The beginning of the year is a stressful time for many of our kids’ teachers; they have to set up their classroom, meet their new students (not to mention remember their names!), and have lesson plans completed. Make sure to show your appreciation for their hard work. It truly makes a difference when teachers feel like their students and parents care. Here are some easy, inexpensive DIY ideas you can make with your children for each of their teachers. Every gift has a fun “play on words” gift tag idea, and can be assembled within a mason jar.

Teacher Gifts in a Jar | DIY on a Dime | July/August 2015 | Raise Magazine

Thanks For Helping Me Grow

Have your kids paint the outside of a mason jar however they want. When it’s dry, fill the jar with soil and plant a succulent in the jar. Create a tag or sign for the plant that says, “thank you for helping me grow.” The teacher can use it to decorate their new classroom.

Teacher Gifts in a Jar | DIY on a Dime | July/August 2015 | Raise Magazine

You’re a Berry Sweet Teacher

Canning has made a comeback recently, and it really is a simple and fun activity to do with your kids. Make a large batch of strawberry jam, and can it in several 8-ounce mason jars for all of the teachers.

Teacher Gifts in a Jar | DIY on a Dime | July/August 2015 | Raise Magazine

You’re One Sharp Teacher

We could all use more pens, especially teachers! Fill the bottom of the jar with “tacks” and stick about 10 pens inside the tacks so they don’t shift. The teacher will be stocked on supplies for months!

I’m Tickled Pink You’re My Teacher

For the lady teachers, find jars with a pink lid and create a mini pink paradise in a jar. Fill it with pink items the teacher might need for work or for fun – chapstick, a highlighter or pens, gum, a pink eraser, nail polish, candy, etc.

Teacher Gifts in a Jar | DIY on a Dime | July/August 2015 | Raise Magazine
Teacher Gifts in a Jar | DIY on a Dime | July/August 2015 | Raise Magazine

You’re Cool to the Core

Find a mason jar with a green lid and a green straw. Fill the jar with red candies so that your jar takes on the appearance of an apple. It’s the perfect alternative to giving the teacher an actual apple that might get thrown away.

Teacher Gifts in a Jar | DIY on a Dime | July/August 2015 | Raise Magazine

You’re One Smart Cookie

Assemble together the dry ingredients for a batch of cookies in a mason jar, and top the jar with cookie-patterned fabric from your local fabric store. When the teacher has their first stressful day, he or she will have cookie ingredients ready to go.

Teacher Gifts in a Jar | DIY on a Dime | July/August 2015 | Raise Magazine

You’re a STAR Teacher

Who doesn’t love STARbursts and STARbucks? Fill a jar from top to bottom with Starbursts of all flavors and include a gift card to Starbucks along with the tag. You know the teacher is going to need the extra caffeine to keep up with your kids!