Hi everyone, it’s Juli here with a few get ahead of the game ideas on end of the year Teacher Appreciation gifts you can create using hybrid techniques. Our elementary school hosts a Teacher Appreciation Week the week before Mother’s Day every year. While the PTA does a few things like breakfasts, lunches, and a little gift for each teacher, it’s really up to the homeroom moms to plan activities for the class to show their appreciation for the teacher throughout the week. Now this year I gave the homeroom reigns over to a stay at home mom who totally rocks at being a homeroom mom (because she happens to have the time in her life to do this). Just because I’m a working mom doesn’t mean that I can’t participate though. I’ve got some cute ideas for you today so that your little one has something fun and unique to give her teacher come teacher appreciation time. Oh, and for you Homeschooling moms. There is nothing that says you can’t make one of these items for yourself. (I know that kind of defeats the purpose, but if you have older kids…some of these projects are easy enough for you to have them make on their own.)
Let’s get started!
Post It Note Holder created by Juli Fish
This is a project that is easy to adapt to any teacher’s classroom or even to fit the teacher’s personality. The frame pictured is 5 x 7″ but I’ve done them in the 4 x 6 size and regular 3″ x 3″ post-it notes still fit (plus you can print your design at Walgreens as a 4×6″ picture if you don’t have a color printer).
click HERE for directions on how to make this cute project
Covered Mini-Legal Pads – by Juli Fish
All you have to do is measure the dimensions of the mini-legal pad and then create a cover from cardstock. You adhere the back of the cover to the back of the pad, fold over the side of the pad and then you have a nice cover to decorate.
Supplies – mini-legal pad (Staples), Shore Thing by Misty Cato, colored card stock (SU!), double stick tape
Supply Basket – by Juli Fish
I used a Dollar Store bin and created a simple label to stick on to decorate the basket. Then I used a paper bag and a coordinating label to match the basket. This was created for the class to bring in supplies for the teacher on one of the appreciation days (last year I had a theme for each day). You could easily use this same technique and fill the basket with tissue paper and then stuff with snacks, gift cards, school supplies or even lotions to give as a gift. Who doesn’t love a re-useable bin along with a gift?
Supplies – White lunch bags and bins (Dollar Tree), ribbon (Michael’s), kit by Dani
Rainbow Paper Basket – by Juli Fish
Not necessarily a gift for my child’s main teacher(s) but a cute little basket decorated with a saying that says how special teachers are and then stuffed with a little candy and the $1 Bath and Body Works lotion – perfect for specials teachers, bus drivers and after school daycare teachers! Or just a little something for one day during the whole week.
Supplies - cardstock (JoAnn’s), Better Together by Eva Kipler and Jay Day Studio, Basket Template
Gift Card Holder by Juli Fish
Giving a gift card is always a good teacher gift. For this gift card I collected money from the class and we were able to give the teacher a nice gift card to the Cheesecake Factory as an end of the week gift. To make this gift card holder I created my design in Elements and then printed and added it to a sturdy piece of card stock. I added a raised flower for dimension and then adhered a Starbucks coffee cup wrap to the card (make sure to tape the bottom shut so the gift card wouldn’t fall out). I then added a little decorative panel to hide the Starbucks logo and then tucked in the card and put it in an envelope. Easy as pie personalized gift!
Supplies – Card stock (JoAnn’s), Coffee cup holder (Starbucks), When You Are Smiling by Traci Reed (Retired)
Now if creating your own hybrid project from scratch isn’t your thing, or you just don’t have the time then don’t forget Heather Roselli’s awesome DIY templates with printables. Here are a few that are perfect to use for a teacher appreciation gift!
Well Heather Roselli has this adorable berry basket template with a printable that would be perfect if you wanted to make your own version of this project!
Heather also has this adorable back pack template that would so cute filled with a gift card and some desk supplies – something any teacher would be sure to love!
I hope this gave you lots of ideas on what you can do with your digital supplies for Teacher Appreciation week. If you decide to tackle one of these projects or come up with your own, please link me up in the comments so I can come leave you some love in the gallery! I always like to see what creative hybrid projects you are making. Have fun getting messy!