Simple Teacher Gift: Potted Succulents

 

Teacher Appreciation Gift - Potted Succulents

Teacher Appreciation Gift – Potted Succulents

For teacher appreciation week last month, my daughter and I made these sweet little potted hens and chicks.

 

If you have been in ANY store lately, you’ll see lots of fake ones.  It seems succulents are all the rage!!

So I DIY’d it!  This was easy and inexpensive – especially since I just happen to have a whole bunch of them growing in my garden!  They grow and multiply quickly in my yard and I needed to thin them out. And bonus- succulents are drought-tolerant – so they’re so easy to care for.

What you need:

  • small jars, cups, pots, or bowls (check your local thrift stores – that’s where our beauties came from!)
  • potting soil
  • some small rock or gravel (we found a bag of aquarium gravel that looked just perfect!)
  • succulents
  • thank-you stickers
  • toothpicks

Place a small layer of rocks in the bottom of each glass and then fill almost to the top with potting soil.  Plant the succulents.  Add some gravel at the top around the succulents.

We used some thank-you stickers like these from Michael’s, placing two back-to-back on the end of a toothpick and then sticking it into the soil.

thank you stickers

I was so pleased with how they turned out!

Teacher Appreciation Gift - Potted Succulents

Teacher Appreciation Gift – Potted Succulents

 

 

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Back-to-school Teacher Gift

I’ve got a quick, cute back-to-school teacher gift for you!

back-to-school teacher gift

Get yourself some school-themed scrapbooking paper, some white cardstock, ribbon, and a frame.

Go to this awesome blog to print out the art for FREE!  (Thank you, bitsycreations!)

Put it in the frame and dress it up however you like, and there you have it – another quick & easy gift!

Quick and Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week!

And because I am never on-the-ball enough to have things ready beforehand, here I am again with a post you probably won’t be able to use until next year!

{be sure to Pin it!}

OR, this is so quick – if you have the materials and a free half-hour before school pickup this afternoon… you can get these done!

 

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What you need:

Cardstock (white, blue, yellow or lime green would be good!)

Scissors

Glue Stick

Printer

brads (optional)

circle cutter (optional)

drink mix singles

water bottles

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Instructions:

Download this word document, edit if you like (you might want to add your child’s or your family name?), and print the labels.  File is here:  water labels

Cut out labels – circles look great.

Cut a 3″ by 8 1/2″ wide strip of cardstock – this will be your tag.

Cut out a circle near the top to fit over the neck of the water  bottle.

Fold the bottom up about 2 1/2 inches and glue sides in order to form the pocket.

Add brads if desired.

Glue circle labels onto the front of the pocket.

Stick the drink mix single into the pocket, hang it on the water bottle, and voila!  Your gift is done – enjoy your handiwork!

 

P.S. – I am so thankful for my children’s teachers.  Please don’t think that because this gift is prepared quickly that I overlook their importance in my children’s lives!  God Bless them – I know I have a hard time spending all day with my children – and they have my kids plus a classroom full of other kids, too!  And they do this job because they love the kids and love to see them learn.  We are blessed, and have been blessed, by fabulous teachers for my kids.  So, thank you teachers! 🙂

 

 

 

Another gift idea!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  Yes, yes it is.

So last week (yes, the first week in November!) I made these little cuties for the Pastors at our church.  (It’s not that I had forgotten about them – I just had trouble getting it done!!)

This was a MOPS “craft” we did last year and I thought it would be just perfect for the pastors.  It would also be great for a teacher gift, a thank-you gift, or a little thinking-of-you gift for anyone else in your life!

These are Apple Crisp mixes.  The little bread pans I found on clearance at Michael’s for a dollar.  I printed out some gift tags at http://www.avery.com (highly recommended!).  I used some scrapbook paper and twine I already had in my craft stash – and voila!- a perfect little gift.

And here is the printable file in case you want to make some of your own!

Apple Crisp Mix Directions and Tags

Happy gifting!