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DIY Gift Idea for Teachers – Make Useful Gifts Yourself

The teacher is an important person for the children. He accompanies the small and later also the big children over several years and deserves of course also a small recognition for it. Whether it’s for a birthday, the first day of school or a farewell when changing schools, a small gift is always appropriate and will please every teacher – even more so if it is also homemade. For this reason, today we would like to present you with some ideas for teacher gifts. Regardless of which gift idea for teachers you choose, the gesture is guaranteed to please.

Gift idea for teachers - DIY instructions for useful things

Gift idea for teachers – vase made of crayons.

Gift idea for teachers - vase with crayons and fresh cut flowers

A colorful vase , which will decorate the teacher’s desk or a shelf in the classroom, is a really nice gift idea for teachers, don’t you think? And it doesn’t have to be the classic materials like glass, ceramic or even plastic. You can also use crayons to craft a creative vase as a gift for teachers and it works really easily. You will need:

  • large, empty tin can
  • Crayons
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Ribbon
  • cut flowers
  • optional: paper and markers, string

Gift idea for teacher - dress up tin with crayons and use as vase

First, place the crayons together on the table in any order you like. Following the order as in the package will create an even transition from color to color like a rainbow. Then stand the can upright in front of you and glue the crayons to the side one by one with the hot glue. The can should be upright for this reason, so that the crayons don’t stick in a staggered fashion and can form a flat surface to stand the vase on.

Colorful gift idea for teachers as a thank you or farewell gift


Once you have all the crayons attached (you might need to keep a larger space between them for the last few so you don’t end up with a big gap), tie a pretty ribbon around the vase and tie a bow. Now you can craft another little card if you like. Write a greeting, congratulations or a simple “thank you” with the markers and then tie it with twine or fix it to the vase with glue. Fill water into the vase and place flowers inside.

Modern flower pot painted by yourself

Gift idea for teachers with self painted flower pot

If you prefer to give plants that will live for a long time, then instead of a vase, you can create a flower pot. The plant can then decorate the classroom and make it even more friendly. In principle, pots of terracotta can be painted at will. As an example, we will show you once a mountain landscape, which looks modern and stylish.

  • Clay pots
  • Succulents or other plants of your choice
  • Potting soil
  • Acrylic paints and brushes
  • paper tape
  • optional: paper, markers and string

Painting mountains on a flower pot for a modern decoration for teachers


Paint the outside of the pot and the plate with white paint. After about 2 to 5 minutes, this layer of paint should be dry. You can also use a hair dryer to help if you don’t want to wait that long. Then you can use the tape to tape off tall triangles that will represent mountain peaks. Of course, you can also paint them freehand. Then take the lightest of the chosen colors and paint the taped off areas. Let the paint dry again.

Now you can mask the next row of mountains. The peaks here should be slightly offset from the first and lower. Also choose the next darkest shade and let this layer of paint dry as well. Finally, add the third and lowest row. Already, the pretty gift idea for teachers is almost ready. All you have to do now is plant the chosen plant and then, if you like, you can make a little card out of the paper and tie it around the self-designed pot. Alternatively, a plug like in the example also looks very pretty.

Cool pens as teacher gifts

Original ballpoint pen with artificial succulents as a gift tinkering

A teacher can rarely have enough pens. Therefore, they are also the perfect gift idea for teachers. But because the purchased ones usually look rather boring, we will now show you how you can transform them with simple means. And since we were just on the subject of succulents, let’s stick with it. So you can make pens with artificial succulents as small gifts for teachers:

  • artificial succulents with wire stems
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • craft glue or superglue
  • Florist tape
  • Preserving jar (glass and plastic)
  • Pebbles
  • yarn
  • optional: acrylic paint and tape

Gift idea for teachers - turn pens into plants in a jar with pebbles

Tape off the bottom third of the jar and paint the bottom part any color you like. This step is optional. While the paint is drying, craft the pens. First, hold the succulents to the side of the pen and wrap both tightly with florist tape. Add a drop of hot glue here and there to hold the ribbon in place. Then fill the jar with the pebbles and tuck the finished pens inside. You can then add a goodbye card for teacher or a congratulations or thank you card to the jar.

Make a small gift for a teacher – a small bowl for utensils.

Small bowls as a gift idea for teachers - craft apples from self-drying craft clay

Such small bowls are very useful on the teacher’s desk, because in them you can store small utensils such as paper clips, rubbers, erasers, but also keys and other things. They look pretty and create order on the teacher’s desk. If you want to give the gift to a teacher, the children can easily help, because the instructions are really simple!

  • Craft clay that dries in the air
  • Knife or cookie cutter in the shape of an apple
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Sharpie
  • baking paper
  • glossy varnish for sealing

Line your work area with baking paper and roll out the craft clay on it. A thickness of 5 to 6 mm should be sufficient. Then cut out an apple either with a cookie cutter or a knife and remove the remaining clay. Now carefully shape the apple with your hands into a small bowl or a flat plate by bending the outer edges upwards. You can also take a bowl for this purpose, place the clay on the outside and press lightly. Then allow the clay to dry according to package directions.

