May 28, 2014

EOY Class Pillowcase Project *3 Freebies*

I can't guarantee this is an easy end of the year project BUT I can guarantee that your kids will love it
Hands down!
{Pun intended}

It's our first grade tradition to make an end of the year pillowcase keepsake.
I start off by sending home a note for each student to bring back a white, new, clean pillowcase.
(The clean part is most important!)
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Just in case, I take load them up (literally) into my washer to make sure they are all clean.

If you read my last post, you know I love to involve parents and have them help out in any way possible. This is definitely a helping activity!
I purchase these transfers. I found them at Wal-Mart.
On these, I print the poem below.
{Click on the words to download the printable poem}
Talk about precious.
I honestly have not ever ironed on a transfer to a pillowcase.
(This is where mom help comes in)
I send them home for a mom to iron on and she returns them.
Next step, painting day.
This year I was lucky enough to have an experienced first grade mom (her 3rd kid). She had kept paint from years past. I like to have one different color for each student's hand.
***IMPORTANT: You must mix the paint with a textile medium in order for the paint to stick and not wash off. We mix the two together in bowls.
We lay out each pillowcase and put wax paper inside.
This prevents the paint from bleeding through.
23 kids.
23 hand print on each pillowcase.
You do the math.
(See why you need moms?)
After drying, students walk around and sign their names with a sharpie.
That evening I take the pillowcases home:
Roll them up
Tie with ribbon and add a cute nametag.
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During our awards ceremony, I pass them out as they take on the look of a wrapped up diploma.
So long first grade!
Don't forget to check out my last 2 post for even more EOY gifting freebies!!!


  1. I LOVE this idea!!! I will be doing this next year!
    Mrs.Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  2. This is adorable! You are so dedicated to take the time to do all of this for your students!!!

    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT