Teacher deserves more than apple for a gift after a year of teaching, nurturing and everything in between. And you don’t have to break the bank, either, to show your favorite educator a little love. These five DIY teacher gift ideas are big on style points but easy on the pocketbook.
Pair quick mix concrete with colored glass, trinkets or other odds and ends, and you’ve got a garden accessory for posterity. Cindy at Skip to My Lou has a foolproof tutorial on how to construct the perfect stone at a very low cost. This project is ideal for younger kids who will enjoy mixing, stirring and embellishing with teacher-appropriate items. For an added touch, throw in a few seed packets of vibrant variations like cosmos.
Mason Jar Candles
The mason jar craze catapulted old-fashioned jam jars into decorating acclaim, so there’s a good chance you’ve got a few lurking in the pantry just waiting to be transformed. Lindsay at Candy & Clothes offers an easy-peasy tutorial, including where to find wax, wicks and a scented oil (Amazon. Who knew?!).
Share some of the yummiest bites from your kitchen in a convenient recipe ring. Type recipes on brightly colored paper and affix cards to a whisk or measuring cups. Kristyn at Lil’ Luna suggests visiting the Target dollar aisle for a punchy kitchen accessory for mere pennies.
RELATED: 7 Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Brighten teacher’s desk with a touch of low-maintenance greenery. Succulents come in a variety of unusual shapes and colors and are beloved for their ability to survive on minimal care. Home Depot and Lowes carry the verdant stunners for as low as $5. Give a terra cotta pot a chic upgrade with a quick dip in neon paint, via Lexy Ward’s no-fuss tutorial at the Proper Pinwheel.
Search “DIY wreath” on Pinterest, and you’ll be overwhelmed with tutorials ranging from burlap to peacock feathers. Preschool and elementary school teachers are always looking for ways to add a little zip to the humdrum beige walls, and a the right wreath fits the bill. Allie at Miss Lovie crafted an homage to all the elements of classroom whimsy.