This year for teacher appreciation week we will be giving each teacher a “days of the week” pill box filled with little treats and sayings. I found the pill boxes at the dollar store.

You may download the sayings if you like –


(I didn’t use the “We are lucky to have you for a teacher” saying. It would go nicely with a lottery ticket!)

Fabric covered tacks fill one of the compartments to tell them they are sharp!



I used Jessica Jones’ fabulous instructions to make the fabric covered thumbtacks


Some purchased colorful clips fill the next compartment

Next up marble magnets

These are simple to make with glass gems (floral department at the craft store), E600 craft adhesive, a 3/4 inch hole punch, 3/4 inch magnets and decorative scrapbook paper, wrapping paper and or magazine scraps. First punch out a circle and glue it to the back of the glass gem. I removed air bubbles by moving paper in a circular motion to distribute glue evenly and then pressing hard. Allow to set. Next glue the magnet to the back of your papered gem. I found it necessary to sort my glass gems to find the largest ones with no scratches or imperfections. If your glass gems are smaller try using a 1/2 inch hole punch and 1/2 inch magnets.

A measuring tape tells our teacher that they really measure up


Change for the soda machine fills another compartment


Small little post-it notes (the kind for marking a page) just fit to say, “Just a note to let you know we think you are a wonderful teacher!”

Some mints to say thank you

Wrapped all up with a little gift tag that reads:

A daily gift for all you do,
Teaching my child each day through.
Making a difference without taking a rest,
As a teacher, you’re one of the best!


Hopefully our teachers will feel appreciated each day!

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  1. thank you.. we made them last year and again this year.. my kids love making this for their teachers

  2. I am a variety of volunteers along with beginning a fresh program in our area. Your web site provided us with helpful information to art upon. You will have completed the solid task as well as our own entire community can be thankful to you personally.

  3. Love, love, love this idea!! I think these little gifts send a message of “thank you for all the little things you do that add up to big things for my child.”

  4. Thank you for the innovative idea . I am saving this for a future gift. These nasty postings really brought tears to my eyes as I just finished making mini fruit kebabs for the teachers and was prepared to sew a tissue pack cover for tomorrow. I don’t spend very much money on gifts for my children, so I certainly can’t do much for others, but I hope that any token of appreciation is indeed appreciated. Thanks for your great inspiration. I love your site. God bless you.

  5. I think this is a fabulous, cute idea. Some people need to remember that some people can only afford to do crafty things like this, especially those with multiple children or have just fallen on hard times. Cheers to you teachers that truly appreciate things like this. I always try to remember the P.E. teacher, music teachers and art teachers too… can really add up when you include all of them too, but you sure don’t want to forget them. I do like the idea of putting a heart felt note/letter with anything or just by itself. Have a wonderful summer everyone.

  6. Love the idea. I am not crafty at all but this is so easy I may fool someone into thinking I am 😉

    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Any teacher who receives a “cheesy crafty” gift obviously has no idea how much time, effort, and thought goes into making them. With that said my best friends sister was my son’s kindergarten teacher and I did ask her what type of gift would be preferred as a Christmas gift. She did express the fact that an item that can be used in the classroom in some way was preferred over “personal” items, but I also know that we live in one of the poorest counties in our state and most of our teachers struggle each year just to have basic school supplies for their students. In our county these pretty extras are placed low or non-existent on the purchasing list because the teachers are spending entirely too much on supplies that parents either cannot or will not purchase for the students. With this gift you are covering several levels of thoughtful gifts. One, the item is filled with usable, but still fun and pretty items. Two, the gift required some effort to acquire and make so it shows the time and thought put into it. Third, it offers expressions of appreciation.
    If you have too many mugs, etc then feel free to re-gift them to your family and friends or how about you get a little crafty yourself and come up with unique uses for those items. While Ellie and others did not say that they showed their discontent with the students or the parents I’m afraid that since there was no sincere appreciation it was probably terribly obvious. I don’t necessarily want the dandelion blooms my children constantly “gift” to me on a daily basis, but they are 100% sincere in the desire to please and surprise me and I shudder to think that someone would squash that smile and pride in a child. A gift is just that…a gift. You don’t deserve it, you don’t have a right to it, and to be unappreciative is in very bad taste and I feel shows a great lack in character, grace, and elegance. If you do not like the gifts then feel free to notify parents on the first day in writing that you will not accept them for whatever reason you can find that sounds better than “I just don’t appreciate them.” That way no parent spends time or money on one and a child doesn’t get crushed by your lack of enthusiasm in acceptance. May God richly bless you in your mug and cheesy crafty item filled existence.

  8. WOW maybe some folks should get out of teaching if they are ‘tired of cheesy crafty’ gifts. I have taught for 22 years and recently had to take sick leave as I battle cancer. My high school students made me cards and posters to put up in my hospital. My past students even made cards using our inside jokes like the Lab Peacock and Julius Sumner Miller’s “Physics is my business, your business is to get better” etc..- Crafty, cheesy ? you bet & I enjoyed everyone of them and the encouragement they provided.

  9. Poor, poor Ellie and Patty. It made me so sad thinking about how unhappy they must be to not appreciate a little person’s gift (regardless of whether they felt the need to donate it to a needy person or place if it wasn’t needed) I’m going to get to work on two things: 1.) this adorable pill box and 2.) saying a prayer they both find peace and joy in the little things life offers. They are truly what matter.

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