Easy and Creative Teacher Appreciation DIY Gift Ideas
Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week of May. I put together a list of some homemade ideas that you can make for those special Teachers in your life. Some take more times than others, like the homemade bath salts or the felt flower, however I also included some easy printables that you can simply print and attach to a gift of choice. Every time I put one of these roundups together it reminds me of all the projects I’ve done in the past! Scroll down for my list of Teacher Appreciation DIY Gift Ideas all made by yours truly! But First, here is a clever way to give a gift card.
Gift Card Envelope DIY
If you ask me, I’ll have to say that a favorite gift for teachers is a gift card. If you are up for that, here is a simple and clever way to make a gift card holder out of craft punches and scrapbook paper. I even did an Instagram Reel Tutorial on how to make it.
I wanted to make it look like the flower petals turned into butterflies. You will need:
- Circle Punches
- Heart Punches
- Flower Punches
- Scrapbook Paper
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Paper Cutter
- Cut the scrapbook paper into 6″ X 12″, and fold like an envelope using your gift card as a guide. Tape the card to secure it inside.
- Punch out circles to create petals and fold them in half. There is no wrong way to do this. Use smaller circles to layer if desired.
- If you have a flower punch, use flowers bending the petals inward and cutting off part of the petals for the center of the flower.
- Use heart punches to create butterflies.
- If desired, create a tag that says “thank you for helping me spread my wings and fly”.
You can make it in different colors and patterns.
Now for the list of more teacher appreciation ideas!
Teacher Appreciation DIY Gift Ideas List
- Make a simple felt flower pin with a tag that says, “thank you for helping me bloom!”
- For those teachers who still love reading hardback and paperback books, make a bookmark out of paint chips, or a coloring bookmark that your child personalizes for them. Add a DIY tassel if you like!
- Homemade beauty products are always fun to receive. Make your favorite Teacher a coconut brown sugar scrub or make them some colorful homemade bath salts.
- Fresh flowers or roses are my fave! Buy or pick a beautiful bouquet and print out this free printable teacher poem and attach.
- Succulents are one of my favorite gifts to receive. Get creative and personalize a plastic container with a message to the teacher like in this succulent gift idea.
- Print out this free “You Blow My Mind” printable and fill a Mason jar with colorful gumballs.
- Upcycled an old tray and make a “You are the Apple of my Eye” serving tray to hold craft supplies in the classroom.
More Teacher Appreciation Ideas
- Add a touch of gold to a thrift store teacup or teapot and fill it with fresh flowers.
- Fill a jar with tasty cookies and attach a straw with a tag that says “just add milk”.
- Make semi-homemade lollipop cookies.
- Give a personalized burlap tote.
- Add some oomph to an ordinary pen with ribbon.
- Personalize some classroom supplies or make an inspirational sign for the classroom.
- Print one of these free printable teacher gift tags and attach it to the gift of your choice.
Bonus Teacher or Hostess Gift Idea
My husband and I were invited to a BBQ. I put this “Just Add Ice Cream” idea together as a quick and easy hostess gift. I picked up all this yummy goodness (basket, sugar cones, cherries, Magic shell, sprinkles, Gummy Bears, chocolate chips) at Target for less than twenty dollars and even had extra for a second gift.
Here are some budget saving tips for making one:
- Check the dollar bins at retail stores! I found an adorable black and white basket for only one dollar.
- The hosts for this party have two sons. I found this animal variety of sprinkles for less than five dollars and separated them into six different packages using inexpensive treat bags from the craft store. Also consider adding fudge, caramel, wafer sticks, nuts, M&M’s, crumbled cookies.
- Use your computer, paper scraps, and ribbon for embellishments, instead of buying a card.
- Use a Ziploc bag to keep the ice cream cones fresh. You can always fold and hide the seal with clear tape and ribbon.