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The school year is finally over. It’s been an interesting year; none of us will ever forget. The kids started out doing homeschooling and finally did in person schooling. Now it’s finally over.
The teachers have been amazing. They have gone above and beyond. They need a vacation.
I started substitute teaching and got a first hand glimpse into the life of teaching. It is not easy. But it is especially hard doing it through a pandemic. The teachers put their lives on the line for the sake of teaching my kids.
I wanted to make the end of the year teacher’s gifts or even for teacher appreciation day.
It was probably the most heartfelt gift I’ve given any teacher. I really wanted to make them something thoughtful and special. I wanted something personalized.
I wanted a homemade teacher’s gift. They have done so much for us. It’s just a simple token of appreciation.
So, I checked out some teacher appreciation gift ideas.
I’m not sure that they need more Starbucks gift cards, or candy or store gift cards. I think they have had enough of those kind’s of gifts and maybe by now they are redundant.
Handmade teacher’s gifts are something they won’t forget.
If you’re looking for something handmade and personal for teacher appreciation gifts, this personalized name sign is so much fun. You can tailor it to whatever your teacher likes.
Find out her favorite colors and start from there. My favorite part of this sign is the detachable pen and sticky notes.
*I recommend giving them a little bag with extra velcro dots or strips.
DIY Teacher’s Appreciation Gift
- Wood Board Wall Decor
- White Spray Paint
- OOLY lil’ watercolor paint pods
- Wood Rulers
- OOLY note pals sticky tabs – colorful pencils
- OOLY sakox lollypop scented pens
- OOLY Pixie Paste
- OOLY Le Macaron Patiesserie Scented Erasers
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- Self Adhesive Dots and/or Non-Adhesive Back Nylon Strips Fabric Fastener
- Sandpaper (optional)
You don’t need to be a professional DIY’er to do this. I am no artist.
I purchased a hanging wood board from Micheal’s.
I stained the wood just to give it some texture. This is optional. I also used white spray paint to spray the wood plaque and let it dry for a few hours. We live in Arizona so it dries fast.
I knew her favorite color was lavender. So I tried to use those tones and painted the rulers.
I used lil’ watercolor paint pods. These work great because they stain the ruler and you can still tell that they are rulers even though the colors are nice and bright. You can also layer.
I used Gorilla Wood Glue to stick the rulers on the sign and also the letters.
Make sure to press down hard and put something heavy on top of the rulers so they stick well.
These pens are adorable.
The back of adhesive velcro is not strong enough to stick to wood so use wood glue.
Then I used Typewriter wood letters and spray painted them yellow.
Also, for the period at the end of the Mrs. I just used a hole puncher and punched a hole in foam paper and used the wood glue to sick it on.
I added Pixie Paste to sparkle the letters up. They turned out so pretty!
I also added OOLY Le Macaron Patiesserie Scented Erasers.
These are so pretty and fun.
I used the velcro strips and cut them and glued them to the rulers with the wood glue and then attached to the eraser.
I also glued the school painted pencil from Hobby Lobby.
Get a hanging wood slab
Stain the wood with any color (optional)
Let it dry
Spray paint the wood with color of choice
Paint rulers with watercolors
Let it dry
Glue the rulers on the board
Paint letters of choice
Glue them on the board
put velcro dots on items you want to add and detach
add erasers using glue and velcro
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I think this is the perfect gift for teachers for any occasion.
A personalized sign is a gift every teacher will love!