20 homemade teacher gifts to try

We've scoured the craft world for you to find this collection of quick and easy end of term teacher gifts to make and give – let's all craft together to thank our amazing lockdown teachers for all they've done during the most topsy turvy of school years!

Handmade Teacher Gifts

With the end of term fast approaching, shout out to all the teachers and teaching assistants who have soldiered on through, from looking after key worker children to online learning support for all our lockdown learners in 2020. Here are 20 fun ideas for handmade teacher gifts you can whip up in an evening or two to say thank you to your children’s teachers. If you like these school-themed makes, you might also like our sister post: Easy DIY School Supplies – filled with Back to School Crafts to make tonight.


Homemade teacher gifts to DIY


Quick cross stitch teacher gifts

Stitch a selection of mini motifs in just an hour or two then add them to magnets, notebooks, storage jars or thank you teacher cards with our free teacher cross stitch patterns

Free teacher cross stitch patterns


Paint your own pebble magnets

Get the kids involved in painting and making this sweet handmade gift idea from Caroline South and Mollie Makes magazine.

How to make pebble magnets

DIY craft magnets final


Gather together paper hearts

Oh this is a cute one! Handmade teacher gifts are fun to make solo, but even more fun to make as a class! If you have a class What’s App group, do a call out to see if you can gather together fellow class parents to each ask their child to decorate a paper heart – then frame the collection for a group effort to remember the one and only class of 2020 by. Thanks to Heart and Hue for the inspiration – head to their blog post for full details.

Homemade Teacher Gift Idea - paper hearts picture
Find out how to make a paper hearts collage with Heart and Hue

DIY magnetic clothes pins

Another great Handmade Teacher Gift idea for getting kids involved in the making, decorate clothes pegs and add magnets for one-of-a-kind fridge decorations. Find out how it’s done over at Sandy Toes and Popsicles.

Handmade teacher appreciation gift idea
All you need are some clothes pegs and paints to make this lovely thank you teacher idea – find the full tutorial at www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com

Unravel a DIY apple spool card

This lovely little DIY from All Free Papercrafts   shows you how to make your own sweetest of apple spool cards from a small wooden spool and some basic craft supplies. We like how your child’s teacher will unwrap the spool to reveal the message inside. You can find a range of wooden spools to decorate over on ebay inexpensively.



Thank you teacher pencil vase

Stand by your glue guns! This could be the most fun idea in this post (don’t make us choose though). Grab a pack of pencils, a small glass vase and get the full DIY details for this DIY vase project over at cincyshopper.com. It will only take an hour or two to make and will make a fun, themed addition to your teacher’s classroom or talking point in their home.

Try this fun DIY teacher gift idea in just an evening © cincyshopper.com

How to make a crayon monogram

Continuing with the stationary theme (because it’s so cool)… check out this nifty tutorial for how to make crayon monogram pictures, over at Confidence Meets Parenting.

Thank you teacher gift crayon monogram DIY
Rainbow lovers and stationary hoarders will love this simple homemade teacher gift idea from confidencemeetsparenting.com

Cross stitch a sweet thank you card

Reach for your embroidery threads and stitch a sweet birdie to show your thanks! This pattern was designed by Susan Bates for The World of Cross Stitching and it’s free to download.

Little birdie thank you cross stitch pattern

Thank you card free chart


Say thank you with a DIY movie night

We like this DIY idea from Kutz. Paper. Scissors as it’s a bit different (a bit like 2020!) and it’s perfect for any teachers out there who you know are film fans – even more so this year when cinemas are still only just starting to reopen – pop in a cinema voucher for them to use over the summer or a DVD or Netflix voucher if you think they’d prefer to enjoy a film night in without having to worry about social distancing!

Teacher Movie Night Gift idea from Kutz. Paper. Scissors.

