As the summer holidays drew closer I wanted to do something nice but different for the girl’s teachers to say thank you for everything but without spending a fortune on gifts. Between the girl’s classrooms there two teachers and three teaching assistants and in my opinion, the teaching assistants are just as important as the teachers, so I browsed the web for cheap and affordable gift idea’s and these cute little plant pots popped up, they were perfect and just what I had been looking for.
All you needed is:
- Plant pots with saucers
- Sugar soap
- Chalkboard paint
- Sharpie pen
- Masking tape ( optional, I did mine free hand)
I already had a bag of soil in the garden and the chalkboard paint in my cupboard so where would I find these plant pots that wouldn’t cost me a small fortune? Amazon, of course. I brought 8 pcs 4″ small plant pots with saucers for just £8.99
Before I painted my plant pots with the chalkboard paint I made sure to give them a quick wipe over with the sugar soap spray to remove any grease so that the paint would go on smoothly.
Then I painted free-hand around my flower pots and tried to leave an inch gap at the top of the pot so I could then create my ruler effect at the end. I advise you to use masking tape around the top when you come to paint these and it will look so much neater.
Fortunately for us, it was the hottest day of the year when I painted mine and they dried outside within twenty minutes instead of the two-hour stated on the back of the tin. You will also need to do two coats for a better finish.
Once they have all dried, use a black sharpie pen to create the ruler look around the top of the plant pot and some chalk to write the teachers name on the plant pot.
For the gift tags, you will need:
- Laminator and a sheet of laminate paper
- Glue gun
- Plant name sticks.
- Cellophane and some ribbon
For the gift labels, I looked online for a free template and then I just edited a photo into it which I had taken that morning of the girls holding their ‘Last day of Year 1/ Reception’ sign. I printed the tags out and laminated them.
I cut small strips of velcro and used my hot glue gun to stick one side of the velcro to the name stick as the other side of the velcro was sticky so I used that for the back of the name tag itself.
And just like that they were done and I got a huge sense of satisfaction knowing that I had made these all by myself. It took me about an hour to make all five of these and the children really loved giving them to their teachers and of course their teachers loved them.
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