When it comes to useful teacher appreciation gifts, you can’t do much better than a gift card, especially a gift card for coffee. But slapping a rectangle of plastic into a store-bought card just doesn’t seem personal enough to give go the person who is helping to mold your child’s mind. Even if you are short on time, you can still package up that Starbucks gift card in a clever, cheap, and non-gender-specific way.
Using just a few materials, you can wrap that gift card up to look just like a Starbucks frappuccino. I found the idea for this project on Pinterest, but when I clicked through for the actual post, the blog had been taken down. Hopefully the original blogger doesn’t mind me trying to figure out how to make one on my own!
This week Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage are hosting another week of Craft Lighting, this time featuring Teacher Appreciation gifts that can be made in 15 minutes or less. If you are running low on time to put a gift together, or if you have multiple teachers for whom to make gifts, these tutorials will be lifesavers. Check in to The Country Chic Cottage or 30 Minute Crafts daily for round-ups of all the projects.
The materials needed to wrap a gift card up like a Starbucks frap are very inexpensive. When you purchase the gift card, just ask the barista for an empty small frappuccino cup with a lid and a straw. She might look at you funny, but she will likely oblige.
Start by tracing the top and bottom of the cup onto the paper by gently rolling the cup with one hand while you trace with the other. Cut the paper just inside of those lines.
Roll the brown paper into a cone and slip it into the plastic cup. Make any adjustments you need so that it sits flat on the bottom of the cup. Put the gift card into the cup too.
Lightly crumple one sheet of white tissue paper around the unwrapped straw. Place them into the cup.
Carefully pop the lid onto the frap cup, making sure all the tissue is tucked inside the lid. Doesn’t it look like a frappuccino with whipped cream?
Add a message to the side of the cup with the Sharpie.
It only took a few minutes to create this clever gift that any teacher would be psyched to receive. Be sure to check out all the other Teacher Appreciation projects featured during Craft Lightning this week!
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