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At the end of each school year we give our children's teachers a gift to show our appreciation. I'm often tempted to buy those cute apple mugs, world's greatest teacher items but in recent years my practical side takes over and I opt for a gift card to a spot the teachers/staff enjoy. While maybe not as fun I do think they appreciate that it's something useful rather than another mug that will get tucked away in the cupboard.
I'm always looking for a pretty way to give the cards rather than the generic card holder the stores often provide. In years past I have made stamped holders, this time around I found darling burlap bags I purchased on Etsy, bought one roll of the moss ribbon, vintage lace, some felt circles & flowers and a few vintage baubles.

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On two of the bags I used moss, the other ribbon.  I glued the moss and lace on with my trusty glue gun. My suggestion is you glue close to the seams so the inside of the bag doesn't get glued together. 

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Then I took the felt shapes and folded them, gluing them in place as desired. I found a scrabble tile with one's initial, a vintage deconstructed earring and one I pinned on a vintage medal that I added to each. I think these little details make them more personal. Again, this project is easily adapted to use what you have on hand and if you are feeling really crafty you can make the burlap bags yourself! Happy Crafting! Susan

Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.

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