Monday, August 20

Back to school: teacher gift

This week is back-to-school time at our house, so I thought I'd share this project from several years ago.  I still love this idea!

DIY Vase for a teacher's desk

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.)

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.

Do you like to give your kids' teachers gifts?  What are your favorite gift ideas?  Please share!


  1. I remember this one! LOVED this project, Richella. Such a simple, yet beautiful way to greet your new teacher. :) Great minds think alike, b/c I was going to share a teacher gift post today, but decided to do it tomorrow instead. :)

  2. I totally remember this project Richella and this year I'm definitely doing it for my kids' teachers! They start back to school in a couple of weeks and this will be perfect! :-)

  3. That is a great project, Richella- I think I will do that for the girls' teachers this year- Brilliant- xo Diana

  4. What a sweet idea! Thanks, Richella! Back to school comes next week for us, and it didn't even occur to me to bless the teacher with a gift. (Kindergarten - I'm new.)

  5. Great idea! This ole granny is probably never gonna need one...but I will pass the idea along!

  6. Thanks for the reminder about this great idea of yours. Need to implement it quickly - Friday night is "meet the teacher" - goodness!

  7. I remember how much I loved this when you first shared it. Any teacher would love to receive a thoughtful gift like this. I've never received a back-to-school gift. I guess by middle school each child has so many teachers that it's impossible to do a little something for all of them.

  8. What a fun idea! New school supplies - and fresh pencils - was one of my favorite parts of going back to school each year. :)

  9. What a spectacular idea Richella! I'm sure any teacher would be thrilled with such a thoughtful gift they could use the whole year through to brighten up their desk! Hope your week is off to a great start my friend!

  10. That is such a great welcome to school present! Thanks for the back-to-school inspiration!



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