Homemade Gifts for Teachers

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Show the special teachers in your life that you appreciate all they do for your kids. This year, forget the scarf set and handcraft teacher gifts that will stand out on their desks.

Teachers Rule!

Present Pointers

You might want to personalize your teacher's magnet by writing his or her name on the ruler. You could also drill a hole in the ruler and string it with wire or cord for hanging on a peg or Christmas tree.

Remind the kids who's the boss at school by making these cute ruler magnets for the teachers in your life.

Time frame: Two to four hours including drying time

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Unfinished wooden ruler (Can be found in craft stores.)
  • Oak stain
  • Paintbrushes
  • Unfinished wooden apple cutout (Can be found in craft stores.)
  • Red craft paint
  • Black fine-tipped marker
  • Clear acrylic finish spray
  • Green felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Thin gingham ribbon
  • Magnet sheet
  1. Stain the wooden ruler with oak stain, and paint the apple with red craft paint. Allow these to dry.
  2. Using a black fine-tipped marker, write the words “Teachers Rule” on the apple. When dry, spray each piece with clear acrylic finish spray and allow it to dry.
  3. Cut two leaves out of the felt. Glue the leaves onto the top of the apple.
  4. Cut a piece of gingham ribbon the length of the ruler. Glue the ribbon onto the bottom edge of the ruler.
  5. Glue the wooden apple onto the side of the ruler. Make a bow out of the ribbon and glue it onto the bottom of the apple.
  6. If your magnet has a sticky side, stick the magnet onto the back of the ruler. If not, glue the magnet onto the ruler using the glue gun.

A+ Teacher

You'll get an A+ if you take the time to make this gift for your kid's favorite teacher.

Time frame: One to two hours

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Wooden clothespin with spring mechanism
  • Miniature blackboard (Can be found in craft stores.)
  • Oak stain
  • Paintbrush
  • White fine-tipped fabric paint (in a squeezable bottle)
  • Clear acrylic finish spray
  • Natural color raffia
  • Glue gun
  • Magnet sheet
  1. Stain the clothespin and the wooden frame of the blackboard with oak stain and allow them to dry.
  2. Write the words “A+ Teacher” on the blackboard using white fabric paint. Allow it to dry. Spray the project with clear acrylic finish spray and allow it to dry.
  3. Make a small bow out of the raffia. Glue the bow onto the top of the blackboard with a glue gun.
  4. If the magnet sheet is self-sticking, stick the magnet onto the back of the clothespin. If not, use a glue gun to glue the magnet onto the clothespin.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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