Embroider floral brooches

This mini make, designed by Mollie Johanson for Simply Sewing magazine, is a quick DIY gift you can make up easily at home with just a few supplies. Find out how it’s done with our free embroidered brooches DIY



Whip up easy duct tape flowers

If you’re on the look out for last-minute gift ideas that don’t need any specialist supplies, rummage in your drawers or garage for duct tapes (or use washi tapes from your craft stash) to try this clever DIY flowers idea.

How to make duct tape rose pens
Find out how to turn tape into a bunch of flowers over at Red Ted Art.

Fold an easy origami apple

Head on over to The Spruce Crafts to find their easy DIY for how to make your very own paper apples. Why not add a little message to the leaf to turn it into a homemade gift? Children will love learning how it’s done and all you need are a couple of sheets of paper to give it a go.

How to make easy origami apples

Easy origami apple
Make easy origami apples and gift them to teachers with this DIY from The Spruce Crafts

Kids cup coasters DIY

Children will love helping to make these easy coasters – suitable for all ages and easy to put your personal stamp on.

Find out how to make them over on the Baker Ross blog.

Thank you teacher cup coasters

Handmade teacher gifts to buy

If you’re running out of time or don’t have the supplies or energy to make from scratch, how about these fun homemade gifts from independent sellers to order for that handmade touch but without having to find the making time?


DIY (or buy!) a button apple frame

We can never resist a fruit motif, and this idea for a large framed apple made of buttons by Sweet Dimple hits the spot! It’s a simple yet stylish and effective gift – by the finished frame over on Not on the High Street or get the kids involved and have a go at making your own.

Personalised thank you teacher button apple
If you’re too busy to make your own gift, Sweet Dimple can make you your very own personalised Thank You teacher frame in their Not on the High Street store.

Gift a rainbow sweet box

This mouthwatering homemade teacher gift idea is the brainchild of Treats By Persnickety over on Etsy… and is perfect for those teachers with a sweet tooth! Order a personalised box and pick your sweets of choice – from fizzy to chocolate).

Rainbow sweet thank you teacher box
Yum who wouldn’t love to get a rainbow box of sweets in the post? Head to Etsy to order your personalised rainbow box.

Celebrate your class of little rainbows

We’re not even a bit sorry if a rainbow gift ideas theme emerges from this round-up! The only thing that beats a rainbow… is a whole class full of rainbows! Loving this Lockdown Class 2020 print over on Etsy from Aimee Rose Design.

Rainbow Thank You Teacher Print
Class of 2020 – one to remember! Commemorate the year everything went a bit topsy turvy with this unique lockdown rainbows print on Etsy   © Aimee Rose Design

Personalised rainbow plant pots

We love this idea for a unique gift from So Close over on Not on the High Street. You can choose your own text when you order and even add in a packet of seeds before you check out too.

Rainbow personalised teacher gifts mugs


Scented candle tins

After a year which has surely caused a few headaches, we think teachers deserve to curl up and unwind over the summer holidays. These scented candle tins from Wild and Floral Candles on Etsy come in a range of colourways and scents are are made from non-toxic, eco-friendly and vegan-friendly, as they’re made from Coconut and Rapeseed oil.

Thank you teacher gifts scented candles
Your main problem will be choosing which to buy for which teacher… © Wild and Floral Candles on Etsy

Zoom Teacher Award

Give the handmade teacher gift that will always remind them of 2020 (the highs as well as the lows!). We love this Lockdown Teacher gift by Birch and Tides on Etsy. You can add a personalised message and order with or without the gift box.

Zoom Teacher Award Lockdown Thank you Gift
Thank you to all the teachers who have mastered Zoom, Seesaw and more to keep supporting children’s learning during lockdown. Zoom Teacher Award from Birch and Tides/Etsy

Embroider a personalised mug holder

Love this quick and easy handmade teacher gift idea from Finding Pins and Needles. Find out how it’s done over at www.findingpinsandneedles.com. Or if you’d like a hand drafting your embroidery pattern head over to their Etsy shop.

Handmade teacher gifts embroidery pattern