I love making teacher appreciation gifts. Mostly because...Pinterest, but in all seriousness, teachers deserve our thanks. Having accidentally stumbled upon a job posting for my child's own daycare I was saddened to see how little they make. These women who are going or have gone to school, earned degrees and numerous certifications, all so they can not only keep our children alive for most of the day, but come up with unique and fun lessons and activities to stimulate their tiny minds and help them grow. My child loves her teachers as evidenced by her leaping out of my arms and into her teacher's for an extended snuggle upon returning from our week-long vacation. The fact that teachers cannot afford their own services on their salary is appalling and is a stark reminder of the need for childcare support and reform on so many levels. But I digress. If I can put a smile on their face and tell them how much they mean to both me and my child, gosh darn it I'm gonna do it!
I picked up these goodies in the ULTA checkout line. They are all nice little things I would enjoy using myself. I find practical/usable gifts the best because they don't create clutter and encourage you to practice self-care! I found this cute printable on Pinterest and decided to go with it! Also pictured: Manicure kit, EOS Lip balm and face mask.
I cut a hole in the card using a circular cutter and used cute washi tape to hold the lip balm in.
Since the card featured a cute flower, I decided to make it a flower pot. I took an old green folder and an ice cream cup and made some "grass."
The card stock was super heavy so I used this Martha Stewart bone folder (from Michael's Craft store)
Cutting the ends was super hard so I took my time.
Each cut became a blade of grass!
Layering everything in the "pot" just so.
I used about 8-10 strands of "grass" in the cup.
The view from the back.
The finished product! I used clear cello treat bags left over from a previous project and some shiny new binder clips (because they are so useful!) Overall I was super happy with this and loved seeing their faces light up when they received them. I'm not saying these nominal gifts (Less than $12 each) are going to change their worlds but the gift is really in taking the time to say "thank you."
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