I picked up this idea on Pinterest but it originally came from Pretty Handy Girl. I decided to alter her idea to fit my needs. I printed out my own cards using a premade template from my computer. To save money, I picked up these square vases at my local dollar store for $1.00 each and planted my own flower pots. I also got inexpensive stones for the bottom of the vases to help with drainage. I bought the cacti at my local hardware store which I managed to snag on sale, and for safe measure, I used cacti soil. These were fun to put together, but I had to use a work gloves while planting…these babies were sharp! These gifts were a big hit. I think I ended up making 17 or 18 vases for all the teachers and staff.
Typically, I do something extra for the homeroom teacher. This year we decided to make a basket with the teacher’s favorite color. My child made a list of her teacher’s favorite things that she has talked about it the past. Then she wrote a poem and we printed it on card stock. Typically, I buy only gluten free food items. However, in the case we focused on the teacher’s favorite things…so I made an exception.
We’ve also done Bubble Gum Blow Tape from Bloom Designs for Valentines’ Day. These could easily be converted to a teacher appreciation gift. Teacher you blow me away!
I used a skewer from the kitchen and my trusty double sided tape to make a pick to stick in the flower. I got the template from Landee See, Landee Do and used a die-cut flower shape from my scrapbook supplies.
We’ve also done homemade earrings for the female teachers with natural stones that the kids picked out.