Show your child’s teacher you care with this unique and affordable DIY teacher appreciation gift idea. Perfect for anyone looking to surprise their favorite teacher! Incorporate these heartfelt messages into your appreciation and show your gratitude today.
Teacher appreciation week is always a great reminder to show those teachers some love before the end of the school year! If you have ever helped out in the classroom or on a field trip you know those teachers need all the appreciation! They are just amazing! So grab all the supplies to make this great gift that will tell them just how special they are!
Make sure to scroll down to the bottom to see all my great teacher appreciation gifts!
Supplies to use with this teacher gift:
- My Favorite scissors
- Paper trimmer
- glue dots
- empty ribbon spool -I saved them- but you can purchase some on Amazon.
- Printable (Down below)
How to create this gift idea for your favorite teacher
Cutting paper strips
You need a paper strip for each student. You can choose colored paper or white paper. I originally used cardstock but it was hard to get it to wrap around smoothly. So regular printer paper is recommended!
Just measure the thickness of the spool and cut out the strips so they could wrap around them. I used my Paper Trimmer to get nice straight cuts! It just looks so much more professional!
Have each kid pick a paper strip and write a message! You can have them all write thank you, something they love about their teacher, or what they learned this year. If this is for a preschool or kindergarten class, you could also just have them write their names and draw a picture!
Assemble the strips
After all the strips have been written on, You will tape each one end to end to create one long strip! You can also use hot glue.
Printing out the ends of the spool
I created a printable to finish off the ends of this cute gift idea. You just need to print them out and glue them on!
If you are looking for a great printer to use – I love my HP! I wrote up a whole post why The reasons I love the printer. This post also shows how you can make sure you are getting the best prints by adjusting your settings!
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PRINTER: You can also upload the files to Staples or Office Max and have them print them! Sometimes the local library has a printer for public use!
Once the top and bottom are on the spool, I just tape the first strip to the middle and start wrapping.
Try to keep it nice and tight! Tie it with a ribbon or bow to keep it from unraveling!
My favorite places to buy gift cards:
You can also add a gift card to make this the best gift and to show some extra teacher love.
- Barnes and Noble
- Starbucks gift card or local drink shop
- Amazon gift card
- local boutique
You can also include in some school supplies: markers, pencils, notebooks, pens, crayons etc! Things those great teachers might need in their classrooms! Throw it all in a tote bag and don’t forget the chocolate or sweet treat!
Download the Teacher Appreciation gift Idea free printable:
Click on the image below and the free printable tags will automatically open in a new window.
I love making printables! You can find my whole collection of Free Printables here!
Best teacher appreciation gift ideas
- The roundup of gifts teachers want!
- Key to our success
- Teacher scissors- cut above the rest
- Cupcake sock gift idea
- Peachy gift with free printables
- Thanks for helping me grow
- Teacher gift card printable (easy gift! just add gift card!)
- You’re one in a million (with candy!)
- Apple gift with tag
- Nail gift with free printable
If you want to save these teacher gift ideas for later you can pin this image: