10 DIY gift ideas for teachers

As the end of the school year draws nearer, parents and children alike are starting to think about what to give their teachers (you know, the people that have put up with little munchkins day in, day out all year!) to say thank-you. And whilst there’s plenty of gifts out there you can buy, there’s nothing quite like a hand-made DIY gift. It speaks of love, adoration and not-to-mention adds a little more personal value to a gift that also whispers humble thank-yous and sorrys to the teacher who’s put up with the bad days as well as the good.

So as the kids prepare to farewell their beloved teachers, here’s 10 incredible DIY gift ideas for teachers they can bestow upon them before they part ways for the school holidays.


Pencils/Crayons Vase

This vase made up of unsharpened pencils is a lovely, simple and doable idea from It All Started With Paint.

How to make it: Apply an adequate layer of super glue on the outer section of a tin can and start sticking color pencils one by one, making sure that they are stuck close to each other. Once you have covered the entire can with pencils wrap a ribbon around it until the pencils are strongly stuck to the can. The vase would be dry and ready by the next morning. This can also be used as a fancy pen holder or you can even fill the can with some candies and give it to the teacher.

Tip: You can use pencils, crayons or color pencils to create this vase.


Chalkboard Pot

chalk pot teacher gift

Image via: Ali Lily Blog

Found over at Ali Lily Blog this personalised flower pot will allow your child to leave whatever note his heart desires on his teacher’s gift.

How to make it: Spray paint a plain plant pot with chalkboard paint and for added effect paint the top part in yellow paint to create a ruler design. Ask your child to write their message in chalk for their teacher. The same gift can be created using an empty pot which can be filled with small gifts, chocolates or lollies…..or wine…..teachers tend to love wine……


DIY Pencil Frame

This pencil frame found at A Creative Princess will literally take about 10 minutes to create – handy if you’re a last-minute gift-giver.


How to make it: Pick an old frame or buy a plain one from a dollar store. Cover all four corners with a coat of super glue and start placing standard pencils or color pencils until the actual frame is absolutely covered with pencils. Once the frame is entirely covered, place a photo of a printed or a handwritten message or a picture of the teacher with your kid and the gift is ready. Once it’s finished print a pic from your Pringo mini smartphone printer of the class, a moment from the year, the school logo of whatever takes your fancy to attach to the frame before you hand it over.


Crayon Wreath

crayon wreath, teacher gift

Image via: Tip Jumkie


This adorable crayon wreath from Tip Junkie can be made with cute messages and the teacher’s name affixed to it and is sure to leave the teacher speechless (for all the right reasons).

How to make it: Buy a wreath template or you can create one yourself using a thick cardboard. Using adhesive, start pasting crayons along the wreath and go on until the entire form is covered. Place cute messages written on craft paper and the teachers name over the crayons.


Vintage Photo Board

vintage photo board

Image via: Shelterness

Found over at Shelterness, this gift is a cross between a photo frame and photo board. Once you’ve done up your photoboard, print photos from your iphone or Android device with your Pringo mini printer and affix them with old-style timber clothes pegs.

How to make it: You would require an old frame which can be as big or as small as you want. Remove the back cover of the frame so what you get is a see-through frame. Attach metal strings or ribbons horizontally leaving at least 10-15cm gap between each string. Now using clothespin, hang photos of kids from the classroom, sports days and other significant school events.


 Creative Monogram Frame

monogram frame

Image via: That’s Right

This creative monogram craft also requires an old frame and is sure to bring a smile to the teacher’s face.

How to make it: Use a presentable photo frame to create this gift. Use a white or any color of craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame. Using a pencil, roughly write the teacher’s initial on the paper and once you are happy with the design start placing crayons over the letter. The crayon can be placed as simply as you wish or add other creative design such as shown in the picture where just about 5cm of crayons are used with the tip of the crayon being the focal attraction. More on this one here.


DIY Tote Bag


Transform a plain white tote bag into this creative personalised tote (found over at Yesterday On Tuesday) which can be designed by your kids too.

How to make it: Buy a plain white tote bag and using half an apple and red paint stamp apple shapes onto the bag. Paint a small, sturdy leaf green and stamp it above each of the apple stamps. Let the bag dry over night and gift it to the teacher with some confectioneries/wine inside.


Nail Paint with a Personalized Message

nail paint

Image via: Saving by design


This is a perfect last minute gift idea we found at Saving by Design and of course apt for a female teacher.

How to make it: This DIY gift requires a pretty nail paint and it only works if you attach this cute teacher quote to the nail paint. So cut craft paper in the shape you desire (heart, round, square etc) and using color pens or sharpie write the quote “Teachers like you paint bright futures.”  Attach it to the nail paint using a satin ribbon and you are done.


‘Thank You’ Photo Art

thank-you photo

Image via Pinterest


There’s no better way to say ‘Thank You’ to a teacher than this photo art found on Pinterest. This one was specifically for a football coach but the same idea can be done for school teachers.

How to make it: This DIY gift is pretty simple to be created. Though it would require two or more kids to create this artsy photo but in case you run out of kids then use substitute items such as baseball bat, basket ball, tennis racquet etc to complete the photo. Photos need to be clicked for one letter at a time. Once the photos are clicked, print them, align them on a craft paper and cut it as per the size of the frame and paste the photos on the craft paper. Insert the complete photo art in the photo frame and you are done.

Photo Pot


Another easy and simple gift idea using a pot with tiny gifts, books or flowers inside it found at A Diamond in the Stuff.

How to make it: Spray paint a plastic pot with black paint and using mod podge or super glue place photos printed from your Pringo smartphone printer around the pot. Apply one layer of mod podge over the photos for a finished look and add cute ribbons and bow to it.


If you’re not an overly creative person (or just don’t have the time/energy/inkling) to DIY a gift for your child’s teacher, there’s always wine, flowers, chocolates, wine (did I mention wine) or a Pringo mini wifi photo printer that they can use to instantly print photos from their smartphone in the classroom next year.


Are you planning on getting/making a gift for your child’s teacher this year?


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