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Pom-Pom Pen and Clip Board DIY Teacher Gift

When it comes to teacher gifts, I think about what I would like to receive.
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I start getting the craft bug, and I want to make things, not just buy them.  Now, I’m not one for doing the same thing every year for every occasion.  I like to mix it up a little.  That is one reason I love Pinterest so much.  There are so many ideas for everything.

For my son’s teacher’s birthday I decided to use my creativity along with my pal Pinterest and come up with a great gift.  One I would love myself (hint, hint).  I decided to make a pom-pom pen and a clip board.  What teacher doesn’t like a cute clipboard or pen?

The first thing I did was go to the fabric section at Walmart (yes, some Walmarts still have a fabric section).  I found 2 contrasting materials that were already cut and ready to go.  They were less than a dollar each.

When I got home, I pulled out some yellow scrap fabric and cut a 1 inch strip of it for the stem.  Then I cut a 4 inch strip of the other two (for the flower).  I folded the two 4 inch strips in half, long ways.  Then I took each and cut slits about 1/2 inch apart.  I didn’t cut all the way down.  I cut just right before the fold.

I cut a 1 inch piece of fabric for the “stem”.

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I cut strips of fabric 4 inches and folded them.

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I cut slits in the fabric.

Then, I got on my handy dandy sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch the length of the fold on each of the two fabrics I cut.

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Sew a straight stitch down the fold.

Next, I fired up the hot glue gun and got gluin’!  I wrapped one color around the end of the pen probably 10 times, gluing like crazy.  Then I took the second color, the red, and did the same.  After I had my pom-pom going, I wrapped the yellow around the length of the pen.  I liked that it looked messy and had some fraying.  I thought it gave it personality.

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It took a ton of hot glue to make the pom-pom.

That was probably the easiest thing I have made in a long time.  Super easy and so much fun to put together.

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Final product!

Next, I made the clipboard.  I had purchased a set of two boards, again from Walmart.

I already had scrapbook paper ready to go.  I chose three sheets that I thought would look fun when put together.  I traced them out so that they would fit almost perfectly on my board (It never fits perfect for me, no matter how hard I try).

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Scrapbook paper and clipboard fun.

I got out the Mod Podge and glued down my red paper first.  Then, I slapped down the alphabet paper, then my school bus paper.  Then did two coats of Mod Podge on top to seal it all together.  Once dried, I added some ribbon to the top and a small pad of paper.

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We put a zip tie on the clipboard to keep it open while the paper dried.

Again, super easy and fun.  And it really didn’t take long to make.   I even made myself a pen and a board.  I think they are cute, but I am a little biased.

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I ended up making a second pen for myself, in case you are confused as to how the colors switched up.

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