Teacher Gifts

Teachers play an important role in all our lives, let them know how much they are appreciated!   I have put together a few ideas for fun simple ways to let a teacher know you care.  I hope this will inspire you, and remember it’s the thought that counts!

Get the kids to pick out and help put together  “I’m thinking of you” gift!  All are inexpensive  ideas, why not make a small something each month?

What teacher wouldn’t love a bunch of flowers…pens!  All you need is a pen with removable top, a flower (or two!) small piece of felt and glue (hot glue)!

This is my trick to make a fast pen flower: first remove the green plastic back and cut off the piece sticking out.   Add a little glue to the center of the flower to hold in place.

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Cut a small piece of felt (I like black to match the pen top), long enough to go around the pen top, and then make a few small cuts 4 to 5.  Glue felt to pen top (I like hot glue, it’s just so much faster!).

With hot glue, glue the pen top to the flower and done!

 

The large paper clips are a great gift idea for any time of the year, I found them to be a fun gift for just before spring break.  I found a box of large paper clips at the Dollar Store and used small pieces of ribbon that I had in my craft box!

This is my favorite way to give a teacher a gift card, could be for Teacher Appreciation Week or just because.  The large “paper clips’ I found in Michaels for $1.oo (I used a coupon, so that make it about 60 cents), add ribbon and one of my singed edge flower!  You can also make this same idea and use a small wooden close pen! You could even put a magnet on the back.

An other idea that can be give at different times of the year, just by changing the saying, these adorable candy filled paper towel rolls!  Cut the roll to the size you like, cover with wrapping paper or scrap book paper, I like adding a little shredded paper to each end, fill with Tootsie Roll candy,  roll clear wrap (from the Dollar Store) around and tie ends with ribbon and tie on your note

…Rolling into a great school year!

…Rolling into a new year!

…Rolling to the end!

…I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you! 🙂

What teacher doesn’t love Halloween, so make a pumpkin filled with candy!  Glass or plastic jars can be recycled into a pumpkin by pouring orange acrylic paint INTO the jar coating the inside with paint, turn upside down to let some paint drain out and turn over to let dry (1 to 2 days).  Cut black felt for eyes, nose and mouth, glue in place. Fill a clear bag with candy and tie with a ribbon and place into the pumpkin.  I spray paint the jar top green, I think the pumpkin looks great either way!  For extra Halloween fun a wire spider on top of the candy!  These wire spiders are easy to make, check out my tutorial.

Woo woo wouldn’t like getting this adorable brown bag owl!  Fold over top into a triangle, cut, glue eyes, nose, wings, and tummy, he can be filled with any special treat.

“Thanks for making me wiser!”

A water bottle with a single serve tea mix attached is the perfect gift any time….”For a Tea-riffic teacher”.

So simple and yummy, fold a pretty piece of paper around your mint chocolate square (or any type of mint candy), tape candy inside, note on outside and punch a small hole on top for a ribbon to hold it closed…..i “mint” to tell you how much I appreciate you!”

Clear frame, post-it, and Sharpie from the Dollar Store with some pretty paper(s), you have this great note stand.  I did use sticky velcro to attach the post-it, and double stick tape for the ribbon!

Big kisses to a teacher!  Using a funnel as your form, fill with rice crispy treat mixture (or maybe coco rice crispy and add chocolate chips) then wrap in foil and add a little heart!

So simple but you can never have enough note pads!

Quick, easy and inexpensive……”thank you for all the Extra (gun) work you do!”

Stress ball, who doesn’t need one once in awhile?  A helium balloon, filled with corn starch, add a ribbon and a smiling face, done!  I used a small funnel and the eraser end of a pencil to fill the balloon.

Everyone loves cupcakes!  Place your cupcake into a small clear solo cup, wrap in clear wrap or use a clear bag, tie a spoon on….”You take the cake”.

Pencil clip magnet can be personalized with your teacher’s name or name of the school.  Simply cut a wooden tongue depresser, paint to look like a pencil, write with a Sharpie pen, glue a clothes pin (or not) with a magnet on it, you will want to make one for everyone in the school!!

I hope I have inspired you…let the teachers in your life know just how much you appreciate all their hard work.

Thank you Mary Catherine from VA for your inspiring me to put all these ideas together!

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“Bottled” Teacher Gifts

So much fun to make and just as much fun to receive, a “bottled” gift!  This is an unique way to give a gift or party favor.  I’m making teacher gifts for the first day of school, I went to a Dollar Store and found Post Its, glue sticks, small candy bars, fun shaped paper clips, Sharpie pens, colored pens, tape, apple shaped pad, Tic Tac, a package of shredded paper and small hand sanitizer (from Bath & Body).  It cost me $11.00, but they were package in twos, and I’m making two gifts (the hand sanitizer was a $1 each)!  Not so bad, the clear bottles that I’m using were 2 for $1.00, so for about $6.00 each I have a great welcoming teacher gift.  The possibilities for “filling” a bottle are endless!!  What a great way to recycle your clear plastic bottles.

