Sunday, September 1, 2013

Teachers' Day Gifts Tutorial

I am really thankful to Pei Pei and Hao Hao's teachers for taking good care of them, and hope that Pei Pei and Hao Hao would learn to be appreciative of their teachers. 

Since Teachers' Day (in Singapore, this is the last working day of Term 3) is approaching, we prepared some tokens of appreciation for their teachers.

My initial idea was to make lollipop flowers, and made one prototype.

However, 5-year-old Pei Pei offered an insightful comment about this gift.

"How to eat this?" She asked.

She was right. The flower will be destroyed once the lollipop is eaten. So we dropped this idea, and thought of another one.

Here is the step-by-step tutorial on how to make the paper flower!

Step 1: Prepare 4 pieces of rectangular coloured paper. For each piece, place the coloured side downwards, fold half to make a centre line, and fold four corners.
Step 2: Fold backwards, so that the coloured sides are facing inward.
Step 3: Repeat Step 1 & 2 for the other 3 pieces of paper. Stack 4 pieces together, tie the centre with a chenille stem (pipe cleaner).
Step 4: Open up the coloured side one by one.

Pei Pei was able to fold the paper without difficulty, but step 4 is too challenging for her, so I helped her in this step.

To make the flower look cute, I twisted the stem to make the leaf. Pei Pei wrote the cards, and we pasted the flowers on to the cards using Washi tape with flower patterns.

Hao Hao also contributed by making a simpler gift - "washi-fied" Teachers' Day cards!

In addition, we used a flower shape puncher (bought from Daiso) to punch flower shapes from coloured paper, and pasted them on the cards.

Hope their teachers will like the Teachers' Day gifts!

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