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teacher appreciation week

May 4th | DIY

it’s teacher appreciation week! both of my boys have been blessed with the most amazing teachers. we are so thankful! and this is a great time to tell them how much we appreciate all their hard work.

i gathered a couple jam jars {can you tell i love orange marmalade–yum!}, an $8 grocery store bouquet of mixed roses, some twigs from our yard, a roll of craft paper and some twine.

first i placed the roses in the jar, then added a few twigs. i wrapped the kraft paper around the jar and tied with twine to secure it. then i tucked in a little note of appreciation. so simple and so sweet. and i only spent $8 {although these teachers are worth any amount!}

i’ve had some seriously amazing teachers who made a difference in my life! my third grade teacher let me come in the classroom to help her at lunch. i came from a family with lots of kids, so i loved having that special attention. we would talk and laugh. she made me feel to special!

did you have a teacher who made an impact in your life?

44 Responses

  1. SomeGirl says:

    What a sweet idea and post! Thank you for sharing this with us! As a former school teacher, I would have LOVED that gift. :)

  2. My principal was awesome and although our high school was huge, I felt like I could always go and talk to him.

  3. Amy says:

    Oh dear, I could think of a few in each school, elementary through college, who made such a difference in my education and life. Tough to pick just one. :) But I suppose one of the biggest impacts was from one who was not even my teacher, but that of my siblings; I just helped in her kindergarten class while in 6th grade. When I decided to play the flute that year, she (and her daughter) gave me her daughter’s flute which started me on my musical journey of 17yrs thus far.

  4. denise says:

    first, thank you for the reminder lisa!

    thank you for making this simple and easy and economical.

    my favorite elem. teacher was my music/drama teacher, mrs. rowland. maybe it was because singing was my favorite subject! but i know it was mostly because she saw me as one who able. because of my home-life i failed academically, but in this class with this teacher i soared. all kids should soar.

  5. Cindy says:

    I am a teacher and I would LOVE this gift. I don’t care about the cost, it really is the thought!! Your sons’ teacher are LUCKY DUCKS!!! I like your sentiment about getting to help the teacher at lunch and getting extra attention~ a good reminder for me with my students.

  6. Ang says:

    My 6th grade English teacher, Mrs. Capel, was the first person (other than my mother 😉 ) to tell me that I was a good writer. It has stuck with me all these years, and I hope someday to honor her with a dedication in my first published book!

  7. Heidi Diedrick says:

    My third grade teacher was also my favorite. She taught us to memorize poetry every week. If you had it down pat, you were allowed to pick a Jolly Rancher. But most of all, her hugs for everyone as you left the classroom each day and headed to the dreaded busride home. Not a happy place to be when I was nine. But that classroom sure was.

  8. Lisa says:

    OK, Lisa…

    Now brag a little…which pieces of your work would you recommend for end of the year gifts to special teachers?!??

    xo, Lisa

  9. aimee says:

    This is so cute! I wish one of m students was bringing it to me. :) Haha. Junior High students usually don’t think quite as highly of their teachers. Oh well!

    I loved most of my teachers while growing up. One of my favorite memories though is my first grade teacher – she loved pulling out teeth (I have no idea why!). Kids would always go back to her whenever they had a wiggly tooth ready to come out!

  10. I somehow got ahold of my parents’ checkbook when I was in 1st grade and wrote a $25,000 check to my teacher at the time. She was my favorite(as you can tell). Needless to say, she let my parents know about the generous gift Id given her and they had a talkin with me:) Haha…
    Love the floral arrangements!

  11. Jazzmine says:

    Oh my gosh! Love this idea!!

  12. sydney says:

    I hope some of my students remember me this way!

  13. Jade says:

    rad idea! I’m in love with little bouquets of roses. Did you add water? or remind her to?

    I had an art teacher in high school who was (and is) an incredible woman. She listened to my dreams and encouraged me and pushed me and scolded me and loved me. I keep up with her to this day (it’s been nearly ten years since graduation)

    Ahh, to find a teacher that inspires, pushes and loves….a true blessing and treasure!

  14. Dorothy says:

    I had so many wonderful teachers. I still remember when Mr. Kalkoske, the junior high social studies teacher we all had a crush on, told the class to quiet down and listen to me about something (can’t remember what!) because “Dorothy is an intelligent woman.” Woman?! Me? A dorky nerd?! And “intelligent?” With no qualifiers? Boy, that was as good as it could get!

  15. Kat says:

    Lisa you are pure style!! Love everything you do and wear.
    Those flowers are simple and yet oh so gorgeous!!!
    I remember my first ever teacher who was so young and warm and caring.
    I also adored our primary school librarian, who took time out for me and helped fostered my love of books.
    She too was warm and caring.
    Both of those women inspired me to become a teacher!
    Let me tell you that as a teacher we often don’t get that positive feedback enough and it means oh so much to hear that parents are happy, along with the not so happy feedback.
    Of course these days I am busy at home raising my own 4 young children, but I make sure I let my kids teachers know how much I appreciate them!

  16. Jennifer says:

    As a teacher myself I know that you must have brightened the day of a very weary teacher! Adorable!

