Teacher Appreciation week is coming up (the first week of May). Have you decided what you are going to do for your child’s teachers? If not, here are some great ideas. And don’t forget to do a little something — teachers are so important and don’t get nearly the affirmation (and salaries!) they deserve.

ice cream cupcakes

Ice Cream Cupcakes (with free printable) at Living Locurto

These cuties look like ice cream, but they are actually (non-melting) cupcakes!


Sharp Teacher You Are One Sharp Teacher by She Wears Flowers 

“This is such a simple and fun project. The┬ábeautiful tacks and the sweet message telling the teacher you appreciate her or him will definitely be a hit.”

Supplies include: craft foam, flat cork, covered button kits and thumb tacks

Bliss School Year Bliss Chocolate Gift Box by Crissy’s Craft 

“Little gift box made of a toilet tissue paper roll! You can add candy or a small gift.”

Supplies include: toilet paper tubes, Hershey’s Bliss Chocolates, scrapbook paper, free printable download

Magic Clipboard Magic Clipboard by Carla Cavellucci Landi (instructions in English and Spanish)  

“It’s a “magic” clipboard, the one you can write on it and erase.” [This can be easily customized to showcase a specific school subject]

Supplies include: piece of chipboard or boardbook, scrapbook paper and embellishments, clear contact paper

Fabric Bookmark Beautiful Handmade Bookmarks by Little Birdie Secrets at Skip to My Lou 

At Little Birdie Secrets, we love making gifts that are from the heart, but don’t break the bank (or take too much time!). We hope this cute and quick gift idea will be just that for your child’s teacher!”

Supplies include: fabric, fusible interfacing, buttons

[See Skip to My Lou’s Teacher Appreciation Roundup]

Soda Bottle Apple Apple {Teacher Appreciation Day} made out of soda bottles by Crissy’s Crafts 

“You can download the “You can “bite” into this apple, it is full of kisses for you!” printable.”

Supplies include: two soda bottles, red and green spray paint, buttons, candy

Teacher Gifts A Week of Teacher Appreciation by …from glitter to gumdrops 

Includes a list of “all the past projects in the collage with the how to’s, sources of inspiration…or frustrations, but always motivation.”

Projects include: chalkboard globe, book pages wreath, pencil cup, personalized recycled notepad

Also, Volunteer Spot has a great eBook filled with Teacher Gift Ideas

“Be creative, and don’t let cost be an issue. At the very least, hand write a thank-you note (a lost art these days). Teachers often serve thanklessly, so let them know you appreciate and value them. Your simple words of thanks may encourage them far more than you know!” – Joan from Teachers’ Tips, Tools, & Topics