How To Make DIY Gifts For Your Teacher From Paints

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By Luciana Oliveira

Create something with your hands to convey your thanks to your favorite teacher, whether it’s a thank you note at the end of the year, a birthday present, or for Teacher Appreciation Day.

There are so many fantastic presents to choose from when looking for the ideal one, from sweets to workplace trinkets.

And maybe this collection of charmingly cute DIY teacher presents will make that decision a little simpler.

Custom Notebooks

Notebooks are the most fantastic item of stationery, and everyone can find an excellent use for them, whether it’s for university, to-do lists, creative writing, or simply doodling.

Simply get a plain, uni-colored notepad and give it a makeover. Make it special for the individual receiving it by adding a customized message.

Do you know how sometimes you just don’t feel like puppies, pineapples, or corny motivational slogans (as shown above)? It’s possible that your pals are the same way.

Finding a beautiful notebook with a design we like is not always simple. However, we still require notebooks. 

You may use your imagination and adjust the design to your pal once again. Do they like it to be nice and sophisticated, or exciting and trendy?

Will you create a peaceful beach scene instead of the usually popular Harry Potter theme?

Succulent Pots

Painting pot plants is a simple and quick way to add brightness to your DIY presents for teachers, and I’ll show you just how to accomplish it. 

To begin, lightly sandpaper your pots to smooth down the surfaces, then thoroughly wash them to eliminate all dust.

After they’ve dried and are ready, you may get creative and paint them with your favorite M.Graham gouache colors.

When the paint is done, use a black marker pen to draw patterns, such as polka dots (like I did), and wait for it to dry completely.

You should also seal them with a thorough layer of clear acrylic sealant to prevent the paint from getting washed off when you water them.

They’ll be ready to outfit your plants in approximately 24 hours!

Chalkboard Mason Jar

Mason jars are already attractive, but adding chalk paint to them gives them even more personality.

Mason jars, both new and ancient, are simple to come by and usually cost less than $3.

Mason jars may be painted and distressed in a variety of ways. By masking off certain areas of the jar and leaving the rest bare, you can create a distressed chalk-painted mason jar in this lesson.

Make sure you’re working on a clean, dry surface before you start applying masking tape. You can use rubbing alcohol to clean your mason jar or soap and water to clean it.

After that, mask off the area you wish to paint. Skip to the following step if you’re intending to paint the entire mason jar with chalk paint.

Use painter’s tape to draw a straight line if you just want to paint a piece of the mason jar.

Canvas Tote

This project may be as simple or as complex as you desire, but the end product will always be a useful tote bag that can be used for everything from gym clothing to a yoga mat to a trip to the local farmer’s market.

If you’re a newbie, you could choose to start with iron-on transfers, or stencils, which will clearly vary your supplies. Craft paint is available in a wide range of colors and may be used on cloth.

While it may appear to be dry, the paint takes time to soak into the cloth, so it may appear dry but will not be dry to the touch. To avoid smudging your artwork, hang it somewhere cool and safe to dry overnight.

DIY pictures and posters

If you can draw or paint, you’ll probably be able to do some decent calligraphy as well. This is another present option that may be as corny or as sophisticated and enjoyable as you like.

And it’s ideal for a motivational poster, card, pillow, or whatever else you can think of that will be viewed regularly and convey a meaningful message to your friend.

Nobody said it had to be a standard “live, laugh, love” poster. It may be a quotation from your friend’s favorite book, film, or something their grandmother used to say, for example.

Cards and paper

It’s totally OK to simply purchase something from Amazon, especially if you know your teachers would enjoy it.

However, if you still want to add a little something extra, you may do so with the packing and card in a very easy and quick method.

The simplest method is to just purchase brown paper packaging (to be wrapped with string), cut it to size, and sketch or paint a suggestion of what’s inside, or anything else you may think of, on it.

It only takes a few minutes to accomplish this, but it makes it appear much more spectacular.

Alternatively, rather than buying it from the store, you may buy blank cards and sketch something on them.

It doesn’t have to be complicated; one color and a straightforward pattern would suffice.


As someone who has received teacher gifts, we have always been humbled by the outpouring of support from parents.

So at the end of the day, the finest presents are those that come from the heart and include a little piece of your child’s individuality – even if it’s just a simple letter, hand-drawn drawing, signature, or anything similar.

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Luciana joined our team as a mum blogger in 2020. A dedicated mum to a lively daughter and a dog, Luna, Luciana brings authenticity and passion to every post. Her expertise in parenting and lifestyle topics offers practical, relatable advice for real-life situations.

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