Monday, December 20, 2010

super simple teacher gift

Even after a year of gift making I am still putting together some last minute gifts.  So . . . to all of you ladies out there who have been e-mailing me telling me that next year you are going to follow my example by starting early so that you aren't scrambling at the last minute . . . guess what?  If you are at all like me, it won't matter.  You will still be scrambling! 

This is an inexpensive, simple and fast teacher gift for any occasion. 

Crayon Gift Box

Here's what you need:
~a big box of crayons (I used a 64 pack of crayons.)
~acrylic paint and brush
~a sturdy box that can stand the weight of 64 crayons (I picked up one for 50 cents at a local dollar store . . . apparently they sell things at other prices than $1.00.)
~a hot glue gun
~the teacher's favorite candy or school supplies (I gave my daughter's teacher a little "get-to-know-you" questionnaire at the beginning of year to find out a few of her favorite items . . . like candy.)

~Oh . . . and don't forget your supervisor to make sure you are staying on task.

Here's what you do:
1)  Paint the bottom of your sturdy box a solid color.

2)  Measure out or eyeball the number of crayons that you will need on each side.  I lined mine up to create a rainbow effect, and I also made sure they were all turned the same way.  Start hot gluing each crayon on to the box.

3)  Do that all the way around.  When you come to a corner, glue the corner crayon to the crayon next to it not the box.

4)  Fill with a favorite candy of your child's teacher or a high-demand teacher school supply - paper clips, binder clips, pens, stickers, etc.

I also paired this with some Diet Mt. Dew . . . the intended teacher also indicated that Diet Dew was her favorite drink of choice on the questionnaire.  My daughter wrote a super sweet note on her cherished Hello Kitty mini-stationery to top off the gift. 

This gift works for teacher birthdays, first-day/last-day of school gift or just a random "thank you for teaching" gift.

Craft on!

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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This is so super cute!!! My kiddos are too old for this - they'd look at my like I was a kook - but it's perfect for my SIL. I love how organized you were too - all your colors in a row. :) That was awesome.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I love this box! It's adorable... my daughter would love to give one of these to her preschool teacher. Great idea!

Unknown said...

So cute! Crayola should pay you for product placement :)

janimal said...

Totally cute! What a great idea.

Beth said...

Fantastic idea!

Michelle said...

So, cute! I'm also interested in the get to know you question sheet. I was room mom for the first time this year and found out I could have used that. My sister's a teacher so I have heard all kinds of gifts and ideas for teachers. So I was ready to go with some ideas about what to do but I found that other parents started coming to me about gift ideas and when I was going to email out some of the teacher's favorite things! Yikes, did I feel bad. But live and learn. So I would love to find out what kind of stuff you asked because I really enjoy this room mom gig and hope to do it again!

greenbean said...

so cute!...

Papgena Made It said...

this is cool!!!
I must storage for future use!!!
(don't you love your glue gun? they just glue anything!!!)

Jackie said...

very cool!!! I love it :)

Carpenter's said...

Hello Elizabeth,

This is a really cute idea, thanks for sharing. I have been on a blog funk and haven't been visiting. Just wanted to say HI!

Anonymous said...

So cute and fun! I'm a rainbow order kind of gal, too, so I especially appreciate that! :)

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

I made something like this {a desk organizer} with my first grade class for mother's day project...

you just brought back memories because that was almost ten years ago!

please link this up to creative juice thursday this week...

I think my readers would adore it!


Shelly {makingthemomentmatter} said...

Love this! So simple and creative!

Erin said...

This is so totally cool. I love it!!!

Amanda Dale said...

Totally adorable!

P K Glitz said...

I love the idea of using the crayons for the box. This is super cute!

Kaysi said...

So cute, I'm going to have to remember this at the end of the school year, thanks!

Jamie said...

Hi there!

I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love this craft! I made it as a gift for a six year old and she absolutely loved it. I even blogged about it because I loved the way it turned out. Thanks for sharing this idea with us.

Here's the link:

Have a great day!

Twila said...

I was wondering if I could get a copy of the get to know you sheet for the teacher?

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