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Drink Dispenser Teacher Appreciation Gift

Teachers are some of the most important and influential people that will ever walk into our childrens’ lives. They serve as educator, counselor, caregiver, confident, friend, role model, discipliner, sounding board, advocate, so very much more. And for all of that, I can’t for the life of me understand why they are so underpaid, under appreciated and mistreated.

I come from a family of teachers and married into a family of teachers. While I do not have first-hand experience being a teacher myself, I like to think I understand just how much time, money and devotion goes into their craft every single day (yes, that includes summers, breaks, weekends and evenings…it never stops)! They do so much for so little and deserve so much more recognition. This is why I make it a point to show my appreciation every chance I get. Wether it be through a quick thank you note/text, or an extra special gift for holidays, the end of the year, or “just because”.

Which is why I am so excited to share my latest DIY with you – and end of the school year drink dispenser teacher gift! It screams summer, it’s cute and is filled with items that the teacher in your life is sure to love. Below is a quick tutorial on how I personalized this and what I filled it with but the options are endless for what you can do with it.



  • Drink dispenser (love this one from Target)
  • Clear acrylic tags
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Modge Podge
  • Vinyl
  • Brother Scan n Cut/Cricut
  • Tulle
  • String

Filler Gifts

  • Starburst
  • Plastic wine glass
  • Coozies
  • Wine cooler/mini champagne bottle
  • Drink mix
  • Fruity gum
  • Straws
  • Beach ball
  • Sun screen
  • Hand sanitizer


I wanted to personalize this gifts for Lennon and Rowe’s preschool teacher and the best idea I could think of for that was to add her last name to the lid. I used pink vinyl and cut the letters out on my Scan n Cut machine.

Next, I made a couple tags to hang on the gift. One says “Best Teacher Ever” and the other “Love Leni & Rowe”. I cut circles out of scrapbook paper and used Modge Podge to stick the paper to one side of the acrylic tags. On the other side of the tag I used pink and white vinyl letters and then sealed the letter to the tags with more Modge Podge.

Next, I filled the dispenser up with all of the cute little gifts I purchased and then put on the lid. Watch my Instagram Reel below to see how I filled it!

I tied the tags around the top with some string and then added a big bow with tulle and chunky yarn.

The girls and I are so excited to give this to their teacher next week!

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