Frugal DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Next week is Teacher appreciation week at the kiddos schools and we wanted to post a few of our favorites from the past years we’ve done.  It’s always exciting to find cute frugal gift ideas for the those special teachers who shape the minds of our children.  There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do.  So don’t forget to send a note or gift of appreciation to the teachers in your life.


Magnet Board 3

Homemade Magnet Fabric Bulletin Board


Color My World Thank You Gift


M&M Teacher Appreciation gift

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Do you have any you want to share? We would love to hear about them!

Valentine Bath Bombs

Tell your Valentine how much you love them with these Valentine Bath Bombs.  They make the perfect frugal, DIY gift for friends, family, and even your kids teachers.  I made these bath bombs a while back for my girls and they LOVED them!  Just follow the simple steps below to create your own Heart Bath Bombs and attach a cute note that says your the bomb.  20140203-141958.jpg

Here’s what you need!
makes 4 small bath bombs
2 TBS Baking Soda
1 TBS Cream of Tartar
Food Color or liquid Dye (you can find at any craft store) ½ teaspoon Essential Oil (lavender)
Spray Bottle of Water
Soap Mold or Ice Cube Tray


Add 2 TBS Baking Soda to bowl. Then add 1 TBS Cream of Tartar and ½ teaspoon lavender or Essential Oil. Next, add your food color. (I would suggest that if using food coloring to color these, make sure you use non-toxic vegetable based color.  Safer for everyone, especially for children).  Stir it up and add a couple of sprays of water and keep stirring. You want to get it where it is just sticking together without adding too much water. NOTE: Only add a couple of sprays of water at a time or your bombs will lose their fizz. Put your bath bombs in a soap mold or ice tray, and leave over night to dry out. NOTE: The amount this recipe makes all depends on how big your molds are.  You can really make them as large or as small as you would like.  You can make them the size of a baseball or the size of your thumbnail.  you can double the recipe and make more than four at a time.  I decided to make one batch at a time and change the colors during each of the batches.

When ready just drop your bomb in the bath you can watch it fizz as it releases its sent and colors your water! These bath bombs can stay good up to 1 year as long as they are stored in a dry, cool place that is out of the sun.  ENJOY!!

Melting Crayons

Last week I had seven little people in my house.  That’s right seven… I have a complete new respect for any of you who are raising a large family.  YOU ROCK!!! It was a total adventure but by the third day I was beginning to feel like I look in my driver’s license photo. Despite being sleep deprived and a bit looney, the kiddos had so much fun and shared some wonderful memories with each other.  I pulled together a few crafts to keep them entertained during their visit.  Here was one that ending up being a favorite.  I think it was mine too!  SUPER EASY and fun!

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I took a box of Crayola crayons and let the kiddos pick five favorite colors.  I didn’t have a canvas  but instead used the top of a box lid and taped the crayons at the top.   I would recommend to glue them with a glue gun if you have one.

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then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high.

Crayon Craft 2

not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt! They each took turns and watched excitedly as the colors raced down the lid.  Seriously… they were so impressed!!

Crayon Craft

It dries really quick and after one kiddo finished, we added five more beside theirs and started the process again.  I’ve read on several posts to make sure you use Crayola.  Some tried to use other brands and it was a complete fail.  It turned out super cool… I’m thinking about using this as wall art for Kinley’s room.  Maybe next time I’ll save our broken crayons and try this again!

Color My World Thank You Gift

This week is teacher appreciation week at the girls school. I have been stock piling crayons over the past year as they’ve gone on sale. Around a house full of kiddos you can never have too many crayons right?  I put small candies and a gift card inside and it turned out  cute and super frugal.


Items you’ll need:

Glue gun

1 empty small can or 2 liter Coke bottle cut to size

2 boxes 24 count crayons

Teacher appericiationIf you’re using a can take off the sharp edges of the can and clean it out. If you’re using a coke bottle cut and clean out the inside.  Start gluing crayons around the edge.  If you’re a perfectionist, make sure all the words crayon is neatly arranged before gluing.  Russell was irritated that mine wasn’t done that way.  Once all the crayons are glued around the edge you can also use ribbon and glue it around the crayons to help hold them together.  Then I finished it by putting some tissue paper inside the middle and some yummy special stuff in the middle.                                   color world tagHere’s where I copied this great idea!  The printable can be found  at KimsKandyKreations blog.

M&M Teacher Appreciation gift

Teacher appreciation gift

Put on your seat belt… I tried something new for the girls teacher appreciation week (Thanks to my good friend Sara:)  I bought these cute little paint cans at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 (I’ve also seen them done with mason jars) and some colorful ribbon to tie at the top.  It was my lucky week, Walgreens had their M&M’s on sale and I just happened to have a coupon!  Who doesn’t like M&M’s?!  I printed out this cute M&M poem and glued it to the front of the can. Easy peasy frugal breezy!  Here’s the poem (in case you want to copy, paste & use)

Green is for the inspiration you give me each day.

Blue is for your patience in showing me the way.

Orange is for your warmth and caring style.

Yellow is for the way you always make me smile.

Red is for my life that you have touched this year.

You’re a very special teacher just like this jar, that’s clear.

You place knowledge in our children’s hands

and melt into their hearts and lives forever.

You’re a “Magnificent” & “Marvelous” teacher

Thank you for being my M&M.


Homemade Cross

Collecting crosses makes me happy.  I find great joy in searching for the perfect cross and LOVE finding unique ones to add to my collection. Over the years as I’ve gone into friends homes, I’ve noticed I’m not the only one who shares in this love.  It’s really neat to see how a wall can look and how together they can form a beautiful masterpiece.  During my last year as coordinator for our local MOPS group, I wanted to give some of the women in our group a personal gift for all of their hard work to the ministry.  I was searching for the perfect cross, but didn’t have a lot of money to purchase one I had my eye on.  I decided to make a few of my own and they turned out beautiful. I found all of the material at Hobby Lobby (the great thing about this store is if you plan your shopping just right, you can find decorative cross decor half off!).  Always check the ad for Hobbby Lobby before you shop to make sure your not paying full price!  And…make sure  you use your 40% coupon valid on one single item full price item to have a frugalistic craft purchase. The total amount spent on this project cost me twelve dollars. Below you will see how easy and fun it can be to make this beautiful cross for one of your special occasions without spending a fortune.

finished cross

Items you will need:

1 antique silver wall cross for the base.

1 resin scroll cross for the middle

black cross embelishment for the top

Parawire non – tarnish copper wire

Glue gun

screw driver


First, plug your glue gun in, I like to let it sit for awhile so that it will be nice and hot when I’m ready to use.   Next, take the small screws and hook off the back of your resin scroll cross (this will be the one you will use for your middle).  You will be making your own hook from the wire you purchased so no need to keep unless of course you want to use for something else.

Wirecross backing 2

You will see several different wire sizes to choose from.  I chose this because it was thin enough to work with without breaking easily.  Cut about six inches (I just eyeball this) of wire and twist the two bottoms tightly together.  Cross backing

Turn your antique silver wall cross over and place your prepared wire in between your silver wall cross and resin scroll cross. Once you have this like you want, glue the two crosses together capturing the wired between the two crosses and let dry completely.Side view of cross

Here is a side view of the way it should look.  You want to make sure the wire is long enough to hang comfortably.  Finally add your black embelishment cross on top of your resin scroll cross by using your glue gun.  finished cross

This is how it will look when it’s completed! You can use a black sharpie to write something nice on the back and there it is…your beautiful frugal masterpiece!  Do you have any frugal gift ideas?

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