Last week got weird quickly, but ~meh~ Today is Valentine’s Day and I’m certain I am the only mom in the world who put off making classroom valentines until the last minute, wanted them to be unique AND had to – just HAD to – work a pencil into the plan. No store boughts for me, thankyouverymuch. I have entirely too much paper to justify that one!
Since the “no candy” rule foiled my original plan AND plan B (future blogs, I promise), I had to dig deep down into plan C. Plan C did not choose to manifest itself until yesterday morning.
Third graders like paper, right? They write and draw and whatnot constantly. At least the Khan does. And his classroom is always crying out for pencils so I wanted to do something useful, cute, you get the idea. These are variants of the classic notepad folder using supplies from my stash, my mother’s stash and the dollar store.
The one on the left involves a 3×5 notepad (from a pack of five costing $1), double sided tape or a tape runner, and scrapbook paper. The paper is cut to the height and three times the width of the notepad. Tape the notepad down to the right edge of the wrong side of the paper. Fold the per at the edge of the notepad, fold the remainder in half (it is really folded in thirds). Trim the corner out of the left hand edge – with a decorative edge scissors if you have one but a clean straight edge is just fine. Attach the ribbon with tape (I switched to glue dots for this) and tie the bow with the pencil inside.
The option on the right is with preprinted cards – sold by the box at any craft store. Just trim the card down to the size of the notepad (or skip it if it’s close), attach the notepad with your adhesive of choice, stamp the front. Lazy? Yep. But it was getting late and I got in a hurry. I attached the pencil with a glue dot to the envelope.
The Khan was happy with them so I’m hopeful the rest of the third grade will too. This is also a nice idea for a card party / game night favor, teacher gift or just a nice little “thinking of you” gift. If you use the the preprinted cards and embellish them, they’ll have an envelope all ready for mailing, but you will pay extra postage.
Would you like to see a step-by-step tutorial? Leave me a comment and I promise to make it happen.