Category Archives: Teacher Appreciation
Posted by Shea
Since Teacher Appreciation Week is next week I thought I would show you what I’ve created for my kids’ teachers.
Rather than bringing real flowers to their teachers, I thought it would be fun to give them some potted flower cupcakes. I baked mini lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and topped them with some pretty fondant flowers that I made. I placed the cupcakes in mini terra cotta pots, and then put them inside a tupperware container I found at the dollar store. I used crushed up Oreo cookies as “dirt” to hold the pots in place so they wouldn’t move around. The label I used on the tupperware is a cute, free printable I downloaded from Living Locurto.
After finding an apple-shaped cookie cutter, I decided to make sugar cookies. I wanted a clever way of packaging them though, and these cute little baskets from JoAnn‘s were perfect. I took the easy way out and just used a mix rather than baking the cookies from scratch, and it really saved me a lot of time. For the icing, I wanted something that would harden enough for packaging, but would also be soft when bit into. I found a very easy recipe (Toba Garrett’s Glace’ Icing) from Cake Central that was exactly what I needed. I’m not a professional cookie decorator as you can see from the wavy lines and bubbles in my icing, but I still think they turned out pretty good. They taste great too! For the “Thank You Teacher” tag I used a free printable that I got from How Does She, and used curling ribbon to secure it to the basket.
These free candy bar wrappers from Anything But Perfect made a very cheap and easy thank you gift. All I had to do was print and cut the wrappers, and then wrap them around the candy bar and secure with tape.
I found this cool, free subway art print on Today’s Fabulous Finds, and I really wanted to incorporate it into a gift somehow. After personalizing the art with the teacher’s names and a colorful picture of stacked books, I printed it out, mounted it on some yellow cardstock paper, and used these cute polka dot frames from JoAnn’s to display it. I tied them off with some red ribbon, and attached a free “A+ Teacher” printable from Tip Junkie. I’m not loving the yellow background color 100%, but at this point I’m just going to leave it as is.
To round out the week, I decided to give a Starbucks gift card. I topped it off by adding a cute, chocolate scented, candy shaped candle, and tying it all together with a ribbon.
All in all, I think the teacher’s will enjoy their “Thank You’s” throughout the week. I know I enjoyed coming up with the ideas and putting them together.