Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Looking for the perfect teacher gift? Make a customized sign that the students can autograph!

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation week is coming up, and I am always looking for cool gift ideas to help fellow parents like myself to thank the hard-working teachers out there. When I asked my husband what some of his favorite gifts have been in the past, he said the most memorable gifts have been notes and drawings from the kids themselves. This year, I put together this unique Teacher Appreciation sign that can be autographed by the entire class! It's a simple project, but I think it will be such a special way to say thank you to your favorite hard-working teachers.

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To make your own Teacher Appreciation Sign to be autographed by students, you'll need these supplies:

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Open the Teacher Appreciation Sign project in Design Space. Click "Customize" to go into the canvas to customize the project for your own teacher. Here, you can make edits to paper colors, project size, and most importantly - change the teacher's name to your own teacher.

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Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

To make this project possible, you need to use the Cricut Knife Blade. It's the best tool in the Cricut collection to cut thicker materials like chipboard. This blade is similar to a craft knife, and allows your machine to cut through thicker materials with precision.

*Learn all about the Cricut Knife Blade in this post!

You'll also need to take a few precautions before getting started to ensure you get a successful cut. First, you need the SrongGrip Mat (purple), which is the stickiest mat there is to keep heavy materials in place. Place the chipboard in the top left corner of the mat, and use a brayer to press it on well. The Knife Blade cuts in multiple passes (like you would with a craft knife), so I recommend using some masking tape around the edges of the chipboard to make sure nothing shifts during the cutting process.

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Change the material setting to "Chipboard 2mm". Install the Knife Blade into your machine by opening the Adaptive Tool System clamp B and place the blade inside, aligning the gears together. Close the clamp to secure the housing. Move the white star wheels on the roller bar all the way to the right, and then load the mat into the Maker.

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

You'll need a little bit of extra time for this part of the cut because of the multiple passes. Make sure you have a strong bluetooth connection, or connect directly to your machine by cord if needed. Also make sure that your computer doesn't "sleep" during the cutting process. If you lose connection, you'll have to start over.

The machine defaults to 20 passes, but you can pause the cut (do NOT unload the mat) and check the chipboard to see if it has cut through before then. I noticed mine was finished cutting through at about 10-11 passes.

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Once the chipboard part of the project has been cut through, unload the mat and carefully remove it from the mat. If for some reason you have unloaded the mat and the design isn't cut completely, you can use a TrueControl Knife and finish it by hand.

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Next, change the material setting to Shimmer Paper. Move the white star wheels on the roller bar back into place and load the mat into the machine. You'll be prompted to replace the Knife Blade with the Fine Point Blade, and add the 0.4 black Cricut Pen into clamp A. Place the shimmer paper on a StandardGrip Mat (green) and load the mat into the machine. The Maker will do all of the cutting and writing for you in one step!

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Carefully remove the paper from the mat. The ink will take some time to dry, so be careful so that you don't smudge the writing. Add some lines of tape runner or a good paper glue around the front edges of the shimmer paper piece. Place the paper behind the chipboard so that the wording is centered in the apple cutout. To keep the paper in place and add some reinforcement, I also added some pieces of tape around all sides of the back of the paper.

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

When the Maker writes some of the fonts, it just traces an outline. That looks great on some projects, but I wanted it filled in. Use the Cricut Pen and carefully color in the lettering. Make sure you are careful not to touch the paper with your hands so that you don't smudge the ink!

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Change the material setting in Design Space to Medium Cardstock 80 lb. Place a piece of white cardstock on the StandardGrip Mat (green) and load the mat into the machine to cut the last piece of the project.

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Add some lines of lines of tape runner or thin amounts of paper glue around the front of the chipboard. Carefully lay the cardstock on top, lining up the apple cutouts. Press the sign down flat and make sure to remove any air bubbles. If you have any edges popping up, you can add a little more tape or glue and then lay a heavy book on top while it dries.

Student Autographed Sign for Teacher Appreciation

Take the sign into the classroom and have all of the students sign on the cardstock with a pen or marker. I created the sign to be 8" x 10" so that you can fit into a frame if you want. If not, you could easily place a picture hanger or command strip to the back so that the teacher can easily put it on display.

This is such a unique gift that you can make for your child's teacher (that also doesn't cost a lot of money). It will definitely be a gift that teachers can treasure for years to come and won't take up a lot of space. I love that it also incorporates the students in the class to really make it special!

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