DIY {“You’re a lifesaver” teacher gift}


This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my kid’s school. Some of the moms coordinated a snack delivery for each day. I volunteered for yesterday and then reality hit…I am not a cook. I came across all kinds of cute snack ideas online. They would have each taken me a very long time and still probably would have come out wonky. So, I opted for cute packaging. I’m not sure Mint Lifesavers qualify as a snack, but at least the presentation looked good. Right?

These cute little sewn packages are not an original idea. My friend Angie has sent me a few gifts wrapped this way. The first time I opened a box from her to find one of these inside, I was giddy. I’ve seen lots of other ideas online now for how to use them too. Here’s my take for a teacher’s gift.


  • Lifesavers
  • 8.5×11 paper
  • tulle
  • decorative scrapbooking paper
  • tags (printed on 8.5×11 paper) “Thank you for a wonderful year. You’ve been a lifesaver.”


Step 1: Cut your 8.5×11 paper in half. Trim your tags. Cut the scrapbooking paper into small uneven pieces.

Step 2: Using a straight stitch, sew the long side of the cut 8.5×11 paper. Instead of cutting the thread between each one, just keep going. When you are down, all you have to do is snip them apart. Saves a ton of time.

Step 3: Straight stitch down one open side. Fill with Lifesavers.

Step 4: Press the open end together (going the opposite direction of the bottom side. Layer tulle, tag, scrapbooking paper…stitch it closed. When you layer stuff, it can be a little bit of lots of random stuff…layering gives it that extra something.

And there you go. A snack? That depends on who you are I guess. Cute? Yes!

I grabbed a silly 2 year old and her handsome 4 year old big brother to walk the halls of the BIG school for delivery. Fun times.

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  • Dawn - What an adorable idea. Thanks for sharing it!

  • ranee - cute and simple! i love it!!

  • Molly @ mixedmolly - Great teacher gift, but also adaptable to so many other parties! They would make cute favors at a wedding or baby shower.

  • Bella - So cute!! Great idea 🙂

  • Elizabeth - I’m a teacher and wish someone would do something so cute for me! Lucky teachers at your school!! 🙂

  • Laura - These are adorable! Like Molly said, perfect or showers or weddings!

    But wint o green? Where did regular old wintergreen go?

  • Alice H - Cute!! Do all the big kids love your little ones?? Whenever I take Colton to Zack or Emilee’s school, all the students gush over him! And then I get reprimanded when I don’t bring him. LOL!

  • ashlee - I love these!! I think teachers appreciate anything that says you care:)

  • Chantelle - I’m a teacher too and have never recieved anything like this. Might have to do something like this for our staff this week “teacher appreciation week!”

  • Elizabeth - super cute Ashley! pretty packaging makes *everything* a bit sweeter. smile!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Very cute! I AGREE!

  • Suzanne - what a cute idea! i love the packaging!

  • Anna - such a cute idea!!!

  • Amy at Fig Milkshakes - Oh wow – I thought they were small from the first picture, but they’re BIG, judging by the rest of the pics. Now I am formulating ideas – thanks so much!

  • ko - Such a great idea! Love the color of paper and extra trimmings!

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  • Treva Super - I like the word “wonky.” You stole my heart with “wonky!”

  • RobyGiup - Cute idea! 🙂

  • Sandra Short - Very neat idea, going to try this for the grandkids to give to their teachers!

  • Amy - Great idea for school’ve been a lifesaver for me this year!!

  • Pam - You always are so clever!!! Not to mention you have the cutest kids!

  • Shelby - These are so fun to make! Just finished them up for my 2 year old’s preschool teachers! Thanks for such a cute and easy idea!

  • Julianna - Thanks I’m copying you right now!

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