Number One Teacher Ribbon

Do you have a teacher who goes out of their way to help your child (or you) learn? Do you have a teacher who can be found working early, late, or both to make sure that each child gets what they need? Does your teacher go above or beyond? For most of us, the answer to these questions is YES, because so many of our teachers are truly amazing. That’s why we have a whole week celebrating teachers (though, really, is a week enough?). Show your teacher how special they are this teacher appreciation week with a special teacher appreciation ribbon that is super simple to make!

I’m sharing this project as part of Craft Lightning Teacher Appreciation Week. All week long Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Jessica from Mad in Crafts, along with our crafty friends, are sharing fast and crafty ways you can recognize your teachers for all that they do! Be sure to check out the end of this post for more of their ideas.

DIY Teacher Appreciation Ribbon

Making this ribbon is super simple! You just need a few supplies (affiliate links added for you):
Two colors of scrapbooking paper
Paper Cutter
Glue Stick
We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch Board
Pin Backs
Hot glue gun

supplies for teacher appreciation ribbon

Cut paper to make a small and Medium sized flower, and punch according to the directions on the punch board.

make flower parts

Cut a 2.5″ square, and use the other side of the punch board to punch it into a circle. Just clip off each of the four corners in the punch.

punch around circle

Write on the center circle. This is a great way for your child to be part of the project… let them decorate the center!

write in circle

Glue the layers together.

glue together layers

Cut a2.5″ x 9″ strip. punch each end.

punch base

Fold in half at an angle.

fold paper ribbon

Glue to back, and glue on pinback.

glue paper ribbon to back

Ribbon complete! You can make a teacher ribbon in your school colors, your teacher’s favorite colors, or whatever colors you have handy!

finished teacher button

Check out these other fun and fast teacher appreciation gift ideas:


Printable Gift Card Holder from Mabey she Made it.


DIIY notebooks from Happiness is Homemade.

Mini-Notebook-Covers Check out this teacher mason jar gift from Happy Go lucky Blog.



Albion Gould made these fun alphabet coasters.

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Jen Gallacher whipped up this great teacher appreciation card.


You’ll find instructions for these felt blooms at DIY Inspired.


The Kim Six Fix shows you how to make these egg carton flowers.

egg-carton-flowers My guest co-host for the series, Jessica from Mad in Crafts has a great idea with this classroom air freshener:



Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, my long-time Craft Lightning Co-Host made this cute popcorn jar teacher gift. popcorn-teacher-gift-in-a-jar

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more fun and fast Teacher Appreciation Gift ideas!

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Easiest Teacher Gifts Ever!

Even if you’re not crafty, here are some of the easiest Teacher Appreciation Gifts ever. Because while we all wish we could whip up a perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies (that aren’t 5 shades darker on the bottom than they are on the top), wrap them in cellophane (or a mason jar) with a perfectly tied bow, and a great teacher appreciation printable in a Pinterest-worthy offering for our child’s teacher… we don’t always have time. Some days we just need to celebrate that we got our child out the door in clean clothes, and ignore the fact that homework isn’t done, their breakfast came out of a cellophane package, and if someone created a food pyramid based on the contents of your child’s lunchbox, it would collapse into a pile of sugar.

So, I’m sharing these super simple Teacher Appreciation gifts that will make you look like a DIY rockstar. It is all part of Craft Lightning Teacher Appreciation week… where all week long I’m joining Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Jessica from Mad in Crafts, and a bunch of other crafty bloggers from around the internet to share 15 minute or less crafty projects to show teachers how much we appreciate the hours they spend teaching our children. Check out their great ideas at the end of this post.

Easiest Teacher Gifts Ever

I whipped these up with the help of my friends over at Online Labels. Using their Custom Labels service I sent them my graphic, and they re-sized it and perfectly centered it on three different sized labels. That I then *painstakingly* applied the label … in seconds. Instant personalization. No stressing about margins or page justification, no cursing when I run out of ink. A gift that is super easy to make… and great to give!

Check it all out in the video below.



You can grab the image here:

online labels property of teacher name simple teacher appreciation gifts

And check out these other fast and easy Teacher Appreciation gift ideas!

This adorable clipboard from Hey Let’s Make Stuff.


Ice cream teacher appreciation gift and printable from Cute As a Fox.

scoop teacher appreciation

Creative Cynchronicity made this sticky note memo holder.


Carla Schauer made this cute Teacher Appreciation Gift Wrap.


