5 Garden Inspired DIY Back To School Gifts Your Child’s Teacher Will Love
It’s that time again – BACK TO SCHOOL! For those of you with school-aged children, that means a frantic (and expensive) dash for school clothes, school supplies, lunchboxes, backpacks – the list goes on and on. In the midst of all that chaos, you may have a fleeting thought that it would be nice to do something special for your child’s new teacher, but who in the world has time for that? Not to mention the extra expense.
But wait! You’re a gardener, right? With a bit of imagination and some inspiration from your garden, you can easily put together a back to school gift for your child’s teacher that will send you to the head of the class.
Here are 5 Garden Inspired DIY Back to School Gifts to get those creative juices flowing:
RULER SUCCULENT PLANTER
What a simple, fun, and easy project! Perfect for a elementary school teacher, this ruler planter could easily hold all sorts of plants, although a succulent is certainly a smart, low maintenance choice. If you want to create a little mystery, plant seeds instead of a visible plant and turn it into an instant class science experiment!
Full supply list and step-by-step instructions can be found on ElizabethJoanDesigns.com.
INK PEN BOUQUET
Not only is this teacher’s gift adorable, it’s also functional and practical. In addition to featuring flowers that will never wilt, they will also never disappear, because these ink pens are tough to hide! Spraying your pot with blackboard spray paint and inscribing the teacher’s name with a blackboard chalk pen gives this gift a lovely personal touch.
Full supply list and step-by-step instructions can be found on HGTVGardens.com.
Much like the Ink Pen Bouquet, this Pencil Bouquet is fun and functional (and if you’re pressed for time, might be a bit quicker and easier to assemble). Pencils are stuck in floral foam that’s been glued to the bottom of the container. The teacher’s name could easily be added to the front of your container of choice, add a note from your child, and you get an A+!
Full supply list and step-by-step instructions can be found on TheHappyScraps.com.
TERRA COTTA APPLE JAR
Some people are so darned creative – who would of thought to turn a terra cotta pot into a delightful apple jar? (Well, the team at 733Blog.com, that’s who!) This Back to School teacher’s gift provides a lot of flexibility as to what treasures you and your child decide to place inside. Chocolates, paper clips, a flask? 😉 All will be appreciated!
Full supply list and step-by-step instructions can be found on 733Blog.com.
FLORAL THANK YOU NOTES
Okay, this last idea is cheating on the DIY part of the Back to School teacher’s gift (unless you make your own, and if so, you’re waaaaaay out of our league!). But sometimes there is just not enough time to be clever, crafty, AND thoughtful, so we’re going to focus on the clever and thoughtful parts. Surely all of your classroom’s parents will be just as generous as you are, and present the teacher with some token of appreciation. Then she will feel compelled to send thank you notes home, because she is an example-setter after all. Why not help her out with an assortment of thank you notes? As an added bonus, let her know that she’s off the hook and doesn’t need to send you a thank you for your thank yous!
The lovely floral assortment of thank you notes in the photo and step-by-step instructions for ordering them can be found on Amazon.com.
Enjoy the school year!
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice. If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” ~ Chinese Proverb
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