Ornaments make great teacher gifts. Teachers gifts are even more special when students help to create them. You could have your child help design this ornament adding personal touches for their teacher.
A special thank you to Tracy Spisak from Gallery Portraiture (www.galleryportraitureinc.com) for photographing this DIY project!
Vintage Measuring Stick Ornament
It is great if you have vintage wood Scrabble tiles for this project but not necessary. Hobby Lobby sells wood letter tiles that work great. Have your child spell our a word that reminds them of their teacher to personalize this gift.
Wood letter tiles.
- Wood measuring stick – you could even use a wood ruler that you have hanging around at home.
- Brown ink.
- Decorative touches like snowflakes, jingle bells or festive colored beads.
- Jump Ring.
You can personalize this ornament by adding charms, beads or Christmas findings that your child chooses.
We prepared a piece of inexpensive measuring stick that we found at an antique store by cutting it to the correct size to fit the word we chose, drilling a hole in the center of the top and bottom and sanding off all rough edges. We wanted the wood letter tiles to have more of a vintage feel so we used a brown ink pad to softly antique the edges of the front and sides of the tile.
We then used E6000 glue to attach the letter tiles to the measuring stick. You may prefer to stagger your letters left and right, center them or move them to one side as we do. This is another design aspect your child can help with.
We glued on snowflakes to give this ornament a festive feel. This is the hard part…you need to leave this ornament alone for several hours to allow the glue to set. E6000 takes several hours to bond securely but is very strong. If you prefer using hot glue go ahead!
Run a metal jump ring through the bottom hole in the ornament and hang either pretty beads, jingle bells or whatever you think is pretty from the bottom. We chose a Santa bell. When opening Jump rings never pull the edges away horizontally, always pull them apart as pictured below so that they go back into a perfect circle. Next run a pretty ribbon through the top hole and PRESTO you have a beautiful and unique handmade ornament.