Your kids’ teachers create a love for learning while giving every day. Shouldn’t gifts for them show how much you appreciate creativity? Here are some handmade for the holidays gift ideas that give a little of yourself to the person who gives so much of herself every day.
A warm beverage in a Dishwasher Safe Glittery Mug will help any teacher get through this day and the next! Creative Green Living shares the secret – dishwasher-safe Mod Podge! It’s a thing! Fill the mug with packets of favorite cocoas, coffees and teas to warm a teacher’s heart.
For another idea, Mod Podge makes these pretty Altered Clipboards durable enough for any classroom. Controlling My Chaos paints the edges of a standard-issue office supply store clipboard, then customizes the boards with pretty papers and ribbon trim. For subject matter teachers, use papers with science, art, math or literature themes.
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Are you into the fun things you can make with Mod Podge yet? Dictionary Magnets are fun and super easy! Crafts by Amanda focused on crafty words from old dictionary pages to make magnets with flat glass marbles. Pick words that describe your teacher or favorite class activities for a unique and useful gift.
A Christmas-y Rosemary Tree is a breath of fresh air for any classroom. The little potted shrubs are plentiful around the holidays. Add flowers and greenery like Eat Sleep Make suggests, and your teacher has a festive arrangement that can do double duty to enhance culinary adventures as well as being pretty.
If a gift card is the best choice, make it more personal with a Gift Card Cozy! Make It and Love It has detailed illustrated instructions to make a unique sleeve that is just right for a gift card. Your teacher can use it after the holidays to keep reward cards handy or to carry ID and a credit card for quick errands.
Help your teacher keep her beverage hot but her fingers cool with a Crochet Heart Cup Cozy! One Dog Woof shares a free pattern along with links to how-to videos to help you with the crochet stitches, so it’s a great project for beginners.
Something fun to wear to school, a Ruler Necklace is super cute and easy to make! Simply Kierste sawed and drilled a wooden ruler, then customized it with the teacher’s name. (Keep the Mod Podge handy!) A simple chain or cord then finishes the jewelry.
A teacher can never have too many pencils! A Pencil Flower Bouquet is a pretty way to keep extra pencils handy (and eliminate at least one common classroom excuse). Whisper Berry puts Styrofoam in a pretty container and covers it with shredded paper. Purchase die-cut flowers or cut your own with a punch or scissors.
Finally, make a Holly Brooch with buttons and felt! Wild Olive’s holly template provides an easy start. Sew on a few buttons from your button jar and attach a pin back for a festive scarf or lapel pin. If you feel really adventurous, you can add a few simple embroidery stitches.
Browse through all of the DIY Christmas ideas on Create Whimsy.