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Two DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. Have you told your child's teacher yet how much you have appreciated them teaching your child this year? Here are some fun DIY teacher appreciation gift ideas that are easy to make and also easy on the budget.

M & M Teacher Gift

This is an easy cute gift that your child's teacher will love. Who doesn't love M & M's? The poem that goes along with it lists the colors of the M&M's and describes how the teacher's influence and inspiration can be related to M&M's. For this gift you will need:

  • Canning jar with lid
  • Peanut or plain M&M's
  • Ribbon
  • M&M poem
  • Cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch

First print out the M&M poem and mat it with a small piece of coordinating scrapbook paper or card stock. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the corner so that you can attach it to the jar. You can find the M&M poem here.

M and M Teacher Gift

To assemble the gift, fill the clean canning or mason jar with M&M's. Place the lid on top and attach the M&M poem with a ribbon. That's it!

Post It Note Holder

If you are looking for an inexpensive teacher appreciation idea, these little DIY post it note holders are easy to make and inexpensive too. Teachers can never have too many post it notes. For this gift you will need:

  • Post it note pad
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Glue stick
  • Binder clip
  • Pencil or pen
  • Ribbon

First cut a scrap of cardboard into the shape of a square slightly larger than the post it note pad. This will be the post it note holder.

Cut out a square of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the piece of cardboard. Place the cardboard on the back side of the piece of scrapbook paper and fold the edges of the scrapbook paper around to the back of the cardboard, wrapping it like a present. Use the scotch tape to secure the paper to the back of the cardboard.

Cut out another piece of scrapbook paper that is the same size as the piece of cardboard. Glue the piece of scrapbook paper to the back of the piece of cardboard to cover up the scotch tape. The piece of cardboard should now be completely covered with scrapbook paper.

Use the glue stick to glue the post it note pad to the center of the front of the cardboard. Place the binder clip at the top center of the piece of cardboard, above the post it note pad.

Attach a piece of ribbon or yarn to the binder clip and tie the other end to the pencil or pen.

If desired, you can also use modge podge or decoupage to affix a small piece of the scrapbook paper to the pencil so that it matches the post it note holder. If you are using a pen, if you buy a clear refillable plastic pen (the kind where you can see the ink inside), you can open up the pen and slide a thin piece of scrap book paper inside the pen so that the pen matches the post it note pad. Found out how to create these coordinating pens here.

If money is tight, don't let this stop you from showing your children's teachers that you appreciate them. With a little creativity and an hour or two of your time, you can create a thoughtful inexpensive gift that your child's teacher will love.

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