The boys each chose the designer paper pattern they wanted for their teacher, which I then paired with a co-ordinating design, and applied to a little 14 X 12 CM tin. For the top, I made a little post-it not holder (it slides out through the band), and a matching pen (open the tube of a regular ball point pen, insert a rolled piece of paper that you have cut to the length and diameter of the pen):
This is the inside:
To keep the co-ordinating look going, I applied some designer paper to the inside of the tin, and put an origami mini-picture frame on the inside of the lid. The teacher can fill with their own necessities, however we did fill them with a few items:
Here you can see all the co-ordinating items we made: post-it note holder, pen, brass bookmark (extra large brass paper-clip, decorated with paper cut-outs which are hot-glued to one end), and a tissue holder.
We also wanted to give something to the guidance counsellor, as she has helped the boys with some bullying and anxiety issues this year. For her, I made a little container and some Christmas tags:
In the last picture, you can see how the container was made: just cut two circles, then make them flat on one end by cutting off the bottoms. Take a regular paper bag about 2/3 the width of your circle, cut the top down to make it square, then glue one circle to the front and the other to the back, decorate as desired. Makes a cute gift bag!
The boys were pleased with their presents! I hope their teachers like them too!