{Teacher Appreciation} Day 1…Note Holder

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Take note, Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Sepulveda…we think you’re awesome around here!

In case you didn’t know…I used to teach.  I have a great respect for the men and women who teach our children.  It’s a hard job, y’all.  And, unfortunately, it doesn’t always come with a ‘thank you.’  That’s why I think Teacher Appreciation is so important.  All the time.  But especially during the first week of May each year.  I try to send in a little something each day that week.  I’ll be sharing what we’re sending in this week.  First up, Monday’s gift idea…and it comes with a freebie!

Next time you are out, pick up 5×7 inch acrylic frame, some cardstock {if you don’t already have some}, and a pack of 3×3 inch Post It Notes.  I found everything at Walmart.  The acrylic frame is in the picture frame department.  It has a little molded ledge on it so that it will sit up a bit…which makes it perfect for a little desktop note holder.

Print the freebie {scroll down for the link} on white cardstock.  At least that’s what I do.  I like the bright white cardstock.  And when I get really fancy, I go Epson Premium Presentation Paper.  It’s a heavy weight, like cardstock and the finish is just really pretty and bright white.  {They have it at Target with the computers/printer ink}  Which is what I did this time.  Cut out the note and the matching tag.  Slide the note into the frame so the the little ledge is at the top.  Take the back sheet of the Post It pad off and stick the whole pad right square onto the space I’ve given you.

The frame was about a buck.  Plus, when the note holder runs out of Post Its, the teacher can get reload it with another pad.  LOVE THIS IDEA!  And just for the record, I didn’t invent this…I’ve seen it somewhere {where? not sure.  anyone know?}.  I just tweaked it a bit.  I made it in two versions, just for some variety.  Both are in the download below.  Now just attach the little tag with some ribbon and it’s ready for giving.  In fact, this little project is soooo easy and cost effective, you can make some extras!

Here’s the link for the free download.  IT’S HERE! It’s in pdf form, so all you need is the free Adobe Reader to open and print.

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  1. What a FABULOUS idea!!! Thank you so much for the downloads!! I love it!!

  2. Absolutely LOVE this!! Wonderful idea!

  3. Wow, I have a whole pile of these frames…got them free somewhere..now I know what to do with them! thanks!!

  4. HeatherB says:

    What a great idea Mel, love this! :)

  5. love it! I posted your idea on my blog with a link back. Love how frugal this is, yet so practical for teachers!! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. You have an amazin blog! I love this note holder idea! I’m printing it out today and sending it with my daughter for her teacher tomorrow. Thanks sooooo much!

  7. Love this idea! Will definitely have to recreate it! Thanks for sharing :-)

  8. Thank you!! I was planning to make notecards for one of the teacher gifts this week. I wanted to use the same catchy phrase, but haven’t put it all together yet (I have until Thursday night for that one–hahaha!) and now I have it ready to go thanks to you! Thanks for sharing–it’s a beautiful printable!

  9. Hi and thank you for sharing this fabulous idea. I found your blog though Tip Junkie as I was searching for neat Teacher Appreciation gifts to add to my link party. This idea is sooo cool! thanks for sharing and stop by if you can. :)
    ♥ Tracy

  10. Good morning! I LOVE your blog, I am addicted to it. I found a lot, a lot of good ideas. I did the note holder for my son’s teacher and she loved it. And for tomorrow, it will be the bottle of water with the tea packet. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and for the downloads!! Have a wonderful day!

  11. Thanks for this wonderful idea! My son and I were able to make 8 of these for his teachers in no time at all! Thank you so much for sharing your talents! These are beautiful!!

  12. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for this! I made these for my son’s Preschool teachers on the last day of school and they loved them! I love you’re blog. I’m so thankful that you’re are so generously sharing your talent with those of us who are not gifted in this way! You rock!

  13. I made something similar a while back using scrapbook paper and post it flags. I just love your design with the frame for the post it pad. Really cool.

  14. I love this!! I’m going to use it as a bonus gift for my hostesses and show guests!! So cute! Thanks so much!! Can’t wait to hit the dollar store for some frames and post its!!!!
    Denise Guin
    Premier Designs Jewelry Consultant

  15. I love these. I am making them for our clerical staff for Administrative Professionals Day. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.

  16. I shared your idea today on my site here is the URL http://www.stayingclosetohome.com/2012/05/teacher-appreciation-day-2.html thank you

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! you have totally saved me with our WHOLE school staff! they are going to LOVE them too!

    Thank you!



  18. Love love love it!!! Anyway you could make “I think you’re awesome” opposed to we??

  19. Michele says:

    I a the nurse in an elementary school and I have made each teacher a little something each year for Teacher Appreciation Week. Can I get this particular download that says “I” instead of “We”? That would be fantastic!

  20. Amber Bunn says:

    Thank you SO much! I used to teach Special Ed and am now a stay at home mom of a 4th grade son w Asperger’s, a 3rd grade daughter, and a now pretty healthy 2 year old NICU baby. My Husband is in the Army so budget is IMPORTANT, as important as thanking our Teachers and Staff Members! I love to make sure that I include my kids teachers, their Specialty Teachers, Office Staff, Cafeteria Workers, and the Janitors- and I couldn’t do it w/o cute freebie printables like this! I am using this for the office and admin for Valentines Day- thank you for sharing your tech savy skills! I’m crafty, but not at all great with computers- one day I shall learn to make my own printables! :D

  21. Shelly says:

    THANK YOU! These are so cute! I love all your creative teacher appreciation ideas! So generous of you to offer them to others as well – thanks for sharing! {my hubby has taught for 25 years – he would love something like this in a male version of course. ;) from experience… so often the male teachers get left out of the fun}


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