I come from a very talented family of crafters and artists. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of the talent, but I did get the desire to make things with my hands. We even have a secret facebook group where someone in our family challenges us to make something. This month, I took that challenge and turned it into a teacher appreciation idea for Valentines Day.
- Start with a sheet of red copy paper. Trim the paper to make a square.
- Fold the square in half to form a triangle. Crease well.
- Fold the triangle in half again to make a smaller triangle. Crease well.
- Fold the triangle in half one last time to make a smaller triangle. Crease well.
- Unfold the paper to the original triangle made in step 2.
- Place the triangle on a table with the longest side facing you.
- Take the left corner and fold it up to the top corner. Do the same with the right corner forming a diamond shape. Tape the seams together with a small piece of clear tape.
- Flip the paper over to the untaped side. Fold the top point of the diamond down a little above the two outside corners.
- Flip the paper over to the taped side. Take the left point and fold down to make a small triangle point. Do the same with the right side.
- Flip over. You should have a heart shaped pocket.
You can dog-ear the corners back a little to give it more of a heart shape, but I don’t think that is necessary. Also, since I’m not a purist, I used small pieces of tape to hold down any paper that wanted to flap up.
Inside you can place a giftcard and write a catchy saying on the outside.
I used a Starbucks® giftcard and a Chick-fil-a® giftcard for my samples.
Starbucks: Thanks a “latte”
Chick-fil-a: Thanks for being a part of our herd.
Burger King: Thanks for doing it God’s Way!
If budget is an issue, you can stuff the pocket with candies.
Sweetarts: You’re a sweetart!
M&Ms: Thanks for melting hearts for Jesus!
Party-favor size Play-Doh: You help mold hearts for God.
Jeff Land loves Life! That’s pretty great, because his job here at LifeWay is the Team Leader for Bible Studies for Life: Kids. Jeff loves his life which is so blessed by his amazing wife, Abbey, and their four sons, Reed, Nash, Will, and Tuck. A natural encourager and fun-lover, look for Jeff’s posts about teacher appreciation and game ideas. When not serving at work, Jeff serves 2nd graders at his church, First Baptist Church, Joelton, TN.