Last week was Teacher Appreciation week at my daughter’s school. There was a schedule of activities/gifts for the teachers that the kids were supposed to follow for each day of the week. On Wednesday afternoon I realized that Thursday was a day where each child was supposed to bring in a nice gift for their teacher. I had completely forgotten that my daughter needed a gift to bring in, so I hadn’t purchased anything in advance. So, I decided to raid my craft stash to find something I could make! I already had a stained 1×12 board that I had been saving for another project, and I had everything else I needed to make a nice string art DIY teacher appreciation gift.
DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: String Art Materials
- Embroidery String (I used a white/silver mix and blue for this project)
- 1×10@ 18″ wood board
- 3/4″ nails
- Wood Stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
- White Oil-Based Paint Marker, Medium Point
- Jute Twine
- Faux flowers (choose the teacher’s favorite flower or a flower that is her favorite color)
Cut a 1×10 board to 18″ in length and stain it with Dark Walnut stain (or a stain of your choosing). While the stain is drying, print out a picture of a mason jar that is approximately 1/3 the height of the entire board. Also print out wording with the teacher’s name, and the saying “Thanks for helping me bloom” in a font of your choosing.
Next, place the paper with the wording onto the board in the location where the words will be painted and tape the paper down to keep it in position. Using a pen, trace over all the words, pressing hard enough to leave an indentation in the wood, then remove the paper.
Using a white paint pen, paint over the wording that is indented into the wood.
Next, place the picture of the mason jar in the center of the bottom 1/3 of the board and tape it in place.
Using the hammer, insert nails into the picture of the mason jar, following the pattern of the jar. Only hammer the nails halfway into the board, so half the nail should still be sticking up above the board. Make sure to evenly space the nails on the board, about 1/2″ apart.
Once the nails have been placed into the entire tracing of the mason jar, tear the paper off the board.
Then, use the twine and tie a knot around one of the nails on the board. Begin wrapping the twine around each nail until the entire mason jar tracing has had twine wrapped around. For more detailed instructions on how to wrap the string for string art, see this post. Stick a few stems of the faux flowers behind the string, and you are done!
This only took a couple of hours to complete and my daughter’s teacher loved it. These make great DIY teacher appreciation gifts that teachers can hang in their classrooms for years to come! These are perfect for teacher appreciation week or for an end-of-the-school year gift.