Dollar store {teacher appreciation}

    Posted by  ·  April 28, 2012
    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


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    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.


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    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.

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    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!

    You might also like these other teacher appreciation ideas.


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    1. Monday, July 6th, 2015

      Your Teacher etched containers are a great idea. I always like to receive useful gifts. Especially a hand made one. Don't you just love the Dollar Store glassware???? I also like their mirror coaster tiles to etch.

      Thank you for using etchall.

      Many of your comments/questions seem to come from "how to make the stencils"...about reverse vinyl and where to get the etchall. I would appreciate if you would refer them to our site for information on making and using the stencils and getting the creme.

      I know this is an old project but with school coming up it is great for right now. I would like to put it on our web site and have you as the designer. Also, I would like to send you an endorsement. Where/how????

      God bless....Barbee......<
    2. Luanne Pang
      Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
      this awesome! thanks for sharing this gift idea. love those pencil jars
    3. Minnie
      Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
      Love, love, love it! I just do not know where to find vinyl letters?
    4. Gwen
      Saturday, December 1st, 2012
      You can purchase any of the vinyl letters as a stick on already stenciled shaped at any of your local craft stores. I had purchased some over the summer for another craft project I was working on and plan on using them with this one. My only question is where can you purchase the etchall etching cream at?
    5. Vicki
      Sunday, November 25th, 2012
      what a great idea...would love to try it but I'm afraid I'm a bit lost as to the instructions as well
    6. Heidi
      Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
      I agree, excellent idea. I think I will use it as christmas gifts for the individuals I work with (business setting.) Can I get more information on the Vinyl part?
    7. Beverly
      Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
      I think she may have used a cricut machine or something similar?
    8. Sharon Ando
      Thursday, May 24th, 2012
      I saw this on your website and thought it would be something the teachers would love. I did not know it would be so difficult to find the etchall cream or the stentils. Maybe you could be alittle clearer as to where thease products can be purchased.
    9. Tracy
      Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
      Love the ideas on your site. As a middle school teacher, as much as the thought counts, I would much rather have a Thank You card than one more gift with an apple on it! Thanks for thinking out of the box.
    10. Scarlett Flores
      Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
      The "reverse of vinyl" she is referring to, is actually the remainder from sich machine as a Silhouette, or CriCut after removing your letters you actually intended on using :)
    11. Yolanda
      Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
      Love the idea, but I like others am lost on the "reverse of vinyl" and not needing to use an exact-o knife--how then is the stencil made? Really interested in doing this... Thanks in advance for clarifying .
    12. Stacy
      Monday, May 7th, 2012
      I am also confused on how to use the vinal cutouts. If you could please explain this I would love it!! Making this for my son's teacher and need a little help. Thanks!!
    13. Joan
      Sunday, May 6th, 2012
      These would be cute with the teacher's name, also, on a bigger vase.
    14. Cheri Franz
      Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
      I really would like to make this craft but I am as lost as the others. Are you emailing the instructions about 'reverse vinyl' and how to cut out the letters? I don't see a response anywhere on your site.
      This is a great idea and can be used on many different items
    15. Jenna May
      Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
      Such a cute idea! I am also confused about the vinyl reverse part. Where do you buy the vinyl lettering? Do the letters just pop out or do you need to cut them out? I would love to make these this week for teacher appreciation which is next week and also some for Mothers Day. Thanks for the idea!!!
    16. JMW
      Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
      Uncertain how to pull the letters out-- without using exacto knife... interested NEED this idea because it is GREAT for mom's day and teacher appreciation :)
    17. JO Long
      Monday, April 30th, 2012
      I need some help understanding the "No exactO" but the "cut out the vinyl" part. How do you get the letters cut out?? Sorry.... I am just not understanding... VERY CUTE Idea....
    18. Denise
      Sunday, April 29th, 2012
      Can you give more information about the reverse of vinyl? Where would you find this product? Thank you!
    19. Sunday, April 29th, 2012
      I love this idea! I'm going to have to try it. It would be a great Mothers Day gift too! :)
    20. Sunday, April 29th, 2012
      These look great! These would look really good in an office or such.
    21. Melinda M
      Saturday, April 28th, 2012
      As a teacher, I think this is a great gift. You could be even more frugal and just do one etched with the teacher's initial, wrapped with a pretty ribbon, and filled with her favorite candy.

      Something to consider adding, a short handwritten note letting the teacher know that he/she is appreciated. We tend to save those things and they come in handy on the rough days :)
    22. Saturday, April 28th, 2012
      I love the idea just a little lost of the vinyl part how do I put the letters out??HELP!!
    23. Stephanie A.
      Saturday, April 28th, 2012
      This is simple, elegant, organized.........I think this is my favorite teacher appreciation craft so far! Thanks for sharing all these great teacher appreciation ideas. I'm the cook for a preshcool/kindergarten and I know the teachers I work with would love all these gifts. :)