Crafty End of the Year Teacher Gift – Shadow Box Letter

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Teacher Shadow Box

Crafty End of the Year Teacher Gift – Shadow Box Letter

It is almost the end to another school year. Have you though of the perfect teacher’s gift yet?  If not this one is not only super adorable it is relatively easy.  All you need is an hour of your time, pencils and a great pencil sharpener.

Over the course of this week I have been working in increments of 15 minutes at a time to finish this project.  Why 15 minutes?  That was the amount of time given by my very old, but electric pencil sharpener before it over heated. Your teacher is going to love this project and you will too. It is budget freindly. My favorite kind of project.


What you will need

  • (1) Shadow Box from Home Goods =$12.00 or purchase from Amazon here
  • (3) 12 pk pencils from the dollar store, $1 ea (Total $3)
  • Various stickers from my stock pile
  • (1) Your Time & Effort = Priceless Memory for your child’s teacher.

The Details

First stencil out the your letter of choice and size it accordingly to your shadow box frame. Next is the fun part, cutting your pencils. I used scissors to blunt cut my edges and filed them down with a good old emery board. Place them on your stencil to form your letter.

When all your pencils are cut to your expectations, hot glue them in place on your background paper (removing your previous stencil outline).

Then add your teacher’s name with sticker letters. Above his/her name write-out “Thank you for helping me grow” I put my son’s name right below this script. I add a few flower stickers to complete this project. Viola!!! An inexpensive heart-felt teacher gift.

I hope that this inspires your crafty side. I am looking forward to seeing my son’s teacher open her present.  She is an amazing teacher and deserve so much more (as do most teachers).

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  • Pierre Mosbey

    Definitely trying this!

  • Susan Deppner

    What a gorgeous result! Love this idea for a teacher gift.

    • Jen @ Inspiring Savings

      Thanks so MUCH Susan!!!!

  • Rebretta

    Love this shadow box idea! I’ve been hunting for xmas gifts for my daughter’s day care teachers and love this one!