Craft ideas

DIY gift idea for teachers – make useful gifts yourself

The teacher is an important person for the children. He accompanies the small and later also the big children for several years and of course deserves a little recognition. Whether for a birthday, the first day of school or to say goodbye when changing schools, a small gift is always appropriate and every teacher will be happy – even more so if this is also made by yourself. So today we’d like to share some ideas for teacher gifts with you. Regardless of which teacher gift idea you choose, the gesture is guaranteed to bring joy.

Gift idea for teachers - DIY instructions for useful things

Gift idea for teachers – vase made of colored pencils

Gift idea for teachers - vase with colored pencils and fresh cut flowers

A colorful vase that adorns the teacher’s desk or a shelf in the classroom is a really nice gift idea for teachers, don’t you think? And it doesn’t necessarily have to be the classic materials such as glass, ceramics or even plastic. You can also use colored pencils to make a creative vase as a gift for teachers and it’s really easy to do. You need:

  • large, empty tin can
  • colored pencils
  • Hot glue and gun
  • tape
  • Cut flowers
  • optional: paper and felt-tip pens, string

Gift idea for teachers - dress up the box with colored pencils and use it as a vase

First, put the colored pencils together on the table in any order. If you follow the order as in the packaging, there will be a smooth transition from color to color, like a rainbow. Then stand the can upright in front of you and glue the crayons one by one to the side with the hot glue. The box should therefore stand upright so that the crayons do not stick staggered and can form a flat surface for setting up the vase.

Colorful gift idea for teachers as a thank you or to say goodbye

Once you’ve got all of the crayons in place (the last few might require you to keep a larger gap between them so that there isn’t a large gap left at the end), tie a pretty ribbon around the vase and tie a bow. Now you can make a card if you want. Use the felt-tip pens to write down a greeting, congratulations or a simple “thank you” and then tie it with string or fix it to the vase with glue. Fill the vase with water and put flowers in it.

Modern flower pot painted by yourself

Gift idea for teachers with a self-painted flower pot

If you prefer to give away plants that will live for a long time, you can design a flower pot instead of a vase. The plant can then decorate the classroom and make it even friendlier. In principle, terracotta pots can be painted as you wish. As an example, we will show you a mountain landscape that looks modern and stylish.

  • Clay pots
  • Succulents or any other plant
  • Potting soil
  • Acrylic paints and brushes
  • Paper tape
  • optional: paper, felt-tip pens and string

Paint mountains on a flower pot for a modern decoration for teachers

Paint the outside of the pot and plate with white paint. This layer of paint should be dry after about 2 to 5 minutes. You can also help with a blow dryer if you don’t want to wait that long. Then you can use the tape to mask off high triangles that are supposed to represent mountain peaks. Of course, you can also paint these freehand. Then take the lightest of the chosen colors and paint in the masked areas. Let the paint dry again.

Now you can mask the next row of mountains. The tips should be slightly offset from the first and lower. Also choose the next dark shade and let this layer of paint dry as well. Finally, add the third and lowest row. The pretty gift idea for teachers is almost ready. All you have to do now is plant the selected plant and, if you want, you can make a card out of the paper and tie it around the pot you have designed yourself. Alternatively, a connector looks very nice like in the example.

Cool ballpoint pens as gifts for teachers

Make original pens with artificial succulents as gifts

A teacher can rarely have enough pens. That’s why they’re also the perfect gift idea for teachers. But because the ones you buy usually look rather boring, we will now show you how you can redesign them with simple means. And since we were just on the subject of “succulents”, we will stick with it. Here’s how you can make ballpoint pens with artificial succulents as small gifts for teachers:

  • artificial succulents with wire stem
  • pen
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Craft glue or superglue
  • Florist ribbon
  • Mason jar (made of glass and plastic)
  • Pebbles
  • yarn
  • optional: acrylic paint and tape

Gift idea for teachers - turn pens into plants in a glass with pebbles

Mask the lower third of the glass with tape and paint the lower part any color. This step is optional. While the paint dries, make the pens. First hold the succulents on the side of the pen and wrap both tightly with florist tape. Here and there, add a drop of hot glue to hold the tape in place. Then fill the glass with the pebbles and insert the finished ballpoint pens into it. You can then attach a farewell card for teachers or a greeting or thank you card to the glass.

Small gift for a teacher – small bowls for utensils

Small bowls as a gift idea for teachers - make apples from self-drying clay

Such bowls are very useful on the teacher’s desk, because they can be used to store small utensils such as paper clips, rubbers, erasers, but also keys and other things. They look pretty and create order in the teacher’s workplace. If you would like to give the present to a teacher, the children can easily help because the instructions are really simple!

  • Craft clay that dries in the air
  • Apple-shaped knife or cookie cutter
  • Acrylics
  • paint brush
  • Edding
  • Parchment paper
  • glossy varnish for sealing

Line your work area with parchment paper and roll out the craft clay on it. A thickness of 5 to 6 mm should be sufficient. Then, using either a cookie cutter or knife, cut out an apple and remove the remaining clay. Now carefully shape the apple into a bowl or flat plate with your hands by bending the outer edges upwards. You can also take a bowl for this purpose, place the clay on the outside and press it lightly. Then let the clay dry as instructed on the package.

