Teacher gift ideas are always a bit of a challenge...are you looking for something that will be useful and greatly appreciated? As a Mom of 3 teachers, here is an idea guaranteed to make any teacher smile....A school supply cake! My girls spend so much of their own monies furnishing their classes with the essentials. I decided this year to make a school supply cake as a Back to School gift for their classroom. It was a huge success. Fellow teachers were oohing and ahhing over this cake! Not only is it an adorable presentation but it is oh so practical. You build it as you would make a diaper cake, layering tiers of useful classroom supplies. Calling all you Class Mothers, this would be a great gift for Teacher Appreciation week! You could also make it in a holiday theme with festive ribbons and seasonal colors.. they would then have a brand new cache of classroom supplies for the second half of the year!
Here are the supplies I used in these teacher gift ideas for making a school supply cake. I purchased them all in the late summer when everything is on Back to School specials. I got all of these for under $25.00, so this creative gift for your favorite teacher is not only DIY but inexpensive too! You can choose whatever supplies you think are grade level appropriate for your favorite educator. Keep in mind, you need to get something big enough to serve as the base. This double box of Kleenex worked great. Next you need something to serve as the center for the second tier of your cake. I used two containers of disinfecting wipes.. well appreciated by my own first grade teacher to keep the desks cleaned and germ free! You could also use a giant box of crayons, the 64 count box. After you have these two larger items, then add all the rest of the supplies. You do need to have ribbon and rubber bands, mine came right out of my closet and have some tack or putty to help adhere the supplies to the center.
Next, start building.. add the various supplies to your base for the first tier! Click the first picture and you can see a gallery on the cake building in progress!
We've prepared a step by step instruction manual on making this practical and useful gift for your favorite teacher. You can safely download this free teacher gift ideas instruction manual and get started on making your own! If you are a teacher, check out creative ideas for lesson plans and classroom activities in our Celebrate Teaching section!
Here's an easy and inexpensive craft that your new or favorite teacher will love.. her own apple stocked with new school supplies for her classroom. See how we made these teacher gifts for Back to School.. so easy even our preschooler could make this with just a little help from Mom!