A Thoughtful Place: Teacher Gifts: DIY Chalkboard Stickers


Teacher Gifts: DIY Chalkboard Stickers

As a former teacher, I can appreciate the beauty of a gift card. I loved receiving them. So for my children’s teachers and babysitter I like to tuck a gift card into some type of sweet treat. Because gift cards can come across as impersonal I like to be sure the packaging shows some thought and care. This year, I went to my wrapping closet and used six little metal bins {I always raid the Target dollar section for these and hide them away}. I knew I wanted to personalize them somehow. I ended up using vinyl paper. I simply sprayed it with chalkboard paint and created my own stickers. It was super simple. I know you can purchase premade ones on Etsy as well if you are not up for creating your own.



Make your own stickers:



DIY Chalkboard Stickers:

1. Cut a piece of vinyl paper or contact paper

2. Spray with chalkboard paint and let dry

3. Create a stencil out of cardboard and trace on back side

4. Cut out chalkboard stickers

5. Season by rubbing chalk over sticker

6. Erase and write until your heart’s content


I purchased See’s Candy peanut brittle {love!} to fill the pails. This large box was enough for six buckets with a few pieces left over for me to snack on while assembling.


Tie up a bundle of sweets and slip in each pail. The gift card will fit snuggly next to the peanut brittle.



I will tuck a hand written note and gift card into each little bucket.

Merry  Christmas  to  our  teachers.

We love and appreciate all that you do for our children.


For more DIY chalkboard label inspiration you can see how Andrea from Courageous Housekeeping used Shipping Labels {so smart} and how Gina from The Shabby Chic Cottage used a circle punch. And I must have a thing for chalkboard as I made these mason jars last year.

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  1. Great idea to paint on the contact paper and what a lovely gift to give a teacher.

  2. These are so cute! I love how you add the personal touches to a gift card.

  3. You always have the best little gift ideas!! and look at your fancy photography...well done!

  4. Very cute! I have a gift card for our teacher and needed a little something extra to go with it...I even have the little bucket. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Such a sweet idea!! You must be the most beloved mom at school! ;)

  6. Guess we're on the same page today! ;) I love these little buckets and the diy chalkboard labels are perfect!

  7. We are almost the same person...kind of. I have three of those same little pails waiting to be used for my kids...I think...but I might do this instead. (Sorry, kids). I have vinyl. Amazing. And I almost bought that spray paint the other day and ONLY didn't b/c I was spending way too much on everything else so I said it would have to wait. It was last week. I think I've waited long enough.

    So as you can see, dear Courtney, I practically have all the makings (and certainly gusto) to do this amazing project, so we are nearly the same. Haha.

    In all seriousness, this is really, really fabulous! I love your creativity and willingness to share. You're the best!

  8. As a former teacher myself, I loved gift cards as well. As heartfelt as they were, I could only keep so many coffee mugs! : ) Love the idea of making the packaging more special - your presentation of the gift card is so cute and unique!

  9. Adore this idea, we definitely need to show our appreciation to our children's teachers!! Janell

  10. This is a very thoughtful and fun gift, Courtney! These are beautifully packaged and festive! Yay for teachers! My Dad taught for 48 years.

  11. Love this idea! I was just on ebay looking for chalkboard contact paper...This is awesome! Off to check out the rest of your blog...

  12. Courtney, I used black vinyl as chalkboard stickers - it worked great!
    Also I just spraypainted a bunch of coasters with chalkboard paint thanks to your inspiration! So fun and can't wait to give them as gifts!

  13. What a great idea! I would never think to make my own stickers. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. That's a great idea! I never think to buy gift cards because like you said, they seem impersonal, but this idea is so cute!

  15. This is so cool Courtney! I love little teacher gifts. We always did something to make our teachers feel special...but this is so cute and creative (:

  16. These are so perfect!! What a great idea, my sister is a teacher and she would be so touched to receive this.

  17. Love these! I used to be a teacher, too! Gift cards are the way to go, for sure!

  18. What a sweet idea and I have some chalkboard paint just waiting to be used. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. These are LOVELY. As a teacher, I'd be thrilled to receive one of these - great job!

  20. As a soon-to-be teacher, I can say that these are just phenomenal! So fun!



  21. These look so cute and See's candy is simply the best!

  22. I love this idea! Can you please share how you created the shape you used for the kitchen labels? Thanks!

  23. Cute labels! I used these for my pantry but was lucky enough to find chalkboard vinyl contact paper at the local dollar store. Saves a step if you can find it.

  24. You can also order chalkboard vinyl from places like ohmycrafts.com

  25. I love your ideas and there are all awesome gift ideas about teacher.

  26. I agree to what you say in your blog. Thanks for the updates


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