DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Class Birthday Board

Good Morning, Class… I mean Readers!  Interesting little fact about myself: in high school I thought I would grow up one day to become a teacher!  Then I realized that I didn’t really like kids all that much {queue buzzer sound} so I scratched that idea off the list.  I do highly respect teachers, though.  How many people do you know who can be cramped in a class full of snotty kids all day and not duct tape them all to a chair?  For that reason, we dedicate this post to all teachers, young and old, near and far.  And for the special teacher in our life, we designed this DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Class Birthday Board!

 DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Class Birthday Board by My Paper Craze

There are several variations on Pinterest but we wanted it to be custom to classroom decor.  What better than a ruler?  Plus… I may have already had a scrap piece of pallet wood from a failed project that happened to remind me of a ruler.

I started out with my scrap piece of pallet wood (28 inches long) and filled the nail holes with wood filler.  Once dried, I sanded it smooth and applied my beautiful yellow paint.  I thought it was so ironic that the color of yellow I chose was called School Bus Yellow.  {PERFECT!}

I considered creating a stencil with my silhouette and painting the lettering on the wood board.  Then I came to my senses and realized I could apply  vinyl directly to the wood.  After creating the design in Silhouette Studio (apple design from the Silhouette Online Store), I proceeded to cut and apply using normal settings and processes.  Since my board is 28 inches long, I did separate the vinyl design into three different sections to conserve vinyl, then lined them up as I applied it to the board.


Once the board is completely set up, I highly recommend applying a thin coat of clear sealant (I prefer the spray paint variety) to help the vinyl adhere to the wood.

To conserve time, you can perform this next step in advance to allow for drying time.  The most common design we found for this style board was to use the circle wood discs and small eyelet screws to create little hooks.  I’m not a fan of complicated and time consuming projects, so I decided on a simpler (and cuter) way… say good by to small, tedious screws and hello to cute, adorable baby clothes pins.  I cut small rectangle shaped chipboard pieces using my rotary cutter (my dimensions were 2″ x 3/4″.  I then coated my chipboard in chalkboard paint, allowed to dry, then used my handy-dandy hot glue gun to attach the small clothes pins.

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Class Birthday Board

With my hot glue gun handy, I proceeded to glue various strips of ribbon aligned with each of the months (approx. 6″ in length).  Combine the ribbons with the chalkboard paint, this easily allows the teacher to change names and move tiles around without much effort at all.  We all know they have too many kids running around to take much time rearranging a birthday board.  I also created a ribbon hanger with a small accent bow for the board to be easily displayed.

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Class Birthday Board by My Paper Craze

Thanks for joining us again today!  I hope our little tutorial and shortcuts gave you some inspiration for your very own Teacher Appreciation gift!  Stay tuned for more crafty fun coming in the future!


  1. Bre @ Average But Inspired

    Hi, ladies! This is such a cute idea! I love it and I’m sure any teacher would, too! – Bre @ Average But Inspired

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Bre! We sure hope it’ll brighten her day a little (and get her through the rest of the school year!). Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Brenda Young

    This is adorable Becky, yet another reason to purchase a silhouette!will have to pin this

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Brenda! Actually if you have a steady hand this could be done with paint or even sharpies. We appreciate you stopping by.

  3. Sandy @ Being Content Where We Are

    I’m looking for an end of the school year present for my son’s teachers and this just may be it. It is adorable. Pinning.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Sandy. I made this for my grandson’s teacher and I really believe she will love it. And thanks for pinning!

  4. Dani @ lifeovereasy

    What a cute idea! Such a fun way to remember the kids birthdays and make them feel special.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Dani! We sure had a lot of fun making it and I’m sure the kids in the class will enjoy it! Glad you could stop by!

  5. Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond

    A great idea!! I might have to forward this on to a few teachers I know!! Thanks for linking up to “Stumble Into The Weekend”, Mandy

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Mandy! Teachers are often forgotten heroes, so we try to do a little something special to show our appreciation for the holidays!

  6. Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

    Oh Glenna! This is so fantastic! I don’t think I have time to make one this year, but I am pinning so that I can tackle it next year. SO CUTE! Love the ribbon and colors you chose! Thanks for the awesome tutorial. PS- I still MUST invest in a Silhouette! So many cute projects I want to make.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Tasha! I can’t wait until my grandson gives it to his teacher.

  7. Michele @ Our Rosey Life

    Well this is just the cutest gift!! I think I might make this as a “Let’s kickoff a great year” and give it to our teachers in August. Thanks for sharing your idea.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Michele! I don’t know of any teacher that wouldn’t enjoy one of these. So much fun!

  8. Tamara

    Such a cute idea & right before Teacher Appreciation at the Elementary School.
    Pinning, thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Tamara! The teachers do so much for our kids that we enjoy giving back a little. Have a great day!

  9. Betsy @ BPhotoArt

    This is adorable. I pinned it earlier today, but wanted to let you know how cute it was. Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade 🙂

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thank you Betsy! This was a fun project and I can’t wait for my grandson to give it to his teacher next week. We appreciate you pinning it!

  10. Sandra @ Sandra's Ark

    I’m so taken with this that I think I’ll make one for our Sunday School class.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Wow, making one for your Sunday School class. Fabulous idea! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  11. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    This is too cute! Thanks for linking up with Hump Day Happenings!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Jenna! Enjoying your new link party!

  12. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods

    Cute and functional! Teachers would love these!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! I hope you will join us again this Saturday at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed our little project Ashley! We’ll see you Saturday!

  13. Marti

    This is soooo cute! I’m terrible at remembering birthdays, I need to make one for myself! Thank you for sharing it with us! I Pinned it to the party board. 🙂

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks for the pin, Marti! Birthdays sure do have a way of sneaking up on us!

  14. Jenn

    Very cute and such a great idea! Much cuter than the cupcakes on the wall that I usually see in classrooms 🙂

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Jenn! I know the teacher will love it.

  15. Megan Walker

    So adorable and creative! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Megan! Enjoying your new link party!

  16. Beverly

    What a cute idea. I am going to make one for my daughter – who is a teacher. There are times that I think she would like to duct tape kids to chairs. lol!
    it is a tough job at times.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      I’m sure your daughter would love one of these! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  17. Kristina & Millie

    What a super fun idea! and reusable which makes it even more awesome!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Kristina & Millie! I can’t wait for my grandson to give it to his teacher on Friday. I know she’s going to love it.

  18. Danielle Lin Pientka

    Very cute! Colors are perfect!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Danielle! I appreciate you stopping by.

  19. Trish

    Absolutely precious!!!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Trish! The teacher loved it.

  20. Nearly Crafty

    I need this for our family! I am always forgetting bdays of family far away.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks! They have some really nice family birthday boards on pinterest and they are so easy!

  21. Terry-lyn

    Did you use craft paint?

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Yes.I just used craft paint that you can find at Walmart or any craft store.

  22. Sandy

    This may have already been asked but I didn’t see it in the comments. What font did you use and how did you get the ruler marks on there so perfectly? Thanks in advance for your help. I love this project.

  23. Jaime Jo

    Hey There – Could you share what fonts you used?

  24. Jaime Jo

    Can you share what fonts you used, please?

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