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Brighten Your Classroom Décor with a Heidi Swapp Lightbox

If you are a teacher, today we are celebrating you! Hello, it is Jen Evans from Heidi Swapp’s team back to share with you some of my favorite classroom ideas. From one teacher to another, these are a few ways I love to make a classroom feel like home while also staying organized.

Heidi Swapp Light Box

One of my favorite ways to celebrate a holiday, classroom theme, or lesson unit is with the Heidi Swapp Lightbox. It is easy to slide the letters in and out. You can even have your students do it!

Lightbox Teacher Decor

You will be surprised how the children take pride in coming up with inspirational quotes for the classroom too!

Only the Brave Teach

If you need a shelf to place your Lightbox on, check out the unfinished wood section of the store and find this one! Just add a coat of your favorite paint to match your classroom décor!

Teacher Decorations

I love having some of my favorite supplies right next to my desk. This Heidi Swapp Instax Tropical Photo Holder makes a great photo display but also can hang some office or school supplies from it as well! Slide your favorite washi tapes right across the bar too. Just pull the tape right from the roll on the bar.

Lightbox Classroom DecorUse the clips to hang photos or inspirational quotes – or both! Save these free printables and print them as a 4×6. You can also print them with an Instax Share Printer like I did here! Hang and enjoy!

Teacher Quote Printables

Teaching is a Work of Heart

Teaching Print 1 – Click Here to Download

2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever

Teaching Print 2 – Click Here to Download

Create your own supply holders using an unfinished wood canvas board and metal can.

School Supplies Storage

Just paint the board your favorite color and then glue the can to the top with E6000 Adhesive. Just let it dry flat overnight! It’s a great way to keep your supplies close to your desk!

School Supplies Storage

Lastly, I knew I needed something large to hold my collection of Lightbox Inserts. Having them in an organizer really helps keep them sorted and saves me time looking for what I need.

Lightbox Insert Storage

I used this jewelry storage container to store the letters and icons.

Lightbox Insert Storage

It is tiered so it can hold a lot more!

Lightbox Letter Storage Lightbox Letter Storage

With the icon images easy to see the kids will have a lot of fun finding what they need to decorate the Lightbox!

If you are a teacher, thank you for all that you do to shape the future and for making your classroom a fun creative place to learn!

Share your DIY teacher décor ideas with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Clipboard

4 Oh-So-Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Summer vacation is closer than you think! This is especially true if you plan to pick up a teacher appreciation gift before school ends. A gift card, though ideal, isn’t very personal.

That is why I like the idea of helping your child create a handmade gift card holder and customizing it for your child’s teacher. The four gift card holders shown here are designed to be useful and they will be treasured long after the gift card is gone!

1. Crayon Vase with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_crayon_vaseColorful Crayola® Crayons give this vase teacher appeal. Young children can choose the Crayons, but keep them away from the glue gun.

2. Clipboard with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_clipboardEvery teacher needs a clipboard! This one serves a dual role, because it is also a miniature chalkboard. And how cute is that alphabet ribbon?

3. Clay Pot Gift Card Holder

teacher_appreciation_clay_potImagine how proud your child will be to present this teacher appreciation gift! The metal clips are ideal for holding a photo of your child, a thank you note and a gift card. Your child’s teacher can then put the decorated clay pot on her desk for use as a photo or memo holder.

4. Clothespin Wreath with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_wreathHang this wreath on a wall, door or bulletin board. The clothespins make it easy to change out photographs, memos or paper decorations.

While you are picking up craft supplies to make these easy teacher appreciation gifts, don’t forget the gift card! You can purchase Michaels gift cards online or in the store. You can also get gift cards for your favorite restaurants and retailers at your local Michaels store.

And in case you didn’t know, teachers get a 15% discount on classroom supplies when they shop at Michaels!

Share your special teacher appreciation project with us on Instagram or Twitter using #MadewithMichaels.

Teacher Gifts

6 DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

It takes a special type of person to be a teacher. Not only are they guiding and inspiring your little one day in and day out, but they’re also dealing with not one but SEVERAL little angels and monsters for at least 8 hours a day. Needless to say, as quick thank you has never been more deserved.

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, (already?!), it’s time to start thinking about ways to show your child’s teacher appreciation for all that they do. We’ve rounded up 5 creative teacher appreciation gifts that you can make in a snap!

Gift Card Holder

Teacher Appreciation GiftsGift cards are the best gifts! They’re a no-brainer and allow the recipient to get something that they’d really love. Pick up a Michaels gift card and craft this cute holder for teacher.

A+ CakeNotebook Cake

Everyone loves cake right? This notebook paper cake is simple to make using a sheet cake, fondant and Wilton® Foodwriter™ Edible Color Markers!

Notebook Paper FrameNotebook Paper Frame

This value wood frame is easily transformed into the perfect class picture holder. Add the school year date and you have a quick gift!

Spa GiftSpa Gift

After a full school year, any teacher would appreciate a jar of relaxing bath salts. You can easily customize the color and scent for this fragrant project.

Notebook Paper JournalNotebook Paper Journal

Transform a sketchbook into a cute journal that looks like notebook paper. Add a fun Rainbow Loom® pencil charm to top it off!

Are you crafting something for your kids’ teachers? Let us know what you’re making in the comments!