In Arizona, we head back to school between the end of July and the beginning of August and I know the rest of you are in full back to school prep mode as we speak. I thought I’d share the cute gift idea I came up with this year for our new teachers. This Pencil Frame Teacher Gift is such an easy project, and even something the kids could even help with.
Wood frame, 5 x 7
Smaller detailing paint brushes
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints, Dolphin – Shrimp – School Bus – Black Tie
I love the DecoArt Multi-Surface paints, they cover so well and these colors were perfect for this project. They were spot on!
The picture frame I used was a new frame I had on hand, it was a faux wood frame. So if you aren’t using a real wood frame I suggest painting a quick layer of the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in white (Everlasting) to give the rest of your paint something to grip onto better. If you’re working with real wood then you are good to go.
Just tape off the glass if it’s not easily removable, I also taped off the portions of the frame that would be the eraser and metal tip.
Then coat the remaining uncovered portions of the frame with a foam brush and the School Bus yellow paint. You will need at least two coats of paint.
Once the yellow is dry you can remove the tape from where the eraser portion will be.
Using a small detail paint brush paint your eraser with the Shrimp paint.
When the eraser portion is dry add the Dolphin gray below the eraser portion to create your metal cap. Let dry. You will need two coats of each the Shrimp and Dolphin colors before moving on.
I thought it would be fun to give this frame a sketched look, so I decided to outline everything in black paint.
With your fine detail paint brush and your Black Tie paint just simply outline all the portions of the pencil. I also added small detail lines on the metal cap area and down the pencil.
I think it turned out pretty cute. I added a very simple printable and placed it inside the frame. If you’d like to print the free printable go HERE or click the link below to download a copy to slip into your Pencil Frame. Open the printable in a program like Word, Publisher, Photoshop and resize to fit the frame size you have. For best print quality, print on matte photo paper or white cardstock.
Want to skip the printable? Add a piece of white cardstock inside the frame and attach a dry erase marker for a cute dry erase board instead.
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