18 Homemade Teacher Gift Ideas: Thank-Yous They'll Really Use -- and Love!
Search no more: We've found the best, easiest and coolest homemade teacher gift ideas. You can do each of these projects in an afternoon -- or less!
By NIKKI ROBERTI
A+ Teacher Gift Ideas Your Kid's Teacher Will LoveWant to make something special for your child's teacher? You don't need to be super-crafty to make these easy homemade teacher gift ideas that are actually both sweet and practical -- the perfect combo!
These adorable and creative crafts are a great alternative to the usual 'Best Teacher' mug. They're inexpensive and they get your kids involved. We're also pretty sure the teachers secretly like your kids a little bit more for it.
Keep Calm and Teach OnWhat It Is: A motivational frame to encourage your kid's teacher.
Where It's From: Call Me Crafty
Why We Love It: Who doesn't love the copycat mottos popping up all over the Internet that take the British mantra and make it their own? Now you can do it too for your kid's teacher with this great sign she's sure to appreciate.
How To Do It: Print off the sign and frame it with either a store-bought frame, or get crafty and creative by decorating your own to look like school-themed like this one. This gift may take only minutes to assemble, but we're sure this sign will be hanging up in that teacher's classroom for years to come.
Make Your Own Motivational Frame!CALL ME CRAFTY
Pencil/Crayon ContainerWhat It Is: Pencil/ Crayon Container
Where It's From: ILoveToCreate.com
Why We Love It: This craft is so super-cute, creative -- and so easy, your kid probably won't need a lot of help to make.
How To Do It: Recycle a tin can and attach your pencils or crayons with tacky glue. Wrap the whole container with one strip of tape all the way around to hold it in place as the container is drying. Remove the tape and voila! You have a heartfelt gift that was no stress and hardly any mess.
Make Your Own pencil/Crayon Container!I LOVE TO CREATE
Chalkboard Plant PotWhat It Is: Chalkboard plant pots with seed packets
Where It's From: Erinvaledesign.com
Why We Love It: This is a great gift if you have multiple kids with multiple teachers, because it's an easy craft to make in larger quantities by buying your supplies in bulk.
How To Do It: Spray chalkboard paint on a small flower pot. Pick scrapbook paper to make seed packets and download the PDF template on the website. Place a couple of seeds in the homemade paper packet and attach a note that says something cute like "Thank you for helping plant the seeds of knowledge." Finish it off by writing the teacher's name in chalk on the pot and even attach the chalk to the gift so the recipient can later write what plant they are growing on the pot for years to come.
Make Your Own Chalkboard Planter pot!ERIN VALE
Colored Pencil VaseWhat It Is: Colored Pencil Vase
Where It's From: HappyClippings.com
Why We Love It: Flowers are a classic gift for any teacher, but why not dress it up a bit? This colourful vase is not only unique and fun, but it's also useful because the teacher can use the coloured pencils later on.
How To Do It: Take a tin can and wrap a rubber band around it. Stick different colours of coloured pencils around the can, under the rubber band to hold them in place. Mark up a ribbon to make it look like a ruler and wrap it around the can, covering the rubber band. fill with water and flowers and you're finished with one of the quickest and classiest classroom gifts, ever.
Make Your Own Coloured Pencil Vase!HAPPY CLIPPIGS
Teacher Lemonade CupWhat It Is: Teacher "ade" Lemonade Cup
Where It's From: LisaStorms.typepad.com
Why We Love It: Give your kid's teacher a gift she'll really use: a reusable cup to tote around. Print up a nice message to go with, and have the kids add it to the straw.
How To Do It: Purchase a plastic to-go straw cup (available almost anywhere, especially coffee houses and bookstores) and some single serve powdered drink mixes, such as lemonade. Print the template for the straw flag and slide it over top of the straw after putting the cap on the cup filled with the drink mixes. It's a sweet treat that will stand out from the ho-hum boxes of chocolates and cookies your child's teacher will most likely receive from a lot of students.
Make Your Own Lemonade Cup!LISA STORMS
Teacher Survival KitWhat It Is: A sweet package with some get-me-through-the-day essentials.
Where It's From: Modern Parents Messy Kids
Why We Love It: It's a thoughtful pick-me-up to get her through those days when the kids have come down with spring fever.
