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Handmade gifts for teachers

Favourite Reads Photo Bookmark with Book Voucher
  • Trim the card stock to the desired size (ours measures 3 by 9-1/4 inches), and cut the white paper slightly smaller. Cut the photograph into a heart shape and glue it in place on the white paper, then use a marker to add the message and book list.
  • Turn over the white paper and run glue around the outside edge, leaving 3-1/2 inches bare on one side. Press the sheet onto the card stock, then insert a gift card, as shown.
From Disney Family Fun
Marshmallow Pops
Marshmallow pops are very easy to make. Just melt chocolate, stick a marshmallow on a stick, and dip away. Put sprinkles on top and drizzled some with colored melting white chocolate. You could also roll them in nuts, mini chocolate chips, or coconut. Make a few of them and cover each of them in see-through wrapping. Tie each one with a pretty bow and you can present them in a small vase or even in a nicely decorated jar.
 
From Little Birdie Secrets
Hand decorated diary
A diary is something that every teacher needs so why not make it a little more special. This diary is covered with patterned paper and a little ribbon. The clever design means teacher will always has a pen on hand.
 
Cut a piece of cardstock to fit the front, back, pen area, and spine of your dairy. Glue all pieces on using the adhesive of your choice (be sure to smooth out all the bubbles with a brayer or bone folder). Lightly sand the edges of the paper so it "becomes one" with the notebook cover. Zigzag stitch along the seam through the paper and cover with a sewing machine just for fun.

Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around and tie a bow, plus a little extra for the pen loops. Zigzag stitch the ribbon in measured spaces to accomodate pens and pencils (be sure to use the pen or pencil as a guide so it's the right size). Secure the rest of the ribbon to the book with a little pritstick or double-sized tape so it doesn't slip off.
 
Punch two holes in the cover and place large eyelets at the top. Then tie a little ribbon through them and attached a scrap of paper with a stylish paperclip. This would be so cute with the owners name on it.
 
From Little Birdie Secrets
Jar of sweets
Here is a decorated storage jar filled with Ferrero Rocher. This is a very pretty alternative to the usual box of chocolates and can be filled with whatever sweets you think teacher might like.
 
From My Time. My Creation. My Stampendence.
Crayon Picture Frame
Start out with a basic picture frame (try to find one without any beveling and with a wide edge), several boxes of new crayons, glue, small saw and fine grit sandpaper
 
Pick a corner and start gluing your crayons, stacked tightly together to the edge of the frame. At some point whole crayons will no longer fit.  Make a pencil mark on your crayon where it needs to be cut, and then take a small hand saw for a clean(ish) cut.
 
You may get a slightly rough edge, but you can very easily smooth this down with a few swipes of some fine grit sandpaper.  Continue gluing and cutting and gluing until you fill the entire frame edge.
 
Box it up, and tie with a big bow!
 
From Tip Junkie
 
 
Pen Bouquet
A pen bouquet is a unique, pretty and fun gift to give to a teacher. Not only will they make good use of the pens but it will brighten up the classroom. You will need the following:
 
fake flowers 
ribbon 
dried beans 
pens 
bucket/pail 
glue gun 
glue sticks 
scissors
 
1. Cut a flower off of the bouquet and grab a pen without the cap
2. Glue the flower onto the bottom of the pen.
3. Grab your ribbon and glue it over the bottom of the pen and start wrapping it around the pen to the tip. Put another dab of glue at the tip to hold the ribbon in place.
4. Glue ribbon around the centre of the bucket/pail and add flowers if you prefer.
5. If you want a little extra pizazz then glue a little jewel to the centre of the flower.
6. Spill the beans into the bucket/pail
7. Arrange your flower pens into your bucket/pail
 
From Night Owl Crafting
Pencil Cup with a Gift Card
A book voucher is a gift that's always going to be used but if you want the teacher to have something they can also keep, then why not make them this cute pencil cup to present the voucher with.
 
Materials:
  • Empty, clean 28-ounce can
  • 12- by 18-inch sheet of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Small piece of white paper
  • Coloured markers
  • Glue stick
  • Colour copy of a class photo
  • Coloured plastic or craft tape
  • 15-inch length of 20-gauge wire
  • Gift card from an office supply store
Instructions
  1. Carefully remove the can's label. Use it as a template to trace a rectangle on the construction paper. Cut out the rectangle, leaving some extra length to use as overlap.
  2. Cut out a small rectangle of white paper, write your message for the garden sign with marker, and glue it near the centre of the paper strip.
  3. Cut out the faces from the class photo and use the glue stick to adhere them to the paper strip in a random pattern. With coloured markers, draw a flower around each face, then add stems and leaves. Wrap the decorated paper strip around the can so that it overlaps, affixing the ends with glue stick.
  4. Cover the top and bottom rims of the can with the coloured tape, folding over the edges so they're hidden inside or under the can.
  5. Shape the wire into a spiral. Cut a 3- by 5-inch piece of construction paper. Wrap it around the gift card and secure it with the glue stick. Affix a cutout drawing or sticker to the seam. Place the wrapped card into the spiral holder and put it in the can with the pens and pencils.
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