Back to School Printables

I can’t even believe we are getting close enough to going Back to School.  Summer just got started!  But alas, all good things come to an end…luckily we still have a few weeks…but I have several friends who start back to school in just two weeks!  Only one of my kids is looking forward to going back to school…and I am sure it’s because she is excited about being able to eat lunch at the school…finally!  haha!

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Our little group of bloggers, have teamed up once again this month to bring you some fun Back-to-School Printables.  I created a fun Back-to-School Countdown to help decorate your home or Back-to-School party to help get you and the kids thinking about school and schedules again.  We will be hanging this in the kitchen on our hutch in a couple of weeks and will use it at our annual Back-To-School dinner we like to have the week before school starts.

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I am obsessed with Library Card Catalogs and am hoping to be able to build a replica of one (cross your fingers for me) for a piece of furniture in my home, I saw some old Library Cards!  I thought they would be fun to use as a Back To School printable.  I used them in a Countdown Banner to get my kids excited (or prepared) for the new School Year to start.

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They would also make super cute bookmarks, or Back to School party invitations.  You could also print them out and write a little thank you note on them for your School Teachers.  Another idea I thought of would be to use them to drop a fun little note to your child in their school lunch boxes or back packs.  There really are a lot of fun ways to use these and they are pretty simple to make.

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I simply used this printable that I found from My Paper Pony and made my own Countdown Calendar with it.  Hers were perfect and JUST what I had had in mind.  Use hers if you would like a blank copy of it for a little note card!

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To make the little envelopes, I simply cut out some fun patterned scrapbook papers and wrapped them around the bottom of the cards.  I have a printable template for you to use as a pattern if you would like to recreate what I made exactly!  I simply cut them out and taped them together on the sides of the cards.

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I also have the printable Back to School Countdown Calendar for you to print out and use if you would like as well!  Then I simply hung them on a string and attached them with some large and small paper clips!  You could also use some small clothespins.  I opted for the paper clips to keep it on a back to school theme.

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Now we can look forward to our new school year with this fun and easy to make Back to School Countdown Calendar!  If you would like to make your Countdown longer, simply download the blank calendar and add some more days to it!

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To download the printables simply click on the following links:

Back to School Countdown 1-4

Back to School Countdown 5-8

Back to School Countdown 9-10

Library Card Envelope Pattern

Now, be sure to head on over to these other fantastic sites and see what other fun Back To School Printables they are sharing with you today! So many fun ideas!  I am headed over to grab a few for my family too!

When do your kids head back to school?

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1. Paging Supermom: Print and frame this Alphabet Art for your wall or to give to teacher.
2. Kiki & Company: Send this fun toy in their lunch, sure to spark some giggles with friends.
3. Eighteen25: Share this pep talk print with the kids before sending them off to school.
4. The Idea Room: Get the kids ready for Back-to-School with this fun Countdown Banner.
5. Simple As That: Inspire a young reader with this free set of printable bookmarks.
6. Whipperberry: Help everybody get in the school routine with this after-school checklist.
7. Thirty Handmade Days: Send your kids back to school with these lunch-box jokes.
8. The Crafting Chicks: Make a sweet gift for teacher with these fill-in notes.



m&m printable gift tag

For my younger kids teacher gifts this year we made up some printable m&m gift tags to attach to a package of m&m candies.  We also attached with the tags some coupons for a Free Meal to one of our favorite food places…Cafe Rio.  We wanted to give each teacher something simple but useful that would let them know how much we appreciated them this year.

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We also wanted it to be something that they might enjoy receiving and practically everyone we know around here loves Cafe Rio.  These printable gift tags are great because they can work for almost ANY occasion.  Use them for a simple Father’s Day Gift, Mother’s Day Gift or Birthday Gift.  You could also use them if someone around you needs a little cheering up or a little note so they know someone is thinking about them.

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You don’t even have to attach a gift card to them if you don’t want to.  If someone showed up at my front door or dropped a fun little surprise in my mailbox (like chocolate), I know that it would really brighten up my day.  The kids and I want to do some fun little surprise drop offs of these to their friends this summer and we are looking forward to our secret little surprises!  It is such a simple way to spread sunshine to those around you.

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Want to print some of these out for yourself to give as gifts?

