I got this idea from this post, and then I put it on my 16 Before 16-17 list, so I'm finally getting around to it as a Mother's Day gift! This cost me about $20, but I think it was worth it for something I wanted to do.
First, I had the kids pose on the playground and took a picture of them. Then I asked them to think about a word that best described them- I got a lot of "Nice," but I got a lot of good ones too- unique, intelligent, generous. Afterwards, I looked up some quotes for them to choose one that they really liked that had to do with their word. Like "Intelligent quotes" if as student said intelligent as their word. If none fit well, I had them choose a second word to do a quote with.
I edited the pictures with an app on my phone, photofy. I paid $1.99 to remove the watermark forever, but it's in the corner so it's not too bad, but you could also use a different photo editor.
I bought the frames from Walmart- they were roughly $1 each- I didn't want to buy them from the dollar store because I had to buy 24 of them and wait for shipping, etc. I chose "pick up in store" for Walmart and I think they were available the next day or two days later. I can't find the frames on Walmart's site right now, but I know Target was also running a deal where the frame was a little more expensive, but right in the $1.30ish range on sale and with the RedCard discount.
The pictures cost about $3.50 at Walgreens, but coupons are easy to find to get that price lower as well.
Overall, I liked the project and I think parents will too. I messed up a bit with the editing- I put some of the quotes and word too close to the edge and it either got cut off by Walgreens or by my picture frames. Some of them I had to place near the edge because it blended with the background too much but honestly, it's the thought that counts. Even if the parents don't like the picture, they can always reuse the frame! I could always go back and re-edit the pictures and re-print them too.
I want to add something handmade with this as well, something like a card made by the students or something cute from TeachersPayTeachers. I can't wait for the students to bring this home next Friday!
Would you try this? Do you have any suggestions on how to make this even better? What're you doing for Mother's Day gifts from the class?