Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Ok so, of all the three gifts I’ll be showing you how to make this one is by far my favorite.ย  It’s super easy to make and will cost you under $5 to make. We didn’t get a chance to add any personalized notes yet but, that would be a great option.

I’m sure little Oleg will write something up before he gives it to his favorite teachers. Ok, before I came up with these teacher appreciation week ideas, I asked you guys on facebook which gifts you’d want tutorials for. Sadly๐Ÿ˜• I didn’t get any response for that, but I’m assuming it’s because not many of you have little ones in school which would make total sense๐Ÿค”.ย  Honestly if I didn’t have a little guy in school I probably wouldn’t be doing this because, we wouldn’t have a teacher to give๐Ÿ˜‰ it to.

So for those of you moms that have little ones I hope this inspires ๐Ÿ˜Šand gives you some ideas to create your own cute little teachers gifts.

I have grown very fond of the dollar store lately. That’s probably because, they just built one about 3 miles from my house and it’s very convenient to stop by. I didn’t originally plan to make this gift with dollar store products but, I’m glad I could find something to work from the dollar store. It’s never a bad thing to save a buck here and there๐Ÿ˜‰!

Originally my inspiration behind this gift was apples. HAHA๐Ÿ˜‚ I don’t know why but, every time I think of teachers …, apples pop into my head.ย  After surfing pinterest for a few days I found some super cute ideas but, they weren’t what I was looking for. I wanted to make something different that I haven’t seen before. Then I had a bright idea to make an apple planter. I thought how cute would it be to have the plant inside the planter look like apple leaves.ย  Little Oleg was even saying we should have grown an little apple tree to plant in the planter but, it’s a bit to late to think about growing apple trees HAHA๐Ÿ˜‚. Plus I suck at growing plants๐Ÿ˜‘.ย  So we went with a succulent but, if you want to make it extra sentimental go for it๐Ÿ˜Š!!

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What you’ll need

  • Glass paint (sold at most craft stores, we got this at michaels )
  • Brush
  • Plant
  • Soil
  • Rocks
  • Oven (optional)
  • Mini fish bowlย  (we got this at the dollar store)
Pencil Wreath
Candle Apple

Apple String Art

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas



To begin give your planter three coats of paint. This part is pretty time consuming only because of the drying time.ย  The instructions on the label said to wait 1 hour in between coats and even gave the option to cure it in the oven.ย  However it could only be cured after two hours of application of the paint.ย ย  Once all of our layers were dry we cured in the the over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.ย  You can also let it cure on it’s own but, that takes about 21 days. Don’t worry even if you let it cure on it’s own the paint adheres pretty good to the glass. It just binds to the glass better over time so if you’re planning on letting it cure on it’s own I would keep it out of water for the time being. Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Putting your Apple Planter together

Then we simply adding rocks to the bottom of the pot so the plant doesn’t get root rot and we planted our succulent. If you’re wondering were we got this succulent, I found it at home depot for $3. That’s it! Wasn’t that super duper easy?!! Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Here’s the quick video

I love how it turned out!! SO SO CUTE!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

I hope this inspired you to create your own teachers gift!

Happy Teacher Day to all you wonderful teachers! I don’t know what we would do without you!

(PS. I heard teachers love gift cards, you can add one to the gift with a personal note. )

Here’s some more DIYS you’ll love..

Pencil Wreath
Candle Apple

Apple String Art