  17. Holly Miller says:

    First off I love love love this idea! So super cute! So very thoughful as well.

    For your photos how do you get the soft antique look?

  18. becca says:

    one teacher in particular made a huge impact on my life. His first name is Derek, and it’s no coincidence that we named our second son Derek – he was (and is) that important to me.

  19. Jill says:

    yes…I’m with Lisa above, any gift ideas (from your store) for teachers.I want to give my daughters kindergarten teacher something very special and a keepsake..the end of our school year is quickly approaching-just 4 1/2 weeks left.

  20. Kim says:

    Those are lovely!

    It was teacher appreciation day yesterday for us, however I have 13 teachers to buy for! So they all got $1.50 mugs from Wal-Mart (dark blue, dark red, apple green and mustard solid colors) with a pack of hot chocolate mix, instant coffee packet, hazelnut roll, and Hershey’s miniatures.

  21. Jen C says:

    I love this gift! It’s perfect, but most of all you put a nice personal touch on it, as you do everything. I really took a liking to my 7th grade teacher. She always gave me confidence, no matter what. Teachers really do impact your lives and make a difference. Let’s hear it for all of the teachers out there. Thanks a million.

  22. Kris says:

    Great idea! I would like to say that we should remember the PE teachers too. :) A little bias,my husband teaches PE.

  23. Lea Culp says:

    Absolutely precious idea! Yes, 53 years later and I still remember my 1st grade teacher with fondness. I stayed in touch with her for years and years following that year.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you !

  24. Jess says:

    What a sweet idea! I want one!

  25. Nicole says:

    This is so beautiful! Coming from a teacher….I love it!! My favorite teacher was my fourth grade teacher and guess what?! I’m now teaching fourth grade. :)

  26. Michele says:

    I’m a teacher and I appreciate kind parents like you! Just little tokens of appreciation are so meaningul and special. If I were your kiddos teachers I would love it!

  27. Michelle says:

    I love the floral arrangement! I am a teacher and I would love this! At my children’s school, each teacher was given a vase.The PTA picked one day and had each child in the class bring in a flower for the “teacher bouquet”! Fun. Can’t wait to see what you have coming out!

  28. Alima says:

    I’ve had quite a few teachers that I still think of fondly. My favorite was also my 3rd teacher. And I loved my 5th grade teacher too. Unfortunately she passed away in a tragic accident when I was a freshman in college. I still think about her all the time.
    What a good idea with the kraft paper – it adds such a nice touch!

  29. Jazz says:

    I am study to become a teacher and I would feel so appreciate if i got a gift like that!

    what a beautiful idea.


  30. debbie says:

    I had an AWESOME 4th grade teacher. then when I was in 8th grade, during a study hall, I was able to volunteer to work in her room – I mostly graded papers and worked with the students on their multiplication facts. She came to my high school graduation, my wedding, sent gifts when each of my children were born, and I still talk to her a few times a year – even still – and this friendship formed 30+ years ago.

    btw – still hard for me to call her by first name – just feels funny!

  31. Kristin says:

    Love this idea. That’s for always sharing so many wonderful things, I come to you daily for inspiration!

    My sixth grade teacher was Mrs. Williams. It was her first year of teaching when I had her. She was young and beautiful. (She still is) She use to bring me those bonus gifts you get at clinque for buying X amount of stuff. I got little lip glosses and finger nail polishes. That always made me feel so special. Every morning during hall time she would ask me what I had for breakfast, it was usually a cheese omelet with syrup. She thought that was interesting. One time she even came to my house and picked me up to take me to a talent show. That was before she had kids of her own. She found a special place in her heart for me and it impacted me greatly. My class was the last 6th grade class at that elementary school. And she moved to kindergarten.

    Mrs. Williams was both my kids kindergarten teacher, and she still has a picture of our 6th grade class framed hanging in her classroom. So Neat!
    Thank you for prompting me to take a moment and be thankful for her today…

  32. Michelle says:

    SO pretty and thoughtful. Love the little jars, and wrapping them up w/craft paper. You made the $8 roses look like a million bucks. :) I’m sure the teachers will love them.

  33. Mandi says:

    Such a perfect little gift! I’d love to recieve this. Love it, Lisa!

  34. Kimberly says:

    I will NEVER forget my 1st grade teacher Ms. McGoven. She was like a grandmother to me, so loving and kind. She also invited our entire class over to her house for a huge end of the year party. I had the time of my life and remember all of the fruit trees we could pick and eat from!!

  35. Sarah-Anne says:

    what a sweet idea, lisa!

  36. Dallas says:

    Awe so pretty Lisa! Haha when I first read this post I thought it said you got the roses from your back yard! I was thinking wow Lisa can make jewelry and she has a REALLY green thumb if she can grow roses like that! oh nevermind the twigs are from the back yard…NOT the roses!

  37. Claudia Lane says:

    Hi! I love your blog…! Just found it…it’s divine!
    Am following
    Have a great week :))

  38. Bridget says:

    Thank you! I loved the thoughtful flowers and dove. The jelly jar with plain brown wrap was so simple and touching. I appreciate you as a parent!

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