I love this Classroom Emergency Kit from Busy Mom’s Helper.


She’s kinda Crafty made this fun Teacher Appreciation canvas that’s sure to make any teacher feel loved!

bloom teacher appreciation


You’ll find instructions for this easy pineapple teacher appreciation gift on Frenchie Wraps.


And how cute are these mason jar teacher appreciation gifts from Laura’s Crafty Life?


Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, my crafty co-host made this cute printable with EOS Lip Balm.



And Jessica from Mad in Crafts, our crafty guest-host made a great gift card organizer ring. Gift-Organizer-Ring-Tutorial_thumb

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for more creative and crafty teacher gift ideas!

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Class Teacher Appreciation Gift – Gift Card Book

We’re celebrating teachers, and what better way than with a whole book of gift cards! Teachers spend so much of their own money paying for supplies for their class… a book filled with gift cards helps offset some of those costs… and gives them some sweet treats as thank-yous! Think about what your teacher uses most, then fill their gift card book with what they need… craft supply gift cards, grocery, box stores, or maybe their favorite coffee chain?

All week long I’m sharing fast and fun teacher appreciation crafts like this one, along with my co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and our Guest-Host Jessica from Mad in Crafts. We’re also sharing fast and fun teacher appreciation gifts from our crafty friends here online – be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to check out their fun ideas!

Class Gift for Teacher Appreciation Week - Gift Card book

To make this little book you’ll need:
Hole Punch
Teacher Appreciation Thank You Printables (set of 8)
Gift Cards

supplies for teacher appreciation class gift

Start by cutting out the printables. You can send these home with students, and ask them to color them in. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can ask them to bring back the tags with a gift card for the teacher. It doesn’t have to be much… every little bit helps!

cut up cards

Punch holes in the envelopes. Start by punching a hole in two at the same time. Put one to the side, then line up a new envelope under the first. Punch through the first hole into the second envelope. Repeat. This way all your holes will be lined up perfectly!

line up holes in envelopes

And make sure that your flaps are on the opposite side of each hole…

holes in envelopes

Glue the printables to the envelopes.

glue notes to envelopes

Tie together with a ribbon.

tie envelopes together

Slip a gift card into each envelope for a stack of treats any teacher is sure to love!

gift a book of gift cards for teacher appreciation week

Check out these other great teacher appreciation crafts:

Lisastuf made this sweet Teacher Note Necklace.


This great Teacher Lanyard was made by My Craftily Ever After, and she shows you how to make your own!


These cupcake Liner flowers with chocolate candy centers are adorable. Check out Dolen Diaries to learn how to make them yourself!

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I love this inspirational key ring made by Duct Tape and Denim.


How perfect is this DIY Gift Card Holder  from Simply Kelly Designs!? SimplyKellyDesigns_PicturePerfectYearPrintableGiftCardHolder_Long

My co-host, Angie from THe Country Chic Cottage has a fun Gumball and Ball jar teacher appreciation gift idea. gumball-mason-jar-teacher-gift-013

And our Guest Host Jessica from Mad in Crafts has a Baseball-themed teacher gift PLAY-BALL-Mason-Jar-Gift-Mad-in-Crafts_thumb

Come back tomoorow for more fun Teacher Appreciation Gift ideas!

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Flowers and Printable for Teacher Appreciation Day

When I was little, I loved giving my teachers flowers. Pick some flowers from the garden, wrap up the base with some damp paper towel and tinfoil, and take them to school. And the teachers always loved them… because who doesn’t like getting a fistful of flowers? Especially from a child so excited to give them? So, for Teacher Appreciation Day this year, consider sending some flowers, along with this sweet printable, that your child can color in.

All week long I’m going to be sharing more fun and fast craft ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day and Teacher Appreciation Week, along with my Craft Lightning co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and our Guest-host Jessica from Mad in Crafts. We’re going to share a new fast and fun teacher appreciation gift each day, and share some fun teacher appreciation ideas from our crafty friends around the internet!

Teacher Appreciation Flower printable

For this craft I used (I added some affiliate links to help you out):
Teacher Appreciation Printable
Watercolor Pencils
Flowers cut from garden

supplies for flower printable

Cut out the printable, and color in. I used watercolor pencils to get a super simple watercolor look.

color in with watercolor pencils

Blend the color with a damp q-tip, then allow to dry.

rub in with water

Wrap any pokey stems with the Oly*fun and a ribbon, add your printable poem, and you’re done!

gift teacher appreciation flowers with printable

Check out these other fun and fast teacher appreciation craft ideas:

This adorable Mason Jar Teacher Treat from Artistic Endeavors.


