Teaching is an often thankless yet very important job, so it’s nice to show your appreciation when you can. With the school year coming to a close, this is as good a time as any! But what to give that they will actually use?
Well, it’s hard to imagine a teacher who doesn’t need PENCILS, so this year, I’m gifting a simple pencil vase along with a gift card. The vase would look adorable sitting on any teacher’s desk; is easy to make; and you can find everything to make it at the dollar store!
Simple Pencil Vase Gift
- Silk Flowers
- Glass Vase (shorter than the pencils)
- 40-50 Yellow Pencils
- Ribbon or Decorative Tape
- Hot Glue Gun
This project really IS simple! All you need to do is apply a strip of hot glue to your pencil, and press it along the side of the vase. Make sure that each pencil goes straight from the top to the bottom – being careful not to push the pencils too close together. The amount of pencils that you need will depend on your vase, but I used about 40.
As you glue the pencils to the vase, keep the vase upright so that you can press each pencil down. This will make your vase even and sturdy.
After you’ve attached all the pencils (and let them the glue dry a bit,) wrap some ribbon or tape around the upper part of the vase. I just love this chalkboard alphabet tape I found!
And that’s all there is to it! Just add some flowers, silk or real! I thought that using silk flowers would make this gift more permanent and low-maintenance, but real flowers would look great too. :-)
Here are some more fun ideas:
A gift in a jar has everything your favorite teacher needs! You could fill one of these jars with school supplies, treats, or a little bit of both! Click here to see some more ideas for your gift in a jar.
I have gifted this English Muffin Bread with a jar of my homemade Honey Butter Ambrosia many times – and it is always a hit! You can never go wrong with edible gifts, especially when it tastes this good. ;-)
If you’re short on time, just stop by the grocery store and print out one of these cute gift tags! A pack of gum, a bar of chocolate, or a roll of quarters becomes a funny, useful and appreciated gift. :-)
This schedule and to-do list could be very handy for lesson plans and staying on track in the classroom. Click here to learn how to put it together.
Click here for some fun ways to dress up a gift card. While a gift card to an office-supply store may be the obvious choice, teachers need to treat themselves, too!
With ordinary ball-point pens and some scrapbook paper, you can make these fun personalized pens!
Customize your gift even more with these personalized gift basket ideas.
Whether you do it with a gift, a note, or simply a heart-felt verbal “Thank you!”….make sure to let a teacher know how much they are appreciated this year!
How do you say “thank you” to teachers?