Silhouette Gifts

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I think I found my all time favorite Christmas ornament to make for my students' families!
One of my favorite things to do is to use my student's pictures in projects.  A few years ago I started using my students silhouettes in projects too and they have been a HUGE hit with parents.  Do you already own the file below?  If so, you can now use that same Photoshop tutorial to make some silhouette ornaments!

Click here to check out this resource: Silhouette Autobiographies

After using the tutorial from that file, you can then follow the tutorial below to cut your silhouettes on vinyl using a die cut machine (I use a Cricut).


Click on the video above to learn how to cut the silhouettes. 

{An alternate route is to take pictures of your students and cut them out by hand.  You can then use those cut outs to trace them around vinyl. }

This is what you will do:
I picked up the vinyl from Amazon, the transparencies are from Office Depot, and the ornaments are from Hobby Lobby.  (Try to get the plastic ones if possible.)

Don't have transparency sheets or vinyl?  You could make the cut outs using a die cutter or cutting by hand on paper.  Then laminate the paper.  You can then follow the rest of the steps to create your ornaments :-) 






Once it unrolls {you may need some tweezers to help you get the cut out positioned}, it will look like this:
Just add some ribbon and you are done!

I cut the silhouettes out at 2.18 inches, but I'm thinking of cutting them out at about 1.8 inches to leave room for some snow at the bottom of the ornament. 

Update May 2017:
I created these mugs a couple of years ago using mugs from the Dollar Tree and they were the perfect Christmas gifts! This year I am making them for Mother's Day.

In order to make them, you will cut your vinyl the exact same way as the video above, but you will need to adjust how tall the silhouettes are depending on how tall your mugs are. I went to the Dollar Tree again this year and found lots more mugs that will work perfectly. The larger the mug, the better so that the silhouette will show more detail.

Some helpful tips:
  • 1. make sure to get mugs that have "straight" walls. If the sides curve in at the bottom, you will have a difficult time getting the vinyl to adhere. 
  • 2. Use permanent vinyl. I recommend the Silhouette brand below:


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Holiday Traditions

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I'm joining Angie and Ashley for #2getherwearebetter to share some holiday traditions from my classroom. 

My favorite tradition is having our elf join us!  One of the reasons is because we have never changed his name.  I got him three years ago and we picked the name Jack.  Ever since then I have just introduced him as our elf Jack.  What's awesome about him keeping his identify year to year is that the older siblings remember Jack really well and they tell their siblings all sorts of stories about him!  So they share this connection throughout the family with our elf.   Parents come in and keep asking "Who is Jack?" and they giggle a bit when they see him :-) 


Our elf always writes these teeny tiny letters too!  I bought a punch on Amazon that makes these tiny envelopes and I write letters with the smallest size font I can find.  I then hide them in our day's read aloud and act shocked when the letter falls out of the book.  The kids eat it up!

 He sends us little goodies like these gingerbread cookies.  I made them myself and they weren't very good, but the kids really loved them.  This year Jack will be buying them instead :-)

 And then we have our Christmas gifts.  One of the gifts I like to make are these ornaments.  Totally not my idea! I found this idea online a few years ago.  It originally said to use transparency sheets but the kids were hard to see so I went with regular copy paper and it worked really well. I also bought some fake snow to put in the ornament.

So what are some holiday traditions you share with your students?  Please share below!


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