10 Handmade Gifts Kids Can Make for Their Teachers

Teachers have been through a lot the last two school years. Against immeasurable odds, they’ve continued to find creative ways to connect with our children. As this school year draws to a close, it’s time to make sure teachers know how appreciated they are. Celebrate the awesome teachers in your child’s life with this list of handmade gifts your child can make to say thank you!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Marbled Paperweight

    These pretty rainbow rocks are perfect for brightening up your desk! With just some nail polish and water, you can transform an ordinary rock into your own marbled paperweight.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Shrinky Dink Handprint Keychain

    These little hands are a sweet treasure and would make a great gift for any parent or grandparent. A bonus was the joy my kids had watching their hand cut-out shrink to the tiny size of a fairy, as my daughter put it.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Chalkboard Frame
    Chalkboard Frame

    (Ages 3-11)

    My daughter and I may be a little obsessed with chalkboard paint! Since discovering it, we have turned our home into one big chalkboard! This frame was inspired by my sister-in-law's wedding. She had chalkboard frame table numbers--brilliant! We thought chalkboard frames would be great for holiday gifts or to change up with each season. My kids just love to draw on things that they usually can't draw on!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Liquid Watercolor Flowers

    Watch your child’s face light up as he or she transforms a coffee filter into a beautiful watercolor flower. Making one is so simple and fun that your child will have a blooming bouquet in no time!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fluffy Tree Pencil Toppers

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a great read for a rainy day. These adorable pencil toppers, inspired by Truffula Trees, are great for taking notes in style or brightening up your desk with fun pops of color.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Hand-Shaped Dish

    Kids grow up so fast. In just a few years their hands will be from itty bitty to nearly rivaling your own!! A few years ago, my little one could barely hold an apple. What will they be like in a few more years? Try this twist on the classic handprint in clay to capture a memory of your little ones! Finally, you'll be able to have their little hands hold on to something without them walking away.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Gratitude Box
    Gratitude Box

    (Ages 5-16)

    In preparation for this Thanksgiving, I thought I would try a new project from Meri Cherry to share with my loved ones - mini gratitude boxes! While in past holiday seasons, I've expressed my love and gratitude for my family through baking or cooking, I thought it would be fun to mix things up this year. I loved using a simple watercolor technique to create a vibrant and unique gift.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Baking Soda Ocean Art

    Even if you can't manage a seaside getaway, you can still have some creative beach fun with your own undersea collection, made from baking soda dough. Add details and texture to your creations to bring them to life. Share them as gifts or display them in your room as summertime keepsakes.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Roses
    Paper Roses

    (Ages 5-8)

    These lovely paper roses are so easy to make! Put a few in a vase, put one on a package for a gift, or on a homemade card. Wherever you place them, they're sure to be appreciated!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Rolled Paper Picture Frame

    For Father’s Day this year, my boys wanted to make a project together that their Dad could take to work. This DIY picture frame project met both of those needs. As you are crafting away, you will all have a lot of quality time together because this photo frame takes some time. But, the end result is worth it. The boys enjoyed ripping lots of pages out of magazine and then cutting them all into strips. And by the end of our 80(!) rolled papers, they had mastered the rolling paper craft. They can’t wait to show their Dad their DIY picture frame, complete with his favorite colors and photo of them.

Get inspired!