Homemade Teacher Gift: How to Make a Crayon Monogram

This homemade teacher gift almost needs no explanation. It’s cute, fun, and easy to make. Check, check, check.

A crayon monogram works great for back-to-school, a teacher holiday gift, or a teacher appreciation gift.

While we’re talking about crayons: crayon storytelling and crayon recycling are both a blast.

Homemade teacher gifts - How to make a crayon monogram

 

Homemade Teacher Gift: How to Make a Crayon Monogram

What you need: 8×10 Black Picture FrameCrayola Crayons, and Hot Glue Gun. (affiliate links)

My sister and I cut and glued all of the crayons onto white paper. I didn’t get any pictures of the process. (Sorry about that.)  I think I can still walk you through it!

  • Buy a frame and remove the glass.
  • Print out a giant letter.  I outlined the font in Word so that I didn’t waste too much ink.
  • You can print the name below the letter or glue it on another piece of paper with the name on it.
Homemade teacher gifts - How to make a crayon monogram

Cutting the crayons was probably the hardest part.  So I let my sister do it. 😉

  • Lay the crayon flat.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the crayon.
  • Roll the crayon while pressing on the knife.
  • If the crayon doesn’t cut all the way through, snap it carefully.
  • Make sure to cut where you mean to.  (Measure twice, cut once.)
Homemade teacher gifts - How to make a crayon monogram

I was in charge of gluing the crayons into place. (I used a hot glue gun.)

  • Lay the crayons where you want them first.
  • Pick up one crayon at a time.
  • Make sure to glue exactly the opposite of the part you want to see.  (Sounds obvious, right?  Just wait until you try it!)
  • Once all of the crayons are in place, glue the white paper to a piece of thin cardboard.  Glue right behind the crayons to avoid the glue being seen. This made the picture feel much sturdier.

That’s it.  Wrap it up and hand over this adorable teacher gift.

You might also want to include a few printable jokes: we have teacher and student jokes, school-appropriate jokes, and knock-knock jokes.

How did you show the Teacher love this year?

65 Comments

  1. Wow! Love it. It was an interesting and creative. Thanks for sharing this with us. Please keep it up.

  2. sure sure it’s a cute idea but what is a teacher supposed to do with this? i guess hang it in the classroom – but really? teachers appreciate practical gift cards as a gift – or just a simple thank you card- not more “stuff” to have to find a place for – imagine if every child gave a photo to hang? this stuff becomes cumbersome year after year – how about use the idea for a child’s room – please THINK before you make a teacher a “cute” gift.

    1. I appreciate your opinion. I was a teacher for 10 years. I loved receiving homemade “cute” gifts. In fact I still have some of them. Every teacher has different preferences and perhaps a gift card isn’t perfect for every teacher either. Maybe instead of ruling out a certain type of gift, thinking about the person you give it to is a better idea.

      1. Such a CUTE idea! I am a preschool teacher and I LOVE this! I personally love getting things like this because it shows that the children and / or parents really put some thought into it! I made something similar when my son was in school for his teacher. It was a crayon wreath. My daughter is now in Kindergarten and I am going to make this for her teacher. I honestly think that she would love it!

      2. True! I have been a teacher for sixteen years, and while those gift cards have always been welcomed, it is the thoughtful unique gifts I cherish most.

    2. I made one of these two years ago for my child’s first grade teacher, Instead of just the name I put T is for Ms. Txxxxx and she loved it. She even asked me for directions so she could make it for her child’s teacher. So I guess its just a personal preference.

    3. I don’t agree. My mom was a kindergarten teacher for so many years and she would have loved the creativity and beauty of this gift. I love it too!

    4. First year teachers for sure would love this, along with many other teachers who have a heart for a gift that took some thought and time to create.

  3. great idea for apresent to anyone on any occasion ,but an excellent idea for a classroom project .i will suggest this to my grandsons kindergarden teacher

  4. What kind of glue did you use for this.? I would assume that a glue gun isn’t practical to glue onto paper but maybe onto the cardboard

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  6. Love this idea! Just stinks my child’s teacher’s names are Oliver and Sutton. However, I’m a former teacher with the last name as Kelly and thinks that this idea is precious! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. Thanks for the creative idea and sharing the steps in doing it. Just so you know, my middle school daughter is creative and she purposefully searched the internet looking for a present she could make her favorite teacher who is moving. She loves this! She is making this for him. 🙂 So it goes even beyond K and PreK teachers :-). Thanks.

  8. ADORABLE! What size font did you use and what size photo frame? Also, I’m assuming you used a shadow box-type frame?-Thanks!

    1. I can’t remember which font we used. I’m sure it was just a basic one. The frame was actually just frame. A shadow box would work well with this though.

  9. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea !
    I am thinking about making one of those for my daughter’s teacher.

    Great job !

  10. I LOVE this idea.. me and my son did this idea for his Teacher appreciation day… We did the V for Mrs Vasquez….. Thank you….

    1. Thanks Selena. You an use a word document to make a letter S the size you want. then all you have to do is follow the pattern. S might be tricky but you can lay out the crayons before gluing so you know how it will look its best.

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  12. I just made one of these for my sons teacher and it’s adorable. I put it in the frame and I can’t get the backing on because the crayons are too thick. Please tell me what to do or what kind of frame I need to get so it will close! Thank you!! Great idea!!
    P.s. I did a 5×7 size

  13. Do you make the framed crayon boxes and sell them? If so how much and how long does it take to get them?
    Thanks.

  14. Hi Jillian! I’m a freshmen in high school and I absolutely love this idea and I am planning on using it next year for teacher appreciation week for my high school Algebra 1 teacher. I just have two questions.

    What size photo frame did you use? Did you replace the glass back on the photo frame afterwards or just left it without? Thanks for taking the time to read this and answer my questions.

  15. Do you have an estimated guess on how many crayons you would use?? I’m super excited to make these! Just don’t want to buy more then I need.

  16. I am wondering how to get gaint letter
    I need letter V
    I try to google it but I couldn’t find like you useingy
    Could you please send me

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