I can’t believe it’s almost time for the end of the school year. A part of me is looking forward to the welcome break from making lunches, snacks and the morning hustle. And the long summer days and even longer bright nights. Teachers are heaving a sigh of relief too. Theirs is a stressful job with the amazing work they do addressing a range of abilities and behaviour all in one group of kids, in the same room. I have trouble talking to my 10 year old and my 5 year old at the same time, and it’s just the two of them. Homemade DIY teacher gifts are a great way to express appreciation for your favourite teacher especially if it’s something they can proudly display on their desk the rest of the year. And if you can do it in less than 10 minutes then it’s win, win!
The key though is preparation. Make a list of the teachers and what you’ll need and shop for supplies. Get everything ready and lay out some newspapers to capture the mess. I try and do this outdoors as much as possible then the clean-up is a breeze!
DIY Decorative filled vases
You will need:
Air-Dry Clay – I usually use Crayola
Decorative vases – Jars with a small mouth will also work.
Different colours of glitter
Permanent marker to write your name
DIY Stars and Trees
My kids made these as ornaments for their teachers before the Christmas holidays. The stars make great end-of year presents too.
You will need:
Favourite shaped-cookie cutters
Glitter – as many colours as you can tolerate
Handy tips to surviving an afternoon of craft
- If you have more than one child working the clay and glitter, it may take you a little longer than 10 minutes. Many hands do not make light work in this case. Have them sit across from each other to prevent knocking elbows.
- Set up separate stations for clay, filling, glitter and drying.
- Keep glitter colours separate because it WILL get mixed up.
- Buy supplies that you can use again and again for different activities.
- I like Elmer Glitter because it comes in easy-to-dispense containers and the particles seem to be of a slightly larger size and easier to pick up.
- The Crayola Air-Dry clay is my favourite – it comes in a giant container that usually lasts me the entire year and I can use it for the different crafts during the year. If you like the clay coloured use a drop of food colouring.