Tuesday, August 25

Easy gift for a teacher

I love teachers. Love, love, love them. One of the many reasons I like Chris so much is that she's a teacher. And Jen and Darcy are homeschool teachers. Teachers are awesome.

I always liked my own teachers, and then I trained to be a teacher myself. (My degree is in Secondary Education in English.) I was a good teacher, I think. I taught in various capacities (back in the day), then I homeschooled my own children for three years. During that time my appreciation for teachers skyrocketed.

So now I like to do little things to show my appreciation for my kids' teachers. This was easy when my boys were little, for they were always glad to take "an apple for the teacher." Now that my guys are big, they no longer wish to be the bearers of gifts. I hope that my sons tell their teachers how much they appreciate them, but I like to do a little more than that. So I try to occasionally write a note of thanks, send a card, or give a small gift to their teachers.

Today was Meet the Teacher Day at my sons' school, and I took a little gift to my youngest son's homeroom teacher. I made it myself for very little money, so I thought I'd share it with y'all.

Supplies: inexpensive vase with straight sides, pencils
Tools: glue gun
(Note: I bought a vase for $1 at Wal-Mart as well as some cheap pencils. You can use very cheap pencils because they don't have to write well--they're just for looks. My vase required 22 pencils to cover the entire outside. Office Depot has pencils on sale right now for 10 cents {yes, $.10} for a package of 10.)

Simply apply hot glue to sides of vase and glue pencils all the way around the vase. That's it!

You've got a perfect vase for a teacher's desk.

And look how cute it looks with some grocery store flowers and a bit of ribbon.

Easy as pie, quick to put together, inexpensive. But much appreciated by a hard-working teacher.


  1. From one educator to another, you get an A+!!


  2. Awww... thanks for the linky love.

    You are so clever! What a cool gift. And when the flowers have moved on, she can use it to hold real pencils!

    Lovely. I bet the teachers love having your boys in their classrooms.


  3. Oohhh, I like this. Thanks for the tip. My daughter starts school in 2 weeks and I can't wait to help bless her teachers this year. I used to be a kindergarten assistant and I just loved all the little gifts the kids would so excitedly give me :o)

  4. OMG, that is THE neatest thing! I love it. Thanks for sharing such a great idea and for so little $$, I can't wait to try this.

  5. That is such a cute idea!

    I have to say that when I was in college people always asked me if I was going to be a teacher (my major was Home Economics and I had an English minor). I would have to bite my tongue to keep from howling with laughter. I SWORE I'd never be a teacher. God has shown me over the past 10 years how perfect a sense of humor He has, as I am now homeschooling our extremely bright, extremely strong-willed son. Mmm-hmm...never say never! : )

  6. I am a teacher and I received a vase like that a few years ago. I loved it!

  7. AbsoLUTEly adorable! The teacher must have loved it! I'm off to Office Depot tomorrow!

  8. THAT is super cute! thanks for a great idea!
    i think my kids would enjoy helping me with it as well..if i can handle it! :)

  9. Hello Richella - what a clever idea this is! Thank you for sharing with us.


  10. Sweet idea! You are just so clever. Blessings!

  11. Its really super cute & great idea!!!
    thanks for sharing..
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  12. That is Adorable! Makes me almost wish we didn't homeschool...hmmm...I guess I'll just have to make one for myself ;)

  13. Adorable! When I was in elementary school, my mom used to make pumpkin pies to me to take to my teachers in the fall. :)

  14. Richella~ I absolutely love this idea. Thank you so much for linking up! I taught 5th grade before I had kids and I love the smell of new pencils almost more than flowers:)


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