It’s almost the end of the school year! Have you thought about what to give the teachers in your life? If you’re looking for an excuse to make a fun project there’s no better reason than for a gift. So if you want some unique homemade teacher gift ideas this is the post for you!
Teachers are amazing aren’t they?
Some more than others. Ha! We all know a good teacher when we get one. I’m sure everyone can remember at least one “stand out” teacher from their schooling. Someone who made them want to work harder, and inspired them to be a better version of themselves.
Well flashforward to the mommy years.
Now, more than ever I can spot a good teacher. Oh especially the ones that have to take care of our littles. There’s a special place in heaven for those saints. When we were picking preschools we had three main criteria for narrowing down our choices- we looked at the reputation of the school, location of the school and how the teacher ran their classroom. I realize it’s hard to tell when you’re just observing for a tour, but with our particular preschool we had a chance to visit several times over the summer. We were able to bring our little girl for visits so she could gradually get comfortable. Long story short, we love the decision we made with our preschool, and it’s honestly been one of the highlights since having kids.
It’s crazy to think this is our last month!
Our third daughter will be starting kindergarten in the fall, and this is causing a flurry of emotions! It will be 7 years we’ve been at this school, and most of the teachers we first met are still there. I say all this because if you ever had a desire to give your teacher a homemade teacher gift at the end of the school year, or the beginning, or for teacher appreciation, or their birthday– ok ok heck! If you ever had the desire to find or CREATE something truly unique, then gift giving might be one of your love languages just like me.
Gift Cards Can Be Super Personal Too
At the end of my oldest daughter’s first year of preschool we made birdhouses for her end of year teacher gift. Now I get it. You might be thinkin’, waiiiiit a minute how do we know if our teacher would like a custom birdhouse? Gift cards are a wonderful thing people. Wonderful. Teachers LOVE them and so do busy parents. It’s a win, win that’s for sure. Sometimes though we get a hair and decide to make something that is truly unique and feels a bit more personal. Now if you’re uber busy like most of us, and you’re thinkin’ ‘geez I don’t have time to make anything crafty’- don’t despair! It’s still possible to give a gift card and make it super personal.
hand painted birdhouse we made for a teacher
This One’s For The Crafters Using Homemade Teacher Gift Ideas
However, this particular post is for your crafty side. If you have some extra time and are looking for something fun to make then read on. And if you don’t have extra time and need something quick, yet thoughtful and cute.. Check out my post for cute teacher gift ideas using gift cards here.
One year we made this super yummy delicious lemon sugar scrub for our teachers
It was a fun project to do with the kids!
printable and recipe can be found
This was an idea I found on Pinterest.
I found these thick wooden letters at Michaels that could stand on their own
and made a collage of each class for each teacher
using scissors, spray glue and Mod Podge!
This project was definitely more time consuming, but so worth it!
What an adorable keepsake!
And since I’m a sucker for packaging I tied it to a notebook
and coin purse I found in the dollar bin at Michael’s!
This is another one I’ll post a tutorial on soon.
Such a sweet and fun project!
I bought a resuable cup from Starbucks
and traced the outline of the sleeve to make a pattern for my sleeve.
Felt, zig zag stitching, a hair tie, button and embroidery thread made for the sweetest personalized gift.
The heart pocket I used to stash the actual gift card in!
This would be perfect for a Valentines project!
I found the printable and recipe for this scrumptious rose body scrub on Pinterest as well.
How I love all things ROSE!
I’ll be doing a blog post on my fav rose products soon!
The jars I found at Michaels.
I actually made these for hostess thank you gifts for my last baby shower.
It was a Valentine theme!
I can’t say enough how much I love making snow globes!
I’m slightly obsessed.
A few years a go Anthropologie was selling simple mason jar snow globes
at Christmas time with a tree inside. Do you remember that?
Anyhow, Michaels is your best friend here!
Think, hot glue, glitter, ribbon, miniature trees and animals!
You can flip it over and even hot glue a gift card to the lid inside.
One of my most favorite projects to make at Christmas time.
I make them each year!
Tutorial coming soon!
One year I had some left over wooden bird houses from a birthday party craft activity.
My daughter and I decided to paint some for her preschool teachers.
We even glued paper to the roofs!
Click here for the tutorial!