I have a super quick Teacher Appreciation gift idea for you!
I can’t believe we are almost at the end of the school year – I don’t know about you but I am so ready for summer!
When I decided to do a Teacher’s Gift idea, I immediately called up my sis – since she’s a 1st Grade Teacher, I figured she’d be the expert on cool teacher gifts!
She said that fun, pretty things for organizing her room are always great. And also, that she has enough scented lotion and candles to last her the rest of her life.
So I got to work creating a new Desk Organizer! I wanted it to be useful, but still pretty.
I’m so happy with the way it turned out!
Isn’t it cute? I love that there’s a place for lots of supplies – but there’s still room for sweet little vase to hold all those flowers for teacher. :)
This is so quick to put together too – and it’s easy to customize for your teacher – or even for your desk at home!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Frame – this one is a 5 x 7
Fabric piece – 6 x 8
Posterboard or cardboard – 5 x 7
Adhesive or Wonder Under for fabric
Small Jars to fit in the glass space of frame
(These are three small votive holders from Michael’s, 2 small canning jars and one small vase)
Twine, cording and fabric for wrapping
Begin by cutting out your fabric and posterboard pieces for your frame. The posterboard is to stabilize the fabric so it will lay in the frame nicely.
You’ll want to apply some sort of adhesive to the fabric. You can use a spray-on glue or use Wonder Under, like I did.
Apply the fabric to the posterboard.
Place your fabric piece into the frame behind the glass and put your frame back together.
Now we have a pretty base tray for our organizer!
Now begin wrapping your glass pieces. I used a combination of black and brown jute, and organza.
For the organza, cut the pieces for the small vases and then pull the long threads off both sides to give it a frayed look.
Wrap the fabric around the small glass pieces and hold it in place with a little hot glue. (Not too much or the fabric will be lumpy.)
Wrap your jute or cording around the fabric and tie in a pretty bow.
Repeat for your other pieces –
Place all your wrapped pieces on the frame. Add just a tiny bit of hot glue to the base of each piece to hold it in place.
The only piece I didn’t glue down was the vase, so it could be easily washed out. I think it’s so cute already!
Now you can fill it with fun supplies to finish off the gift! How easy was that?!
I love that it’s unique but still useful!
I think this would even be great for those hard-to-buy-for guy teachers – just wrap the jute without the bows, maybe choose more masculine fabrics and lose the vase!
I hope you give it a try!
*Update: A reader noted that she was having trouble with getting the hot glue to hold. You could easily use another glue option if you want to glue down the glass pieces – like E-6000 or something similar.
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(This was originally a guest post at Skip to My Lou)
Michele @ The Scrap Shopp says
This is so cute AND functional, Bev!! Two of my favorite things. ;) I think the idea of gluing down the glass was brilliant!
To cute..thanks for sharing.
I love this!!! For me!!!! Thanks for sharing!
Great idea using a frame to hold all your fun storage containers! I’m a teacher and agree that I have enough scented candles and lotion for a lifetime . . . you start to wonder “do I smell?” after the third or fourth gift like this!
This is so cute I want one for me! I love that you asked your sister, because I think teachers get a lot of useless things or a lot of the same things (like the lotions and candles). This is a terrific idea because it is useful, but also pretty. And I agree with you that it could be easily customer for male teachers as well.
Rebekah @ Accidentally Wonderful says
This is too great! As a teacher, I’d definitely appreciate getting this as a gift! I’m going to pin it to hopefully *inspire* some of my students =)
I really like this, what a great idea! I’m totally going to use some of these ideas! Thanks!!
This is cute but not as easy as it looks. It took me alot of time to find the correctly sized glass pieces so that everything would fit accordingly onto a 5×7 frame and we still ended up doing away with one votive jar to accommodate everything. Secondly, hot glue does not hold glass to glass to well. I am tired of fooling with it. Hope my daughter can make it to school with it tomorrow without everything falling apart.
Sorry you had trouble with the glue Jamie. Maybe another option like E-6000 or something similar would work.
Jenn/Rook No. 17 says
Simple and elegant, but graced with your exceptional style and eye for design as always!
What an amazing idea! And so pretty. Thank you
oh wow. I’m almost four years late to the party. Still pretty and amazing, though