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Crayon Initial (freebie template)

I know you've seen them all over Pinterest, because Crayon initials are super cute!  It seems like most of the ones on Pinterest are for teachers (and I sure wish someone would make me one), but I also like making them for baby gifts.  One of my best friends is expecting her first child in October.  It's a girl!!!  I'm super excited for her!  Since they've already picked out the name (let's hope they don't change their minds now), I made her one for Mother's Day.  The baby will be called Shakespeare, and I think this will be super cute in her room.

I thought some other people might want to know how to make a Crayon initial.  They do make super cute teacher appreciation gifts, end-of-the-year gifts, and baby shower gifts!

Here's the materials you need:

You also need a sharp knife (but I forgot to add that in the pic).  I got my shadow boxes at Michaels.  They had a pack of 3 for $9.99, and teachers get 15% off!

*One other word of advice, you may not want to leave the tube of Tacky Glue in a plastic bag where your puppy could dig it out and get glue all over herself (right after a bath), a dress, and a robe....just FYI.

Here's the template that I used.  It's a powerpoint file that I'm attaching.  I used the Curlz MT font which can be found here for free.  If you don't have that font, it will show up as a different font on your computer.  You can change the font to whatever you want.  The S is the AbcPrint font which can be found here for free.

Click on the template to get your own free copy.

Here's some tips that I learned from the 3 of these that I've made so far:

1.  Make sure you spell the name right BEFORE you glue half the crayons down.  I learned this the hard way.  :/

2.  My shadow boxes were smaller than a typical frame, so I had to cut the paper down to fit.  It was a little difficult to get mine just right.  The back of my shadowbox had these little curved sections that I had to cut around.  Much easier to do that BEFORE you glue a bunch of crayons down.

3.  Curved sections (especially an S) can be real tricky.  You may want to cut out the crayons and lay them down before you glue.

4.  Check to make sure that you when you put the final product back into the shadowbox that it's not too high or too low.  I also learned this hard the way after I made mistake #1 of spelling the name wrong.  

5.  If you make a mistake after the crayons are all glued down on the initial, it is possible to cut the initial out and glue it onto another piece of paper.  

6.  Try to make sure your crayons cover the template initial completely.  That's also why I made the initial gray, so it's not so easy to spot.

If you want to see how other people made these or look at different initials, I made a WHOLE Pinterest board of nothing but Crayon initials.  You can find it here.  There you go, happy crafting!!!

Teacher Appreciation Purchases

I love Erica Bohrer's idea to show what you bought during the Teacher Appreciation sale on TPT and have a Linky Party.

Here's some of the AWESOME stuff that I purchased today:

I needed something to finish out our school year (16.5 days left!!!), so I decided that my special ed students need a break from the direct instruction programs....and so do I!  We're going to do a novel study on Chocolate Fever.  I bought these 2 great units from 2nd Grade Shenanigans and Step Into Second Grade.

I also got this Making Words activity from First Grade and Fabulous.  I plan on using it with my 1st graders.

I was thinking ahead to next year and about this super cute idea from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits that I thought would be perfect for next year's Open House.

Remember you can still get up to 28% off my TPT store tonight!

I was finally able to upload a new game to TPT that I had been working on.  It's a super cute game to practice reading decodable short vowel words that have digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh).  Some words do have digraphs and blends.  Click on the picture to find out more info.

Giveaway Winner

I announced the winner of the easi-speak Digital Microphone on Sunday as

I still haven't heard from Monica.  Monica, please email by Tuesday to claim your prize.  


Teacher Appreciation Week and Giveaway Winner

In appreciation of all the amazing teachers out there, I'm having a sale from May 6th to May 8th in my TPT Store.  Everything is 20% off and you can get an extra 10% off by using the code TAD12.  This is the perfect sale to stock up on all items you think will be useful next year.  Click {here} to go to my store.
Thanks to Erica Bohrer for the cute poster!

Sorry for not posting the giveaway winner yesterday.  We had soccer, a promotion party for another Marine, prom stuff with my oldest daughter, and then a date night to see The Avengers (very good movie!).  It was just a crazy day.  So the winner is.....

Monica - Please send me your email address so we can get your Microphone mailed to you!

Teacher Appreciation Jackpot!

This is one blog post you don't want to miss out on!!!  We all now that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  And I can't think of any better way to show appreciation than by giving away FREEBIES!!!

This isn't going to be your usual freebie giveaway either.  I am joining up with some fabulous bloggers to show how much you are appreciated.  

April from A Modern Teacher is linking up all the  PK-2 Products
Laura from Corkboard Connections is linking up all the Grades 3 - 6 Products
Adrianne from The Tutor House is linking up all the Grades 7 - 12 Products

On May 6th, over 130 bloggers are going to be giving away one free item to all of you fabulous teachers out there on 

I'm giving away for FREE my Making Words - Month by Month on May 6th only.  You can get it for free by clicking on the picture below.

I'm looking forward to seeing all the great FREE things that are going to be offered on May 6th!  Check all the bloggers who have linked up to offer some GREAT stuff!