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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Caramel Popcorn Teacher Gifts

So I came up with a fun idea for end of the year teacher gifts! We made homemade caramel popcorn and put it in canning jars (I found the great jars with the red and white tops at Walmart) to give to the teachers and ladies at front desk and our wonderful nurse of course. For the kids main teachers and the nurse we also included a gift certificate to go to the movies in the card.
Here is a brief run-down of how I made them!
(I was going to write a free mini tutorial for this, but I am just way behind with everything right now! It is our last week of school and I am working on convention swaps!)

For the strip that goes around the jar, it is an 11" x 3-1/2" piece of red card stock. I used the scallop Border punch on both sides, making sure to line the scallops up across from each other. I made a second identical strip out of white card stock, and then cut between each scallop, to give me a bunch of long word window looking shapes. I used Tombow to stick these on every other scallop section to give me the striped look. The red center square is 3" x 3-1/2" and the white on top is 3-1/4" x 2-3/4" with the edges sponged with Bashful blue. (Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this part!) I attached this to the jars with red Sticky Strip tape.

For the popcorn I used the small flower in the Punch Pack punches and punched them in white card stock. I colored them in with the So Saffron marker leaving some white and doubling in some areas to make it darker. Then I trimmed off three of the petals to give it the popcorn shape.

The popcorn container is just a 2" x 1-1/4" piece of red paper with the sides cut at a slight angle, then using the scallop oval punch on the top. Do the same to a white piece of paper, then cut it into strips and alternate gluing them on the red. (One white will make stripes for two red pieces) Then just put the popcorn on the top!

For the movie strip on the card, I used the Spiral Border punch on the edges of the 2-1/4" x 7" black piece. The white squares are 1-3/8" x 1-3/4".

The white part of the card is sponged with Bashful Blue ink put on a red main card. Just trim your photo strip that hangs over. The bucket and popcorn are put on with dimensionals.

To make the background for the sentiment, (Afterthoughts- Hostess stamp set) I just cut one red Decorative Label punched piece in quarters and glued it on the back with the edges showing.

Here is all of them that I made!
And yes, I gave up on having any free time in the last few weeks punching out, cutting and coloring all of the little popcorn pieces!

The people at my kids school are more then worth it!
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