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30 Homemade Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers day or teacher appreciation week is coming up and I keep getting requests from you crafty Ladies.  So here are the most popular homemade gifts for teachers from the Tip Junkie Homemade Gift site.  These are not your mama’s apple teacher gifts, these homemade gifts will impress the pants off your teacher and make her feel loved and appreciated.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

1.  Reusable Grocery Bag Tutorial – The problem with lots of reusable grocery bags is that they aren’t sturdy enough to withstand multiple trips toting heavy loads.  However, this tutorial is great for making a super sturdy version.

2.  Box Of Teacher Goodies – Once you have the outside decorated it’s time to fill up the inside with fun stuff: sanitizer, push pins, paper clips, magnets and CHOCOLATE!

3.  Laptop / Kindle / iPad Sleeve Tutorial – This pattern can be made for any size laptop, Kindle, or I-Pad by adjusting the measurements accordingly.

4.  Composition Fabric Book Cover {Tutorial} – This composition book cover is super stylish and looks totally professional.  Great for anyone attending a seminar, going off to college, or even to pass at as party favors.

Teacher Appreciation

5.  Mod Podge Frame {How-To} – Michaels sells these wooden unfinished frames for $1.  See how Jessica turned it into a fabulous gift using supplies she already had around the house.

6.  Roll-Up Fabric Tote Bag {Tutorial} – These Fabric Tote Bags have a roll-up strap so you can take them with you!  Includes easy to follow pictured instructions.

7.  Reversible Tote {free pattern} -You can sew it quickly and it has all the right dimensions.

8.  Friendship Tea – The tip includes a recipe for friendship tea (along with a printable recipe card) and photos of packaging ideas.

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9.  Magnetic Memo Board {Tutorial} – Some spray paint, scrapbook paper, a little mod podge and ribbon and you too can turn a boring old burner cover into a fabulous magnetic memo board.

10.  Picnic Game Blanket {How-To} – This picnic blanket has games built right into it.  The corners have velcro that opens up with pockets for cards and game chips inside, and the backside is waterproof in case the ground is wet.

11. Five Minute Bread Bag Tutorial – A great way to wrap up fresh baked loaves of bread, but with the popularity of repurposed and reusable gift wrapping, this fabric bread bag beats a plain paper gift bag any day of the week.

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diy leather bracelets

12.  Leather Bracelets {Repurposed Jewelry Craft} – Repurpose a thrift store leather purse into a variety of cute bracelets.  Pick your favorite or give the entire set as a gift.

Teacher Appreciation Day

13.  Ribbon Flower {Flower Tutorial} – This beautiful ribbon flower can be used to make a broach, a headband, or even used to dress up your gift wrapping in place of a traditional bow.

14.  DIY Bangle Bracelets – Amy warns that these bangle bracelets are so fun to make, they may be addicting.  These would be great to stock pile and give as last minute birthday gifts for friends.

15.  Felt Eyeglass Case {Tutorial} – This cute eyeglass holder features a little caterpillar made from buttons.  She also links to another version she created using felt balls instead of buttons.

16.  Glass Pendant Necklaces Tutorial {make jewelry} – Easy. Cheap. Adorable. How can you pass up something like this? I found places online where they sold the tutorials on how to make these glass pendant necklaces. Here’s mine for free.

Homemade Gift Ideas

17.  Soap Flower Topiary {Tutorial} – These white roses are not silk, but are actually made out of soap!  Not only are they cheaper, but they smell lovely too.  And when you tire of using them as decor, dump them into your bubble bath.

18.  How to Sew a Camera Strap Cover {free pattern} – These are really easy, and make a great gift. They fit any standard DSLR camera strap, (Canon/Nikon) my strap is about 2? wide.

Teachers Day

Teachers Day

19.  Monogram Ribbon Bookmark {diy} – If you’re an early bird, plan-ahead kind of girl just like me (ha–yeah right), and thinking about Christmas gifts, here’s a sweet idea for the kids’ teachers or a girlfriend who likes to read.

20.  Berries for Teachers – Scrap paper strawberries, filled them with goodies, and put Thank You Berry Much tags on them.

21.  Cottage Chic Button Checkerboard – A darling shabby chic twist on a fun game that makes a great homemade gift idea.

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22.  Teacher’s ROCK CD – Song list and teacher appreciation idea for a Teacher gift.

23.  Crayon Picture Frame {Crafts for Kids} – Let your child create a frame to give to their teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week using an inexpensive frame and a fresh box of crayons.  Mom or Dad will have to help out with the cutting.

24.  How to Personalize a Soap Dispenser {tutorial} – Personalized soap dispenser or hand sanitizer which makes a very inexpensive homemade gift.  You can also monogram it.

Teacher Appreciation ~ Free Printables

Teacher Appreciation ~ Free Printables

25.  DIY Paper Baskets –  Two ways to make these darling paper baskets made from just 1 piece of 12×12 paper each and some ribbon. And, the cool thing is they both require just a few simple folds.

