10 minute diy: Best teacher card


Here in the UK the end of the school year is fast approaching. I like to show my children's teachers my appreciation at the end of the year by getting them a nice card and sometimes a small gift. Last year I went full out and handmade quite a few teachers gifts, this year though I just don't have the time. 

I decided I would still make a card but that it would have to be super quick to do. Here is what I came up with (above). It is a card made to resemble a blackboard with a chalk message. The thing I like most about this card is that it is very easy to personalise, which will make it stand out from other cards the teacher will get. You can write the teachers name on the front along with a message and who its from.


You will need:
  • Black paper
  • A blank rectangle shape greeting card with envelope. Preferably a brown/Kraft card (otherwise any light colour card will do and then just use a brown felt tip pen to draw a frame).
  • White pen
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors


  1. Start buy cutting your black paper to size. It should be about 1cm smaller all round than the front of the card.
  2. Position your black paper so it is in the landscape position and write your message using a white pen. I wanted the writing to look like it was done in chalk and found it looks more realistic if its not very neat. You can check out some inspiration for chalk writing on Pinterest, I  have a chalkboard typography board on there to if you want some ideas. 
  3. Once the ink is dry, glue the paper centrally to the front of the card so that a border is left all around the black paper (the boarder will be the frame).
  4. If your card is not brown or Kraft you can now draw a frame using a brown felt tip pen. I used a Kraft card so didn't need to draw a frame. I just added a bit of shading with an ordinary pencil, but it still looks nice if left plain.
There you have a very quick and easy card that you can personalise for a teacher. If you are looking for some inspiration for teachers gifts you can make yourself, why not check out my 'Top 5 handmade teachers gifts' post from last year. Will you be making anything for a teacher this year?

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