Today we have a bunch of easy gift ideas to help you get ready for Teacher Appreciation week next month. We hear teachers spend a lot of time grading papers; so this handmade star stamp is a sweet gift your little one’s teacher can put to good use.
You may be able to find precut blocks of wood at the craft store. We cut our wood from an inexpensive 1×2 board. You may not know this, but 1x2s actually measure 3/4 x 1-1/2 inches… you know, just to be confusing. Using a simple miter box and saw cut these boards down to 1-1/2 inch pieces. The block’s finished dimensions should be 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 3/4 inches. Let the kids sand the block so it’s nice and smooth.
Next cut an eraser in half the short way — you’ll be able to get a couple stamps out of each eraser. Use a pen to trace a star design on the blank side of the eraser. Cut out the star shape using a craft knife. Depending on the thickness of your eraser you may wish to cut down the thickness and can do so using a craft knife.
Super glue the finished eraser star to one side of the block. Decoupage the Star Teacher label to the other side of the block (decoupage instructions). In a pinch you could also adhere the label with regular school glue and brush a thin coat of the glue over the top of the label to seal it. You can also decoupaged/seal the sides of our blocks to give them a finished look. Once dry we had our child sign their name on the side using permanent marker so teacher will have a lasting reminder of their star pupil. We packaged our stamp up with a stamp pad to give to teacher.
Here are some other fun gift ideas for teacher appreciation from our blogging friends…
:: Donuts and Coffee Mason Jar Gift Printables from Five Heart Home
:: “All About My Teacher” Form from Yellow Bliss Road
:: “You’ve Blown My Mind” Printable from Thirty Handmade Days
:: Printable Teacher Coffee Cup Wrappers from I Should Be Mopping the Floor
:: Fresh Herb Plant Teacher Gift and Printable from Such the Spot
:: “Thanks for Helping Us Bloom” Printable from Live Laugh Rowe
:: Teacher Inspire Printable from How to Nest for Less
:: Download our free printable Star Teacher Stamp Label
Want more ideas? We have a lot of teacher appreciation ideas in our archives. Here are some favorites…5