Providing classroom gifts for students can get pricey and while your school may or may not participate in gifting everyone, you still might have the spirit of doing so. But getting it to remain budget-friendly when you have such large class sizes, can be a difficult conundrum. 

You don’t want to exclude anyone, but when you add in your tight Christmas budget for all of the kids, teachers, and bus driver, you’re looking at close to 20 people of various ages and you start wondering why you thought it could be a good idea to gift anyone in the first place. 

Not only do you need the classroom gifts for students to remain budget-friendly, but you also need to find a way to transport whatever you are doing. Is it going to be brought to the school by you? Or does it need to be lightweight enough for your kids to carry it in their backpacks?

Check out This Homemade Holiday Gift Idea that’s perfect for teachers and bus drivers. The best part- It’s SUPER budget-friendly! Under $2 per gift and they’re personalized!

But now what do we do about those 16+ kids in the class?

Give them the gift they can love on a budget you'll love with these ornament cards.
Give them the gift they can love on a budget you’ll love with these ornament cards.

How about we gift the kiddos with something they’ll LOVE?

Plus it’s unique and in my opinion a little better than candy or those piñata stuffer toys that break within the first 5 minutes of playtime. 

I originally got the idea from RepeatCraftMe.com. Sarah has a great tutorial up on how she made them by hand.

I originally got the idea from RepeatCraftMe.com. Sarah has a great tutorial up on how she made them by hand.

Name brand playdough just isn’t in my budget this year, and I have a Cricut machine to give me perfect cutting lines and reduce my hands-on crafting, so instead, I’m making the 16 kids in my daughter’s kindergarten classroom a cheaper version.

Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Measure the bottom of Dough containers so you can get the proper cutting size for your cards. We want them to fit snuggly without ripping.

This is the $1 pack of doguh containers you want to use, to maximize your frugal ways.
This is the $1 pack of dough containers you want to use, to maximize your frugal ways.

I measured mine at 1.75inches in diameter.. actually just a few MM more, but 1.75in cuts perfectly snug. 

1.75inches in diameter seems to be a "good enough" fit size
1.75inches in diameter seems to be a “good enough” fit size

I used the Cricut design space to create the cards. Using a circle of 1.75 diameters to cut out the center of an ornament shape I created. I colored the ornaments to match their corresponding dough containers. 

This is all 16 cards at proper size, with a black background to show them better.
This is all 16 cards at the proper size, with a black background to show them better. 

I made the cards 3inches by 4 inches and flattened the image to it so that the only thing to be cut out, would be the center. As I intended.

Only 4 pieces of cardstock and minimal ink needed!
Only 4 pieces of cardstock and minimal ink needed!

To make all 16 ornaments, I only needed 4 pieces of cardstock. SSUUUPPPEEERRR CHEAP over here 😉

My beautiful Cricut doing all the hard work.
My beautiful Cricut doing all the hard work. 

Make sure you cut on cardstock or cardstock plus setting. I always have to use cardstock+ on white, I don’t know why my machine likes to tear up white cardstock and not the colored ones I use. It’s crazy. 

Cards once cut should look like this.
Cards once cut should look like this. 

After they’re cut, remove them from the mat and pop out the cut centers. Easy Peasy. 

See the super snug fit? 1.75in was perfect!
See the super snug fit? 1.75in was perfect!

Slip the card over the dough container and wiggle it gently down till the lid is flush with the card.

It should look like this when done.
It should look like this when done.

And there you have it! 

Super Easy AND CHEAP classroom gifts for students in your kid’s class! 

Write names, or Holiday friendly greetings on each card or leave as is.
Write names, or Holiday friendly greetings on each card or leave as is. 

Still, want a great idea for Budget-friendly Teacher gifts? Click the image below and go to my AWESOME tutorial breakdown of how to make Teacher ornaments for under $2 each!

Super cheap diy gift idea for Teachers and Bus Drivers.
Super cheap DIY gift idea for Teachers and Bus Drivers. 

This craft was done using my Cricut Explore Air Machine but could be modified for those without one of these nifty machines.

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