26.  You Were ‘Mint’ To Teach! {teacher} – I wrapped up a container of Altoids Mints with printed paper, waxed twine and a small note of thanks. Simple and inexpensive, but effectively says “thank you” for being a wonderful teacher.

27.  Free DIY Book Plates {Printable for Books} – Do you need a set of book plates for your books or know someone that would appreciate a set?  A friend or a teacher?

28.  DIY Hand Scrub {recipe how-to} – This hand scrub uses basic kitchen ingredients, most of which – if not all- you probably already have at your house.  Mix it up, add a pretty jar and a ribbon and you have an instant gift.

printable teacher gifts

29.  Teacher Appreciation Bookmarks – Print out these free printables to make as fun magnetic teacher bookmarks.

30.  Bright School Year {Free Printable Cards for Teacher Appreciation Day} – Have each of the students write a note of thanks to their teacher using these free printable cards.  Thanks for making my school year bright.

More Gift Ideas From Tip Junkie:

Thanks Ladies. I just adore these gifts they are amazing! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {{knuckle bumps}}

If you have a homemade gift idea or  tutorial over on your blog, we’d love to see it! Feel free to leave the blog link in the comments or on the Tip Junkie Facebook page. Or if you’re looking for a specific theme, let me know! I’ll be happy to find it for you. {{I’ve got your back!}}

Tip Junkie ~ Laurie Turk

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  1. [email protected]

    Thank you so much for including me! Totally turned my sick mommy frown upside down 🙂

  2. Natalie Dixon

    These are great ideas! Here’s a link to a teacher gift booklet we’ve done for the last couple years, plus I have a couple other gift ideas for teachers I’ve posted about including a class tree! Thanks for taking the time to compile all of these! http://aturtleslifeforme.blogspot.com/2011/04/teachers-love-gift-cards.html

  3. Laura

    Those are awesome ideas! Thank you for sharing, I have written down 4 that I want to use!

  4. Sinea

    Laurie, these are the best ideas for Teacher Appreciation ever! I just added a link to my post on Teacher Appreciation. My readers will love it. Thanks! You’ll be hearing from me again….:)

  5. Northern Cottage

    I’m just tickled pink that you included my idea in this fabulous post. Teacher gifts are so fun to create and give!

    Thank you!


  6. Kassey

    I love all these teacher gift ideas!! I made a cute teacher subway art candy jar!! Please check it out: http://everythingnice2.blogspot.com/2011/04/teacher-gift.html

  7. Brittany

    As a teacher I can say that any teacher would love these ideas! Honestly at our school this week is normally forgotten so I am glad to see that other schools still remember. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  9. Deb

    These are great ideas! And not just for teachers, too!! However, my son has a male teacher. Any ideas for him?

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  11. Holiday Snob

    How fun! My oldest is just in preschool so I’m new to all this, but so many ideas, wow! Thanks for sharing, caught my eye immediately in your link party!

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  13. Jamie

    Love these ideas. As a teacher I would much rather receive one of these than the cheap “teachers rock” travel mugs we get every year from our PTA.

  14. amy @teachmama

    Hey friend! I hope it’s okay that I linked back to this *fabulously incredible* post over at teachmama.com today. You totally rock–and this is a super compilation of ideas (once again!)


  15. Lonnita

    These are some really great ideas. I was just thinking about what to do for my daughters teacher this year. The problem that I’m now facing is making a choice. I want to about five that I see listed.

  16. Pollie

    I am amazed with all the creative things these wonderful women come up with! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Emily Christensen

    Love these ideas. I will have to use some next year. I made cute water bottles for my kids teachers this year. Check it out http://alittleofthis-emilyadamc.blogspot.com/2011/06/teacher-appreciation-gift.html

  20. Michael

    Love these ideas. As a teacher I would much rather receive one of these than the cheap “teachers rock” travel mugs we get every year from our PTA.

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    no…they want a gift card…with their interests in mind or lunch!

  23. Jennifer

    Thank you! These are beautiful!

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  27. Malcolm Wagner

    I remembered my daughter when she was in here preschool years, she used to do some handy crafts from used papers and other recycled materials. She’s been telling us, her parents, that in order to have high grades you have to give something special for your teacher. She got her point about that. And I couldn’t just forget how creative she was until now that she do some part time on painting and scupltures. I enrolled her in an exclusive school for fine arts.

  28. Bonnie Friedman

    That’s sweet of Alyssa and for you to do. Me and my kids also do a similar thing after every school year and the kids love thanking their dear teachers even by doing small stuff for them. It also teaches them to learn how to give back and how to be generous.

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    Yes, it’s July and I’m searching through gifts for teachers. Crazy but true.

    Just wanted to stop and say I love the idea for leather bracelets. I’ve never seen anything like that and I think it’s a fabulous idea. And not just for gifts! I’d make some of those for myself.

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