How To Do It: Find a cute box (or even recycle an old First-Aid kit) and fill with some pick-me-ups the teacher will find useful. If you know coffee is her thing, throw in some instant Starbucks coffee pouches. If not, tea or even Crystal Light pouches do the trick. Throw in some mints, power bars, a few pens, maybe a stress ball and, of course, something sweet.
Make Your Own Teacher Survival Kit!MODERN PARENTS MESSY KIDS
Stamp of Approval KitWhat It Is: A box of adorable stamps the teacher can use while grading papers.
Where It's From: Skip to My Lou
Why We Love It: It's a unique gift that your kid's teacher will definitely find useful. Plus, it makes you look crafty without doing any actual crafting.
How To Do It: Find a small wooden box at a craft store and decorate it with your child (or find an already nicely-decorated box). Fill it with one or two stamps accompanied with an inkpad. Create a tag that says, "Thanks for being such a great teacher. You've earned our STAMP of approval" and ta-da: you've created a memorable gift.
Make Your Own Stamp of Approval Ki!tSKIP TO MY LOU
Apple Stamped ToteWhat It Is: Apple stamped tote
Where It's From: Kokokokids.com
Why We Love It: Remember potato stamps? This project changes the edible and updates the look. It's pretty simple to do, even for the littlest of hands.
How To Do It: Cut an apple in half and dip it into fabric paint. Press the apple half onto a blank canvas bag. Be sure not too pile on too much paint so the bag doesn't drip or get too saturated. Make a pretty pattern with the stamps and you'll be giving a gift that will have her carrying your child with her always. Tip: in case your kiddo's stamp isn't quite perfect, use a brush to smooth out the lines.
Make Your Own Apple Stamped Tote!KO KO KO KIDS
Alphabet VaseWhat It Is: Alphabet Vase
Where It's From: OneCharmingParty.com
Why We Love It: Talk about an easy gift! Your kid will love that he made it almost by himself, and you'll love that there's almost no mess!
How To Do It: Put a small glass cup or jar inside of a larger mason jar. Fill the space between the two jars with plastic refrigerator magnet letters and numbers. Fill the smaller, inner jar with water to put your beautiful bouquet in. Get your child to pick some wildflowers for that extra, special touch.
Make Your Own Alphabet Vase!ONE CHARMING PARTY
Oven Mitt Gift BagWhat It Is: An oven mitt filled with school supplies and treats.
Where It's From: Somewhat Simple
Why We Love It: The packaging here is pretty and practical -- and it's something she can use outside of the classroom to boot.
How To Do It: Fill an oven mitt with goodies, from classroom supplies like pencils and scissors, to treats you know she loves -- your kid will know what she likes. It's all a set-up for the cute tag, which says "I have to ad-'MITT' you're a great teacher!" Tie it all up with a pretty ribbon to add the finishing touch.
Make Your Own Oven Mitt Gift BagSOMEWHAT SIMPLE
Chalkboard MugsWhat It Is: A personalized mug filled with special treats.
Where It's From: Hi Sugar Plum
Why We Love It: For the mom who wants to DIY, but doesn't have a lot of time (or maybe a lot of crafty skills), this is the perfect gift to show you care.
How To Do It: Grab some chalkboard paint at your local craft store and paint a wide stripe on the bottom of the mug. With some chalk, write the teacher’s name or a special message. Then fill it with little gifts for her to enjoy later like tea, coffee or biscotti. Don't forget to throw in a box of chalk in there too! Teachers can always use some.
Make Your Own Chalkboard MugHI SUGAR PLUM
Personalized Wall ClockWhat It Is: Personalized Wall Clock
Where It's From: Pluckymomo.com
Why We Love It: Gifts can get pricey, but here's a DIY that uses the school supplies you already have on-hand! The best part? The clock only costs about $4 at Walmart.
How To Do It: You're going to need a computer, card stock, basic wall clock, and some school supplies. Design your clock face on Microsoft Word (or use this template) and print it out on an 8 ½" by 11" card stock, cutting an 8 inch circle around the centre of your design. Use a small screwdriver to remove the screws on the back of the clock, and trim the hour and minute hands with wire cutters to make them 1.5" long and 2.5" long. Set clock hands aside. Place the card stock circle on top of the clock face, careful to poke a hole for the centre. This is so you can reattach the clock hands. Place small school supplies you've gathered such as broken crayons, pencil sharpeners and erasers around the clock where numbers would be. Reassemble the clock, clean the glass and this fancy gift is done in no time!
