Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gifts Worth Holding Onto

For many years I've given end-of-the-year gifts to my kids that were sweet and given with love but not long-lasting.  I've been wanting to make an upgrade to something more sentimental and worthy of keeping for years and years to come.  I think I found it.  I merged two great ideas from fellow bloggers to create these.






I found 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" tiles at Home Depot for 16 cents a piece.  (Um, wow!)  I used profile pictures, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, and a Sharpie marker.  There you have it.  Simple, cheap, cute, and sentimental.

Like I said, I merged two ideas from blogland.  K. Mo makes profile pictures for Mother's Day, and Natalie gives picture tiles to her kids at the end of the year.  Thanks gals for inspiring me!


Natalia at Teachery Tidbits

I hope my little ones hold onto these little gifts for a long time.



Thanks Tara!  Lovin' your linky as always.
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34 comments:

  1. These are sooo sweet! A definite keepsake!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, thank you. I sure hope they turn into keepsakes.

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  2. Oh my goodness! What an awesome idea! I am going to make these with my own kids!!!

    Thanks for inspiring me!
    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    1. Tara, I'm glad you like them enough to make them with your very own.

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  3. Oh my, those look awesome!!! I really love those! Thanks for the shout-out :) Guess I better get going on my gifts!

    Natalie
    Teachery Tidbits

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    1. Natalie, thank you for inspiring me. I would have never come up with the idea on my own.

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    1. Tamra and Sarah, I'm so very glad you think so!

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    1. Barb, thank you! I'm happy with how they turned out.

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  6. Love it!How about giving more explicit instructions for the art challenged???
    Thanks,

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    1. Owling it in First, I took pictures of the kids, copied the pictures onto card stock, cut them out, traced them on to black paper, cut them out, glued them onto scrapbook paper, and used Mod Podge to attach and seal them to the tiles. I hope that helps! :)

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  7. So creative and cute!! Did you draw each profile pic?

    Laurie
    First Grade Lyons' Den

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    1. Laurie, actually I took pictures of the kids. :)

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  8. Love love love these! I would also love to know how you drew the profiles!

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    1. Ms. Smith, thank you! I took pictures of the kids' profiles. :)

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  9. Love these. They would be great gifts.
    Tammy
    Primary Paradise

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    1. Tammy, thank you! I think the kids will indeed enjoy them!

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    1. Sara, thank you! I'm glad you think so.

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  11. I love this idea. I want to do this next year. Thanks for sharing your creativity:) Clara

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    1. Clara, I'm so glad you love this idea. I think your kids will too!

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  12. I use those tiles for everything! They are so cheap! Thanks for sharing another great use for them!

    The Polished Teacher

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    1. Polished Teacher, I was surprised how cheap they were. I'm glad you found another great use for them today.

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  13. Very very cute! I do something sort of similar at the beginning of the year but I love the idea of the tiles!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. Amanda, the tiles ended up working so well. I'm glad you like the idea too.

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    1. Thank you so much Heather. I was hoping that's what my first graders and their families would think.

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  15. What a great idea! I've been wondering what I could do with those 16 cent tiles! I show them to my husband every time we are there! Thanks for sharing! Heather @ Learning with MrsLangley

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    1. Heather, I'm glad you have now found something useful to do with those tiles. Next time you're at Home Depot, you'll have a reason to buy some.

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  16. Tammy,
    You know I adore this project!
    The only tough part is having to go back to Home Depot AGAIN this week! (insert laughter!) I am pretty sure they are getting to know me very well there!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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    1. Julie, after looking at your Monday Made-It post, I see what you mean! The good news is that the tiles will still be there next year. :)

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  17. These are absolutely precious! What a heart-felt keepsake for the kids. Just found you today through the linky and am a new follower! :0)

    Smiles,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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    1. Sarah, thank you much. It was fun making these little guys for my kids. Thanks for finding me. :)

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