So yesterday I gave you a little teaser for a craft I was working on to get Marley excited about going back to school. She starts 4th grade in 5 days, and personally, I’m looking forward to the new school year (I think more so than her). To help get her psyched & ready to go, I’ve come up with a little 5 Day Countdown with a special treat everyday.
Check it out
First I created little countdown cards in a simple Word doc, created a little gift, and attached the card to the gift bag.
Today’s gift, to celebrate 5 days ’til school, was a Morning/Evening checklist to hang in her room (DIY tutorial & free printable below)
I also made a little card that provided 5 tips for a successful school year and spelled out the acronym for FOCUS. I put a Smartie on the card and said, “Be a Smartie!”
Marley liked her first back-to-school gift! (And the yellow tissue paper) 🙂
Here’s the detail of today’s gift:
Now, here’s the DIY tutorial for the Morning/Evening Checklists that I made – enjoy!
First, download the PDF of the checklist HERE
I cut the document in half and trimmed the excess around it – they aren’t the same size but that’s OK
I matched up scrapbook paper to each checklist and trimmed the scrapbook paper to leave a 1″ border around each checklist:
Then, basically, I let my scrapbooking creativity take over. I gave the checklists a border to add a little bling.
I slapped some cardstock on the back of each to add a little durablility. Keep in mind the backing doesn’t have to be even or straight – it’s the back. Nobody sees the back:
Out comes the laminator – if you don’t have one, you need one. Well worth the money (you can get one reasonably cheap at your local office supply store). I laminated both checklists and trimmed the excess:
Finally, I punched 2 holes in the top of each one and added ribbon to hang them with:
All you have left to do is find them a home! I used those little Command Strip hooks to hang these in Marley’s room. You can also just hang them on the door knob if you prefer:
That’s it! Easy Peasy, right? Right! Oh, if you want to see all of the countdown cards that I made, and possibly use them for yourself, you can download the Word docs HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE. I kept them in Word format so you can change the wording to fit your particular child. I’ll be sharing each day here on the blog.
Enjoy the Checklist craft – see you tomorrow!
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