5 Simple and Affordable DIY Teacher Gift Ideas

This article contains affiliate links. If you click on these and make a purchase, we will receive a small percentage of the sale. However, this does not influence our editorial content. You can read our disclosure to learn more.

Towards the end of the year, rewarding teachers with a teacher gift to show them just how much we appreciate their time and effort with students is the least we can do. No matter what grade a child is in, their teacher works hard to give them the best education possible. When trying to sort through the best DIY teacher gift ideas, opt for DIY projects that are practical and meaningful for the teacher.

In our experience, the best teacher appreciation ideas are the DIY ones, the ones, that show that you are willing to go the extra mile to If you want to give your teacher something unique, not again a plain gift card, you will find our favorite 5 homemade teacher gift ideas below. We have rounded up the best teacher appreciation gift to DIY with your family.

Whether you want to give an end of the year teacher appreciation gift, a gift for teacher appreciation week, or around the holidays, these DIY teacher gifts will show your teacher appreciation. Anyone can accomplish a self-made teacher gift with ease, and you do not need any experience in crafting. These DIY projects do not require any special skills or crazy materials are required.

Top 5 DIY Teacher Gift Ideas

1. DIY Appreciation Gift – Colourful Pencil Vase

diy teacher gifts pencil vase

Throughout the school year, teachers often run low on number two pencils. Rather than simply giving the teacher in your life a box of pencils, this teacher appreciation gift plays double duty. A DIY pencil vase is equal parts practical and thoughtful. This is a simple DIY idea that your teacher will love. Without any messy hot glue guns, the little ones can also lend a hand in creating special gifts for the teacher in their lives. As a bonus gift, any leftover pencils or materials can be put to good use on other at-home craft projects.

What you need for your teacher gift idea

 DIY Instructions

To create this epic teacher gift, start by cleaning and drying your glass bottles or mason jar. Then carefully apply double-sided tape to both ends of the glass jar, mason jar, or bottle. To start with this DIY, lay one pencil onto the bottle. The eraser should be pointing towards the top. Press the pencil against the tape until it sticks securely. Continue adding pencils around the bottle. At about the halfway point, put a rubber band around the middle to keep the pencils in place. Keep adding pencils until the bottle is covered.

Choose a washi tape color that your child’s teacher would like and tape one end of the pencil vase. Then add a band of tape to the opposite end. Remove the rubber band from the middle and voila! You’ve got a one of a kind vase that any teacher would proudly place upon their desk. Add either fake or fresh flowers, and you’re all set. You can give the DIY vase on its own or choose to add on a gift card to the favorite coffee chain of the teacher or even an office supply shop.

2. Terracotta Apple Candy Dish – Super Easy DIY

diy teacher gifts apple candy dish

There’s no question that teachers go through it all in a day. Why not reward your child’s teacher with a little something sweet? Rather than just giving a simple bag of chocolates, whip up this DIY terracotta apple candy dish. It is a simple homemade teacher gift that shows your teacher just how much you care. As one of the best teacher appreciation gift ideas, this is one you can repeat year after year.

What you need for your teacher gift idea

 DIY Instructions

Start by wiping down your pot and letting it dry thoroughly. With a medium-sized craft paintbrush, go ahead with the first DIY task and paint both your pot and saucer red. You may need two coats for a beautiful glossy finish. While your pot dries, cut the eraser end off of one of your pencils with a knife or a very sharp pair of scissors. Now cut your green felt into a small leaf shape with your scissors. This will form the stem of the apple on the saucer. With your hot glue gun, add a small dot of glue at the center of each leaf and pinch to make the leaf seem more dimensional. Use glue to attach the pencil and leaves to the saucer. Fill the DIY dish up with candy, and you’re ready to go!

What makes this DIY teacher gift practical is that your teacher can reuse the dish and fill it with their favorite candies year after year. Whenever the teacher pulls it out for a new school year, the teacher immediately thinks of your child and how much they’re appreciated. Additionally, this little DIY vessel can serve double duty. If a teacher isn’t fond of the sweet stuff, they can also choose to fill the apple pot with school supplies, rubber bands, or anything else they may need easy access to throughout the day.

3. DIY Scrabble Name Plate – Perfect Gift for Your Teacher’s Desk

diy teacher gifts scrabble name plate

Want to give your teacher one of the best teacher appreciation ideas that keep on giving year after year? This is a DIY project that will find a spot on your teacher’s desk long after your child has gone on to a new grade. This simple gift idea is easy; all you need for this DIY project is a few necessary supplies and a hot glue gun. Your child will also have fun helping you craft this great teacher gift.

