It’s time to turn our attention to those wonderful people who look after and educate our children for a third of each day. Handmade gift ideas are great and can be economical when you have a more than a few teachers you’d like to acknowledge.
These little Lollipop Posies are a perfect gift for a co-worker or teacher. They are simple to make and not overly expensive. To start with wash out a can (preferably a ring pull one to avoid sharp edges) and then paint white with gesso. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the paper to the can. On the pink can Janine used the Martha Stewart doily punch on several papers and stuck them down in layers. For the other, just one strip that fit the can.
Make sure you add some weight to the base of the can, some play dough would work and keep the can steady. Then add floristry dry foam in-side the can. You can either use floristry wire and a hot glue gun to add the wire to the base of the flowers, or if you cant find floristry wire, you can always use skewers or cut some straws, but these are harder to push into the florist foam. Arrange a mix of lollipops and flowers and then finish off with some lace. Quick, simple and very pretty.
A book box is a cute and handy gift for a teacher, as it suits the theme of books and learning at the same time as being useful in a classroom or office to keep bits & pieces in. Danielle made this book box out a small cardboard box and some Jenni Bowlin large bingo cards. The curve of the book spine was created out of an extra strip of cardboard, and was covered in patterned papers. As well as the bingo cards, the spine and covers were embellished with ribbon, chipboard accents and label stickers.
Studio Calico patterned paper was used to line the book box, and it was filled with a mini book thank you card. This is a cute alternative to a standard thank you card for a teacher or grandparent or similar, allowing you to add drawings and other ephemera from the kids as well as a genuine message.
Cosmo Cricket’s cute Clementine range might be designed for Valentine’s, but it turns out it’s also great for teachers! These cute cards made by Jenni Hudswell use Clementine cardstock and stickers to and are sure to brighten any educators day.
Here Tracy, of blog Violet Paper Wings, shares her cute gift idea of sticky note displays. Some ribbon and scrapbooking paper customise a plastic display stand for a quick and easy present that can be made to suit any theme!
Nora from Just Makes Stuff shares how she created a teacher's gift out of a plastic container and some scrapbooking papers with a cute card to match.
This sweet and simple tutorial from the BHG website - shows you how to use pretty papers to make a recipe book gift.
Thanks to Jamie Cripps for this cute idea for a quick and easy gift of pencils – often it’s all in the presentation! You can find details and some more great ideas here on the Little Yellow Bicycle blog.
Finally, the talented Roree Rumph created this gorgeous little handmade teachers’ gift in the form of a pencil bouquet and matching card, using Pink Paislee’s Nantucket range. You can see details here on the Pink Paislee blog.