The best teacher gifts are ones that are practical and thoughtful at the same time. These DIY teacher appreciation gifts are both of those things.
They’re really easy to put together, and I’m including a free printable for the envelopes that not only hold a seed packet, but are a great place to stash a gift card if you want to throw in a little extra.
DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts
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Hello again, my Kenarry friends! It’s Robin from A Home To Grow Old In. I don’t know about you, but it feels like the end of the school year is coming at me at 100 miles per hour! We had fresh snow on the ground earlier this month, and now I’m getting notices about end of the year parties and events.
Well, I am ahead of the game for a change, and I’ve already put together some of the cutest DIY teacher appreciation gifts that hopefully will help you cross one more thing off your list!
Here’s what you need:
- small terra cotta pots
- gray spray paint
- copper spray paint
- cellophane bags (The dollar store is a great place to pick these up.)
- potting soil
- card stock
Here is how to make these cute little gifts!
1. Paint the terra cotta pots.
To start these DIY teacher appreciation gifts, the first thing I did was to paint the terra cotta pots. I spray painted the body with a gray paint in satin to give it a “cement” look. Then, once the body dried overnight, I taped it off with painter’s tape and painted the top with some beautiful shiny copper paint.
Other painting ideas for the pots:
- Let your kids paint them
- Paint them in the school’s colors
- Use the teacher’s favorite colors
2. Fill the pots with soil.
Line your pots with cellophane bags and scoop in enough potting soil to fill the pots. I made a pretty bow out of ribbon to top the bags.
3. Get the free printable Seed Packet Envelope.
You can get this really cute “Thanks for Helping Me Grow” seed packet envelope as a FREE gift when you sign up for the Ideas In Your Inbox newsletter. To get yours just sign-up below!
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Once the seed packet envelope is printed, cut it out and assemble it. Insert your seed packet into the envelope. To finish it off, punch a hole into the top of the envelope and tie it onto the gift.
I made several of these DIY teacher appreciation gifts at one time, and I’m really excited to not have to worry about finding a gift for the teachers at the last minute. Our teachers work so hard at providing the best education for our children, so I love putting a little time into giving them something back at the end of the school year! These painted flower pots are also a great way to present a gift card.
When should you give teacher appreciation gifts?
The typical time to give teacher appreciation gifts is the end of the year. But if don’t want to save everything for the end of the year, you can give the gift any time that’s good for you.
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I’ll see you again next month, but in the meantime, I hope you’ll check out a few more of my posts!
Robin is a home decor and DIY blogger at A Home To Grow Old In that lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and 2 young boys. She moved into a 90 year old Tudor-style home in 2015 after spending the last several years in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, she had an opportunity to attend culinary school and enjoys sharing many of her favorite recipes on her blog. Robin’s days are spent enjoying time with her boys that are growing up too fast or making over rooms in her home by refinishing furniture she already owns or repurposing things that she finds.
Originally published April 2017. Updated April 2018.