What you need for your teacher gift idea

 DIY Instructions

This gift does not need much DIY crafting. With your letter tiles, line up your teacher’s name on the letter tile holders. Place a decorative wooden button in the design of your choice in the space where the punctuation mark would go in the teacher’s name. For example, if your teacher’s name were Mrs. Holden, you would place the button right after the “S” in “Mrs.” Feel free to stack letters or glue two tile holders together if your teacher has a very long name. Once you have everything laid out, put a dot of hot glue on the bottom and center of each tile/decorative button. Let dry and make sure each is firmly in place. Once each letter is secured to the holder, you’re all set! Now you can give a great teacher gift that can be reused year after year.

One thing we love about this teacher gift is that it is also a great practice in spelling for younger elementary students. As you assemble the gift for the teacher, please have your child attempt to line up the letters to spell their teacher’s name. If they get bored during the project, they can also use leftover letters to spell their name or the names of their classmates. This would also make a great gift for little friends or even family members.

4. DIY Teacher Survival Kit in Metal Buckets

diy teacher gifts survival kit

Now more than ever, teachers could use a helping in hand in surviving the school year. Putting together a thoughtful DIY teacher survival kit won’t just earn you high grades. It will bring your teacher some much-needed peace of mind. As a bonus, any items you don’t use for your kit will come into use in your own home, backpack, or car. The best teacher gift ideas should be thoughtful yet practical. You always want to DIY and give teacher gifts that show just how much you appreciate the hard work your teacher puts in day in and day out.

What you need for your teacher gift idea

 DIY Instructions

The best part about this teacher gift idea is that it involves very little in the way of actual crafting. If you’re short on time or don’t want to mess with paint or glue, this is the teacher gift idea for you. To get started, take your metal bucket and tie a nice piece of craft ribbon around the top in a bow. Choose any color you’d like or one that you think would best suit the teacher’s personality. From there, stuff a piece of tissue paper into the bottom of the bucket.

Place your tissues, sanitizing items, and lip balm into the bucket. On your computer or online, type up a free printable gift tag that says “Teacher Survival Kit” and a brief thank you. Make sure what your writing will fit onto a large printable tag. Print your message out on your cardstock color of choice, cut, and attach to your bucket with leftover ribbon. Just like that, you’ve got a meaningful DIY teacher appreciation that goes the extra mile. Odds are, your teacher will reach for the supplies in this bucket day after day. Once empty, they can choose to refill the DIY kit gift themselves and have a little station at their desk with all of the sanitary essentials. We think this is one of the best teacher appreciation ideas for that very reason. Now more than ever, having a handle on personal care is paramount.

5. No More Dry Throat – DIY Tea Tumbler

diy teacher gifts tea tumbler

Teaching throughout the day can cause the throat of any teacher to go a bit dry. Maybe that is why you see your teacher reaching for some hot tea or water to help keep things from going a bit scratchy. An easy gift idea that doesn’t require any special tools or gluing is a tea-riffic teacher gift using a simple reusable plastic coffee tumbler, some tea, and a little bit of thought. We think this DIY is one of the best teacher gift ideas because it is practical, affordable, and reusable.

What you need for your teacher gift idea

 DIY Instructions

This teacher gift idea is all about the assembly. It is pretty much as straightforward and simple as gift ideas come. To start this DIY task, wash and dry your coffee tumbler. Add some crinkle paper into the cup part of the vessel until it reaches about two-thirds of the way up. Once your crinkle paper is in place, add an assortment of tea bags into the cup.

If your teacher is a known coffee drinker, you can also add some instant coffee packets. Once you’ve placed your teabags, screw the lid back on the cup. Cut a piece of satin ribbon and tie a neat bow around the straw right at the base of the lid. Take a piece of card stock and cut it out in the shape of a teabag. With this teacher gift, you can thank the teacher in your life for being so tea-riffic!

Should you want to go the extra mile for your teacher in terms of gift add-ons to this DIY, this makes a perfect vessel for a teacher gift card to someplace like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, or Amazon Gift Cards. Of course, in our opinion, the cup and nice tea assortment are likely more than enough.

Final Thoughts

Teaching is one of the most challenging and noble professions. Letting your teacher know you care through a thoughtful teacher gift or a gift card is a simple extension of gratitude that goes a long way. Especially with a teacher gift card, you don’t have to spend a fortune or get a flash gift to make a mark. All you need to do is utilize a bit of creativity and plenty of DIY grit to create a teacher gift for your teacher that will make an impression year after year. Remember, skip useless or generic teacher gifts like candles or knick-knacks. Opt for DIY teacher gifts that not so subtly say, “Thank you for a job well done!”, at end of the year, at teacher appreciation week, around the holidays, or whenever you feel like saying Thank You.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *