Have your children partake in making their teachers' Christmas gift this year! Make chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate Santa hats, DIY crayons, Sharpie mugs they coloured themselves and more! Budget-friendly, easy DIY Christmas gifts for teachers or family. Kid-friendly! DIY Teacher Christmas Gift

DIY Teacher Christmas Gift

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This year is the first we’ve had a child in school. Granted, it is just preschool, but it was a big deal for this sensitive mama to send her little girl off into the world even if it is for just a few hours each day. My daughter’s teacher has been a wonderful influence in our lives, encouraging her learning, honing in on her strong suits, encouraging and celebrating her friendships. Naturally, we wanted to give this first teacher in our lives a gift at Christmas. And, I wanted my daughter involved in what we did and I wanted to give something personalized. We made chocolate pretzel Santa hats, Christmas tree crayons, and a sharpie mug (and then included a gift certificate to Starbucks and a small bag of Christmas blend).

 

All of these DIY DIY Teacher Christmas Gift ideas can be considered play-based learning because they involve hand-eye coordination, colour recognition, fine motor skills, in some cases pincer grip (needed for printing) and more!

 

If you’d like to make your own versions, here is what we did!

 

Our DIY Teacher Christmas Gift

Have your children partake in making their teachers' Christmas gift this year! Make chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate Santa hats, DIY crayons, Sharpie mugs they coloured themselves and more! Budget-friendly, easy DIY Christmas gifts for teachers or family. Kid-friendly!

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Chocolate Santa Hat Pretzels

Have your children partake in making their teachers' Christmas gift this year! Make chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate Santa hats, DIY crayons, Sharpie mugs they coloured themselves and more! Budget-friendly, easy DIY Christmas gifts for teachers or family. Kid-friendly!

 

What to use
What we did

We melted the red chocolate melts according to these steps. Laid out the pretzels on a plate lined with parchment paper. Dropped about a spoon full of red chocolate on each of the pretzels. Then we melted the white chocolate melts, spooned half the quantity of the red melts onto one-half of the pretzels. Then my daughter placed a white chocolate chip at the tip of each “hat”. Finally, she dusted the bottoms with sugar crystals. While ours definitely look like a toddler (and my not-so-steady hand) made them, this post from Stop Looking Get Cookin’ is the original source of the idea and contains BEAUTIFUL photos of how well they can turn out! To make standard chocolate pretzels, check out this post from Mama by Fire.

 

Christmas Tree Crayons

Have your children partake in making their teachers' Christmas gift this year! Make chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate Santa hats, DIY crayons, Sharpie mugs they coloured themselves and more! Budget-friendly, easy DIY Christmas gifts for teachers or family. Kid-friendly!

Saving broke crayons opens up the possibility for so many crafts.  We’ve used ours to decorate pumpkins and colour playdough. Making new crayons is one of the simplest things you can do and it will surely impress the little people in your life!

 

What to use
  • Broken crayons – NB toddlers are very focused and quiet when peeling the labels off of crayons. Win for Mama 🙂
  • Silicone Christmas Tree Molds (we bought ours at the dollar store)
  • Cookie tray
What we did

The kids peeled the broken crayons and selected their colour combinations. They filled up the molds about half way. I had the oven preset to 325 degrees. I put the molds with the crayons in them onto a cookie sheet (otherwise, the silicon is too malleable and you’ll risk spilling crayons). I placed them in the oven and then checked on them after 5 mins and then every two mins after that. Once they’ve melted, remove immediately. If they’re left too long all of the colours will run into one another making it look really muddy. Let set. Once almost completely solid or completely solid, pop out of molds and colour away!

 

Sharpie Mugs

I wanted the gift for my daughters teacher to be something we made together, was budget-friendly, and nice. Here is our DIY gift.

 

What to use
What we did

We took an oil-based Sharpie (I put a placemat under my daughter), and she drew all over the mug. Once finished, I placed it in the oven on a pan at 425. I’ve heard it’s best to place it in the oven before it is preheated. Leave in there for 30 mins. Remove from heat and let cool. See some gorgeous ideas for sharpie mugs here.

 


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9 thoughts on “DIY Teacher Christmas Gift

  1. I love these gift ideas! With Bex in kindergarten, I have a lot more gifts to give to teachers this year. Not only does he have a teacher, but 2 assistants, art, gym, and music. This will be a great way to get him involved. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Awwww how cute!!!! We are working on teacher gifts this weekend! The sucky part of preschool, for my daughter anyway is they have 1 teacher and 4 aids, meaning 5 gifts -_- it will still be cute to create, just would be a lot easier if it was just 1 or 2 and not 5 lol…

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