Are you looking for the perfect Teacher appreciation gift to express your gratitude? Here are three of the absolute best DIY Teacher Gift Ideas on a Budget. From DIY Vase projects to budget friendly gifts in pots, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift for the special teacher in your life.
It is that of the year when summer is coming to a close and preparation for the school year is in full swing.
And I am going to show you guys easy and simple Back to School Gift Ideas for your Teacher, show them some love, appreciation and a small way of welcoming them back to the school year .
If you love these Ideas then also be sure to check out my Back To School Goal Setting Accent Wall which is a great way to up your dorm decor or even for your home or office.
All of the supplies I have used in all three of my DIY Gift Ideas for your Teacher are from the Dollar Store.
Not only are these budget friendly but you can customize it the way you want and it will be a great gift nonetheless.
Honestly everyone needs a little pick me up on the first day back to school and these Ideas are great for teachers but you can also give these to your class fellows, principal etc
Today I will be showing you guys Three DIY Teacher Gifts which is a Pencil Vase, a beautiful Binder Makeover and a fun little care package made by using a TerrraCotta pot.
Supplies Needed for Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas
I made a quick stop to the cent store but you can also get your supplies from the dollar store.
Honestly summer is the perfect time to create some fun, pretty and beautiful DIY Teacher Gifts.
And let’s jump right into it.
Pencil Flower Vase – Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas
Okay so this one is kind of a no brainer as it incorporates the elements of school which is stationery and more specifically for this project you need a few packs of colored pencils.
I mean honestly how adorable did this Pencil Flower Vase turn out.
And it was so simple to create as well.
Materials Needed for Pencil Vase Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas
5 packs of colored pencils
Faux Flowers (optional)
You could use any round Vase for this project but I picked up a mason Jar from the store.
The mason jar was going to be wrapped around with colored pencils.
And I bought about 5 packs of the colored pencils.
These are so inexpensive at the dollar store so I would suggest if you are making this DIY Pencil Vase, grab all your supplies from there.
You could use hot glue to keep the pencils in place or like I did use simple ol’ school glue as well.
The only thing you have to keep in mind if you use regular glue is that after gluing all the pencils on the mason jar you will need to tie a ribbon around it so to keep the pencils in place while they dry.
So apply a layer of glue using a foam paintbrush and then start placing the pencils around the face of the jar.
I like to pour the glue on a disposable plate as it is easy to use.
One by one start attaching the pencils. You could do as I did and making it colorful or just use a single color pencil all around or you could even create an ombre effect with the stencils.
Their so many variations to this Pencil Vase.
You can definitely keep the ribbon even after the pencils have dried as it gives a cute little touch but I preferred mine without it.
Pop some flowers into your vase and there you have it, a gorgeous Pencil Vase is ready to be gifted to your Teacher.
How beautiful does it look. Also this Vase can be used a survival kit/ care package.
So instead of placing the flowers into the Vase why not add some items that your Teacher will likely use such as Mint, Advil, Post- It notes, pens etc.
Regardless this Back to School DIY Teacher Gift Idea is super easy to make and you should definitely make one yourself.
DIY Tropical Binder – Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas
This is another example of a quick but super functional Back To School Gift Idea for your Teacher.
Not only will it take you a grand total of about five minutes to make it from start to finish but there are tons of way you can customize your own binder.
I found a pair Tropical Leaf Placemats at the cent store which I knew I would use to spruce up my plain white Binder.
Binders can be really boring and plain looking but with this simple update it looks so good that I might actually start using it for myself now.
Materials Needed for DIY Tropical Binder – Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas
Decoupage Paper (Optional)
Tutorial for DIY Tropical Binder
Place the Tropical mat onto the binder and see how you would want it to look, play around with the placement.
Since I used a placemat you could also use Faux Monsterra Leaves and decoupage it onto the Binder. I did on a cute little Gold Table and you can check out my DIY Monsterra Leaf Decoupaged Table to get those creative juices flowing.
I only needed one of the placemat for this project as I attached it to only one side of the binder.
Apply a thin layer of the glue and place the mat onto the binder the way you want it to look.
I cut it in such a way that one big side was at one end and the other smaller side on the top corner.
Let it dry.
The glue will dry clear so don’t worry about it spreading around.
And that was basically it.
I told you guys this would be the easiest DIY Teacher Gift Idea and honestly perfect as a back to school gift Ideas since so many documents and papers etc need to be sorted.
You Teacher will really appreciate it this little gift.
Marbled Terracotta Gift Pot – Back To School Teacher Gift Idea
So I absolutely love Marbling and I had to incorporate this fun technique in one of of my back to school teacher gift ideas.
I think it is a great way to add a pop of color.
Materials Needed for Terracotta Care Package for your Teacher
Acrylic Paints (Purple, Blue, Orange and Pink)
Items for the care package (magnets, post-it notes, glue, advil, candy, pencils)
So I wanted my “gift basket” to be unique and not a typical basket hence why I chose a Terra Cotta pot in which I would place all the gift items.
This is so functional as the pot can later on be used to plant in some colorful flowers which would compliment the Marbling perfectly.
There was a complete outdoor section my dollar store so I bought one of the pot for this project.
Tutorial for Terra Cotta Pot Care Package – Back to School Teacher Gift Idea
Cove the area where you marble with some plastic sheets.
In disposable cups pour the acrylic paints and then thin it out with some water so that the paint easily glides when you pour it on the pot.
I flipped the Pot and then poured the paint one by one and it started creating these gorgeous Marbled patterns.
Keep on pouring the paints alternatively until you get the desired marbling effect.
The last step is optional but I found this beautiful Gold Leaf Garland at the Party section supplies which I then cut and glued onto the rim of Terra Cotta Pot.
It added such a nice finish to it.
Flip the Terracotta Pot and place in all the goodies for your Teacher.
I chose some magnets, Post-It notes, Glue and a pack of colored pencils.
How beautiful and unique does this look?
And there you have it guys Three gorgeous Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas which are functional, easily customizable and look really pretty as well.
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Which one did you like and would most likely recreate?