The end of the school year is a lot like the holiday season for crafty moms, since there are tons of teacher gifts to make and give. I'm a huge fan of incorporating the kids into class gifts (when appropriate), so anything with handprints or thumbprints get my attention. I also love making personalized gifts for teachers, so something I can embroider or use fabric paint also are on my go-to list.
Here are a few quick gift ideas suitable for the teachers you want to thank:
• Trace around the kids' hands and use the outline to make hands from fabric and a fusible adhesive like Heat N Bond. Write each child's name on his/her hand or let the kids do it with a permanent fabric marking pen. Follow the manufacturers' directions to adhere to a tote bag, then outline the edges with fabric paint (the non puffy variety). Add the teacher's name with fabric paint to finish.
• Use scrapbook paper and letter stickers personalize a travel mug with a customizable insert. Just trace the included template on the scrapbook paper, decorate and reassemble. Your child could also draw a picture to insert instead. If you have an embroidery machine, use it and some fabric to make the insert.
• A ready-made apron is easy to personalize with iron-on letters, fabric paint or an embroidery machine.
• Make a coffee shop cup wrap (this tutorial
looks cute) and slip it over an empty cup. Stick a gift card inside to complete it.
• Edible gifts are always a hit. You can make a bouquet of Cake Pops (tutorial here
) and "plant" them in a flower pot, or fill a pretty tin with cookies, brownies, muffins or cupcakes. If you're a little more industrious, use some seasonal fruit to make homemade preserves.
What are your favorite teacher gifts to make or give?