If you are looking for a way to thank your children’s teachers for their service this past school year, try making these easy and inexpensive personalized summer break teacher gifts! These adorable little monogrammed “relaxation pouches” will give the teachers what they need to enjoy a peaceful and restful summer!
Whip up these simple “relaxation pouches” to give to teachers as a much-deserved end of the school year gift!
Hi everyone! I’m Becca, and I’m hopping over from Hello Central Avenue, where I blog about DIY projects, hosting parties, and creating pretty spaces. I’m here today to show you how to make an easy DIY summer break teacher gift! You may have seen another one of my recent easy projects that I shared on The Crazy Craft Lady, where I gave some regular book ledges an upgrade to make “Scalloped Book Ledges” in my daughter’s room.
Summer Break Teacher Gift
The weather is warming up and that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacation and summer break teacher gifts! If you are a parent, you might be starting to sweat about the upcoming break, but if you are a teacher, you’re probably jumping for joy!
I used to teach fourth grade before having my kiddos, so I know just how much time, energy, and effort goes into running a classroom. Although a summer break teacher gift is not necessary, it’s a sweet way to say thank you for being there for your child throughout the school year. There’s no need to spend a lot of money and a homemade gift often means even more than a store bought one!
I thought it would be fun to give my son’s preschool teachers a personalized “relaxation pouch” for a summer break teacher gift. We all know they could use some relaxation! I found these zipper pouches at the Target Dollar Spot in the fall and saved them because I knew I’d be able to use them at some point!
After lots of nail-biting anxiety, I forced myself to use my Cricut Explore Air 2 for the first time in order to personalize each summer break teacher gift. Spoiler alert! It’s super easy to use, and I’m a bit obsessed now! I’m pretty sure I’ll be labeling everything! Before I opened my Cricut, I used letter stickers to label things. You can check out my post on “Organizing Your refrigerator with the Dollar Store” to see which stickers I used!
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- Zipper pouches – I don’t think Target carries these particular pouches any longer, but I really like these pouches and these pouches as well.
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (Use alphabet stickers or iron on letters if you don’t have a cutting machine.)
- Transfer tape
- Crinkle paper
- Relaxation supplies to put inside pouch:
How to Make the Summer Break Teacher Gift
- First, create your text in Cricut Design Space. I wanted my pouches to say “thank you” on the front and the teacher’s name on the back. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can use alphabet stickers or iron on letters and skip to step 6.
- Next, cut the appropriate size vinyl piece and place it on your cutting mat.
- After that, load the mat into your Cricut machine and cut the text you designed.
- Peel away the excess vinyl around the text and out of the little crevices. You can also use iron-on material for the Cricut.
- Then place your transfer tape on top of the text and rub so that the text adheres to the tape. Slowly pull the tape away from the vinyl. Repeat rubbing process if the vinyl does not stick to the tape initially.
- Place the transfer tape with vinyl text onto the zipper pouch and press to stick the vinyl to the pouch. Pull away the transfer tape at an 180 degree angle.
- Fill the pouch with some fun crinkle paper or tissue paper.
- Finally, place your “relaxation items” into the pouch!
I can’t believe the school year is almost over! I remember starting the year off by making some “Clay Magnetic Alphabet Letters” to work on words with my son! These little summer break teacher gifts are fantastic, because you can fill them with whatever you like! This DIY project would also work well for Teacher Appreciation week and Mother’s Day. We all know those mamas deserve some relaxation as well!
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