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Creating Fun Packaging for our Ceramic Projects!

Creating Fun Packaging for our Ceramic Projects!

I love a beautiful package, so I love to teaching my students to take pride in their gift giving. Β Every year I do clay before the holiday’s so students can have a gift to give their family. Β While most my students are Christian, I have several students who are Jewish, Hindu and Muslim. Β The tradition in my school district is to create “Christmas gifts” for students to take home. Β I prefer to teach clay projects that allow students to chose to have a Christmas theme, a winter theme or an all year round theme. Β This lets students have some creative freedom and not feel trapped in a Christian holiday. I imagine it has to be overwhelming this time of year if you are not celebrating Christmas. Β I remember talking to one of my Hindu students years ago. Β She was saying how she “loved to drive around and see all the lights and Christmas trees in the windows”. Β She wondered “how it might be to wake up to Santa on Christmas morning”. Here she was, feeling outside and wondering about Santa! Β So I direct my gift giving the same way. Β The gift might be a holiday gift or a winter gift. Β I provide materials for Christmas and Non-Christmas. Β Here are some great packages….

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I order the bags from Paper Mart. Β I buy in bulk, it is more affordable. Β I do the Square 1 Art fundraiser every year. Β I use about $150 in bags. Β It is worth it to me, the ceramics gets home safely! Β Much less breakage! Β I buy the gift wrap from Hobby Lobby. Β It is the best paper! Β Very thick and lined on the back. Β Perfect for chopping up and using to decorate. Β I find plenty of red and green but make sure there are some other colors as well. Β Β I cut 8″ wide strips and then chop it up in 1″pieces. I leave a whole box full at each table. The kids love it! Β They could create for hours!!!

My students feel great leaving with a work of art as a gift and a bag that has been created special for the person they are giving it to. Β A great way to end first semester!


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  • Vicky Siegel
    Posted at 00:49h, 18 December Reply

    Thanks! I need a new idea for student–made gift bags!

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