You can then use the acrylic paints and/or sharpie to paint the bowls. Feel free to use masking tape for patterns to help create straight lines. Now let the colors dry as well and then seal them with a suitable varnish. Once this has also dried, the apple is ready to be given as a gift. The perfect gift for teachers for a farewell or any other occasion.

Gift idea for teachers – decoupage on soap.

Create soaps with napkin technique - fix paper flowers with Mod Podge

Soap is always good to use and somehow it is also a very loving gift, don’t you think? Whether you make the soap yourself or use purchased, it is particularly pretty to look at, if you are decorated with self-painted flowers. Then it is also super suitable as a decoration for the bathroom. This is how the soap is designed from the picture:

  • Soap
  • Scissors
  • Paper for painting or ready with motifs
  • Mod Podge or glue for napkin technique

DIY gifts - Beautiful motifs transferred to soap

Cut out pieces from the paper that fit on the soap. Children can then draw and paint any motifs on them (or you can print out motifs and then just cut them out). Apply a thin layer of napkin glue to the soap and then place the motif on top. Coat this with the glue as well to seal it in place. Once the glue has dried, the soap is ready. The Mod Podge or napkin glue will protect the design for quite a while, even when the soap is used.

Thank teachers with magnetic hedgehogs as a gift

Cute hedgehogs made from papier mache eggs - last minute gift idea for teachers

Paper clips can also be stored in their box, but with a magnet like this, you somehow have them at hand faster. Besides, these hedgehogs look much cuter and more interesting than a simple box. The hedgehogs can also be easily made by children, if necessary with the help of an adult. This is how they are made:

  • Eggs from papier-mâché
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Acrylic paints
  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Brush
  • Magnets
  • rice in a freezer bag
  • small black letterhead clips

Craft instructions for a hedgehog with magnets to store paper clips

Cut out an oval shape from the foam. Take the egg apart and glue the shape on one of the two halves. This way you will have a base for the hedgehog so that it will be more stable. Then you can paint the outside. Let the paint dry, paint on the white face and once that paint is dry too, stick the clips for the eyes and nose into the hedgehog’s face. Then use the hot glue to stick the magnets inside the egg halves. After the glue has dried, place the rice inside along with the freezer bag and glue the two egg halves together. Now you can spread the paper clips on the hedgehog.

Keychain as a farewell gift for teacher

Give unique and homemade accessories - decoration for keys

How about a keychain , which will bring joy and usefulness to the teacher in everyday life and outside of school? Such a small pendant makes the keychain much more interesting and besides, the teacher will always think of his student at the sight of it! From simple beads made of wood or any other material, you can quickly and easily make a pendant as a gift idea for teachers. Take a look for yourself:

  • Key ring
  • Leather strap
  • Beads in any shape and color

Homemade keychain with beads made of wood and leather strap

Just take the key ring and tie a piece of leather strap to it. Then you can string the beads. When you are satisfied with the length and color combination, tie a knot to keep the beads from slipping down and that’s it, the keychain is ready. It’s so easy to make your own gifts for teachers!

Monogram from wax crayons

Monogram in bright colors with wax crayons - letter in rainbow colors

Are you looking for a simple or last minute idea that is also suitable if the gift is for teachers of an elementary school, then this monogram would be quite nice. With a little help from an adult, even elementary school kids can make this project, and here’s how:

  • Cardboard
  • Wax crayons
  • Hot glue and gun
  • ribbon or string for hanging
  • sharp knife or scissors
  • optional additional decorations (e.g. bow, letters for a message, pom-poms, etc.)

Using a pencil, first draw the first letter of the teacher’s name on the cardboard. Then use a sharp knife or scissors to cut out the letter. Now spread the wax crayons on the cardboard, but first without gluing them down. Once you are happy with the arrangement, glue them one by one to the cardboard with the hot glue. Form a loop from a piece of ribbon or string and glue it to the back of the letter. If you want, you can now add more decorations. However, do not overdo it, because the monogram is already very colorful due to the pens.
Tip: You can also paint the cardboard with any color you like before gluing it on.

Find gift ideas for teachers – container for pens in blackboard look.

Creative containers for pens in blackboard look - paint preserving jars with blackboard paint

This gift idea for teachers exudes the perfect school atmosphere. Plus, the gift is quick and easy to make. For such parting gifts for teachers you will need:

  • Preserving jar
  • black chalkboard paint
  • black and white ribbon
  • chalk
  • pens to fill

It’s best to get a glass with lettering, because you can then use the chalk to show them off super and create a vintage effect. Paint the glass with the black chalkboard paint and let the paint dry. If necessary, apply a second coat if the first one doesn’t cover well. Then let the paint dry for 24 hours. Tie a bow around the glass thread with the ribbon and lightly stroke the writing on the glass or the entire surface with the chalk. Now you can put the pens in the jar and give your parting gift to the teacher.