To download a copy of the m&m Printable Gift Tags click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{m&m Printable Gift Tags}

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But the more important matter of the day is…peanut or plain m&m’s?  Which one do you prefer?

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Teacher Gift

Earlier, I shared this simple Teachers Gift idea over at Skip To My Lou and I totally forgot to share it here for you if you missed it.

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I purchased a really inexpensive clay flower pot.  You can find these almost anywhere.  I just picked mine up at the local nursery where I also picked up this sweet Gerber Daisy.  Then you are going to paint your pot.  I used a Chalkboard Spray Paint from Rustoleum.  It works so great and is so easy to use.  Just tape off the area of the pot you do not want painted with the chalkboard spray paint.  I used painter’s tape and some newspaper.  Once you have it all taped off and sealed spray that baby!  One or two coats works just fine and then let it dry.

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After the paint has dried, if you want to add another color like gold…tape off the chalkboard painted area and cover with newspaper so that the gold spray paint does not get on it.  Then spray on some fun color!  I chose to do the rim of mine gold.  Let it dry and remove the tape.

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Then plant your flower into the pot and add this cute little teacher tag.  I simply printed it out and glued it onto some black card stock.  Then to get it to stand in the plant, I taped it to a wooden craft toothpick.  This seriously does not get any easier.  Then write the teacher’s name on the pot or an inspirational word!

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If you would like to print out the tag that I used, you can print that out here by clicking on the link below:

{Teacher Appreciation Gift Tag}

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I also like to give our teachers a little gift card so they can use it for a night out to dinner or a movie. I figure they deserve a nice treat after all their hard work for the year. Good teachers are irreplaceable!

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If you like this teacher gift idea you might be interested in a similar one that uses succulents.  You can see that post here:  Teacher Gifts–Succulent Planter

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Teacher Gifts–—Stamp Sets

I shared this tutorial on Skip to My Lou as a guest poster a few years ago and totally forgot to share it on my own site.  Ha! So I figured it was better late than never.  Here is a simple and sweet Teacher Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week or for the end of the school year.  I also love to tuck in a gift card to the teachers favorite restaurant or to the local movie theater so they can have a little reward for all of their hard work.  Being a former teacher myself, I totally get how hard teachers really do work!

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I was trying to wrack my brain to think of something different and unique…not sure I achieved it, but I did come up with something that I think is cute and still practical for a teacher…a STAMP set!  Teachers grade and go through so much paperwork that I thought it would be fun to give them something they could use.  The stamps could be anything from a smiley face, keep up the good work, or you could even order them a customized stamp with their name.   

Since I have five kids, I have to be a bit more frugal about my teacher gifts and sometimes I feel like I am limited in what I can get a teacher that will still be nice…ya know?  I just happened upon several BRAND NEW stamps the other day while I was browsing the thrift store for 50 cents each.  I know…score!  But you can buy stamps at the dollar stores or craft stores for fairly inexpensively especially if you go with a coupon.

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Then I took a craft box that was made out of Basswood.  I forgot to take a picture of it while it was still in the wrapper and before I had covered it with decorative paper…but alas…I forgot.  So I dug the wrapper out of the garbage {you’re welcome} and snapped a picture of it so you would know what to look for if you are interested in making one similar to mine…I’m nice like that :)!

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First I painted the inside of the box with an antique white acrylic craft paint.  Then I simply covered the box with scrapbook paper when the paint had dried.  I cut into the edges {corners} of the box with scissors so that the paper would wrap around the box nicely.  I pasted it onto the box with a couple of layers Mod Podge on bottom and the top of the paper and let it dry completely between coats.

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Then I purchased a brand new stamping ink pad and placed it inside the box.  I was happy to see that the ink pad and stamps fit pretty nicely inside.

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Inside the box lid I had typed up a little saying and attached it. 

It says…”Thanks for being such a great teacher.  You have earned our STAMP of approval!”

Then below it you could add your child’s name and year or leave it blank.  I also thought it would be fun to add the teacher’s last name to the top of the box so she could keep in out on her desk to look at it.  I also thought it was a fun way to personalize it.  I simply printed out her last name letters onto some white cardstock and stuck them onto the box with some glue dots.

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That’s all there is too it.  A quick and easy project that your kid’s teacher will hopefully enjoy and get some good use out of it!



