The end of the school year is next week for us in this area. Although three of my kids are homeschooled, one is in public school in kindergarten this year. His teacher has been wonderful, and she is retiring at the end of this school year. Everyone is contributing to a group gift, but I wanted something a little more personal for her.
So, I broke out the shrinky dink plastic, and copied the school mascot to make a necklace for her.
Now, if you have been following this blog at all, you would know that I cannot draw like that on my own! Luckily, my son had a school t-shirt with the mascot (a tiger, or maybe a leopard??, named Jaz) on the back. I dropped the t-shirt onto a copier, and reduced the image size to 2" x 3". Then I traced the image onto the shrinky dink plastic and followed the directions on the package to shrink it.
Am I the only one who is completely fascinated by watching shrinky dinks do their magical shrinking? It amazes me when they curl up and then flatten out again, all in seconds.
I rummaged around in my bins of junk until I found some beads and some waxed cord to string it on. And then I hit the jackpot and found some necklace closures, too. You never know what you will find when you search through my bins of goodies.
Then I decided it was just tons of fun and I wanted to keep playing with shrinky dinks, so I made a keychain, too.
I know that this is just the type of gift that the teacher will love, as she is always sentimental, and even more so as retirement approaches. I hope that this will help her keep her school days in her mind and heart, even as she goes on to new exciting adventures.