Thursday, May 19, 2016

DIY: teacher appreciation plant pots + free printables.

summer is almost here and school is nearly out... and i'm officially counting down the days of packed lunches!  a whirlwind year filled with lots of learning, proud art projects, anticipated gym days, and new friends.  my 3 certainly loved their teachers this year and to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication all year long, we love giving unique, personalized, cheerful gifts that won't break the bank.  this project also makes the perfect gift for care providers or day homes.

i designed two chalkboard painted terracotta pots that can be customized with your very own special message.  you can use any plant pot for this project, or even have your child paint their own pot to make the gift even more special.

the first plant includes a ruler with a free printable tag "thank you for helping me grow".  I cut out a couple leaves to add to the tag as well for a little colour and detail.  the second plant includes a bunting banner created with a free printable alphabet bunting set, where you can trim out letters to spell your own message.  the bunting is strung between two rulers.  i also added colourful leaves to the bunting with mini clothespins.

the supplies.

terracotta plant pot {or any pot of your choosing}
chalkboard paint {optional}
painters tape
foam paint brush
hot glue gun
free printable thank you tag or free printable alphabet bunting
scrapbook paper for leaves {optional}
twine, yarn, or ribbon for bunting

the how-to.

1. Paint your pots.  In my project, I masked the top border of my terracotta pot and painted the remainder with 3 coats of Rustoleum chalkboard paint.   Also, you can use any finished plant pot for this project and skip the painting, or even have your child paint their own pot to make the gift even more special. 

2. Print the free printable alphabet bunting or free printable thank you tags. Trim the printables. Cut leaves if desired.

3 a. Attach the thank you tag and leaves to the ruler with hot glue. 

3 b. Fold the bunting letters in half and attached to your string using a dab of hot glue in the inner fold.  Tie your string to each ruler with a double knot. Add leaves to your bunting if desired.

4. If you painted your pots with chalkboard paint, it's time to write your  message on your pots.  I customized one of my pots with a teacher's name and the other with a simple message, "grow."

5. Add your plant to your pot.  Insert your rulers into your plant.  I left my plants in their original planters from the garden center and didn't insert my ruler into the soil, but rather, between the two pots. 

6. Make your teacher's day!

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