As the school year is winding down, that means it is time to start thinking about gift ideas. I blogged about some budget friendly gifts for students with free tags that you can find HERE. Today, I'm thinking about gifts to thank teachers. I came up with these gifts for my daughter's Sunday school teachers at our church. There are 8 teachers and helpers that rotate throughout the year so I wanted to get something small and budget friendly for all of them. These would be perfect for your child to give to a teacher with the "Thanks for helping me grow" version. You could also use this idea and the included tags to thank parapros, secretaries, custodians, specials teachers, volunteers or anyone who has helped your students if you use the "Thanks for helping us grow" tags.
To make these gifts, I bought 6 inch clay pots from Home Depot for around $1 each. I had my daughter help me paint them with acrylic paints that I had on hand. It took several coats to get the color as dark as I wanted, so I did the rest of the coats after my daughter helped with the first one.
Next, I bought some succulents to add to the pots. I bought a bunch of succulents last year for our garden and I love them since they survive on very little water. I had it in my head that I wanted to use succulents for this project. I didn't realize that these would be hard to find (5 stores) and would be around $5 for each plant. Luckily, I found a multi pack that I split up and then bought 4 additional plants to help fill in the space. The cost and availability might be different depending on where you live. If you want to go with a cheaper and more colorful route, buy some flowers and plant them in the pots.
Once the pots were ready to go, I created little cards to go with them. My daughter is just learning to write letters and words so I knew it was going to be a lot for her to write this on each card. I figured I would just make a printable and she could add her name and I would write the teachers' names. She also wanted to draw a picture for each teacher so I let her do that and we will add that with some washi tape right before we give them. To attach the cards, I used skewer sticks that I had on hand and taped them to the back of the cards.
This is a super easy gift idea. You can make it even easier by not painting the pots or by just tying a ribbon around the pot for some color. You could also use cute washi tape and just tape the cards to the pot instead of using sticks.
If you want to try this out, I've included the cards (both the ME and the US versions) HERE for you to download.