Stenciled Tote Bag


{Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea}

Stenciled Tote Bags {The Preppy Strawberry}

This week is Teacher Appreciation week at my daughters school.   My original idea for teacher appreciation gifts completely changed because my daughter is still out of school recovering from having her tonsils removed last week. 

I always try to get the teacher something useful instead of something that just become clutter – My mom has taught school for over 23 years and I remember growing up all of the apple coffee mugs that were in our cupboard!  LOTS! 

My original plan was to put something small together each day and send to school – something fun but something to let her teacher know how much she is appreciated!  Can you imagine having 25 six and seven year olds every day!!  Yikes!!

The tote bag is the perfect size for an every day purse, a tote bag to toss your iPad, nook, or kindle in along with some note pads etc.  Or for a school teacher toss in your papers to grade, your lesson planner and misc. school items!

The bags caught my eye and I had them in my cart last month but ended up putting them back because I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them? Other than I thought they were adorable!  Then a few days later this image was in my pinterest stream …. So you know where I went right?  There as my idea and I went back for my bags! 

The Apple Tag on the bag was a free printable form dimple prints.

I created my stencil on my cricut using freezer paper and then I stenciled each bag with everyone’s first initials. 


Stenciled Tote Bags {The Preppy Strawberry}


I think the bags turned out super cute!  I even made one for myself to start – just incase I didn’t like it at least I would be stuck with my initial 😉


Stenciled Tote Bags {The Preppy Strawberry}

This one I made for my mom – my Mom teaches 3rd grade and is also the after school teacher.  Lilly goes to after school almost every day because I work so we also gave Nana a teacher appreciation gift. 


Stenciled Tote Bags {The Preppy Strawberry}


Lilly’s teachers bag …..


Stenciled Tote Bags {The Preppy Strawberry}


Tag – printable from dimple prints

bag idea: Uncommon designs

Need some more teacher appreciation gift ideas?  Check out my pinterest teacher appreciation board.

We have one more teacher surprise but …. that will have to wait!  Stay tuned!

Happy Crafting!






Teacher Appreciation Door Ideas

This week is teacher appreciation week and today I’m sharing with you the class door idea that I did last night.  The PTA theme this week was The Hollywood Walk of Fame week so I stuck with the Hollywood theme for her door.  


Teacher Appreciation Door Idea {The Preppy Strawberry}

Hollywood theme door – I found all the fun Hollywood stuff at Party Max. 

(sorry the picture is so bad – the hallway lighting was awful!)



up close shots of the door and decorations – each student was on a gold star and then we had different Hollywood theme pictures.  I put on the envelope the teachers name. 


Need some more inspiration for Teacher Appreciation check out my round up below.  Here are some other cute Teacher Appreciation Door ideas!  Click here for more door ideas.


How cute are the pinterest themed door!  Super cute idea especially for a teacher that is addicted pinterest! 


How cute is the recipe card door!  What a cute idea! 




I love the App door! 






Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher gift table 

This week is teacher appreciation week at my daughters preschool. Saturday we spent most of the day at school decorating and putting together the teacher gifts.  Our them was candy land – so sweet!  We sent home with each kid a cut out of either a candy cane, gingerbread man, balloon, lollipop, candy cane, heart, gum ball machine, and peanut.  We asked each student to return the cut out decorated with a thank you message and a picture of themselves. We created the candy lane path with felt squares and laid them on the carpet.  Then we had a replica of the castle created and is hanging on the wall and surrounding the castle are all of the thank you notes from the students.  I took some pictures of the decorations.  I’m so disappointed with the pictures!  I’m going to blame it on the lighting in the school and the fact I only had so much room to take the pictures!  Ugh!  Really, I want a new camera but that’s on my wish list! 😉 

Thursday, I will update a picture of the cake we are having made! But for now I thought I would share a little of what I was up to this weekend!   

 Picture of the Candy Land Castle 

Poem above the castle 

Teacher Gift 
each included 3 chocolate suckers

A look down the hall – hanging hard candy and the candy land walk

Some of the kids “thank you” cards 

My daughters Thank you card 

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Here’s a peek at what we are delivering to school tomorrow for Lilly’s teachers! Next week is teacher appreciation week so these were going next week but with me not getting these last two jobs, we have to pull her out of school. She was in preschool FT – 5 days a week and when I lost my job we took her down to 2 days. We went part time days only to hold the FT spot but now we have to make some changes! Oh well, normal preschool at her school ends in 2 weeks anyway so we will be back next fall for preschool.

I made each teacher 6 apple cupcakes! Well, not apple cupcakes they just look like apples! I used a chocolate cake mix and decorated the cupcakes to look like apples. I used spearmint candy for the leaf and pretzel sticks to make the stem. I hope they like them! I think they turned out a adorable!

I took a picture of my supplies just in case you are looking for an idea for teacher appreciation week!

They were yummy- of course I had to try one! 😉 Totally not on my low carb diet but I can’t give away food as a gift without trying it! Oh and I love cupcakes!