Hey all, Cindy’s asked me to share a couple of my super simple rockin’ teacher gift ideas. I’m the queen of “simple ideas” that look great! For more inspiration, come on over to Today’s Creative Blog.

Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s almost time to start thinking about teacher gifts. Teacher Appreciation week is coming up and before you know it, we’ll be needing end of the year teacher gifts. Teachers deserve a token of our appreciation. They have enough mugs, pencil holders etc. It’s always a challenge for me to find something I can quickly put together but is also creative and useful.

DIY Teacher Gift

One year I did a creative slant on subway art for my son’s teachers. It was a hit. So much so, that I am now asked yearly to create one for our yearly school district fund raiser. teacher appreciation week gift

This year for my son’s teacher I didn’t have as much time, so I used the same idea, but used my vinyl cutting machine (foam stamps could also be used). Getting your children involved in their teachers gift always makes it more personal for the teacher. teacher appreciation week gift


    • My son provided me with a few descriptive words about his teacher.


    • I cut them to fit a 12×12 piece of cardstock using my vinyl cutting machine.


    • I applied my words the cardstock.


    • Add a few decorative foam stamp designs if needed


    • Add corner pieces cut from an old book if needed


    • Place inside 12×12 frame. ( I found mine at Michaels)

I’m all for easy gifts that pack a punch. There is nothing easier than using Wordle.net to create a fabulous gift. Wordle comes in handy for all kinds of occasions or projects.

Once again, I had my son give me a few descriptive words. You simply type it into their “create” window on their site. Their easy to navigate site will prompt you what to do next. Play around with all the features. At first you may not realize you can change your font, the font color, the background color, the shape and direction of the words. It’s a fun site. You’ll be there for a while.

teacher appreciation week gift


    • Ask your child for descriptive words


    • Type into Wordle.net and create the look you want


    • Print on 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock (although lighter colors would also work)


    • Frame in your favorite frame. You could even add a matted 8×10 frame and frame it in an 11×14 frame.teacher apprecitation week gift

These 2 gifts I shared with you took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish. The cost was minimal, but high in sentiment. I think these gifts not only please your teachers, but also make it easier for us busy moms.


About Kim

Kim is the author of Today’s Creative Blog where she brings you the best creative blogs out there. Being ranked #5 for overall best Craft Blog, she has featured over 500 blogs.

From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains.

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  1. We used wordle to create our masterpiece for my dautghter’s teacher. It turned out fantastic. I also did an activity with everyone in my office. I sent out a list with everyone’s name on it and asked each respondent to write down three descpriptive words for each individual on the list. I collected them all and made each person their own masterpiece. It was a hit! Everyone felt appreciated, not just by me, but by their coworkers as well. It was a great, exciting, and fun.

  2. I LOVE this … and my name just happens to be MURDOCK! 🙂 (and I’m a teacher too) … too funny!!

  3. This is to stinking cute. What a great job. I would love it if you showed it off at my new linky party @ Kampenlane.com.

    I can’t wait to see what else you create.


  4. WOWOWOWOW!! This has been the first idea that has me speechless & SO EXCITED! I LOVE IT! This is super easy (for me; a MUST) and looks so beautiful and thought-out – all while being very quick, effective and PERFECT!! Thanks a BUNCH!

  5. Love this idea, Kim! I have the ability to make such things in Photoshop, but usually lack the inspiration! I will do this for my kids’ homeschool class teachers.

    Thank you!

  6. What a fabulous idea….do you mind if I “steal” it??….I am always looking for teacher ideas!

  7. This would make a great Mother’s Day gift. Love the idea. Thanks for sharing. Always looking for uses for silhouette.

  8. What a easy idea. Subway art is so in right now. I also love that I can get my daughter to tell me what she loves about her teacher! Thanks!

  9. I love this. Easy and sentimental. Also you could whip out four in no

  10. LOVE this! Suck a great project idea an dI really think the teacher would love it and not just add it to a pile of gifts they won’t truly enjoy!

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