A super sweet I am NUTS about you printable and snack mix from 100 Directions.



This Owl Themed Teacher Appreciation Gift from Yesterday on Tuesday. Owl-Themed-Teacher-Gift-512x1024


The Silly Pearl’s cute Handmade Teacher Appreciation Bookmarks.

Simple and Quick Personalized Teacher Appreciation Bookmarks - The Silly Pearl


A Sweet Berry made this great stenciled monogrammed tote.

stenciled teacher appreciation gift

These fun Teacher Appreciation Notepads were whipped up by 4 You with Love.



And can you believe how cute this Teacher Appreciation Gift Box from 365 Days of crafts is? Back-to-School-Rit-Dye-Project-with-Buttons-1024x722-800x564

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more awesome, fast, and fun Teacher Appreciation gift ideas!

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Easy Duck Tape Bunny Ears

Looking for a simple last-minute Easter craft? Whip up these cute Duck Tape Bunny Ears! As easy as they are adorable, you can make these bunny ears in only a few minutes!

Duck Tape Bunny Ears

To make your own Duck Tape Bunny Ears, you’ll need:

White Duck Tape and Glitter Duck Tape

Duck Tape Bunny Ears Supplies

Start by cutting or tearing two 20″ pieces of white Duck Tape. Fold almost in half… leaving about an inch of exposed adhesive.

fold tape in half

Cut both into ear shapes

cut tops of ears

Cut ear shapes from the gold glitter, smaller than the white ears. Stick to the insides of the white ears.

cut tops of ears

Wrap the bottoms of the ears around the headband.

attach ears to headband

If needed, add another layer of Duck Tape to make the ears less floppy.

Make Duck Tape bunny ears

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Spray Painted Bunny Bowl

This simple bunny bowl was so quick and easy to make using Plutonium Paint! I was sent the paint to create some fun projects… this was not only fun, it was super easy to do!

DIY Minimalist Bunny Bowl

To make your own bunny bowl, you’ll need:
Plutonium Paint in white and Pink
Plutonium Pro Spray Caps
White Felt
Vinyl Nose and whiskers cut out
Wooden bowl

bunny bowl supplies

This spray paint dries amazingly fast, and goes on beautifully smooth!

spray bowl

Watch the video to see how it all comes together:

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Simple Beaded Bracelet

I’m super excited to share this simple beaded bracelet with you today, because it also means that I can share with you some exciting news! I’m part of the Cousin Beads Ambassador team! I met with the amazing folks at Cousin back in January. Since then, life has been crazy with our big move to California… but I have had a blast getting to know the other ambassadors. They put together a fun challenge – each of us was sent an identical box of beads and supplies, and we had to make something.

When I got my challenge box, I was stumped. All kinds of beautiful beads… but where to go with them. I picked a few strands, and made this fun and simple bracelet. I love that it has a pattern, is sparkly, but still understated… very my style. And you can whip one up in 15 minutes or less… which is perfect for me!

simple beaded bracelet you can make in 15 minutes

I’m on the team with a bunch of insanely talented ladies… be sure to check out their projects:

Allison at Quiet Lion made some beautiful Bohemian-inspired piecesDawn created a lovely animal print inspired necklace
Shelly made several pieces including a copper wristlet that I LOVE
Rachel made a turquoise and copper bracelet I might have to copy with my leftover beads
Molly made several awesome wire-wrapped pieces
Rebecca made a really cool stacked bead and chain necklace
Check out what Lisa made

So… let me show you how I made my bracelet! In addition to the beads I used (affiliate links added to make it easy):
Lobster clasp and jump ring
Tiger Tail Beading Wire
Tube Crimp Beads
One Step Crimping Pliers
Jewelry Pliers

supplies for simple beaded bracelet

Start by cutting a length of tiger’s tail, I use about 1.5-2 times the size I’m going to need, just so I don’t have to worry about beads spilling off the ends. String on a crimping bead, the lobster clasp, then string the tiger’s tail back through the crimping bead.

add clasp and crimp

Use the one-step crimping pliers to secure the clasp in place.

