I struggle each year to find an original holiday gift for my kids’ teachers that they will appreciate and be able to use. This year, I had the opportunity to create a fun holiday wreath for my youngest son’s elementary school teacher with supplies from Staples, and I am so excited to share it with you before we share it with his teacher. This post is sponsored by Staples but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Around this time of year, I hear from a lot of teachers that their classroom supplies are running low. At the start of the school year, classroom donations are on everyone’s minds, but by the time winter break rolls around, a lot of those supplies have been used up…and no one is thinking about restocking them. While gifting a teacher a package of pencils and dry erase markers is not the most exciting holiday present, I know that supplies for the classroom are appreciated.
I decided to create a wreath filled with teacher supplies, based loosely on the “diaper cake” idea. Ordinary gift. Fun presentation. And if it’s given early enough in the season, it can be a fun classroom decoration to ring in the holiday spirit. What’s better than a handmade gift that’s useful, too?
DIY Holiday Teacher Wreath
The greatest thing about a DIY gift like this is that you can customize it for the needs and style of your teacher. Staples has just about everything you could ever dream of for a classroom, so there’s plenty to choose from.
- Wreath (you can make your own fresh pine wreath with clippings from your Christmas tree or pick up a fake wreath at the store)
- Red and green binder clips, medium size
- Twine or ribbon
- Large bow
- Paper clips (I used red, green, and white for a festive look)
- Assorted classroom supplies
- Chalkboard tape (optional)
- Chalkboard pens (optional)
How To Make a Holiday Teacher Wreath:
1 – Gather school supplies. Tie a piece of twine on each item so that they can be easily attached to the wreath with the binder clips.
2 – Optional: I covered packaged of sticky note pads with chalkboard tape and drew holiday messages and designs on them to decorate the wreath.
3 – Attach items around your wreath using binder clips.
4 – String a “garland” of paper clips and weave it around the wreath.
5 – Finish off with a large bow, handmade or purchased at Staples.
I am so happy with how our wreath turned out, and I can’t wait for AJ to give it to his teacher! Check out more fun DIY holiday ideas for decorating, gifting, and more by searching hashtag #HandmadeHolidays on social media and by checking out Staples’ DIY Holiday Pinterest board.
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