Make Your Own Personalized Wall ClockPLUCKY MO MO
Apple Caramel JarWhat It Is: Apple with caramel dipping sauce
Where It's From: EventTrender.com
Why We Love It: It's a delicious gourmet update on the traditional apple gift. Plus, if you're pressed for time or not super crafty, this is the perfect I-almost-forgot-night-before gift.
How To Do It: Mix some caramel dip (you can find it at your local grocery store in the produce section) with 8 ounces of cream cheese. Then, layer the mix with plain caramel dipping sauce and some Heath Bar bits in a 1/2 pint mason jar. Seal the jar and place it in a cellophane bag. Before tying up your bag with a pretty ribbon, place a fresh apple on top of the jar.
Make Your Own Apple Caramel JarEVENT TRENDER
Desk NotecardsWhat It Is: Desk Notecards
Where It's From: Skiptomylou.org
Why We Love It: Here's your make-in-an-hour teacher gift: it's all about customizing something personalized.
How To Do It: Buy a set of fun note cards at stores like TJ Maxx or Target. You can typically get lucky and find a nice set for under $4. Then print out the template, and you'll have a cute tag that says, "'Take NOTE' you are one of my very favourite teachers! Thanks for a great school year!" It's cute, clever and a very practical gift any teacher would enjoy.
Make Your Own Desk Notecards!
SKIP TO MY LOU
Muffin CartonWhat It Is: Mini-Muffin Carton
Where It's From: FisKars.com
Why We Love It: Continue the Earth Day lesson your kid's teacher began with this super-cute, eco-friendly, crafty container that's filled with joy…err…we mean muffins.
How To Do It: Find an empty egg carton and some scrapbook paper you want to cover it with. Cut two rectangles, approximately 11"x4" to cover the outside and inside of the carton. Clip the edges to make them rounded. With the leftover paper, you can make a recipe book for the muffins you will be putting inside them. For the recipe book, take a brown paper bag and add some decorative paper, but feel free to write in your own handwriting. It adds a personal touch. Don't forget to add a great muffin recipe too.
Make Your Own Muffin Carton!FISKARS
School Supply CakeWhat It Is: School Supply "Cake"
Where It's From: Write-stuff.com
Why We Love It: If you want to go above-and-beyond, go on a shopping scavenger hunt with the kids at the Dollar Store and buy all sorts of school supplies. Then have them help you make this tower-of-teacher-awesomeness. We betcha jaws -- and pencils -- will drop!
How To Do It: All you need to do is gather the supplies you want to stack and make a sturdy base out of composition books. To make that base, you'll need approximately 21 boxes of 24 count crayons, 14 carded large glue sticks, 12 notebooks, 4 composition books, 10 packs of index cards, notebook paper, 1 package of markers and assorted ribbon, and rubber bands. Stack everything and secure with a ribbon. You may need to lightly glue some supplies to help them stay secure.
Make Your Own School Supply Cake!WRITE-STUFF
Easy Candy CardWhat It Is: A cute card with candies attached.
Where It's From: I Heart Naptime
Why We Love It: In a pinch for time? Nothing is quicker than this gift. It's sweet and fast (as long as you can keep your kid from eating the candy before it gets to the teacher, that is).
How To Do It: Print off the template from iHeartNaptime.com and attach small chocolates to the front. If you have some extra time, you can even print out matching labels to tape over the chocolates.
Make Your Own Easy Candy Card!I HEART NAPTIME
Pencil MonogramWhat It Is: Pencil Monogram
Where It's From: Studio5
Why We Love It: We love how simple the craft is -- really just gluing crayons -- and how it can be a nice decorative piece for the teacher's classroom.
How To Do It: On Microsoft Word, type the main letter you want to cover at 500 or 600 point font. Then change it to an outline by clicking the Format tab and select "Convert to outline." Print it out on an 8 x 10 piece of card stock to use as your outline to glue. Take your coloured or plain pencils and sharpen them to different lengths. Glue them to the outline and pop that beautiful gift in a frame. For a special touch, you can add a quote on the paper as well.
Make Yourn Own Pencil Monogram!STUDIO 5