I added my beads in a pattern, then added a crimp bead, the jump ring, and threaded the tiger tail back through the crimp bead.

make a pattern with beads

I tugged on the end to make everything snug, used the one-step crimping pliers again, and my bracelet was done!

finished bracelet

Really, the toughest part is deciding on a pattern… and with these beautiful beads, it is hard to go wrong there!

I had so much fun (and these are so easy) that I whipped up a whole wrist full of them!

wrist full of beaded bracelets

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Simple Crinkle Blanket

Today is the last day of Craft Lightning Recycled, and I’m super excited to share this Simple Crinkle Blanket with you… because the inside is made of something that would otherwise be garbage. You’d never think to hang on to a potato chip bag, would you? Well, now you’ll think twice, because that’s exactly what I used to make the crinkly center of this fun crinkle blanket!

Craft Lightning week is a week where my Co-host Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I, along with a guest host, share 15 minute or less crafts. This week our guest host has been Carissa from Creative Green Living. She has so many fun upcycled, recycled, and other green crafts on her site – check her out! And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for even more fun and fast craft ideas from our blogging friends, who are also in on the fun this week!

DIY Crinkle Blanket

To make this fun crinkly blanket you’ll need:
Fabric – I went with this fun print from Fabric Editions on one side, and Shannon Cuddle on the other
Cheetos Bag, washed and dried – any bag that makes a crinkly sound will work, but Cheetos are a favorite around here
Sewing Machine
Ruler and Rotary Cutter

supplies for crinkle blanket

DISCLOSURE: Having any plastic or mylar bag around a small child could be a choking or suffocation hazard. Be smart about the age child you give this to. Be smart about supervising that child. Poking or cutting holes in the bag might minimize the risk, but any risk is something you should consider before making this project.

Start by cutting your fabric. You’ll want to open the bag into one layer, and cut the fabric and bag the same size. You need two pieces of fabric – I love Shannon Fabrics’ Cuddle because it is snuggly, and the bright Fabric Editions print went so well with it. Make the pieces as large as the chip bag will allow… or smaller if you like small.

cut fabric

Layer. Cuddle on bottom (fuzzy side up), print goes next (right side down), then the chip bag (up or down, doesn’t matter). Pin the layers together.

layer fabric

Stitch all the way around with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 4-6″ gap for turning. Clip corners.

trim corners

Turn right side out through the hole. Pin the hole closed.

pin hole closed

Top stitch 1/4″ away from the edge, all the way around.

top stitch

Blanket complete! I dare you NOT to crinkle it. So. much. fun!

finished crinkle blanket

And check out these fun and fast recycled projects from other bloggers around the web:

Amy from One Artsy Momma made this fun Balloon Car that any kid would love playing with.


Bree at BumbleBree converted an old basket and knob into a clever food cover, perfect for any picnic!



Over at Ann Butler Designs, you’ll see how she gave some thrift store plates a makeover. Earth-Safe-Finishes-040-7f

Lisa at Stuff n Such whipped up the cutest i-Pad stand from recycled materials.


I made milk carton easter baskets as a child, but I don’t remember them being as cute as these milk carton easter baskets by Fawnda at Fireflies and Jellybeans.

Milk Carton Easter Basket 1




Tooth Fairy Tooth Keeper

Carissa from Creative Green Living made these fun upcycled plant markers.

DIY plant markers - turn old can lids into cute garden markers

Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made these adorable bottlecap bunnies: bottle-cap-bunny

Angie also made this Metallic Gold Arrow – did you know that you could make decor this cute from recycled items?


And Carrisa shows you how to make a no-sew market bag from a shirt.

How to make a bag from a tshirt

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Etched Savings Jar

Whenever I find coins in the laundry, or on the table, I had them to the nearest child to put in their piggy bank. Which isn’t always equitable, but it solves the problem of having random coins lying around. When I was a child, my mom had a piggy bank on the kitchen counter for random coins, as well as money from recycling or garage sales, or other random small-time money makers. We’d save up the money until we had enough to get something fun, like the ping pong table. It is surprising how coins and bills can add up so quickly!

This week is Craft Lighting Week, and together with my co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and our guest host Carissa from Creative Green Living, we’re sharing fast and fun crafts made with recycled items. I whipped up this etched savings jar in less than 15 minutes from a large lemonade bottle. It was so easy to do… let me show you how! And scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the fun ideas from my co-hosts and the bloggers that are joining in on this fun series!

Etched Savings Jar

To make the jar you’ll need:
Large jar
Vinyl Transfer paper
Cutting Machine
Etching Cream
Rubbing Alcohol

supplies for etched jar

Start by peeling the labels off your jar. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any residue or ink from the glass.

