Easy, inexpensive DIY gift for your child’s Elementary School Teacher

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I realized last week that I hadn’t thought about what I was going to give Big Brother’s Pre-K teacher for Christmas.  Having not budgeted a teacher’s gift into my Christmas budget I had to figure out something inexpensive.  Our teachers are very important in our children’s lives so I also wanted it to be a special gift.  I found the perfect little project to make for my son’s teacher.

All the classrooms down the hall from my son’s class have a cute teacher’s plaque hanging outside the door.  My son’s teacher, however, does not have one.  This cute craft was so easy to make and will look great hanging outside her classroom.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial:

For this project you’ll need:

a plain, unfinished picture frame (you can determine the size you think will work best for you)

a new pack of crayons

foam letter stickers


small paintbrush

hot glue

hanging wire (optional)

This project cost about $8, plus I had leftovers that I’ll be able to use for something else. 🙂

Here is how to make it:

1). Put 2 coats of paint on the frame as well as on the wood backing (the part that usually goes behind the picture).  I had Big Brother help me with this part.

2). Place foam letters on the frame.  Make sure everything fits the way you want it to before peeling the paper off the sticky backside.  When you’re satisfied with the way it looks go ahead and peel off the sticky backs and place the foam stickers on.

3).  This will be the trickiest part.  You’ll need to cut the crayons so that you can make the first letter of the teacher’s last name.  I found that if I just cut the bottoms of the crayons at about the “y” in “crayola”.  I used a kitchen knife to cut the crayons.  Cut the tops off the crayons so the tops are the same length as the bottoms you just cut.  When you are happy with the way the placement looks, glue the crayons on to the picture backing.

4).  Put the letter into the frame and attach a hanging wire to the back.  I chose a larger gauge wire and wrapped the around a pen to get the curly effect.



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  1. so so so so cute! as a teacher, i love this!
  2. That is truly adorable! What a wonderful way to say thankyou to your teacher!
  3. I love that you cut the crayons to make the bottom of the R!!! Such a cool idea!
  4. This is super precious. I wonder if I could steal the idea from you for my son's kindergarten teacher. She would adore something like this! They always love making things for their teachers.
  5. So cute! I love it and I know my son would have fun making it :)
  6. What a great idea!
  7. What a cute and creative idea! I bet the teacher loved the gift.
  8. Brilliant!
  9. I am actually looking for little gifts to give to my daughter's teachers and this would be on my list. Thanks for sharing. I love craft and these fun DIY projects.
  10. Very creative idea's, so easy for the preschooler's to make, I am sure the teacher will be thrilled with the creative gift. Thank You for sharing.
  11. Carrie Phelps says
    What a wonderful idea! I love it, thank you.
  12. Very cool! I have seen this before but never with instructions.
  13. awe this is awesome! :P
  14. Tiffany Overton says
    This is absolutely awesome! I am always looking for ideas for things to make for my sons class and I think this is so cool!
  15. Trasina McGahey says
    That is soooo cute! What a great idea! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season again too!
  16. I love this so cute! My oldest just started per k this is a great idea for a Christmas gift this year thanks!
  17. What a cool idea! We would make it for my son's teacher
  18. chelesa sims says
    What a great craft . This would a great gift for teachers plus it gives brownie points ha ha
  19. this is so creative! id love to try it!
  20. The crayon letter is cute!