teacher gifts: sticky note holder

Both of my kids have 2 teachers each, then the helpers and the front desk person. I wanted to make something useful but very affordable.  I have plenty of paper, glue and lots of tools so this project fit the bill costing me a total of $12 for 8 ($1.5 each). I bought the binder clips($2), sticky notes($5) and sticky magnet strip($5).

There are probably other tutorials for this (I didn’t look for very long), so I am making this a picture tutorial, with just a few words. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and I will answer them there too. A simple glue stick works for the whole project.


Measure & cut: Make 2 of the smaller piece- one for covering a small pencil and one for making the pencil holding tab:

Wrap the cardboard with the large piece of pretty paper:

Glue on paper and pencil tab:

Pretty up the pencil. Wrap with paper and add yarn at the end (optional):

Cover binder clips with paper & glue:

Assemble: clip on sticky pad, slip pencil into tab and add sticky magnet to back (to keep on fridge ~optional).

I’ll be popping these into little clear gift bags, that I already have, adding some mini chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s and tying up with ribbon. The kids also made paper clay ornaments that we may add in too.

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28 Responses to teacher gifts: sticky note holder

  1. Heather says:

    Love this! And just in time… Gotta get making a few of these for tomorrow! You’ve saved Teacher Christmas! 😉 Happy Beautiful Holidays!

  2. raesha says:

    DARLING!!! We bought a sticky note holder at a craft fair for Miss S’s teacher – but I want to make these for the rest of her teachers:) Thanks for the great tutorial!

  3. sarah says:

    perfect thanks!

  4. susan says:

    great project thanks!

  5. Michelle says:

    I think I have time to make these by tomorrow.

  6. These are just gorgeous Regina! What a lovely, clever idea! X

  7. Rachel says:

    Those are really pretty! Thanks for the great idea, I’ll be linking to this.

  8. These are such a perfect little gift. I am going to make one for all of my co-workers.
    Great tutorial, too.

    My best- Diane

  9. Samah says:

    These are great! I just made little post it “jackets” for my bookclub, but the pencil holder is so clever…I will post a link for those who want that little extra sumpin’

  10. These are just too darling — and it is something the recipients can use, too! Wonderful!

  11. Sarah says:

    Sooo very cute, I am a teacher and think I will make these for end of the year presents- have sooo many of those little clips, paper scraps, pencils, oh ya and ribbon too! Just need the sticky notes! perfect! thanks for the post

  12. Sarah says:

    Looked a little closer and saw that you used pencil crayons and guess what – I also have a million pencil crayons!! This is the perfect gift – too bad I didn’t find it until school was let out for Christmas
    Thanks again!

  13. Joanna K says:

    So cute!!! makes my mind wonder about larger clips and pads.

  14. Katharine says:

    This are so cute. I love the pencil holder too. So practical!!

  15. TRacy says:

    I am a teacher and I’m going to make these for my co-workers!
    great idea!! 🙂

  16. Julie says:

    Thanks! They turned out great I look like a crafty queen now 😀

  17. What an awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing it. I will definitely be making some of these.

  18. So creative! I love the yarn at the end of the pencil!

  19. Vicki says:

    What a clever & useful idea! Beautiful & homemade! You rock, Kismet!!

  20. Very cute and I love the little pencil holder and how you made it coordinate. Great idea!

  21. Hi! I really loved this idea. So much so that I did it myself and put it in my blog but I gave linked up so you would have credit. Thanks.

  22. Christa Kapp says:

    I love your notepads. They are sunny and bright. Thank you,

  23. Aubrey Hierholzer says:

    I love it! Totally easy to follow,too! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Felecia says:

    So very cute. Thanks for sharing. I always forget about the office staff of the private school my daughter goes to, and this is perfect for me to add to the gifts for her teacher and teacher assistant, and to be a stand along gift for each of the office staff! Wonderful, thanks again!

  25. dawn says:

    If you want to cut down on your own labor, get beer coasters from restaurants instead of cutting up the cardboard.

  26. debra swatik says:

    I am not understanding how to make the pencil holder…. what else can I use for the coaster part? I am not a crafty person but want to make these so bad.

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