For my final Michael's Makers challenge of the "year" I was tasked with coming up with FIVE DIY teacher appreciation gifts. The catch was that they needed to be a specific color palette, and each one needed to be made for under $10. Whew! I wanted to do a variety of gifts so they'd span different personalities and skill sets. Here's what I came up with!
Monogram Door Hanger
I snagged a wooden letter and some fun gift wrap to make this little number. The wrapping paper was actually from the $1 section! (Have you ever paid much mind to that part of the store? You should! I always find so many awesome things!) I simply used ModPodge to adhere the paper to the letter and I added a contrasting ribbon! Easy peasy. You could do this in just a few minutes even! It'd look so cute hanging on the chalkboard or on a classroom door!
Tissue Paper Coffee Mug
How cute is this watercolor-inspired coffee cup?! I just used various colors of torn tissue paper and the new "Dishwasher Safe" ModPodge to stick it on! I made one for myself and I can happily report that it has made it through the dishwasher without so much as an issue! And what teacher doesn't need a coffee mug?! (You can also do a little tea or coffee gift basket and use the cup!)
Handpainted Family Sign
I love how this one turned out! I used a thin wooden hanging and just covered it with some chalkboard paint. I tried some chalk markers but didn't like that I could see through them so easily. Instead I used an acrylic paint pen. You could paint so many different things on it. Maybe a teaching quote or the teacher's name.
Geometric Throw Pillow
Whether you make it to decorate the classroom, or for your child's teacher to take home, a throw pillow would be so cute! I picked up this burlap ready-made pillow and used some masking tape to tape off the negative space. I used fabric paint to fill in the open spaces and afterward I sprayed it with waterproofing spray so it's safe to use outdoors! Most teachers have a Summer vacation coming up, so it'd be lovely to give them something they could use on their patio and remember your (totally awesome) kid by haha
"Apple" Candy Jar
I painted this terra cotta apple jar with some fuchsia paint since it fit the color palette better, but you could also do it in red! I love how fun and different the pink is though. I just took a terra cotta planters pot and the saucer, added a "twig and leaves" and filled it with yummy stuff. This would be a great treat jar for a teacher's desk. It could even be used to hold small desk supplies like rubber bands and paper clips.
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Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer with gifts for Moms, Dads and teachers, and parties to celebrate birthdays, graduation, and the 4th of July. It's never too early to get started on your next party or celebration! Michaels.com has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year - check out projects for Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, birthday, and even Summer! Let's celebrate!
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