Next Monday, many schools in the U.S. will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9, 2014), to honor our dedicated teachers and staff. Staying late after school, coming in early, figuring out ways to reach out to students, listening to their needs, and instructing them in important educational and life skills are just a few of the myriad of activities they conduct on a daily basis.
This week, parents at Piano Man’s school have been organizing ways to show their appreciation. A fellow parent and friend found another blogger’s idea to use Dr. Seuss’ books as the theme to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. And did you know that the National Education Association (NEA) promoted Dr. Suess’ classic book, The Cat in the Hat, to encourage education in reading on National Reading Day? How fitting that our school would continue with a Seussical theme for Teacher Appreciation Week?
Thanks to Scrapaholics, I’m here to share a fun tutorial to make a “Hats Off to Our Staff” Banner that will be placed in the teacher staff lounge. If you’re interested in making a Seussical-themed Teacher Appreciation Week extravaganza, then you must stop by her site and check out the fabulous work she’s done to coordinate such a wonderful week for teachers and staff at her daughter’s school.
- “Hats Off to Our Staff” or “Hats Off to You” Banner template (If you like Hometown Betty on Facebook, you can request a free copy of the template.)
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- red card stock (and or blue card stock) paper
- white paper
- cutting mat board
- paper cutter
Step 1. Print out Dr. Suess’ font-style letters. You can download or use their preview text to copy and paste it onto a program, like Microsoft PowerPoint. Enlarge letters so that it is to scale for the banner. Because the granularity was diminished as I enlarged the letters, I decided to cut out the letters, flip them over, trace the letters onto white paper, and then cut them again. In Step 3, you will see that the letters are now white with cleaner edges.
(If you would like to bypass this step, head over to Hometown Betty on Facebook and like the page. Once you do, you can request a copy of the template to make a “Hats Off to You” or “Hats Off to Our Staff” banner.)
Cut and place letters in correct word order.
Step 2. Cut red (or blue, if you prefer) 8.5×11 card stock in half.
Step 3. Place and glue letters on red card stock. I used the mat board to align letters at a slight angle. It created a more whimsical effect.
Step 4. Print out a Cat in the Hat logo. You can find plenty of different styles on Google images.
Step 5. Cut blue card stock in half. Glue Cat in the Hat logos on card stock.
Step 6. Cut strips of card stock and glue to the back of each lettered banner. Thread string through the back.
Step 7. Voila! Project complete! You now have your very own Dr. Suess-inspired “Hats Off To Our Staff” Banner.
If you’re looking for ideas to thank your teacher or administrator, this is a fun and quite simple banner that you can make in no time.
Check out some other fun banners and party decorations for inspiration:
TUTORIAL: Christmas Party Banner
TUTORIAL: Baby Girl Shower Banner
TUTORIAL: Class Christmas Party Decorations
Valentine’s Day Party Banner
TUTORIAL: Heart Paper Garland
From my hometown to yours,