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Fun & Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea – Teacher Chalkboard

Teacher Appreciation Week and the end of the school year are the perfect times to let your child’s teacher know just how much you appreciate all they do. If you are still looking for the perfect teacher appreciation gift, or perhaps even looking for an end-of-the year gift, why not make one yourself?!

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When I used to teach, the teacher gifts that meant the most to me were the ones that were made by the giver that I could actually use. This cute little DIY Teacher Chalkboard is perfect! Not only is it quick and easy to make, it costs less than $10 to make, In fact, it is so easy that your child can help make it!

DIY teacher chalkboard teacher Appreciation Gift Teacher Chalkboard and Apple supplies needed

Here’s What You Need

Small Chalkboard
Wood craft apple 
Chalk
Twine (sorry I forgot to add it to the above picture!)
Glue and/or hot glue
Red, green and brown craft paint
Paint brushes

Here’s What to Do

Begin by painting the wood apple. I used craft paint, although markers would work just as well!

DIY Teacher Chalkboard teacher Appreciation Gift Teacher Chalkboard and Apple paint the apple

Once the paint has dried, use either craft glue ot hot glue to attach it to the bottom right hand corner of the chalkboard. Tip: I found hot glue worked best!

DIY Teacher Chalkboard teacher Appreciation Gift Teacher Chalkboard and Apple glue apple to the chalkboard

While it dries, you will want to measure and cut a single piece of twine that is long enough to fit from the top of the chalkboard to the bottom, plus an additional 2 to 3 inches on each end. This will be used to tie a piece of chalk to the board.

Tie one end of the twine around a stick of chalk several times, and then secure it with a dot of hot glue.

DIY Teacher Chalkboard teacher Appreciation Gift Teacher Chalkboard and Apple tie string around chalk

Now flip the chalkboard over, and using the hot glue, attach the other end of the twine to the top corner (the one that is opposite of the apple). let it dry for several minutes.

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Teacher Chalkboard and Apple use hot glue to attach string with chalk to back side of the board

Once both the apple and the twine have dried, you have several different options to make the chalkboard unique.

DIY Teacher Chalkboard teacher Appreciation Gift Teacher Chalkboard add a message or leave it blank

  • you can leave it as it is and let the teacher use it for class messages or to put her own favorite quote.
  • you can add a cute message like I did using chalk so it can be erased later if the teacher chooses to do so.
  • you can add a more permanent message using paint, a paint marker or even adhesive vinyl cut with a Cricut or Silhoutte machine.
  • you can add the teachers name using chalk, paint, paint pen, etc.

DIY Teacher Chalkboard teacher DIY teacher appreciation gift

Whichever one you choose to do, your child’s teacher is going to love the time and thought put into her teacher appreciation gift!

Do you have any fun DIY teacher appreciation gift ideas? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below!

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