Thursday, December 8, 2011

Teacher Gift Ideas by Milissa


Teacher gifts - this is a dilemma we face each and every year! I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to give her teachers something that was unique. But I had to keep the cost low as we are on a tight budget this year.
 Since Lexee is really big into recycling this year, I decided to start with that for the first gift. Do you have something like this laying around?

Well, I turned one of these into a very cute candy dish/picture frame. Wanna know how? It was really easy. First, trace the sides, top and bottom on the backside of the paper you want to use. Then, cut it out and adhere it to the appropriate side on the outside of the container. I used Mod Podge. Then for the inside front, cut a piece of paper that will sit on the lip. The piece I needed for the tag container was 3 3/8" x 5 1/2" - you want it a little shorter so they recipient has room to slide a picture in the top.
 Next, put your adhesive along the lip to adhere your inside paper to:

Then, I cut another piece of paper to fit inside, attached some ribbon to act as a pull string and put a post-it on it to tell the recipient to put a picture there. Then fill your dish with candy. Decorate outside as desired.

Because the bottom is angled it will sit as a picture frame would, angled back a little.
 If that is not your cup of tea, I took a $1 notepad I found in the bargain bin at Michael's and cut half the pages out of it. Then, I decorated the inside with a few pages of double sided scrapbook paper to make a little mini-album. I only decorated one side of each page, leaving the other side for the teacher to make notes if she wants.

So, what do you think? What will you make for the teachers in your life? I'm always interested in finding new ideas! Let me know! And don't forget to keep visiting the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog all month long for more holiday inspiration!

Until next time, Happy Scrappin'!


  1. VERY unique! I love it! Great idea on on how to upcycle

  2. Lovely idea to recycle the packaging!

  3. I really like the upcycling ideas. I don't have to do teacher gifts but these are great ideas in general. Thanks for the inspiration