 

Materials

  • Items that will fit into your size bottle ( I have 9 items plus 4 small candy bars and 10 fun paper clips)
  • Clear plastic bottle (I’m using a 1 Liter water bottle, 10″ tall)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Duck tape
  • Shredded paper
  • Card stock 2 colors
  • Double stick tape and or Zots clear adhesive dots
  • Goo Gone (to help remove all the label)
  • Optional curly ribbon

Directions

Open and pour out liquid from your bottle and wash it out. Remove all the label off the bottle, I used Goo Gone.  If you do not mind a mess do not open bottle from top cap, cut right into the bottle and pour out the liquid. With scissors pierce a hole in middle of bottle (the cut line will be covered by paper, but you do not want it too high or too low) and start cutting around to bottle.  If you feel like you can not cut straight, use a ruler and mark with a Sharpie your cutting line. Make sure the inside of the bottle is clean and dry.

Let’s get to “bottling”, gather up the items that you want in the bottle.

The items I bought were packaged in 2’s, so I opened all the items and made two piles.

Start by adding a little shredded paper to the bottom half of the bottle, and start adding your items (you do not want the bottle top heavy, so keep that in mind as you fill).

Push some shredded paper into the top half of the bottle, add your items.  Tightly screw on the top to the bottle if you haven’t already!  Place some shredded paper in the center, you want the items packaged tight, slide to top half on to the bottom (it’s a little like putting a puzzle together)!  I found that you can gently turn the top half of the bottle until you find just the right place where it will fit back and be straight.

With clear tape, tape the top and bottle together, take a look and make sure you like to way your items look in the bottle (now is the time to make any changes).  Run a strip of Duck Tape or any strong holding tape, around the cut sealing the bottle.

For the “label” on my bottle, this is what I printed, with the  font and size.

Bottled Exclusively for                                          Algerian 24

person’s name receiving gift                                  Harrington 36

Distributed by (name of giver)                              Harrington 18

Complete satisfaction guaranteed                Blackjack 14

I printed the label on card stock, cut them to size and backed it with a large piece of card stock.  I cut a 1 1/2 ” strip of card stock (this needs to cover the tape) and used double stick tape and Zots to hold strip and label in place.

Tie some curly ribbon to the top and your gift is ready!

I know the teachers will love their “exclusively bottle” gift!

Just for fun I added….The best year ever to the back.

For the next birthday party, I’m making “bottled” party favors!!

 

 

Back to School Teacher Gift Basket with Free Printable

Create an unforgettable gift basket for your child’s new teacher this school year! Get a basket, lunchbox or a supply caddy,  and fill it with goodies for your teacher (see below). Print out and cut the free teacher gift basket printable, then use cute ribbon, twine, or raffia to attach each of the labels as follows:

  • Highlighters – “You are the HIGHLIGHT of my day!”
  • Scissors – “You are a CUT above the rest!”
  • Mints – “You are MINT to be my teacher!”
  • Tape (or Post-It notes) – “The lessons you teach me will STICK with me forever!”
  • Chalk – “CHALK one up for my awesome new teacher!”
  • Gum – “I CHEWS you to be my teacher!”
  • Glue – “You’re the GLUE that holds our class together!”
  • Hershey’s Hugs – “You deserve lots of HUGS!”

Attach the “For my new teacher” label to your basket, and you’ve got a fun, memorable, and useful gift for your child’s new teacher!

 DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

 

 

Back to School Printable: “Looking Forward to a Sweet Year!”

Here’s a cute, easy (and delicious!) back to school gift for teachers. Just download our free printable, print it out (high quality card stock works best), and wrap it around a large Hershey’s Chocolate Bar. Secure it on the candy bar with a little tape, and your gift is ready to go!

Since this is so simple and inexpensive, it makes a great gift for everyone from teachers to principals to art, music, and P.E. teachers, or anyone else in school!

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

 

Pencil Cup: Back to School Teacher Gift

Brighten your new teacher’s first day of school with this colorful pencil cup! This back to school gift is quick, easy and inexpensive to make, and is sure to be a hit with teachers!

You can make this cup using colored pencils or crayons; either way, it makes an adorable and unique (not to mention useful) gift for children to give their new teacher at the beginning of the school year. You can even fill it with pens, pencils, or other supplies that teachers use!

 

This is really a simple project; start by choosing either colored pencils or crayons to create the cup. You’ll need a can – the size of the can depends on whether you use crayons or colored pencils.

For the colored pencils cup, I used a tall 28 ounce can (from baked beans; spaghetti sauce also comes in cans this size). Using this size can, I needed 4 boxes of colored pencils (each box contained 12 pencils) to cover the circumference of the can.

Alternatively, for the crayon cup, I used a short 16 ounce can (also from baked beans). Using this can, I used 2 boxes of crayons (each box contained 24 crayons, and I had a few left over).

After you have your can selected, open it, pour out the contents, peel off the label, and wash and dry the can well.

Next, line up the crayons or colored pencils according to the color spectrum, and begin hot gluing them to the can, working around until the can is covered. You can tie a brightly colored ribbon around it, or jest leave it as it is. You may even want to fill the can with candies, pens, pencils, or other supplies for the teacher.

Voila! You have a unique, handmade gift that teacher will love to use!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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