13 Last Minute Teacher Gifts. All take less than 10 minutes to create and less than $10 to make!

School is just about out for Summer. Teachers definitely deserve a little gift at the end of the year for their hard work (and quality attributes like patience). I try to make it a goal to get things done sooner than last minute but unfortunately my schedule means I am the queen procrastinator. I searched the interwebs and tried to find some fun and easy gifts that I could attach to a giftcard. Here are some of the best last minute teacher gifts that are easy and frugal. A lot of these are also great for elective teachers and staff!

“You’ve Been The Highlight Of My Year” Printable

DIY Teacher Supply Caddy

Chocolate and Caffeine (with a printable tag)

Printables to attach to candy (such as Extra Gum)

“Thank You For Sticking With Me” Printable for sticky notes

“A Great Teacher Makes Everything Better” with a fun and easy kitchen gift

Summer Lemonade Gift

“You are 2 Nice 2 Be 4Gotten” Printable with calculator gift idea

“Thank You for Coloring Our Lives and Making Us Sharpies” Printable

“You Are O-Fish-Ally the best teachers & Staff” Printable (print and use with Swedish Fish)


Printable and Colorable “Thank You” Gift Card Holder

A how-to tutorial on decorating mugs with sharpies with a printable that says “Thanks a Latte”

Give the gift of Frozen Yogurt with this fun idea


50 Cute Sayings for Teachers

In case you haven’t received enough inspiration from these DIY last minute teacher gifts, check out these fun teacher sayings from Skip To My Lou!

Need a quick Easter display? Try this DIY Easter Wreath!

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

 I haven’t done much decorating this Easter, I just ran out of time. I did want to create something festive yet easy I could have in the entry way. I actually hadn’t created a Spring wreath so I decided to make one for Easter using jute twine along with Easter eggs and peeps.


  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Jute twine
  • Easter eggs (plastic)
  • Peeps
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue


  • Wrap the jute twine around the wreath. See my tips on wrapping this here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2012/07/02/the-twine-monogram-letter-handmade-gift-exchange-gifts/.
  • After about a few inches, pull tight and hot glue the twine into place.
  • Once the wreath is fully wrapped, stick toothpicks in the wreath. 6 on the bottom, 3 on the top.
  • Take the Easter Eggs and poke the other side of the eggs into the wreath on the bottom.
  • Take the peeps and poke the top toothpicks into them.

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

Looking for more fun with Peeps?

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board Peeps on Pinterest.

Got an ugly piece of furniture? Do this DIY Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint! 
DIY Dresser Makeover for only $1!

Have you ever shopped for furniture for kids? I’ll admit, I used to buy cheap furniture. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really last and kind of falls apart after a few shoves of clothes or placement of too many objects on top by kids. Of course, having a girl probably magnifies that a little bit and has been the story of the Clever Teen all of her life. On the other hand, buying nice furniture is really pricey. Even nice looking second hand furniture pieces like dressers can be a pretty penny. I found myself yet again with a broken dresser in the teen’s room and I needed a new dresser for her. Not something cheap, something that would last and of course fit her room.

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

I think I found that middle ground when I went thrift shopping a few months ago. I found this not so fabulous dresser and I knew that I had to have it for the Clever Teen. I think the co-parent thought I was nuts as it was kind of ugly.  Now that I have dabbled in chalk paint a little bit, I figured out that even the ugliest of furniture pieces can get a whole new life with a simple paint makeover.

Mint and Purple Chalk Painted Dresser

Can you believe this makeover only cost me around $1 total? It’s true. I found the purple and mint paint colors in the oops section at Home Depot. One of my happy places for sure.

For the paint, I did my version of chalk paint (pssst you can find that recipe here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/03/19/diy-chalk-paint-tint-recipe/)

How I created this makeover:

I removed the hardware and sanded it down. I then cleaned off all dirt and debris. Next I painted two coats of each color in the chalk paint mixture on each section of the dresser. After that I coated it in a clear wax and then reinstalled the hardware. I personally loved the hardware enough to just keep them on. It helped keep the cost of doing this down.