You can then use the acrylic paints and / or the Edding to paint the bowls. You can also use adhesive tape to mask off patterns so that straight lines are created. Now let the paints dry as well and then seal them with a suitable varnish. As soon as this has dried too, the apple is ready to be given away. The perfect gift for a farewell teacher or for any other occasion.

Gift idea for teachers – decoupage on soap

Design soaps with the napkin technique - fix paper flowers with Mod Podge

Soap can always be used and somehow it is a very loving gift, don’t you agree? Regardless of whether you make the soap yourself or use one that has been bought, it is especially pretty to look at when it is decorated with flowers that you have painted yourself. Then it is also great as a decoration for the bathroom. This is how the soap is designed from the picture:

  • soap
  • scissors
  • Paper for painting or ready with motifs
  • Mod podge or glue for napkin technique

DIY gifts - beautiful designs transferred onto soap

Cut out pieces of paper that will fit on the soap. The children can then draw and paint any motif on it (or you can print out motifs and then just cut them out). Apply a thin layer of napkin glue to the soap, then place the design on top. Apply the adhesive to this as well to seal it. Once the glue has dried, the soap is ready. The Mod Podge or the napkin glue will protect the motif for a while, even if the soap is used.

Thanks to teachers with magnetic hedgehogs as gifts

Cute hedgehog made of paper mache eggs - last minute gift idea for teachers

You can keep paper clips in their box, but with a magnet like this you can have them more easily at hand. In addition, these hedgehogs look much cuter and more interesting than a simple box. The hedgehogs can also do handicrafts for children without any problems, if necessary with the help of an adult. This is how they are made:

  • Paper mache eggs
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Acrylics
  • Craft foam
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • Magnets
  • Rice in a freezer bag
  • small black letterhead clips

Crafting instructions for a hedgehog with magnets to store paper clips

Cut out an oval shape from the foam. Take the egg apart and glue the shape onto one of the two halves. This way you get a base for the hedgehog so that it stands more stable. Then you can paint the outsides. Let the paint dry, paint on the white face and as soon as this paint has dried too, put the clips for the eyes and nose on the hedgehog’s face. Then glue the magnets inside the egg halves with the hot glue. After the glue has dried, put the rice and the freezer bag in it and glue the two halves of the egg together. Now you can distribute the paper clips on the hedgehog.

Key ring as a farewell gift for a teacher

Give away unique and homemade accessories - decoration for keys

How about a key ring that gives the teacher joy and benefit in everyday life and outside of school? Such a small pendant makes the bunch of keys much more interesting and the teacher will always think of his or her pupil when he looks at it! A pendant as a gift idea for teachers can be made quickly and easily from simple beads made of wood or another material. Check it out for yourself:

  • Key ring
  • leather band
  • Pearls in any shape and color

Homemade key ring with wooden beads and leather cord

Just take the key ring and tie a piece of leather cord to it. Then you can thread the beads. When you are satisfied with the length and color combination, tie a knot so that the pearls cannot slip down and the key chain is finished with that. This is how easy it is to make gifts for teachers yourself!

Monogram made from wax crayons

Monogram in bright colors with crayons - letter in rainbow colors

If you are looking for a simple or last-minute idea that is also suitable if the gift is intended for a primary school teacher, then this monogram would be nice. With a little help from an adult, elementary school children can also implement this project in the following ways:

  • cardboard
  • Crayons
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Ribbon or string for hanging
  • sharp knife or scissors
  • optional further decorations (e.g. bow, letters for a message, pompons, etc.)

First, use a pencil to draw the first letter of the teacher’s name on the cardboard. Then use a sharp knife or scissors to cut out the letter. Now distribute the crayons on the cardboard, but initially without sticking them. If you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue them one after the other to the cardboard with the hot glue. Use a piece of ribbon or string to form a loop that you glue to the back of the letter. If you want, you can now add more decorations. But don’t overdo it, as the monogram is already very colorful due to the pens.

Tip: You can paint the cardboard with any color before you glue it on.

Find gift ideas for teachers – containers for pens in a blackboard look

Creative containers for pens in blackboard look - paint mason jars with blackboard paint

This gift idea for teachers exudes the perfect school atmosphere. In addition, the gift is made quickly and easily. For such farewell gifts for teachers you need:

  • Mason jar
  • black board paint
  • black and white ribbon
  • chalk
  • Pens for filling

It is best to get a glass with lettering, as you can then use the chalk to accentuate it and create a vintage effect. Paint the glass with the black board paint and let the paint dry. If necessary, apply a second layer if the first does not cover well. Then let the paint dry for 24 hours. Use the ribbon to tie a loop around the glass thread and lightly stroke the chalk over the writing on the glass or over the entire surface. Now you can put the pens in the glass and give your farewell present to the teacher.