5 Easy Teachers’ Day Card Ideas To Show Your Appreciation

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They say that the best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. If you’ve ever had such an educator who has inspired you (or your kids) over the years, it’s time to show them your appreciation this Teachers’ Day (2 September). A good way to do that is by giving them a handmade Teachers’ Day card. We’re sure your teacher will appreciate the gesture! Not sure how to begin? Read on for some simple DIY Teachers’ Day card design ideas in Singapore you can do with your kids this 2023!

What do I write in a Teachers’ Day card?

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There’s no hard and fast rule over what you can write in a handmade Teachers’ Day card. More importantly, take this opportunity to thank your teachers and educators for the hard work, both seen and unseen, that they have put in over the years. You can also go one step further by listing down anecdotes of the times they have gone the extra mile to help you. This will definitely make them feel touched and appreciated. Other Teachers’ Day card ideas would include giving them a motivational quote to spur them on. And if you have a picture with your teacher, it would be nice to print it out and paste it on the card too! 

DIY handmade Teachers’ Day card ideas in Singapore to try (2023)

1. Origami Envelope Teachers’ Day Card

If you’re on the hunt for a simple handmade Teachers’ Day card idea to follow, you can’t go wrong with this origami envelope card design. There is a special pull tab feature, which we’re sure your teacher will appreciate the element of surprise. Moreover, this DIY Teachers’ Day card can be made within minutes – quick and easy!

You will need:

  • A4 size paper
  • Coloured markers  

How to make this Teachers’ Day card idea:

  1. Fold an A4 size paper (available on MillionParcel) in half on the long end (horizontally) 
  2. Unfold the paper and fold the four corners inwards such that the folds end nicely in the middle (previously folded line)
  3. Fold the remaining sides inwards as well
  4. Then, fold the two sharp ends inwards such that it forms a rectangle 
  5. Flip the paper around and write down your Teachers’ Day message vertically
  6. Design the card using coloured markers (available on Schwan-STABILO Singapore Official Store)
  7. Once the design is done, fold and unfold the card in thirds 
  8. Tuck in the bottom fold into the top fold such that an envelope shape is formed
  9. Design the ‘cover’ of the envelope with coloured markers and write ‘Happy Teachers’ Day’ on it
  10. Write the word ‘Pull’ in the centre square and draw arrows so that your teacher can experience the surprise factor by ‘opening’ the envelope 

2. Pencil Teachers’ Day Card

Nothing is as synonymous with teachers as red pens, which is why we think it’s apt to have a Teachers’ Day card idea in Singapore in the shape of one. Well, a pencil is not quite a red pen but you get the idea. Taking minutes to complete, this Teachers’ Day card design can be customised in any way you like!

You will need:

  • A4 coloured paper (yellow, beige, black, pink)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Small art beads

How to make this Teachers’ Day card idea:

  1. Take a piece of A4 yellow coloured paper (available on Art Friend SG Official Store) and fold it in half on the long end (horizontally)  
  2. Using a ruler (available on Art Friend SG Official Store) and pencil, mark out a 9cm x 9cm square using the folded yellow coloured paper against a piece of beige coloured paper
  3. Cut the square out using a pair of scissors (available on 3M Official eStore
  4. Glue the cut-out beige square on one end of the folded yellow paper
  5. Similarly, measure and cut out half the 9cm x 9cm square using a black coloured paper and glue it on top the beige square. It should be in a rectangle shape
  6. Do the same for the other side of the folded yellow coloured paper with a pink coloured paper instead  
  7. Add in a strip of black coloured paper above the pink portion
  8. Cut the top end of the card in the shape of a pencil 
  9. Fold the remaining leftover coloured paper into small triangles and curve cut off one end of it. This will create mini flowers which you can stick all over the card
  10. Glue small art beads (available on Monja Official Store) onto the middle of the flowers 
  11. Unfold the card to write your Teachers’ Day message! 

3. Blackboard Teachers’ Day Card

We’re pretty sure that your teacher scribbles on the whiteboard on a daily basis. But this Teachers’ Day, it’s your turn to do so by making this DIY blackboard Teachers’ Day card. Aesthetically pleasing and quick-to-do, it is definitely a simple Teachers’ Day card design idea you should try!

