It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! And it’s almost the end of the school year and that can only mean 1 thing: teacher gifts. Piglet has had the same teachers since he started school 2.5 years ago and since we’re moving this summer, I wanted to give a good present since it’s also our farewell gift. His teachers are amazing. When Piglet started school he couldn’t talk, he barely listened, was still in diapers, and was very defiant. Through their structure and learning programs, he can write his letters and numbers, he can talk (and boy does he!), he’s potty trained, and does a much better job of listening to rules. I will be forever grateful for his teachers and so I created a couple gift bags to give to his 2 teachers. While searching on Pinterest, there were plenty of ideas. I saw one that was like “thanks for helping me bloom” and it was a gardening themed basket. Now, I don’t know if his teachers are gardeners but I liked the idea of a flower growing so I used my Silhouette Curio to whip up a fun design. I decided on “Thank You for helping me grow” and then filled the bag with flower-themed items, that any lady would like.
If you have never heard of the Silhouette Curio (affiliate link), it’s similar to other digital cutting machines but it can cut or draw on lots of different mediums. It also can do 2 tools at once so I was able to make the flower and words in 1 click of a button. I also used it to cut out the card and then I glued it to some gift bags I got at Target. I plan to make gift tags with the teacher’s names on them but for privacy reasons, I won’t be showing those.
Inside, I filled it with items that had flowers on them. I was looking for a floral mug but all the ones I found were “old timey” flowers so I decided to get some striped mugs and decorate them at home instead.
Again, using my Curio, I cut out the phrase “Rise and Shine” in permanent vinyl and bam, custom mugs! I also found a nice smelling candle to put in the bag. Who doesn’t like candles? Finally, I added a journal and a pen to complete the gift. I think the whole “growing” theme has come across. At least I hope it does.
After this year, Piglet will be firmly planted in school. He is starting Kindergarten in the fall and so I will be on the “teacher gift making train” for the next 12+ years. Crazy, I know. I can barely believe it myself. I love teachers and how inspiring they are and they deserve all the thanks in the world so I don’t really mind. Plus, it is fun to stretch my creative wings.
Have you thought of what to give your kids teachers? What fun ideas do you have?