There is something about a Sharpie display. Bright. Colorful. Fun. I am always drawn to them in the store. One can never have too many Sharpies. Trust me. Because if one can have too many, I may have a problem.
A recent trip to Staples found me ogling the Sharpie display once again, but this time I was not getting them for myself. Well, maybe I got some for myself, but in general, I was shopping because Sharpie products make for great back-to-school teacher gifts. Teachers have so many uses for Sharpies throughout the year, I love the idea of giving them a supply of them to help them in their classroom. Plus, they were on sale! Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine assortment packs and Sharpie Neon Marker packs are currently on sale (while supplies) at Staples through August 24th.
And I had what I thought was a brilliant idea for a DIY teacher gift.
A Teacher Message Station!
I had considered giving my daughter’s first grade teacher a jar filled with Sharpies, but I wanted to take it to the next level. So I happened across a set of bookends and a clipboard and a light bulb went off. And I smiled a smug smile, confident that I just invented the best DIY teacher gift ever. At least the best DIY teacher gift from a non-crafty person who is afraid of glue.
Staples has like every Sharpie every made. Which meant I had a decision to make – which Sharpie products would I settle on for this project?
DIY Back-To-School Teacher Gift – Teacher Message Station
I picked a package of fine point Sharpie markers and a set of Sharpie Highlighter pens, any variety of Sharpie will work for this project.
The other items needed for the project:
- Metal bookend
- Clip board
- Glass jar or any other container that has a relatively flat bottom or edge and can hold pens.
- Teacher message station printable (see below for printable)
- Hot glue gun
- Regular glue
How to assemble:
- Heat up hot glue gun
- Apply hot glue to the bottom of the jar or container and attach to the base of the metal bookend as close to the edge as possible.
- Allow to dry.
- In the meantime, print the message center label (below) on paper or preferably card stock.
- Cut and glue message center label onto corner of clipboard with regular glue.
- Add a personalized note.
- Set clipboard between the bookend and the jar, leaning on the book end.
- Supply pens in jar.
Her teacher can use it to leave notes for the students during the day, let them know what day it is, share a special word of the day, whatever she feels like sharing and it will sit upright on a desk or other flat surface. The clip board can be removed for writing and placed back upright to share the message.
My daughter brought the Message Station to her teacher today, I hope she likes it!
DIY Teacher Gift Printable – Message Station Label
I created 2 printable pages, one with the single label and one with a page filled with labels, so you don’t waste ink if you are only making one. I printed it on card stock, but regular paper will work too.
In total, one package of Sharpie markers at Staples was $5 on sale, the clipboard was $2, $4 for 2 bookends and I had the jar. Cost for 1 Message Station = $9.
Have you ever given a back-to-school gift to your kid’s teachers?
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