Here are several knock-their-socks-off DIY teacher gifts that the teacher will actually love. These ideas are all fairly simple, take an eco-freindly approach, and will make a great impression. I hope you enjoy these creative DIY teacher gifts and let us know which you make by using #familyfocusblog!
Ideas For Green DIY Teacher Gifts:
Making your own DIY teacher gifts will likely save you a lot of money. Plus, the teachers will enjoy the creativity and thought that went into their special present.
1. Bouquet Wrapped In Colored Pencils
Every teacher is pleased to see a gift that’s useful in the classroom. Put a bouquet of flowers – from your own garden, if you have them – in a mason jar or other glass container, and fill it part way with water. Surround it with colored pencils and tie the whole with a bow to secure them. Don’t want to give flowers that will wilt in a few days? Use recycled fabric to create these gorgeous fabric flowers for a gift that will never fade.
2. Melted Crayon Art
Have a little more time? Re-invent something teachers of small children see every day, and make a teacher smile. Alexis Anne over at cleansmartsimplestyle.com made the pretty crayon art above. Melt crayons with a hair dryer on an artist’s canvas to create a one-of-a kind work of art worthy of a place on an adult’s wall. Upcycle your child’s old, broken or already-melted crayons for a “green” flair. Here is a fun tutorial for melted crayon art.
3. Lavender Soap
Soap is always useful and this lavender soap has such a relaxing, lovely scent. Just what a teacher needs! This is a simple glycerin based soap with a pretty wrapping suggestion as well. Get the full tutorial over at Crafts By Amanda
4. Chalkboard Flower Pot
This sweet, personalized gift radiates “green.” Paint a terra cotta flower pot with chalkboard paint and include a packet of organic or heirloom seeds. Make your own seed packs with scrapbooking paper, snap up packets at a local seed swap, or buy them at the store. Write the teacher’s name or sign your child’s in chalk and include the chalk with the gift, so the teacher can label the contents of the pot every time he plants. For extra brownie points, use a no-VOC, organic chalkboard paint like this one.
5. Kids’ “Flower Garden” Teacher’s Gift
Upcycle an old flower pot, galvanized tub or basket into a classic gift that a teacher will treasure. This one takes a little planning, but it’s worth it! Use construction paper (or for extra points, recycled paper – an old Highlights kids’ magazine, maybe?) to cut out flower shapes. In the middle of each flower, glue a picture of one of the teacher’s students. Recreate the whole class for a commemorative “flower garden,” then attach the flowers to wooden sticks. Anchor them in the tub with crumpled newspaper or a piece of floral foam and cover the inside of the tub with fabric scraps or leftover “grass” from Easter baskets. Voila! A personalized keepsake the teacher will treasure.
6. DIY Coconut Lemon Sugar Scrub
As the end of the school year approaches, I always find myself wondering what I should do to thank
teachers for all the hard work they’ve put forth in educating my children. This year, I decided to show
my appreciation by making a cost-efficient and eco-friendly DIY Coconut Lemon Sugar Scrub gift.
Enclosed in a glass jar, this gift is not only waste-free, but also offers recipients the option to reuse the
jars once they’ve finished enjoying the contents within. The Coconut Lemon Sugar Scrub is great for
exfoliating dry skin in preparation for sandal and shorts weather – you’ll probably want to make extras
for yourself too! The coconut oil used to make this scrub naturally moisturizes your skin, while the
lemon leaves your skin feeling and smelling refreshed. This DIY coconut oil sugar and lemon scrub is easy to make!
7. Edible Gifts
Making your own edible gifts is also a great green choice, especially if you can use organic or Fair Trade ingredients. Try this easy chocolate truffles if you want your teacher to love you forever!
8. DIY Cord Organizer
This cute cord organizer is sure to come in handy for organizing cords in the classroom or at home. You just need 6 things to make this creative diy gift. Get the full tutorial over at Sustain My Craft Habit
9. DIY Essenital Oils For Teachers
I love essential oils. They smell fabulous and have so many healthy benefits. That’s why you’ll love these essential recipes that are perfect for just what teachers need with great blends like, “Awake”, and “Immune Boosting.” You can get the recipes with printable labels at Happy Home Happy Heart.
10. DIY Beeswax Candles
Everyone loves candles! And natural beeswax candles are something special. They smell so lovely and they are very pretty too. You can make really pretty ones in your empty glass jars. Glass yogurt jars from Oui are perfect for this. Get the whole tutorial at Hungarican Journey.
When the time comes to pick out a thank-you gift for the ones who have taught, watched over and guided your little loved ones all year, it can be tough to decide what to give. Whether you’re super crafty or just enjoy personalizing gifts, there’s plenty of great green DIY teacher gifts on this list to make your child’s favorite teacher smile.
Do you have any additional ideas for DIY teacher gifts that you have given or received?