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Pom-Pom Pen and Clip Board DIY Teacher Gift

When it comes to teacher gifts, I think about what I would like to receive.  I start getting the craft bug, and I want to make things, not just buy them.  Now, I’m not one for doing the same thing every year for every occasion.  I like to mix it up a little.  That is one reason I love Pinterest so much.  There are so many ideas for everything.

For my son’s teacher’s birthday I decided to use my creativity along with my pal Pinterest and come up with a great gift.  One I would love myself (hint, hint).  I decided to make a pom-pom pen and a clip board.  What teacher doesn’t like a cute clipboard or pen?

The first thing I did was go to the fabric section at Walmart (yes, some Walmarts still have a fabric section).  I found 2 contrasting materials that were already cut and ready to go.  They were less than a dollar each.

When I got home, I pulled out some yellow scrap fabric and cut a 1 inch strip of it for the stem.  Then I cut a 4 inch strip of the other two (for the flower).  I folded the two 4 inch strips in half, long ways.  Then I took each and cut slits about 1/2 inch apart.  I didn’t cut all the way down.  I cut just right before the fold.

 

I cut a 1 inch piece of fabric for the "stem".

I cut a 1 inch piece of fabric for the “stem”.

 

I cut strips of fabric 4 inches and folded them.

I cut strips of fabric 4 inches and folded them.

 

I cut slipts in the fabric.

I cut slits in the fabric.

 

Then, I got on my handy dandy sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch the length of the fold on each of the two fabrics I cut.

Sew a straight stitch down the fold.

Sew a straight stitch down the fold.

Next, I fired up the hot glue gun and got gluin’!  I wrapped one color around the end of the pen probably 10 times, gluing like crazy.  Then I took the second color, the red, and did the same.  After I had my pom-pom going, I wrapped the yellow around the length of the pen.  I liked that it looked messy and had some fraying.  I thought it gave it personality.

It took a ton of hot glue to make the pom-pom.

It took a ton of hot glue to make the pom-pom.

That was probably the easiest thing I have made in a long time.  Super easy and so much fun to put together.

Final product!

Final product!

Next, I made the clipboard.  I had purchased a set of two boards, again from Walmart.

I already had scrapbook paper ready to go.  I chose three sheets that I thought would look fun when put together.  I traced them out so that they would fit almost perfectly on my board (It never fits perfect for me, no matter how hard I try).

Scrapbook paper and clipboard fun.

Scrapbook paper and clipboard fun.

I got out the Mod Podge and glued down my red paper first.  Then, I slapped down the alphabet paper, then my school bus paper.  Then did two coats of Mod Podge on top to seal it all together.  Once dried, I added some ribbon to the top and a small pad of paper.

We put a zip tie on the clipboard to keep it open while the paper dried.

We put a zip tie on the clipboard to keep it open while the paper dried.

Again, super easy and fun.  And it really didn’t take long to make.   I even made myself a pen and a board.  I think they are cute, but I am a little biased.

pen and board

I ended up making a second pen for myself, in case you are confused as to how the colors switched up.

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  2. Suzanne 04/09/2013 at 8:34 am

    I especially love the clipboard, it’s so cute. We have three clipboards in our house (one for each child.) Thanks for the reminder about teacher’s gifts, I’ll be giving (or making) those soon!