Easy to create Teacher Appreciation Gift

With May approaching, many parents and kids are watching the end of the school year draw near. For us, this time of year also means it's time to show the teachers how much we appreciate what they have done for our children this year. Although we usually contribute towards a gift card for the teacher, I usually like to make something for her as well. The gift I share today is actually something I've already given my son's teacher (too useful to make her wait!) and I know for a fact that it still sits on her desk.

I started with an empty Crystal Light container. This is the kind that comes with little pods of tea mix. I removed their label and then covered the container with some Parisian Summer Designer Series Paper, adhering it with sticky strip. I then cut coordinating strips of cardstock (Pretty in Pink) to make the 3 bands. The center strip is also layered with some Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon. My Boho Flower Punch and additional cardstock made the flowers and a Flower Brad dresses up our center ribbon.

A few of the pencils have a bow-tie of ribbon, but mostly I just filled the container so that extra pencils could be kept on hand. And it has worked. As I said, it's still on her desk and it is getting used. If you are in a school that likes to do things for the teachers year round, this is a project that could be easily adapted for year round decoration. Imagine this pencil jar decorated for the various holidays throughout the year. You could even get pencils to match! Not crazy about the pencil part? Decorate the lid of the jar too and this would make a great candy or cookie container! The possibilities are endless!