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Do you need a quick homemade teacher’s gift? Here’s a simple DIY gift teachers will enjoy all summer. Pair a potted plant with these free printable tags. It’s the perfect way to express your appreciation at the end of the year.
By the end of the school year my boy’s excitement mounted as the days counted down. “I can’t wait Mom” exclaimed my middle son at least twice a day. I felt the exact same way. It was such a relief to move into the relaxed routine of summer vacation.
Still it was a busy time of year for us. There was all the end of year school stuff with it’s special activities. We also had extra curricula activities ending. This meant myriads of special events and requests for things like cupcakes!
It always seemed that June was the busiest time of the year. It was even busier than Christmas and that’s saying something. I felt as if I was running from one thing to another. You too?
THE DILEMMA OF TEACHER’S GIFTS
Amid all this business came the realization that I had a whole wack of teacher appreciation gifts to organize. Yikes! I knew I wanted to do something special for my boy’s teachers because
- Our teachers are saints, so they deserve all the recognition they can get.
- I wanted to show my boys that it was important to say thank you to their teachers for a job well done.
It wasn’t just school teachers either. We had music and Sunday School teachers who all appreciated a thoughtful gift. By the time we counted them up, it was usually about 8 gifts.
The trouble is that all these teacher appreciation gifts can become quite expensive. We didn’t have a lot of money, so they needed to be homemade and inexpensive. But I didn’t have the time (or patience) to do something too time consuming. At this time of year, it needed to be something simple, quick and cheap.
PLANTS TO THE RESCUE!
I found it was possible to create a homemade teacher’s gift that is inexpensive, easy to put together and meaningful. All I needed was a few plants and a printer! Today I’m sharing our idea for a simple teacher’s gift that doesn’t take any time to put together.
There are loads of cheap plants available at this time of year. Just stick one into a cheap pot and you have an instant gift that can be enjoyed all summer long.
Dress it up with a FREE PRINTABLE plant label and it becomes something special. Look at this isn’t it cute?
A REALLY SIMPLE HOMEMADE TEACHER’S GIFT
It literally takes 10 minutes to print the labels, cut them out, and tape them to a craft stick. And voila you are done! Easy peasy!
Has your child has developed scissor skills? Invite them to cut out the labels and make the gift themselves. That way it becomes even more meaningful.
Mom tip: Kids love planting, so if you have time try planting seeds from scratch. It takes about 4 weeks for plants to grow to a decent size, so you will need to start 4-6 weeks before the end of year. Here are some plants that are easy to grow from seed.
Here’s a tutorial for those of you who have never planted seeds before.
- Small plant in a pot
- Free Printable (see below)
- Extra Planting Dirt
- Craft sticks
- Scotch Tape
Exclusive Bonus: Download the free printable from the library.
You will find it with the family activities.
Thrift stores are great places to find cheap pots. It doesn’t actually need to be a pot. A pretty mug or tea cup can make a lovely plant container.
Here’s a video that shows you how to re-purpose thrift store finds into plant pots. Don’t fancy drilling holes in the bottom? I don’t blame you! Place some small decorative stones in the bottom to provide drainage and you won’t need a hole.
MAKING THE PLANT LABEL
- Download the printable file.
- Print page 3 (labels) onto card stock.
- Cut out labels
- Tape craft sticks to the back of each label
- Push ends of craft sticks into the soil next to the plant
The great thing about this gift is that it is perfect for all your kids teachers. They all deserve a thank you, especially the volunteers.
Check out my Pinterest Board Gifts That Kids Can Make
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Do you give homemade teacher’s gifts? What have you made? share a comment below.