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An Apple for Your Teacher

Giving an apple to your teacher to show appreciation is an old tradition.  When I came across a bunch of wooden apple bowls at my local Goodwill, I knew they would be perfect as gifts for my children’s teachers for Christmas.  easyteachersgifts

I love doing something special for my children’s teachers, and my goal is to either make or put together something unique and practical that they can enjoy all year around.  Last year, I made these.

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I found this collection wooden apple bowls a few months ago.  There was a large bowl and 7 smaller ones.  I kept the large one for myself and actually use it to hold apples, but the smaller ones are the perfect size for holding paper clips or post-its or anything a teacher might use during the day.

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After giving them a good scrubbing, I decided to paint the outside of each bowl.  That is were most of the scratches and imperfections were.

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I started with an even coat of primer.  I had some Sherwin Williams multi-purpose primer already open so that is what I used, but any primer you have will work.

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The primer took maybe an hour to dry.

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I made sure not to paint the rim of each bowl, I had plans to paint them gold.

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Once the primer was dry, I used red acrylic paint to paint the back of each bowl.  It took about 3 coats.

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I let them dry overnight before starting to paint the rims.

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I love this gold paint pen, I have used it on projects before, and it was going to make painting the rims of the bowl super easy.

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I lightly sanded each rim to remove any paper bits that stuck to the red paint, and to make sure the gold paint had a nice surface to stick to.

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Make sure to shake the pen well before using, and then you press gently to fill the tip and then you paint away!  Such an easy way to add a little sparkle to any project.

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I love the contrast of the gold and red.

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I filled them with some candy, hand lotion, and some lip balm.

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I also threw in a handful of small ornaments I found at Walmart.  So cute right?

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I used some gift boxes from the Dollar Tree.

easyteachersgiftsThe children took them to school the day before Christmas vacation started.

I realize this is a bit late to share now that the Christmas season is over, but I think this gift would be great for Valentines Day, Teacher Appreciation Week and even a gift for the end of the year.  I always find inexpensive wooden bowls at my local thrift store, and the craft paint was already in my craft stash.  The majority of the cost was in the candy and things to put into the bowls.  The possibilities are endless!!

 

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