We just finished celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day at our school, and since I'm often scouring blogs for fresh "room mom" ideas, I thought I'd make a deposit in my karma bank and put this candygram idea out there for others.
I started with a big sheet of foam core and a plan of what I wanted to say. I arranged all my candy in order, estimating the room in between for words, so I could get an idea of how it would fit the space. Then I printed my words on colored cardstock and cut into strips. This doesn't have to be super exact, as in all the strips being the same width or the line breaks being just right. A ransom look kind of adds to the charm.
The candy is attached with super-strong double-sided scrapbooking tape, available at any craft store. Even the heavy boxes of Runts and Nerds won't budge with a few strips of that stuff. For the candy bars, you'll want to make sure you tape over the flap on the back, or they will flop forward when the candygram is upright.
There are lots of fun ways this can be embellished...none of which I felt inspired to do at 2 am when I finally got around to finishing this one. But trust me, they can be really foofy and cute with some Cricut borders, flourishes, and whatever other fun stuff you can think of.
The wording, in case you can't see it well:
Mrs. Hoffman, we SKORed big when we got you for a teacher! Do U-NO how much we love you? You're MOUNDS of fun & the learning is GOOD & PLENTY in your class. You help us CRUNCH numbers & learn things we'll use NOW & LATER. We'd be a bunch of NERDS if we didn't thank you. You go the EXTRA mile for us & you're the RIESEN there are more SMARTIES and less AIRHEADS in this world. We wish your PAYDAY could be 100GRAND but instead, here's a big thank you for putting up with our SNICKERS and silliness. We know some days are a ROCKY ROAD but we always appreciate you!
HUGS from your little RUNTS
Your candy may vary -- meaning, I have made a bunch of these over the years, and every time without fail, at least one of my needed candy bars has become extinct or is unavailable at stores near me (I'm LOOKing at you, LOOK bar!). The good news is with a little bit of creativity, you can always find a substitute candy bar name that will fit into a sentence to round things out...you may just have to change your wording a bit.
Here's a pic of our adorable teacher and her candygram...I think she liked it. :)
We threw in a movie gift card wrapped in a popcorn bag, so she would have someplace to sit and eat all that candy.
What fun Teacher Appreciation ideas have you seen lately?