Holiday Gifts for Teachers

For years, my go-to gift for teachers has been an L.L. Bean tote bag, monogrammed with their last name ~ we have dozens of them in the Felt So Cute house and use them for everything.  However, for the first time, I’m faced with the double-whammy of one teacher with a hyphenated name and another that exceeds the monogramming allowance!

So I’m stepping outside the box and getting a little more creative this year {and if by some chance our terrific teachers have found their way to my Blog, please act extra surprised as The Cuties are very excited about your presents!}.

As a former teacher and administrator, I’ve always tried hard to stay away from apple tchotchkes and #1 teacher ornaments, so we settled on a gift for each teacher and a gift for them to use in their classroom.

First, each girl has chosen a specific color satin and I’ve made them flower pins from my Etsy shop.  Listening to them debate and discuss the color choices has been most entertaining, and thank goodness we have a stash of about 25 different colors!

For Little Cutie’s 1st grade teacher, I came up with a new project that has all sorts of ideas stirring in my head and is SO easy you won’t believe it.

As always, start with your supplies:

a basic picture frame {try to find one without any beveling and with a wide edge ~ I bought this one at Michael’s from the 40% off section}

several boxes of new crayons {I always buy up a ton at Walmart during Back-to-School sales when the 24-count boxes are $0.25 each, so I can use them for projects or goody bags throughout the year}

hot glue gun

small saw

fine grit sandpaper

Pick a corner and start gluing your crayons, stacked tightly together to the edge of the frame {don’t worry about those little tendrils of glue ~ you can pick those off later once they cool down}.

At some point whole crayons will no longer fit.  Make a pencil mark on your crayon where it needs to be cut, and then take a small hand saw for a clean{ish} cut.

You may get a slightly rough edge, but you can very easily smooth this down with a few swipes of some fine grit sandpaper.  Continue gluing and cutting and gluing until you fill the entire frame edge.

Box it up, and tie with a big bow!

And just because it’s been such a cool find, I want to share what we’re getting Big Cutie’s 3rd grade teacher.  I stumbled upon this new game at Whole Foods the other day and brought it home for us to try out as a family.  We’ve had so much fun that I bought it for her teacher, who I know will love it, as math games are her “thing.”  Even though the recommended age is 9+, both Cuties have been doing AWESOME with it, and Cute Husband and I really enjoy playing it with them.  It will be an easy toy to slip in my purse for a restaurant or airplane, too!

I’d love to hear what you’re planning on doing for teachers this year, so leave me a comment and tell me your clever ideas!

And while I still need to figure out gifts for our fabulous Principal, office staff and specials teachers, I have to share the little silly I found for our hilarious librarian.  She was also a child of the 80s, so I know she’ll appreciate this 🙂

Cracks me up every time I look at it.



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33 Responses to Holiday Gifts for Teachers

  1. Anna says:

    As a former teacher who struggled with not feeling appreciated, I wanted to say that it’s so nice of you to put so much thought into teachers’ gifts!

  2. Lauren says:

    I am doing felt flowers for my kids teachers this year too! (And my best girls). I love your felt flower wreath as well, thank you for such clever ideas (crayon frame: genius!)

  3. sunshinekmp says:

    Very cool. Simple, and cute.

  4. Maggie says:

    Adorable! I love it.

  5. Love it, so simple and yet unique. I was thinking of maybe doing the same thing with Chanukah candles for a little holiday specific message or something hmmmm, I’d definitely cut off the wicks! all the best, and thanks so much for being the first partygoer to link up on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  6. Kristen says:

    absolutely adorable!! If you have a chance I’d love for you to come link up to Ladybug Blessings Handmade Tuesdays.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Stopping in from Sew Much Ado. I love the crayon frame!

  8. Amie Irwin says:

    This is soo cute! It would be a great frame for the class picuture in the classroom! Any teacher would be lucky to get one! Hope you link it up to my Pink Hippo Party @

  9. Jennifer says:

    So I guess I’ll be the loser and say I’m giving an stereotypical apple-themed gift! LOL!

    I actually bought a clay pot and matching plate. Paint red, attach a knob to the lid and invert. So it’s a clay pot apple jar. I’m going to fill it with note pads, sticky notes, erasers….you know, teacher stuff and a gift card to our local teacher supply store.

  10. Lori S. says:

    Darling frame! I also LOVE the “I like big books and I cannot lie” TOO funny! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions 🙂

  11. Robin says:

    I love this and I would really love it if you would link this upcycled craft to my linky party

  12. Leslie says:

    This is such a great idea! I featured it over at Night Owl Crafting! Thanks for linking up to Hoo’s got talent!

  13. Lori S. says:

    Hello! I have featured your fun project on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions this week 🙂 Come on by and grab an “I Thrilled” button off my side-bar if you like. Thanks for linking up. Hope you stop by again this week!!!

  14. Jennifer says:

    I love this! I have an 18 year old sister who still thinks she’s 10 😉 and she’s getting this for Christmas this year since she loves to color! Also, I featured you on my favorite things roundup today.

  15. Saw this on One Pretty Thing – congrats! This is SOOOOO cute though! I wish I taught little kids and got super-amazing presents like this – seriously, how could anyone not fight to get your kids in their class so they could get cuteness like this? And I LOOOVE the “big books” sticker – thanks for turning me on to that Etsy shop too… very excited to look through it! Again, LOVING your blog! :o)

  16. Isabel says:

    What a great an simple idea! Im definitely making this one! Thank you for sharing! BTW, I found you through OnePrettyThing.

  17. Raychel says:

    I love it!! I just made a Pen(cil) Crayon Holder for my daughter’s teacher last week 🙂 This is adorable!! I’m your newest follower 🙂


  18. I’m loving the crayon frame…genius! My 2 year old son would enjoy having one in his room too, I bet! I’m also an 80’s child, so I’m totally cracking up at the “Big Books” saying. When I taught middle & high school English, I’d have loved to receive that!

  19. jengd says:

    Great stuff and I LOVE that Big Books thing. 🙂

  20. Roxane says:

    Love it! I have a new grandchild and plan to make this!

  21. Glenda M says:

    That is darling. I love the frame and will be making some in the near future.
    This year I made each teacher in my Grandson’s class a air freshener snow woman. I made it entirely on my own (no pattern) with felt. It turned out rather cute.
    TFS I look forward to many hours looking over old posts and new posts.

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  24. Reyhan says:

    I so love this crayon frame! Thanks for posting!!!

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  26. Nikki says:

    This year i was out and found the coolest cookie cutters in the shape of musical notes … so i picked up 2 and I’m going to tie it up with a big bow to a package of sugar cookie mix for my daughter’s music teacher… total cost about $5.00

  27. Amee Hooper says:

    I am making a crayon frame, then take a great quote, cut out & glue to a backboard.

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