I have a confession to make. This personalized teacher gift clipboard is a teacher appreciation gift we made for the boys’ teachers last year. I have been the epitome of last minute the past few months. I used to be so organized and on top of things but with work and getting the kids to their sports and appointments I have fallen off of the do-things-in-advance wagon. I am Miss Last Minute through and through. I tell people it is because I work well under pressure. Psh! I’ll have a laugh at that one. I figured if I didn’t finish and post this project up soon (the pictures have been sitting in my blog draft section for almost a year now) I might forget it until summer (again) when it would be too late to use for Teacher Appreciation Week.
Vinyl Teacher Gift Clipboard
- Adhesive Vinyl
- Vinyl Transfer Tape
- Cricut or Silhouette Cutting Machine
- Vinyl weeding hook (optional)
- debit/gift card or scraper tool
Step 1- Use your Cricut, Silhouette or other cutting machine to cut out the teacher name and a few simple lines from adhesive vinyl
Step 2 – Weed the extra vinyl to leave only the cut design. Peel the transfer tape away from it’s backing and press it over the vinyl design. Flip it over and rub the back with the edge of a credit, debit, giftcard or a scraper tool. This helps the vinyl adhere to the transfer tape. (I have a more in-depth tutorial for using transfer tape).
Step 3 – Peel the transfer tape at a 45 degree angle. Peel slowly incase the vinyl design doesn’t adhere very well. If you peel fast you could rip the vinyl which is no bueno. Then place the transfer paper with vinyl where you would like it on the clipboard, press down and rub with your hand. Then use the edge of the card to smooth any air bubbles. Again peel the transfer tape away at a 45 degree angle leaving the vinyl behind.
Attach a thank you card, candies, books or anything you think your child’s teacher would enjoy. I had the boys give them the way they are. You could wrap them or give them in a gift basket or bag too. We use clipboards a lot in our house so I made these teacher gift clipboards in hopes they would get quite a bit of use.
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