Today marks one week until my kids head back to school. Wow. Summer went so FAST this year.
If you’re also thinking about back to school and you’d like a fun way to give your child’s teacher a special note and possibly a gift card to start off the year (maybe for Starbucks or a school supply store) then this Best Teacher Gift Card Holder is for YOU!
I’ve done all the work for you–everything is cut, punched and even stamped. All you need to do is to put the pieces together, write a few words on the notecard and then pop in a gift card (if you like) and it’s all ready for giving.
You know what else makes this project awesome? You can save it and use it for Teacher Appreciation Week!
The cost of the kit is only $5 and includes shipping to you. Get your own Best Teacher Gift Card Holder Kit before they run out!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day & Week! This year our school’s Teacher Appreciation Committee chose to do a garden theme for the week’s festivities. So in keeping with that, I decided to do a Calla Lily Card with the students.
Today was the first day of school for my kids. I wanted to create a little something for the teachers so I went with something useful. I stamped up little notebooks for them to use throughout the year. I did get a little grief from a friend who works at a school about my use of apples. Apparently, teachers get tired of all the apple-themed gifts. Who knew? I guess I can understand as I think more about it though. Hopefully the teachers weren’t like, “oh no, more apples!” =)
This darling Crayon Bouquet is something I wanted to share since last spring–and the timing seems perfect with the start of school! Continue reading →
It’s that time of year when things get busy. Sport seasons wrap up, Teacher Appreciation Weekhappens, the end of school draws near with all the many projects still to be completed and finally End-of-the-Year gifts for teachers. It’s always good to have a few ideas for appreciation cards handy!
This card was a group/class card I helped create with my son and daughter’s classes. I had each student do a maximum of 2 thumbprints (to conserve space!) and then let them use their imagination to create something with that thumbprint. Some really cute creations were born! Continue reading →
I coordinated class gifts for the teachers in both my son and daughter’s classes again this year. Since I’m always short on time, I tried to keep the ideas similar enough that I wouldn’t be stressed out more than I needed to be at the end of the school year.
First, I started by making each of them a Pencil Vase. If you have a glue gun, this is a relatively simple project to do–get yourself a cylinder vase, a bunch of pencils (or colored pencils–I did colored pencils last year) and some ribbon and you’re good to go. Simply glue each pencil to the vase, going one-by-one until you make it all around the vase. I even use the glue gun to secure the ribbon so that it doesn’t slide around. Find some pretty flowers and voila!
For my daughter’s teacher, I provided each student a piece of red paper (one of her favorite colors) and asked them to trace their hand and cut it out. Additionally, they were asked to give an adjective to describe the teacher. I pieced the hand prints together surrounding all the sweet adjectives the kids came up with. So precious!
For my son’s teacher, I took a picture of the class in the last month of school (maybe 2 weeks before school got out?!?) and had the kids sign the matting as well as add a little doodle if they chose to. The photo was so special because 1.) she didn’t see it after I took it and 2.) it truly represented the kids personalities…it was very freestyle…not a “cheese” pose. And even though my daughter wasn’t in her class, she wanted to draw an owl on the mat since the teacher LOVES owls. It was perfect.
We try to do something really personable for our gifts and this was a hit last year so we did it again. Last year, I put a class photo in the soap, but this year the kids chose to draw a picture for their teacher. I like this Teacher Artwork Soap idea because it is useful and a bit sentimental, too.
I also typed up a Fill-in-the-blank Teacher Appreciation Letter. It was awesome seeing what my kids wrote to their teachers. I gave them the option to doodle or color around the margins of the letters–to personalize it a bit more. Then they chose a color paper to mat the letter on (they each chose their teacher’s favorite color–so sweet!)
Soon it will be time to think up ideas again. Time goes by way too fast! It wasn’t that long ago that we working on our Kindergarten Teacher Gifts(the Crayon Monograms were a hit!)
We have a lemon tree in our yard. And while there are plenty of great desserts, marinades and of course lemonade you can make with lemons…I’m always looking for new and clever ways to use our abundance of fruit! New use…homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub!
A perfectly simple recipe for a DIY sugar scrub. And with only 3 ingredients required–you can’t go wrong!
2-1/2 C. sugar
1 C. extra virgin olive oil
4-5 T. lemon juice (to achieve scent of your liking)
Mix ingredients together in large mixing bowl and then add into a decorative canning jar or any jar that will seal closed. My jar was 16 oz. and there was still plenty remaining for my kids and I to use some a couple times (to give you a sense of how much this will make.)
Decorate as desired and then either keep for yourself or give as a gift. Since it’s the end of the school year, I stamped up the lid with a now retired CTMH Citrus Stamp Set, layered it on some of the Dotty for You Papers and added an organdy bow. Voila–a thoughtful and useful gift!
Today we will be giving our final gift for Teacher Appreciation Week. I created a little Treasure Box of Love out of Close To My Heart’sMy Creations Card Box. This is how it looked when I was done…
I took pictures of each of the kids in the class giving our teacher a hug at the end of the day. I then made individual tags that had that picture on one side with a sentiment on the other side saying what they loved about her.
It worked out so well because there’s a tag with a heart cut out of it on our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge–positively perfect! What a great way to end the week…a little treasure box of love for a treasured teacher. We love you, Mrs. Chae!
Hi! I'm Kristina Baldwin, a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. I love crafting - Just like you! I hope there's something here that inspires you in your next great crafting project.
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