DIY Holiday Teacher Gift

Easy diy for kids: personalized mugs as gifts for teachers during the holidays

We aren’t the most original when it comes to gift-giving to teachers during the holidays. I think I’ve given a coffee mug and Starbucks gift card to my children’s teachers for both Christmas and Valentine’s day every year since they started school. This year isn’t entirely different; however, I did deviate from my night-before-the-classroom-party run to Starbucks by planning a week in advance AND organizing a mug decorating craft so that my children could create a personalized cup for each of their teachers.

We used the following materials:

  • Plain ceramic mug (purchased at Target)
  • A selection of scalloped tissue paper that I had on hand (also purchased at Target)
  • Dishwasher-safe Modge Podge left over from this craft
  • Oil-based Sharpie marker

I let Jason and Jenna write on the mugs with the oil-based Sharpie marker, and then they used the pieces of tissue paper (that I had cut in advance) to decorate the mugs. I covered the entire surface with the Modge Podge. I’ve used the oil-based Sharpie in the past and it held up to hand washing, but once I started to wash the items in the dishwasher, the designs began to fade. I’m hoping the addition of the dishwasher-safe Modge Podge as a sealant will help keep it – and the tissue paper – intact.

And what will we put inside the mugs? A Starbucks card, of course. Some things never change.