Teacher Appreciation Gifts

It's teacher appreciation week at Paxton's school, and BOY do I appreciate those teachers! :)

Each day has a theme, so I tried to comply as much as possible:

  • Monday: "Cards of Love" - a super-cute free teacher appreciation printable from Balancing Home
  • Tuesday: "Pamper the Teacher Day" - scented hand sanitizer from the $1 bins at Target
  • Wednesday: "Bouquets of Love" - hand-made fabric flower pins
  • Thursday: "Special Luncheon" (no gift necessary)
  • Friday: "Sweet Treats" - whoops! I better make cookes for Friday!

The tutorial for making the fabric flower pins can be found here.  Though this time, instead of cutting flowers, I just cut circles - same result, easier cutting!

Next, I found this adorable free Teacher Appreciation printable last week and thought it would be perfect for the "cards of love" day. 

I downloaded it - which gave me this (8" x 10) print in gray and white.

Teacher Appreciation Printable

Next, I opened the PDF file in Photoshop Elements and used the used the paint bucket tool to change the background to teal to match my pins & the hand sanitizer labels.

Then I used a "wallets" action from The Coffee Shop Blog to turn one image into 9 wallet-sized cards. 

teacher appreciation printable

Then I printed them, cut them out, rounded the corners and signed Paxton's name to the back.

Finally, I added punched star-shaped tags to the hand-sanitizer, and called it a gift.  Easy Peasy. 

teacher appreciation gifts

Here's a look at last year's Teacher Appreciation Gift: Chapstick Pockets

8 comments so far:

Anonymous said:

Do you by any chance have the "A teacher takes a Hand" in teal as an individual file? I want it in teal as a large print out and I do not have photoshop yet on this laptop.

Thank you

michelle@somedaycrafts said:

Congrads! This was the most viewed link last week at the Whatever Goes Wednesday link party at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. i am featuring it today!

Ginger Snap Crafts said:

Featuring YOU tonight! :)

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


sharon said:

As a teacher, I would love these gifts. The hand sanitizer is always a necessity. And I share Heather's sentiments...my favorite gifts are notes and letters of appreciation from the parents. It is a sweet end to a school year. I think any teacher just wants to know they made a difference.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Heather said:

I am a teacher and I go through a LOT of hand sanitizer, so I know your child's teacher will appreciate their gifts. Honestly, the best gifts I have ever been given are notes and letters of appreciation from parents that I can look back on when I have a bad day or when a different parent is being not-so-kind to me.

Trina said:

I like the whole week of ideas. And I am thinking you have solved a big dilemma, what to give to a group of High School Teachers. The printable is CUTE. Thanks for sharing.

Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper said:

This is great! I hope you'll link up to my Teacher Appreciation Linky Party!


Kayla said:

I LOVE that printable you used! And what teacher doesn't need hand sanitizer. I'm sure anyone would be happy to get these. Great job! I'd love for you to share on Sweet Sharing Monday! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-3/

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