How to Make a Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift #Thankorama

May 26, 2016

Mo Willems Thank You Book and DIY Stamped Library Tote

We are big fans of best selling Author Mo Willems at our house, especially my first grader Norah.  She loves the Elephant & Piggie books and is always bringing them home from the school library!  We are so excited to partner with Disney-Hyperion to celebrate the release of the last Elephant & Piggie book, The Thank you Book by showing our gratitude and thankfulness all month long!

Mo Willems Thank You Book

The Thank You Book is all about saying “thank you,” as Gerald and Piggie best friends set out to tell everyone they love thank you!

Mo Willems Thankorama Spinner

We decided to use the Thankorama Spinner that came in our Mo Mail package to pick someone to highlight and focus our gratitude on this month.  We came upon teacher, which was just perfect for Norah since she has had an outstanding teacher this year!

Thank You Bubble ThankoRama Mo Willems

You can download the “I will thank Speech Bubbles” below, and share who you plan to thank on social media using #ThankoRama!  You can also head to for more activities, downloads, coloring pages and more!

Download the Pink Speech Bubble here.
Download the Grey Speech Bubble here.

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

We made a plan, and decided to write a “Thank You” note for Norah’s teacher.

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

Norah also wanted to make something special for her teacher.  She really wanted something that she could make on her very own, so we gathered up a few supplies to make a custom library tote.

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

Library Tote DIY Supplies: (affiliate links)

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

Step by Step Instructions for a DIY Apple Stamped Library Tote

Step One
Place a piece of cardboard inside of the tote bag (this will keep the paint from bleeding through), and cut the apple in half top to bottom.

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

Step Two
Dip the sponge tool into the paint, and dap a little bit of paint onto the apple in one thin layer.

DIY Paint Stamps with Apples

Step Three
Position the apple paint side down over the part of the canvas press down to stamp the apple.

Step Four
Gently lift the apple, and repeat the stamp in a pattern however you would like.

Step Five
Allow to dry completely.

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

We packed the library tote with Norah’s Thank you notes, flowers, and the Thank You book all set to give to her favorite teacher, and she couldn’t be more thrilled!  I just love seeing her eyes light up, and be so excited to make something special for someone that she appreciates so much and makes such difference in her life.  I’m so happy that she is so happy to show her gratitude and shower her teacher in Thank You’s!

Mo Williams #ThankoRama


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