I worked with Alfredo's class to make this awesome gift for our teachers. The room mom and I worked with the class one afternoon on the sly (while their teacher worked on cleaning out the class closet).
We made a little "kit" for each child to make 2 owls...one for each teacher. The owls' bodies are 1" circle punches. The wings are an apple punch cut in half and the stem chopped off. The beak is made using tiny heart punch. We used glue dots for the googly eyes...which is actually a great way for children to use them. We kept the glue dots on the roll that they came on and just applied the eyes to the dots. Then we gave each child 4 eyes they could easily peel and stick to their owls. The completed owls went back into each baggie with the child's name on it which we used for the "kit".
We also had each child write their name on a piece of paper. I scanned them in and resized them to about 1". I printed them out on light green paper and cut a leaf shape around each. Each child's name is on a leaf under the owl that they made. Isn't that cute?
I happened to have a couple of stretched canvases on hand. I painted the background with a blue wash. I freehanded a tree shape with trunk and branches. I used two different leaf shape punches to punch a variety of green papers and glued those leaves to fill in the tree shape.
I used a toothpick to "carve" the tree trunk. "KC" is the name of Alfredo's class. STS is abbreviation of the school name.
Here's the one we made for the assistant teacher.
Isn't that a fun gift?