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.
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!