May 7, 2012

Personalized Calculators + Free Printables (Teacher Appreciation Gift)


I don’t know about you, but I think it is incredible that we are already entering the second week of May! This is the time of year when I am needing quick and easy gift ideas to simplify the end-of-year rush. Today I’m sharing one of the little gifts my son will be giving to his teachers this year: personalized calculators with a fun “equation” printable gift tag to package them in a special way. Hopefully these with help to make the task of calculating all of those end-of-the-year report card grades a little less mundane!
For this project, you will need…

  • A small solar calculator
  • Patterned paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Clear treat bags
  • Computer and printer
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon


Lay the calculator on top of the paper and trace around it with the pencil. 

Cut within the boundary of the line you just drew by 1/8″ or so, so that the paper piece fits perfectly on the back of the calculator, as shown.

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the paper piece with the foam brush, and then adhere it to the back of the calculator, making sure to smooth out any bubbles.

Now, apply 2-3 light coats of Mod Podge over the paper, allowing each coat to dry for 10 minutes or so before adding the next. When the last coat is applied, allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

Using a computer and printer, print the equation gift tag (linked below) onto cardstock. Cut the tags out with scissors, and have your child write his or her teachers’ names and their name onto the tags. 
Now, slip the finished calculator into the treat bag, and close the bag with a piece of ribbon threaded through the gift tag. 

All finished!
This prettied up calculator is definitely a notch above the rest…

…and what teacher wouldn’t smile at the thought of being 
2 nice + 2 be = 4 gotten?

To download the PDF printable gift tags I’ve shared today, click on the arrow with the line below it at the bottom right of the box below. If you’re enjoying this post in a reader or via email subscription, you’ll need to click over to the site to do so.

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11 Responses to Personalized Calculators + Free Printables (Teacher Appreciation Gift)

  1. Maria @ All Things Luxurious May 8, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    What an adorable idea! I love this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Life In The Thrifty Lane May 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Love it! I’m pinning this for next year and share it on my FB page 🙂
    Visiting from Serenity Now party!

  3. Erika May 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Amy, brilliant idea for a gift, very innovative compared to the traditional apple! hehe. It is economic, and the teacher will fill special, I’m sure your kids will get the best grades with these gifts 🙂

  4. These are adorable! I remember writing that saying all the time in school when I was younger. registered & protected

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