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Dollar store {teacher appreciation}

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Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers!

Hello Everyone! We are the gals from HowDoesShe? and are so thrilled to be back again this year to share one of our favorite Teacher Appreciation crafts with you!


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Dollar Store

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I used to teach Jr. High. Loved it, but struggled smiling sincerely during teacher appreciation week after opening up my 32nd ‘#1 teacher mug’. Okay maybe not 32 of them, but I got my fair share of them. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful because I know it’s the thought that counts and getting a kind gift from a teenager is pretty impressive.

Anyways, I was trying to think of something that for my daughter’s teacher that could be found at the dollar store and wouldn’t be taken to the teacher’s lounge and ‘accidentally’ left there.

So how about a teacher appreciation organizer…a cute classy organizer that would be fun and functional to have on a desk.

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I started out with 4 square glass ‘pots’ or vases. They were in the vase section not the mugs and glass section of the dollar store…BTW


teacher appreciation gifts


Have you ever used the reverse of vinyl? It works as a pretty snazzy stencil. No exact- o knife needed! Choose your font and…perfection!Cut out your vinyl and pull the back part off (as shown). Place it where you want the letters to be etched.


teacher appreciation gifts

I used the etchall etching cream. Say that 5 times fast. You only use a little bit, so grab a few friends and do it together! The instructions say to use gloves…I am showing you the gloves…they weren’t on my hands apparently.

teacher appreciation giftsGlob some in the vinyl letter openings. Don’t get it on any other part of the glass.


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Wait for 15 minutes. Run the glass under water removing all of the glob and then pull off the vinyl. It will look really clear and I thought I did it wrong until it dried. Do you see the letter ‘e’ ? That one is dry. The other letters are still wet and harder to see…until they dry.

teacher appreciation gifts


teacher appreciation gifts

Add ribbon and pencils

and pens…

The middle one says clips and I did one that says candy. So…Pens, paper, clips and candy, but the pictures looked cuter with just the three.

These teacher appreciation gifts would be fast and thrifty to make for your kids teachers. My daughter is very excited to give hers to her teacher!

For more crafts, recipes, decor ideas, organization tips, and more, come on over to HowDoesShe! We’d love to have you!

Thanks again, Cindy! Have a wonderful day everyone!

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