Teacher gift idea

Nothing like a last second project…*ahem*!!  I was hoping to get around to our teacher gifts EARLIER, but such is life sometimes.  I whipped these up the night before the last day of school! But they did get done.  I was hoping to get them earlier so I could share them with you all in case some of you might want to make some homemade teacher gifts.

Homemade Teacher Gifts

Hopefully some of you still have kids with a few days of school left.  Or you can always use this later for the next school year.

I have made several versions of these and my kids teachers always seem really appreciative to receive them.  Apparently they go through a lot of hand sanitizer in the schools.

I usually send mine along with a gift card to the movies or a restaurant.

These are so easy to make and literally took me less than an hour to put all together.  Best part?  The Hand Sanitizer is a super inexpensive bottle from the dollar store.

Here is how to make them:

1.  Buy Hand Sanitizer in clear bottles.  Or buy empty containers (Container Store is a great source) and fill with Hand Sanitizer from a big refill bottle.

2.  Remove store labels if needed.  Goo Gone works great for me to remove any leftover glue residue.

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3.  Print the downloadable Teacher Hand Sanitizer PDF onto some clear Transparency Film.  **You will need to use a laser printer or copier otherwise the ink will fall off and run in the sanitizer.  A copy center can print it for you for a small charge and has transparency paper.

4.  Cut out the insert.  Roll it backwards and insert it into the top of the bottle.

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5.  Use the stem of the pump to push the label into place in the front inside of the bottle.  The Hand Sanitizer will keep it sitting in the correct position.

6.  Attach a hand written note from your child and/or your favorite gift card.

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You can download the Teacher Hand Sanitizer PDF here:

So happy to have this be the LAST “homework” assignment/project of the school year!!  Bring on SUMMER!!

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Here are some of my older versions of this gift idea for those who may be interested:

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Hand In Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Hand Sanitizer

Thanksgiving Hand Sanitizer

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer/Soap Bottles

I’d like to welcome all my newest Followers! CrAzY! I hope you stick around and enjoy what you see here at The Idea Room. Today I would like to share with you a fun, easy and inexpensive gift that is a great teacher gift, or for neighbors, new moms and friends…Monogrammed Hand Soap and/or Sanitizers.

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All you need are a few simple items:

A bottle of hand soap or hand sanitizer
A sheet of overhead transparency
Goo Gone (to remove labels)

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I usually buy my bottles of soap and hand sanitizer from the Dollar Store. {Or you can buy empty bottles and fill with soap and sanitizer}. Then I remove all the stickers and labels from the bottles. I got my paper labels wet and they easily scraped off. To clean off any glue residue, I used Goo Gone which I purchased at Home Depot.

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**Download the free monogram label here.

**You will have to save it to your computer and then open it up with your Word program, photo program or insert it into a blank Word document. Then you should be able to send the image to the background and then type over the image to add the letter you need.

Measure the width of your bottle. In your word program edit the monogram and size it to the proper size for your bottles. Add the letter you need in the center. Then print out the monogram. If your printer is a laser printer, you can print the monogram right onto your overhead transparency paper. If you don’t have a laser printer, print the monogram onto a regular piece of paper. Then copy the monogram onto the overhead transparency with a copy machine. Most Copy Centers will be able to do this for you.

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**The above step is very important. If you don’t print it with laser printer or copier, the lettering will fall off your vinyl and float in the sanitizer or soap…which doesn’t make for a pretty present!

**You can always forgo the above step and just cut out some vinyl in the monogram and place it on the front of your bottle too.
Cut around your printed label as straight and as close as you can get to the writing so that it fits properly into your bottle. Check before you cut the bottom of the label to be sure that it will sit as high in the bottle as you would like it to.

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Roll up the label so that the writing is in front. I roll mine backwards. Stuff it into the top of the bottle carefully.

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Use the soap dispenser to push the label to the front wall of the bottle and to straighten it in the right position.

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The best part of these is that they are so afforable and practical. They are also completely customizable. You could really put anything on the transparency and they could be used for so many things…birthdays, home decor, for new parents and their frequent guests, etc. Here is a version I made two years ago for one of my child’s teachers.

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**For the “hand in hand” download, click here.

If you are new here, you might want to check out some of the other Hand Sanitizer Bottles I have shared:

Hand in Hand Sanitizer Bottle

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Joy Hand Sanitizer

Thanksgiving Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Chalkboard Hand Sanitizer

Happy gift-giving!

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