This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th-8th and Teacher Appreciation Day is on May 5th. 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! Here is my list of Teacher Appreciation DIY Gift Ideas all made by yours truly!
- 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.
- 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.