Teacher Appreciation Gift

Easy 2×4 Teacher Appreciation Gift

Here is an easy 2×4 craft you can make for all the teachers you want to thank!

Teacher Appreciation Gift I can’t take credit for this, it is Alison’s genius – I just photographed it and since I stole a post from her a while ago, I am writing it up also.  She has a plethera of 2×4 craft ideas, you can check them out, here.

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Here is your list of ingredients.

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paper pad (click here for tutorial) or you could use post it notes



vinyl saying


scrapbook paper

tools (Mod Podge, paint brush, distressing ink, scissors, drill)

This is so easy, you really don’t need a tutorial, but here we go anyway!

1. Trace every side of your wood onto your paper

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1.5 Every side.

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2. Cut your strips

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3. Mod Podge  your strips onto your 2×4. Click here for Alison’s expert tutorial on this.

4. Apply your vinyl.

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5. Drill your hole.  If you want your pencil to tilt back, be sure to drill in at an angle.

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6. Tie a pretty bow.

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Ready for gifting!

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Thank You Teachers!!!

And just in case you haven’t had enough of all this click here stuff, click here for more teacher gift ideas!

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We’re linking up to these parties! Thanks ladies!

    1. April 28th, 2011 at 9:13 am
      Shelley says:
      I love it!!! The pen holder is the cutest. :)
    2. April 28th, 2011 at 11:08 am
      Nikki says:
      I love it...now I wish I had some way to get the vinyl...any ideas?
    3. April 28th, 2011 at 11:17 am
      clmosher says:
      I wouldn't know how to get the vinyl, but couldn't you print it to the paper strip before you modpodge it? By hand or run it through the printer?
      • June 27th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
        Hollye K. says:
        I was wondering the same thing! Seems like a good way to trim down the cost of making these cute projects.
    4. April 28th, 2011 at 12:52 pm
      Nesleirbag says:
      What better compliment is there from a kid than to be told you ROCK! Having been an English and history teacher, I would LOVE that darling gift! Thanks for all of the amazing ideas, Missy!
    5. April 28th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
      Meagan says:
      This is adorable...my girlfriend called me to tell me about it this a.m.! She was excited, too. I don't have any kids in school (yet!) but I am a teacher and I would LOVE this. In fact, I want to make one to hold all my colorful EXPO markers for the white board. I can't find a cute storage solution for them...this could do the trick!
      • March 27th, 2013 at 7:03 pm
        Anjie Behunin says:
        Thanks for the idea Meagan! Teachers can always use new Expo markers and this cute holder with a new set of markers will be perfect for an end of the year gift.....stealing your idea, but giving you credit when I make them- promise!
    6. April 28th, 2011 at 3:51 pm
      stacy says:
      What a simple and darling gift! Any teacher would feel special to receive a gift like this. Thanks for the fun idea!
    7. April 28th, 2011 at 4:59 pm
      ann @ wedding favors says:
      I missed this! Before I left the public school, all of my students gave me gifts. I displayed them in my room. And every time I read there letters,I cried.
    8. April 29th, 2011 at 8:55 am
      Olga says:
      Such a great idea and so easy to make. Thanks for the tutorial. Visiting from Just a Girl's show and share party.
    9. April 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am
      Kelli says:
      This is such a cute idea! I love to give teacher something they can actually use!
    10. May 1st, 2011 at 7:34 pm
      Mod Podge Amy says:
      Super cute! I'm going to feature on my Facebook group, yay!
    11. May 7th, 2011 at 4:17 pm
      nancy says:
      Love it. What is the font that was used?
    12. May 17th, 2011 at 2:40 pm
      Debi says:
      Where do you find the vinyl? And is it something that you print on with your computer? I am making 20 of these for my daughter's teachers and need help!
    13. June 19th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
      April says:
      I plan to make this soon once my Vinyl come in...can't wait
    14. June 27th, 2011 at 12:52 pm
      Hollye K. says:
      Love this idea!!! You have inspired me!
    15. July 25th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
      Marny says:
      Cute, until I started to think of the dangers of this 2x4 being used as a weapon. Must be years of living in NY.

      Any chance of this idea being done with foam and weights of some sort?
      • July 27th, 2011 at 7:13 am
        Alison says:
        Ha. Never thought of that! Ya I bet foam blocks would work great! Try it and let us know how it turns out.
    16. October 19th, 2011 at 8:51 pm
      Kristen @ Celebrate Every Day With Me says:
      I love all your 2x4 projects! I have NEVER mod-podged before. But I bought a bottle last week. Your site has inspired me. :)
    17. November 10th, 2011 at 1:01 pm
      Lindsey says:
      You gals are AWESOME! WOW! I stumbled upon your site & I am in love!!!! ;) <3 Quick question: What are you using to get the edges of your wood so rough & angled? I know you keep say sand the edges down. But are you simply using a piece of sandpaper or are you running it through a table saw, then sanding it? Or are you using a power sander? That would have to be some really tough grit sandpaper, some major time & elbow grease. Wondering if there is a faster trick. ???
    18. May 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am
      Ashley says:
      So cute. Our last day of school is the Wednesday. I need to do this fast. Thanks for the adorable idea.
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