DIY Personalized Pens

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We made personalized pens to give to the other teachers and aides at my son’s school.  They are so simple, but turn out so cute and I love that they are homemade and personalized.

I found the idea a while back and pinned it to my Teacher Gift board.  When I went back to the pin, it said the website wasn’t available.

We used Pentel RSVP pens for this project.  I could only find them in “fine” but I personally prefer “medium” ink pens.  I did a quick search in the pen aisle at Staples, but didn’t find another option.  (Let me know if you find a different type of pen that works).

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I unscrewed the end of the pen and cut a strip of white copy paper the length of the empty barrel.  It really doesn’t need to be exact since it will be wrapped around the ink inside the pen.

I had my son draw on the paper to decorate it.  He originally started drawing a picture of a Christmas tree, but I had to remind him we would be cutting the paper into smaller strips so just make a design.  He then just proceeded to take random crayons and draw lines all over–similar to a 2 year old but it looked good in the end.

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Then I cut the long strip into smaller sections.  They were around 1.25-1.5 inches wide.  It really doesn’t need to be exact since it will be wrapped.  Then I used a fine point Sharpie to write each teacher’s name on the paper.  After a while, my Sharpie started to die.  Sharpie over crayons doesn’t work very well.  I eventually found a scrapbook pen that worked over the crayon.  I made these pens in the past and I think I wrote the name first and then had my son draw with crayons over it.

After the paper was cut, decorated, and name added, I wrapped the paper as tightly as possible around the ink barrel.  Then I slid the paper into the barrel and screwed the top back on.

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We added a post it note pad to go with each pen and our simple appreciation gift was complete.  A personal and useful gift.  My 2 year old was even able to make one for his swimming teacher.

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“All About My Teacher” Homemade Book

As a former teacher myself, I know teachers have a tough job!  I always like to include a personal touch with the gift to my child’s teacher.  A few years ago, I came across an “All About My Teacher” questionnaire.  I loved the answers my son gave when we did one for his Dad for Father’s Day so I thought it would be perfect for his teacher.

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I thought it would be cute to turn the questionnaire into a book so it could include his own handwriting and drawings.

I found this cute tutorial to make a Turkey Thanksgiving Book and modified it quite a bit to meet my needs.

To Make the Book:

Supplies:

  • 2 brown grocery bags
  • 1 Popsicle stick
  • 1 rubber band

Directions:

  • Cut the sides from 2 brown grocery bags.   Cut the section off at the bottom where it folds and discard.
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  • Fold the paper in half to form the book.
  • Punch two holes near the edge to form the binding.  The paper was so thick so I had to punch each sheet separately.
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  • Insert a rubber band through the holes from the back and secure with a Popsicle stick
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Now you have your book and you are ready to create.

To Create the Book:

These are the questions I used for the book.

  • My teacher’s name is _____
  • I love my teacher because _____
  • My favorite thing my teacher does is _____
  • My teacher always tells me _____
  • My teacher is really good at _____
  • My teacher’s favorite book is _____
  • My teacher is _____ years old and lives _____

If you Google “All About My Teacher”, you will find tons of different options.

I wrote each question on a different page and had my son complete the sentence. It was interesting to see how his responses changed in only one year.  Last year he said his teacher lived at McDonald’s, but this year he said his teacher lives in the United States (thank goodness or she would have a really long commute)!

After my son wrote his answers to the questions, I had him draw a picture to correspond.  Of course, he treated this as “homework” so tried to finish as quickly as possible.  I was getting rather frustrated with him.  If the project is HIS idea and something he really wants to do, he spends so much time perfecting the project.  (I am sure if he was writing a Lego Book, he would spend hours on it).  This time he just wanted to be done.  The final product is not as colorful as I had hoped, but he’s a 5 year old boy and this is his work.  I’m hoping his teacher will treasure his responses.

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