Homemade Valentine's Gifts for Teachers

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Teachers love receiving handmade gifts from their adorable students on Valentine's Day. One thing to keep in mind when creating presents for teachers is to keep the present fun and useful. Gifts that last year after year will serve as a happy reminder to the teacher about how special she is.

Homemade Valentine's Gifts for Teachers
(Monique Disu/Demand Media)

To begin this gift, an adult needs to make a quick trip to a garden center and purchase a small clay pot. Next, the child can use acrylic paint to decorate the pot. Make sure the child is wearing a paint smock since acrylic paint will stain. Allow the child to be creative and paint whatever comes to their mind. Next, hot glue a patterned ribbon around the lip of the pot, tying the ends in a bow.

The pot can be filled with many things to finish this gift. A traditional plant can be potted inside; make sure it is secure with enough soil and a marker indicating how to care for it. Other options include beans and flower pens, candy and a card or miscellaneous school supplies.

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Framing a picture of your child is a great way to show a teacher you care. The great thing about a magnet is that it is small enough to save over the years while still being a cute present to receive.

To make a magnet, choose a picture of your child you wish to frame. Next, take a piece of white poster board and cut out a heart. Cut out a smaller heart in the middle, for the picture to show through. Trace the large heart on the poster board and cut out another piece to serve as the backing. Your child can use markers, crayons or paints to decorate the heart frame (before the picture is put in). Once the frame is dry, slide the picture in and glue closed. To finish, stick a piece of a self-adhesive magnet strip on the back.

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Sturdy canvas bags are always useful for teachers to carry books and supplies in. Most craft stores sell blank canvas bags that are meant to be decorated. While you are at the craft store, pick up a few different colors of fabric paint and some paint brushes. Lay out newspapers so your table is protected from the paint. Let your child use his or her creativity to decorate the bag especially for the teacher. If you want to jazz up the bag, hot glue ribbon around the straps or the edges. The adult should always be using the hot glue gun, since it can be dangerous for children. When dry, write your child's name, school and date on the bag with a permanent marker.

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