DIY Teacher Gift Basket & Wood Burned Spoon

I simply adore giving gifts that reflect a little forethought and planning.  To me, there is just nothing more special than a handcrafted gift!  Especially when it proves stylish and practical.  That is basically my sentiment about this project.  A couple of days ago, I started getting revved up for celebrating Teachers Appreciation Week and made this pretty darn cute DIY Clipboard.  My idea this year is to not bombard our teachers with Starbucks cards or such, and instead give them something that fondly reminds them of our family as they use and enjoy the gift.  Maybe a bit sentimental, but I am so blessed by how they support my kids throughout the day.  I want them to understand that their efforts do not go unnoticed.  So, here is another little project to show some thoughtfulness!
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wooden spoon (from 99c Store)


wood burner

Spoon Butter, or olive oil or coconut oil
teacher gift set_0001I love how personal this project is, and how quickly it whips up!  I started by using my woodturner to cover up the company branding that just happened to be on the spoon I chose.  I was pretty stoked to find a spoon this sturdy at the 99c Store.teacher gift set_0002I went with a random stripe pattern, alternating thick and thin bands sporadically.  Then, I simply penciled in one of my kiddo’s teacher’s names.  Have some fun with different fonts!
teacher gift set_0003When all was said and done, I polished up my finished product with our spoon butter.  You can totally just use basic coconut oil or olive oil, but I love the smell of beeswax and the beautiful finish that the spoon butter gives wood.teacher gift set_0004teacher gift set_0005Not a bad little makeover, right?teacher gift set_0006To round out the gift, I paired the spoon with our Lemon Infused Olive Oil and this adorable little kitchen towel (bonus: this cutie came from the 99c Store, as well). teacher gift set_0017For just a few dollars and a little effort, I can smile as I give my kid’s teachers some gifts that truly reflect my thankfulness and appreciation.

What has been your favorite way to show teachers your appreciation in the past?  Whether you are a student, parent or grandparent, the teachers in our lives are so deserving of our gratitude as they wrangle and inspire each and everyday!