family looks great by the computer desk, but would also look great by a child's homework desk!|
I know how hard it can be to decide on a gift for a teacher, and I can tell you that this is one gift that is a HUGE hit - and won't break the bank either! And be sure to go check out Emilie Handmade for the full tutorial!
Looking for other Teacher Appreciation Ideas? Check out the Teacher Appreciation section of my tutorials link here.