You will need:

  • Brown craft paper or an old wedding card 
  • Coloured paper (mainly black) 
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • White acrylic paint

How to make this Teachers’ Day card idea:

  1. Cut a brown craft paper (available on AGL_DIY Acc-3.sg) or an old wedding card into half such that it opens in a vertical flap 
  2. Use a ruler, measure and cut out a smaller rectangle from a piece of black coloured paper
  3. Paste it with glue (available on Cityluxe) on the brown craft paper. This should take up 80% of the space with a margin at the sides, looking like a blackboard. 
  4. At the bottom of the brown craft paper, cut out a small rectangle to make the blackboard stands
  5. Design the blackboard with stickers and drawings. Make sure to use white acrylic colour paint (available on Art Friend SG Official Store) when writing words
  6. A suggestion would be to take other pieces of coloured paper and cut out small strips of the ‘saved’ icon to add as a banner on the top of the card
  7. Open the card flap to see whether the blackboard can stand

4. Flower Teachers’ Day Card

Your child might not have the money to buy actual flowers, but they can definitely make their own as part of their DIY Teachers’ Day card idea this year. It comes with a pop-up message and has a shiny glitter aesthetic. No one can resist such a beautiful handmade Teachers’ Day card!

You will need:

  • Origami paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors 
  • Glue
  • Glitter foam
  • Straw or satay stick
  • Ribbon

How to make this Teachers’ Day card idea:

  1. Fold a piece of origami paper (available on Art Friend SG Official Store) in quarters  
  2. Unfold the paper and fold it into triangles on both ends. Make sure that the fold marks are visible on both sides 
  3. Fold the paper into the smallest triangle possible based on the folds
  4. Draw a petal curve using a pencil and slowly cut it out with a scissors. You should get a flower when you unfold it.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 but this time round, use a smaller-sized origami paper of another colour 
  6. Glue the smaller flower on top of the larger flower 
  7. Paste some heart-shaped glitter foam (available on ZX MALL) on each petal
  8. Write your Teachers’ Day message in the middle of the flower, and design it however you like 
  9. Roll up and glue another piece of origami paper (preferably green) around a straw (available on ChingJae Life Official Store) or satay stick (available on Sgessentials). This will form the stem.
  10. Attach the stem to the back of the flower and stick another heart-shaped glitter foam there
  11. Tie a ribbon (available on Sweet Confessions) around the stem 

5. Pen Teachers’ Day Card

You can never go wrong with getting a pen as a Teachers’ Day gift. But we encourage you to go one step further and combine it with this simple Teachers’ Day card design idea in Singapore! This way, you’ll be able to have a handmade Teachers’ Day card and gift all in one. We’re sure your teachers will appreciate the gesture. 

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Circle template
  • Glue
  • Pen (gift)
  • Penknife
  • Ribbon 
  • Double-sided tape

How to make this Teachers’ Day card idea:

  1. Fold a piece of coloured paper in thirds, that resembles the shape of an ice cream cone
  2. Cut out a curved shape to remove the excess paper with a scissors
  3. Trace out small circles using a circle template (available on Art Friend SG Official Store) on a smaller piece of coloured paper
  4. Cut it out while leaving a small square at the folded edge. You should get a small flower
  5. Glue the flowers together such that there are eight petals on each flower. Add as many layers of petals to the flower as you wish. 
  6. Create some leaves using a piece of green coloured paper
  7. Cut two small lines on the first piece of coloured paper using a penknife (available on 3M Official eStore), and string it through with a ribbon 
  8. Leave a small gap between the lines to stick on a double-sided tape (available on 3M Official eStore) for the gift pen (available on deli01.sg) that you’re going to give your teacher
  9. Stick the flower and leaves on top of the pen 
  10. Repeat steps 1-2 with a different coloured paper for the external bouquet cover and design it as you like
  11. Slot in the pen gift in the bouquet cover and your Teachers’ Day card is ready! 

Try out these DIY Teachers’ Day card ideas

We hope this list of handmade Teachers’ Day card ideas have inspired you to do a little something for the different educators in your life. Go one step further by getting them a present too! Here are some Teachers’ Day gift ideas to help you along. Otherwise, the Mid-Autumn Festival also takes place in September so it’s a good time to feast on the best traditional mooncakes or try out some DIY lantern-making with your kids! 

This article was updated on 11 August 2023. Additional research done by Caryn Tan.

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