{Guest} Blogger: Heather with Mama Dish

DIY Teacher Gifts :: Fabric Flower Pins

My oldest son just wrapped up his 2nd year of preschool. He goes to a wonderful school with wonderful teachers, and I am happy to give them each a token of our appreciation at key times throughout the year. But he has 5 teachers, just in his morning class. He has 3 more teachers in afternoon enrichment. That's EIGHT teachers total. After the holidays and Teacher Appreciation Week, we're pretty much tapped out by the time "end of the year" parties roll around.

While racking my brain for (affordable but nice) ideas a few weeks ago, I came up with a way to turn my latest crafting obsession into an appropriate teacher's gift.

I've made it a hobby of picking up random fat quarters at the fabric store every time there is a sale. I take them home and pair them up, then make fabric flower pins or hair bows for my nieces, with designs like these flowers and these flowers that I found on Pinterest. (Sure, I could write my own tutorial, but why reinvent the wheel, right?!)

So how did I turn these flowers into a teacher's gift?

First, I made 8 fabric pins of various colors and sizes. Next, I used my favorite free website PicMonkey to create a small square card (2.5" x 2.5") that said "Thanks for helping me BLOOM in class this year". Then created a collage with the card to print 9 tags. teacherTYcollage_13-1024x1024

Using pipe cleaners I already had on hand, I wrapped one end around the pin so that the flower would stand up like an actual... flower. I punched two holes in the card and ran it up the pipe cleaner and bunched them all together so it looked like a bouquet (for some reason, I did not take a picture of this. But believe me, it looked pretty!) We let each teacher pick which one they liked best.



The teachers were all thrilled to get something homemade and I've already seen a couple wearing them to summer school. The best part-- I got to do something crafty and all 8 gifts cost me less than $10!!

If your little one is in summer school, these will make great end of summer gifts for their teachers. If not, keep it in mind for next year!

Thanks so much to Thuy for letting me guest post while she's on vacation. I hope you'll stop by and check out other DIY projects (and much more!) on my blog, Mama Dish.


Here is a quick bio on Heather:

Once a full-time advertising professional, triathlete and big-city girl, I'm now trying my hand at being a work-from-my-suburban-home Mom (as a social media specialist and lifestyle blogger). Originally from Chicago, we currently reside in Northern California while my husband works for an online advertising startup. We have two amazing little boys (Brady, 4.5 years and Cole, 11 months) and a crazy Maltipoo named Tinley. My blog, Mama Dish, is written with 2 of my best friends from high school. With so much on our plates, we dish about everything-- parenting, DIY, crafts, toddler activities, recipes, food allergies, fashion, technology… you name it! I am so thankful that Thuy has let me guest post on My Paper Pinwheel while she is away; I hope you'll come by and visit us sometime soon!