This year, I wanted to give my kids’ teachers a little treat to welcome them to a new school year! Since each kid has 6+ teachers, it had to be on the cheap side, but still be a quality gift. And that’s how I ended up with this Cute & Cheap Back to School Teacher’s Gift!
I picked up various $5 gift cards for Target, coffee, Claire’s, local restaurants, etc. And, of course, I created a fun way to package them!
I designed a cute card/gift card holder that incorporates a few school elements.
Here’s the tutorial and a template in case you want to make some, too!
Cute & Cheap Back to School Teacher’s Gift
Don’t let the number of steps deter you! This is a simple project. It’s just harder (and longer) to write directions than it is to speak them. :0)
Print out the two page template on cardstock.
Cut out the template around the outside gray lines. DON’T cut the gray line inside the rectangle!
Score on the inside gray line. If you have a cutting/scoring tool, you can use that. If not, you can use a bone folder (or something similar) and a ruler.
Fold the small flaps in toward the back side of each template. Fold the flaps so that the gray line (that you scored) is on the outside of the fold (because we’re going to be gluing the flaps together and that will hide the gray lines!).
Put adhesive along the line you just scored, but make sure you put it inside the smaller rectangle. Also put adhesive on the sides of the smaller rectangle, but NOT on the outside edge!
Now, you’re going to attach the two templates together by putting the smaller rectangles together, so that you have a card with the smaller rectangles on the inside to form a flap.
Now take your gift card and center it on the inside flap, then mark the edges of the gift card on the flap. Add a couple of glue dots to the area outside of where the gift card is going to sit. This keeps it in the pouch more securely. I use my paper piercer to help me get my glue dots inside the pouch. Erase the marks you made on the flap that holds the gift card.
Step 8 (optional):
Use a decorative punch to cut a notch in the gift card pouch.
I punched a 2 3/8″ scalloped circle out of red carstock, then stamped an apple on a scrap of white cardstock. I used a 1 3/4″ circle to punch the apple out, placing the apple askew in the circle (not right in the middle).
I attached the circle with the apple to the scalloped circle with Dimensionals and added a paper clip with red and white gingham ribbon tied on the top. I used Dimensionals to attach it to the card also. I also added three washi tape banners at the top of the card.
I also added washi tape to the inside flap.
Now, have your kids write nice notes to their teacher or sign their name or draw a picture (depending on their age), and you have a fun, inexpensive back-to-school teacher’s gift!
Do you give your kids’ teachers back to school gifts? What are your favorites?
Thanks for joining me!