Transform a box or basket into a school-year survival kit by decorating it with scrapbooking supplies. Self-adhesive cork paper, patterned paper, and embellishments emphasize the school theme. Fill the kit with essentials for a teacher.
Remove the lid from an empty ice cream container and paint the outside of the container with chalkboard paint. Trace the shape of the lid top onto a piece of scrapbooking paper and cut it out. Adhere the paper cutout to the top of the lid. Once the paint has dried, write a greeting with chalk and fill the container with yummy treats.
Craft a card to match a coffee cup. Trace a design from a coffee cup, such as the apple shape here, and enlarge it with a photocopier. Use the pattern to trace the same shape onto paper for the card. Add ribbon for a special accent.
Dress up an old-school lunch box with chipboard letters and patterned paper. Fill the lunch box with notepads, cards, or decorative note cards so the teacher will never have to shuffle through his or her desk for writing supplies.
Make an easy welcome frame for your child's teacher to display. Dress up a chipboard frame with patterned paper. Then stamp white cardstock with fun notebook and letter designs. Punch the cardstock into circles. To add a burst of color, apply a sticker center to each circle before adhering them to the frame with adhesive foam. Doodle in some stems to finish the flowers. Print a greeting to insert in the frame opening to complete a gift that makes the grade.
Play up the apple theme and give a gift of homemade or purchased apple jelly or apple butter. Decorate the top of the jar with fabric and hold in place with twine. Attach a label made from cardstock for a cute accent.
Reinvent a plain-Jane cork tile as a one-of-a-kind mouse pad. Use a fun stencil pattern to make the design. The stencil acts as a mask to the cork as you apply acrylic paint with a foam brush. Carefully lift the stencil before the paint dries. After it is dry, spray the entire surface with a protective sealant.
Create a fun school days album for your teacher. Layer paper over chipboard shapes and loop together with a small ball chain. Add wallet-size pictures taken of the class throughout the year. Include journaling of special memories and activities. Have your child (or each child in the class) write what they love about the teacher on paper and paste it into the album.
Fill a small glass teapot with an apple spice mix and tie a knit scarf, ribbon, or piece of fabric around the top of the lid to resemble a scarf. Using twine, tie tea bags together, add a gift tag, and tie onto the handle of the teapot.
Have your child cut out letters from magazines to spell a word (here they spelled "paper weight"). Cut out a fun school-related picture, too. Use decoupage to attach the letters and picture to a rock for a creative paperweight.
Create an organized space for pens and other goodies.
Personalize a coffee mug for a favorite teacher.