Friday, August 31, 2012

Bub & Me: Teacher's Day 2012 | DIY Hand-stamped Tote Bags Tutorial

This is Lil Pumpkin's first Teacher's Day since she started preschool earlier this year. Her teachers have been very kind to her and we've seen how she's grown under their tutelage so it was a no thinker to do something special to show our appreciation to them.

Of course, it would be even more special with a personal touch from Lil Pumpkin so over the week, we did some hand-stamping on plain canvas totes bags as Teacher's Day gifts. I was also eager to use some of my new alphabet rubber stamps too heehee.

You can use other fruits or vegs like apples, pears or even carved potato as stamps but I like using the bottom part of celery stalks because of its beautiful rose pattern, and also there's no food wastage at all {unless you eat that part??!}. This is such an easy activity that even young kids like Lil Pumpkin can do. See how much fun she's having!

We just used normal Crayola craft paint for the colours and positioned the stamping to form a "flower wreath" around the names of her teachers. After the paint dried the boy sprayed the bags with a sealer to make it more lasting, although I think washing is not recommended.

Simple gifts made with love for her teachers... I hope they like it!! Lil Pumpkin will be starting some art classes soon because we feel she has a strong interest in creating things with her hands and would like to develop that. Soon, I think she will be the one giving me ideas for our art & crafts sessions :) We will be sharing more on that journey in time to come...

Wishing all teachers a Happy Teacher's Day 2012!

Check out the other fun activities we did with Lil Pumpkin here or my list of Kid-Friendly places in Singapore.  Let me know if you have other recommendations :)

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19 comments:

themodernparent said...

What a gorgeous idea. It is always hard coming up with presents for the teachers that are a little different :)

Geraldine said...

Nice way of using the celery roots as stamps, love the totes! Btw where do you get the "blank" totes?

Ai Sakura said...

themodernparent: yes and something practical that they can use too!

Geraldine: from Art Friend but I think other arts supplies stores will have too :)

The Kids Are All Right said...

They're gorgeous and I love the colours you've chosen. Very bright and happy!

jean said...

Nice!! it is always lovely to be able to make or do something different and special for the lovely teachers!!

Dominique@Dominique's Desk said...

Those are really cool personalized bags. I'm sure her teachers would love it.

oomph. said...

i have done iron-ons in the past. this is a great idea for teachers...i'm always stumped what to do for them and end up buying gift cards. i'll have to remember the bags...i even have blank totes in storage!!

[oomph.]

Torviewtoronto said...

beautifully done we use other vegetable for printing too :)

Pink Ronnie said...

That is very cool. Love that it's so practical too!
Ronnie xo

Susan said...

Wow , I never noticed the rose petals design from a celery stem. And to think that I eat quite a bit of that since I add it to my salad. We’ll be baking for Sophie’s teachers for Teacher’s Day. Can’t wait to use my new oven!

Ai Sakura said...

The Kids are All Right: thanks I like the bright colours too :)

Jean: yes so true!

Dominique: her teacher messaged to say she did. happy to hear that!

oomph: girl, you gotta use those blank totes!

Torviewtoronto: yup they are easy to make patterns with :)

Ronnie: practicality is definitely a factor when I think of gifts. I hate something to be a white elephant ;p

Susan: yay can't wait to see your new bakes! and so exciting to have a new oven!

Salz DummySpit said...

oh wow that's such a cool idea.

Grace said...

That's amazing, Ai! At first I was wondering why you were using a celery stalk then I kept reading and it makes perfect sense. What lucky teachers :)

Adora said...

oh nice! what a cool idea! you can also use fabric paint, and that one allows for the bags to be washed. just needs to be ironed after paint dries. we printed apples on poppy's bedsheets and it's been thru the wash countless times!

Tracey said...

What a wonderful idea! They look fabulous! :)

Dee said...

Pretty!! If I'm the teacher, I would love this handmade tote bag too!! :))

Camille said...

That is so sweet, I bet the teachers will love it. I never knew celery makes that sort of stamp, how pretty. :)

Madeline Heng said...

Looks great! My girl has only been to school for 4 weeks so I'm not in a hurry to give presents to the teachers yet. Hmm but I suppose I should at least buy something nice for them haha

~Summer~ said...

Nice! I've always wanted to try stamping tote bags! You just motivate me to do so soon. It's a great Teacher's Day gift, Ai!