Typical procrastinator and forgetful shopper that I am, I realized on Thursday night that I had forgotten to pick up a gift for my First Grader’s teacher on Friday. So, I set out to make something with things that I had on hand.

I had picked up a couple of Dollar Tree Graduation Frames (picture on one side, tassels on the other) a while back just to have on hand. Also, when I redid my daughter’s bedroom last Spring I had a variety of card stock and gift bags leftover (framed interesting gift bags or pizza boxes covered in gift bags/wrapping paper make easy cheap wall hangings).

I used the paper from inside the graduation frame to trace a template for cutting onto the gift bag. This gift bag had a little matching cutout attached to the ribbon handle. I cut the ribbon and attached the cutout with the ribbon to the hole in the picture mat where the tassels were. Then I glued the mat onto the gift bag that I had cut.


I used Word and picked the teacher’s last initial. Changed the font size to 300 and selected a font style that I liked. I found a monogram font site and typed in the word teacher and it created an image that I was able to copy and paste into the Word document with the L monogram. I printed the document onto white cardstock and cut out the letters. Then I glued them in place, put the frame together and put it in a gift bag. Total project cost was probably around $3.

Here is the before and after photo of the frame.


By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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