I wanted to create a unique teacher gift for my child's teacher this year that would be memorable and something she could keep and display for years to come! What better a symbol for a teacher than an apple and a pencil!
In these projects I used pine wood and then stained them with a red mahogany stain. Next I used both the apple and the pencil templates and taped them on my dried board. I like to use an ice pick to make indentations where I want my nails to be and follow my paper template. This way when I peel the paper up there aren't little pieces stuck under the nails that are too difficult to get off. Once I'm done with that I'm ready to put the nails in! Time to hammer away!
Now that all the nails are in its time to get your string on. Be sure to know what should go first for the proper layering effect! On the pencil I start with the pink eraser and the tan wood part of the pencil between the black tip and yellow pencil. Next comes the black tip and the yellow pencil body. Finally finishing it off with the silver metal part between the eraser and body of the pencil. At the beginning and end of each string and color I tie two simple knots and then put a dab of hot glue on it to secure it in place.
Once my nail art is done I move onto the painting. You can use a template that you can get from Joann's or Michael's or create your own by printing up the font and size you want and cut those letters out (that's a bit more work). Now you've got a unique and fun teacher gift that your child's teacher can treasure forever!