The best teacher gifts are practical, useful, and simple, with a bit of handmade touch from a student. Whether you want to express your thanks at the end of the school year or give your teacher a present for her birthday or Teacher Appreciation Day – making something out of your own hands, show your gratitude. Instead of just buying something and getting it wrapped at the store, put a little bit of yourself into making thoughtful gifts with your touch of creativity. The good thing is, there are lots of quick and easy DIY teacher gifts that you can make in just a short time.
Here are some ideas you’d like to try:
Tea for Teacher
A tea wreath is a cute and quirky idea for a teacher. If you know your teacher loves tea, she would love this handmade gift. With this idea, you will only need to make a “wreath” out of a cutout from a cardboard pizza box, add clotheslines, and insert the teabags from there.
What you need:
- 24 individual packets of tea
- 24 wooden clothespins
- Leftover box from full-size pizza
- Patterned paper
- Colored paper
- Compass and pencil
- Hot glue
- Paper glue
- Using a compass and pencil, draw a 12” circle from your pizza box. Mark the center of the circle using the pointy tip of a compass and measure 6” to the right, and move the pencil counterclockwise to draw until you form a 12” circle.
- Cut out the 12” circle using a scissor.
- Measure how wide you want your wreath to be by laying one of the clothespins on your circle, with the “clip” part outside the circle outline. Mark the back end of the clothespin. Measure the width from the outline of your circle to the marking using a ruler. For example, if the clothespins measure 2”, you have to make a 10” outline inside the original circle. Using your compass again, place the pointy tip on the center where you marked earlier, and measure 5” to the right, and move counterclockwise again to draw a 10” circle inside.
- Cut out the inside circle to form a ring.
- Once you have a ring, it needs to be covered in a patterned paper to make it more presentable. Lay the ring on the backside piece of your patterned paper and trace both the outer and inner ring.
- Cut out the paper and leave approximately ½” of paper on either side of the outline.
- Cut the ½” of paper into fringes so you can wrap it around the back of the cardboard ring.
- Lay the cardboard ring on top of the patterned paper ring and begin gluing the fringes to the back of the cardboard using paper glue.
- Using colored paper, make tiny paper strips to cover the clothespins. Measure your clothespins to get the dimensions so you can cover them with paper adequately.
- Glue the paper strips to the back of each clothespin using paper glue.
- Now, it’s time to place the clothespins on the wreath. You’d want to give every clothespin the same space to make it even. You can use a ruler and a calculator to measure exact spaces or simply eyeball the placement of the clothespins on the wreath and see if it looks even.
- Heat up your glue gun and glue the clothespins on the wreath. Make sure the clip part is facing the outside of the wreath.
- Once you’re done and the glue cooled down, add some ribbon to hang the wreath form. Fold the ribbon in half, slip the folded end through the center of the wreath, and pull the two cut ends through the folded part – just like when you’re adding a ribbon on a bookmark. But this time, you have to tie the two loose ends together to make it good for hanging.
- Finally, add the tea bags! Clip them from a corner, so the wreath has spiky shapes.
Pink Mason Jar Essentials
A collection of small but useful, color-themed items presented in a usable mason jar will go highly appreciated by your teacher. If your teacher’s favorite color is pink, pick that one for your collection and fill it with little pink somethings! Here are some ideas, but you can always add whatever pink thing you want to give!
What you need:
- Mason jar with pink lid
- Cotton candy ChapStick
- A couple of raspberry Ghirardelli squares
- Strawberry Tic-Tac
- Pink pen set
- Pink highlighter
- Pink nail polish
- Pink tag
- Fill the mason jar cup with the little items.
- Write “I’m tickled pink that you’re my teacher!” on the pink tag. Or, you can write something more personal if you like.
- Tie the tag using twine on the lid of the mason jar.
Toe-Tally Awesome Pedicure Set
Pamper your teacher by gifting her some toe-tally awesome nail polishes, plus other nail essentials. Give her a set of three to four nail polishes, including a transparent top coat, to make sure she gets everything she needs!
What you need:
- Nail polish bottles (try Sally Hansen’s Blushed Petal , Unwine’d and clear topcoat )
- Nail polish remover wipes
- Cellophane bag with ribbons
- Toenail separator
- Printable gift tag
- Put the nail polish bottles inside the cellophane bag.
- Put the other items inside as well, but make sure the nail polish bottles are at the front. Arrange them so they can stand inside the cellophane.
- Print a message on the gift tag saying “Thank you for being a toe-tally awesome teacher!” with the teacher’s name and your name on it.
- Tie a ribbon on the cellophane bag to secure the contents and also the tag.
It’s sweet to give your teacher a bouquet of flowers, but it’s sweeter if it’s already arranged in a vase, so she won’t have to do that anymore when she goes home! Cover the base in pencils to make it unique and fitting for a teacher.
What you need:
- Simple cylinder vase
- 30-50 pieces yellow, unsharpened pencils
- Fresh flowers
- Floral foam
- Hot glue
- Scotch tape (optional)
- Attach pencils to a vase using hot glue.
- Tie the vase with a bow.
- Insert your fresh flowers into floral foam and place them inside the vase.
If you want your teacher to be able to use the pencils (and have a plain vase that can suit whatever her décor style is), you can attach the pencils using scotch tape. Before attaching each pencil to the vase, place at least two pieces of scotch tape that are folded together (sticky side out) to form a ring. Stick it to the vase. It would be time-consuming, but scotch tape is your best option to lessen sticky residue from the pencils and the vase. After fastening the pencils, double up the ribbon and make sure it’s tied up tight to the vase to prevent the pencils from falling down.
Coffee Gift Card and Cup
Give your teacher a boost by giving them a coffee gift card in a cup! Teachers would appreciate a bit of caffeine, and giving them a gift card would allow them to enjoy it anytime they want! The next time you go to Starbucks, keep the plastic cup to recycle and repurpose into a DIY teacher gift!
What you need:
- A clean, empty iced coffee Starbucks cup
- Starbucks gift card
- Cappuccino-colored tissue from Starbucks
- Green washi tape
- Starbucks instant coffee packets
- Put the tissue paper inside the cup in a way that surrounds the cup.
- Put the gift card inside, on the front side.
- Fill it with coffee candy in the middle.
- Print out a picture of an apple and write a message for your teacher inside it.
- Cut out the apple to its shape and washi tape it to the front of the cup by the domed lid.
Teachers quench your thirst for knowledge, so why not help quench their actual thirst, after all that teaching? Though you won’t make the tumbler from scratch or reuse anything, the process of putting this useful gift together can be highly appreciated by your teacher. Add some juice mixes inside that your teacher can drink from the tumbler to give them something thirst-quenching to drink!
What you need:
- Clear tumbler with straw
- Crystal Light Pure individual packets
- Paper for straw flags
- Bond paper
- Roll up a piece of bond paper and tape them together to put it inside the tumbler. Its diameter must be smaller than the diameter of the tumbler. This will help your packets stand and look presentable – unless you intend to fill the tumbler with juice mix packets.
- Put the juice packets inside the tumbler, but out of the bond paper roll, you placed them inside the tumbler.
- Cut out a flag you can insert in the straw and write a “Thank you for quenching my thirst for knowledge” message in the flag. You may probably want to print it out – that would be great, too.
- Using a cutter, cut two parallel horizontal lines in the left side of the flag that is just the right length so you can insert your straw in it. Insert the flag in the straw.
- Put the straw in the tumbler.