Cut the design into the vinyl with the cutting machine. I chose “Fun Fund” for mine. Remove the letters from the vinyl to create the stencil.

remove letters

Place transfer paper on top of the stencil, and remove the backing.

secure transfer paper

After you’ve carefully removed the backing paper, secure the vinyl to the side of the jar.

put vinyl on jar

Carefully remove the transfer paper, leaving the vinyl behind.

peel away paper

Spread on the etching cream according to the package instructions. Mine only needs to sit for one minute, then is washed away.

add etching cream

Once you’ve washed away the etching cream, peel away the stencil. Dry, and your jar is done!

finished jar

Check out these other great recycled crafts:

Jen at Insiteful Living made this fun Altered Teen Clock.


This Scentsy Warmer turned planting pot was made by Kimbo at A Girl and a Glue Gun.


This upcycled pen storage was whipped up by Jen Goode at 100 Directions.


Over at Happy Go Lucky, Kara created this fun gift idea.


Erin shows us that even coffee sleeves can find a new life… as in this coffee sleeve bracelet she’s sharing over at My Very Educated Mother.


Ashley at My Craftily Ever After made some cute vase decor.


Danielle at My Craftily Ever After made these paper plate Easter baskets.



Cori at Hey Let’s Make Stuff made a glam ice bucket from an old paint can.










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Faux Gemstone Necklace

These faux gemstone necklaces are super simple to make! I had the idea to use toilet paper rolls for molds as I was playing with the new Mod Melter. The necklaces turned out just as I had hoped – and can be made with just 15 minutes of hands-on time!

I made this faux gemstone necklace as part of the Craft Lightning series. Each day this week, my co-hosts and I are sharing a 15 minute or less craft project with a recycled component, as well as sharing quick, easy, and cute craft projects from some of our crafty friends online. With the recycled theme we have going this week, of course I had to use toilet paper rolls in one of my projects… and this is it!

Faux Gemstone Necklace

You’ll need:
Toilet Paper Tube
Paper Straw
Colored Mod Melts and Mod Melter
Mod Melts Mold (turned upside down)
Jar or container with water
Scrubby Sponge

faux gemstone supplies

Cut a 1″ slice from the toilet paper tube. Pinch one side to make it teardrop shaped. Place on the back of the Mod Melts mold. Cut a 2″ piece of straw, place near the top. Don’t touch the tube with the straw, though.

glue into the toilet paper roll mold

Make sure your Mod Melter is HOT before you start adding the glue. The hotter the Mod Melter is, the smoother the surface of your faux gemstone will be.

glue straw in place

Fill the whole mold with the colored Mod Melts. You want two colors to mix. You can do this by either inserting only 1/2 a length of each color instead of the full stick. If the color hasn’t changed yet and your mold is more than half full, squeeze the excess to one side until you notice the color change.

fill with glue

Allow to cool. Put in water overnight.

soak the gemstones

Peel away the excess toilet tube cardboard, and pull out the paper straws. Use a scrubby sponge on the sides to help remove any leftover paper fibers from the toilet tube.

scrub away tube

removed tube

Use scissors to cut off any uneven edges.

trim away excess

gemstone complete

Cut a length of ribbon, fold in half, thread the ends through the hole.

pull ribbon through

Put the ends through the loop, and pull tight. Add an overhand knot to secure the ends.

loop ribbon

Your faux gemstone is complete – you won’t believe that something so cute is so easy to make!

finished faux gemstone necklace

Check out these other fun recycled craft projects!

Lisa from Mabey she Made it used springform pans to create mirrors.


Make a Marquee Light from Recycled materials with Jessica from Mad In Crafts.


This upcycled Jewelry that Heidi from Happiness is Homemade whipped up is super cute!


Jars and a crate were the starting piece for this decor piece by Frugelegance.


Jennifer at Hydrangea Hippo used an old cell phone box to make a jewelry box.


These adorable jewelry holders were whipped up by Tracy at Scrappy Chick 101.


Old Jeans find new life in this decorative hoop made by Albion Gould.


Carla Schauer made some adorable upcycled lacing cards.


Carissa from Creative Green Living, the guest host for this series, made these adorable ladybugs from egg cartons.

How to make ladybugs from recycled egg cartons - fun kid craft for a rainy day!

And my co-host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made these cute herb planters.



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