Last Minute Mama {DIY Teacher Gift with FREE Printable}

DIY Teacher Gift with FREE Printable

Soooo things have been a little hectic around here lately. We have a couple renovation projects going on and are wrapping up all of our end-of-the-school-year activities…add in Mother’s Day and a few church events, and I’ve pretty much just been a total crazy person. :-D

It wasn’t until the end of last week that I realized I hadn’t put together gifts for Con’s teachers for the last day of school, so while wracking my brain trying to think of something cute and creative {and probably feeling partially delirious from lack of sleep}, I was just like…


Really, that’s exactly what I looked like. ;) I had seen several adorable pins that would make great gifts, so why not just combine them into one super-duper-mega-Pinterest-inspired gift? Let’s do it, shall we?



I already had some pretty cellophane bags and my multi-colored sharpies, so I picked up some white mugs, a ginormous bag of Hershey’s kisses, and a few Starbucks gift cards, whipped up a little tag {which I will be sharing for any other last minute mamas out there! ;)}, and I was in business!

Design and Bake

Mugs with Writing

I love the DIY birthday plates floating all over Pinterest where you decorate the plate with a sharpie and bake it to set {like this adorableness}. I figured that if it could be done with plates it could surely be done with mugs, too, so I decided to go for it. I had also come across this little tag line idea while perusing the Pinterest boards and thought it would be perfect. After drawing my design on the mugs, I baked them at 350* for 30 minutes so the sharpie wouldn’t wear off or smear.

Fill and Tag

Filled Mugs

I filled the mugs with some Hershey’s kisses and tucked in a Starbucks gift card before wrapping them up in cellophane bags and adding my tag.

Finished Packages

I’m sure you’ve probably seen the “Thanks a ‘latte’” line in pins like this one before! If you want to make your own “Thanks a ‘latte’” teacher gift, feel free to use the printable below!


So there you have it: a simple, personalized, totally Pinterest-inspired gift! Not too bad for waiting until the last minute, eh? ;)

Don’t know what to get your teacher for Christmas? Check out 3 creative ideas under $10, also with FREE printables!

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  1. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says

    How precious are these?! I lol’d (literally) at the “combine all the pins” meme. Well, you’ve combined them into one epic teacher gift, I must say. As a teacher, I can attest this would be an AWESOME gift to receive. Lovely work, Abby!

    • says

      Thanks, Lauren! I’m glad it has the teacher stamp of approval! You are my hero for teaching; I taught for a little while before I had kids, and it was the hardest job I’ve ever had! {But fun-hard, most of the time!} Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. says

    Such a sweet gift idea! My kids only have a few weeks left of school and I’ve been thinking of inexpensive ideas. Your post came at the perfect time. Thank you for sharing.

    • says

      Thanks, Brandi! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this school year flew by so quickly! I can’t believe things are winding down already! Hope you’re having a great week. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      I just popped over to your blog to look and I LOVE yours! As a former teacher, I know she will appreciate that your daughter made it herself! Sometimes I am too type-A and should let go and let my kids do more stuff like that… so good for you!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Angela says

    I love this! 2 questions: where did you get the cellophane bags? And how did you make this label? I know you have a tutorial on your blog but am not sure how to create this design. I am sure I’ll have a “duh” moment after your explaination.

    Thanks, and keep up the good work!

    • says

      Thanks, Angela! The cellophane bags are from the dollar store. I got them about a year ago, so I’m not sure if they’re still out there or not. This label was actually made at, a photo editing site. If you visit picmonkey and have questions about anything, let me know! I’d be happy to walk you through it. Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!

      ~Abby =)

  4. says

    What a great gift!! LOVE the printable!!! I want a cup like that too!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

    • says

      Thanks, Abby! {Great name, btw! ;)} The mugs are from Target, Threshold brand, I believe. Thank you for visiting the blog! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Kathy says

    I’ve done this before with Sharpies and the colored sections have never dried (we are going on 1 full year since i baked them) What did you do to keep the colors from fading during baking and keeping the bright colors on once done. Thanks.

    • says

      Hmmm…I definitely didn’t use any special sharpies or anything. My best guess would be that the types of mugs we used may have been different? I got these at Target, and I believe they’re Threshold brand. The finish was more matte rather than the glossy you see on some mugs, so that may have helped. Sorry I don’t have a secret trick to reveal! Thanks so much for visiting the blog, Kathy! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  6. says

    These are adorable! They are the only “thanks a latte” tags that I’ve seen that specifically say “teacher.” Love them!! I was wondering if you have an editable download so I could change teacher to “OT” and “speech therapist” also. Both my boys have autism and we have A LOT of people to thank! LOL, thanks again!!


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