The 5-Minute Project That Will Make Your Child’s Teacher’s Day
Many schools are already in session or about to start the new school year. Want to thank your student’s teacher with a gift or do something nice for them? Here’s a cutesy option that will only take you about five minutes.
As a member of my daughters’ school’s tiny Parent-Teacher Association, I took on the “Welcome Back” gifts for our teachers. We didn’t want to spend a ton of money, but still brighten their first day.
Previous feedback told us that our teachers did NOT want the following:
- Coffee mugs
- Sweet treats
- “World’s Best Teacher,” anything
- Any more craft supplies like glue, glitter, or stickers, please!
All I had was half of a mega-sized school supply kit after fulfilling my daughter’s supply list and a small collection of craft supplies. Pinterest to the rescue.
What takes a pen, highlighter, or marker and makes it a thoughtful gift? Apparently, a “punny” tag. I checked out a few fun sites for ideas, including thesprucecrafts.com and theSuburbanMom.com. These ladies have super creative minds!
Let’s break this down into steps.
#1 – Pick out the “punny” saying you’ll use, and buy the corresponding item(s):
Markers: “You’re a Remark(er)able Teacher!”
Lip Balm or lotion: “Here’s to a Smooth School Year!”
Highlighters or Nail Polish: “Have a Bright New School Year!”
Highlighters or Nail Polish: “Teachers Like You Paint/Make Bright Futures.”
Markers or pencils: “Mark My Words, You’ll Have A Great New School Year!”
#2 – Gather Supplies
- Punny items, in my case, highlighters, pens, and permanent markers
- Ribbon or string
- Clear plastic gift bag and accompanying twist ties
- Construction or scrapbook paper tags
- Pen or marker to write with
- A hole puncher, if needed
- A small pinch of crafty know-how
#3 – Secure Item in A Clear Gift Bag
You can make it look finished by slipping smaller items in the gift bag without fully opening it and crease the extra plastic behind. Secure the item with the twist ties that come with the gift bags. Then stick your hand into the top of the gift bag and open the creases to make the top look fancy and full.
#4 – Write Punny Sayings On Tags
If you’re making your tag out of construction paper, cut out either a square, rectangle or another shape of your choice. Use the hole punch so you can tie it onto the gift. Then use a pen or marker to write the cute saying on the tag. I used some pre-cut scrap-booking tags because I loved how colorful they were.
#5 – Tie Tag to the Gift Bag
Use the scissors to cut a 6-8-inch piece of string (eyeball it!) or ribbon, then run the string halfway through the hole of your tag. Then tie the ends of the string around the twist tie on the gift bag. If you’d like to, you can return it around the front of the bag and tie a cute bow for extra decoration. You can get creative with this step, such as curled holiday ribbon or several colors of string.
There you go! An easy, five-minute gift your child’s teacher will enjoy receiving this school year.
What other gifts have you put together for your children’s teacher?