That’s it, really simple. Breathing new life into old kind of ugly furniture is actually pretty easy. If you are hesitant about making over furniture, start with a smaller piece before painting a bigger piece of furniture.

Teen Dresser Makeover

What furniture have you painted recently?

Find more makeover projects on my Pinterest board

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board DIY on Pinterest.

DIY Hair Blowout with a few simple tools

I’ve always been a fan of having long hair. I never really had the desire for a short hair cut. As cute as I think they are, they just don’t fit me.  I think the shortest I have gone was to my shoulders and really, that didn’t last long. I’ve pretty much been predictable with my hair cuts. One thing I struggle with is my wavy & thick hair. I tried for a very long time to not blow dry my hair. I had heard how damaging it was so I didn’t do it. However, I found myself with a very think untamable mane when that happened. I finally started blow drying it and then found a system that worked for me to tame my hair. When blowouts started becoming popular I was happy because that was what I was already doing and I had a system down that didn’t cost me a lot of money.

I wanted to share what I do with y’all. Trust me, this works and it’s easy. If I do not do this and let my hair air dry, yikes! So when I wash my hair, I make sure I have enough time to blow dry it and do these steps.

 How To: DIY Hair Blowout

Tools you can use for a hair blowdry blowout at home

What you’ll need:


  • After washing and towel drying your hair, brush or comb out hair with a vented brush.
  • Spray hair with protectant.
  • Add a dime sized portion of the oil and share it evenly throughout the hair.
  • Blow dry hair for about 1 – 2 minutes. Brush it out again and then repeat.
  • When starting the blow dry process again, take the round brush and brush it through as you blow dry it. The easiest way is to put it under your hair at the start of the scalp.
  • Continue to blow dry and brush until finished.
  • Add the volumizing powder at the roots. Flip hair over and thoroughly massage it into the scalp.
  • Finish off by doing the final brush through for straight sleek hair!
A hair blowout you can do from home
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 Want to make your own chalk paint? I have an easy chalk paint recipe that uses just two ingredients!

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe:

You’ll need plaster of paris and water. Of course you’ll also need paint!

My rule of thumb is 1 tablespoon of water & 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris to one cup of paint.

I personally love picking up the small “sample” size paints at Home Depot because they seem to be the perfect size for my projects. I always look for the “oops” paints at only $.50 cents each! When I can’t find the color I am looking for, I make my own! More on that below.

First thing is to take the plaster of paris and dissolve it in the water. It is very important that you do this first before adding it to the paint or else your paint will curdle. Take about 60 seconds of swift stirring to ensure that the plaster of paris has dissolved.

Next, stir it into the paint for about 30 seconds and then you are done!

Chalk Paint Jars

You may be asking, why tint it when Home Depot will tint it for free? Well the key here is I only want enough for each project I am doing. For example, if I am painting one mason jar a light pink color, and others another color, I don’t need a whole thing of paint that is pink. Instead since these are about $3, I buy one and split it up into different containers to make different colors.  Also, you can get that exact color you want! It’s easy and economical I promise, stay with me.

What you’ll need to create your tinted chalk paint:

How to tint your own paint to create chalk paint.

  • Rit  Dye
  • Pure white paint (with chalk mixture already in it)

How to create tinted paint:

  • Separate the white paint into the containers you want to store them in. You can keep them in the original jar but it may be hard to stir if it’s full.
  • For a lighter color, add a few drops of the dye. For a deeper color, add more drops of the dye.
  • Stir or about 30 seconds and you are done!

The color does not seem to rub off! I used red to create the following colors:

DIY Chalk Paint ~ Create a pink ombre look with paint and dye

I also used blue and yellow but the lighter pigmented colors definitely require more drops of Rit.

Blue and Yellow Tinted Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint Jars


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