Gardening “Planting the Seeds” Teacher Gift

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by Amy Flanigan on June 1, 2012 · 8 comments

I know you all come for the food, but I also know a lot of you are parents. So if you’re part of that crowd, check out this cute teacher appreciation gift! 

There’s no doubt there will be years we love our kids’ teachers, and years we won’t. But I’m so thrilled that Haley’s first year in public school was positive. We struck gold with her Kindergarten teacher and I’m figuring out who to bribe keeping my fingers crossed that Trevor eventually gets her, too.

I volunteered in the classroom every single Friday, so I got to know her teacher very well. She’s a lover of the environment and all things gardening, so when I saw this teacher appreciation gift, I knew we’d be making it.

What you need:
• tin bucket, empty/new paint can, or even a metal watering can would be adorable
• chalkboard decal or chalkboard paint
• chalk
• brown twine
• whatever goodies you want to include in your container
• a brown paper lunch bag
• computer and printer

I decided to go with a paint can, and bought a chalkboard decal online because it’s so much easier! Yay Etsy! Try to affix the decal to your container as smoothly as possible. Mine has a few bubbles :(

Open up your brown paper bag and cut it to the size of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Choose whatever font that floats your boat, type up the quote “Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that will grow forever!” and print it out. I also crumpled it up slightly to give it that rustic look.

The innards we chose were seed packets, garden cutters, gloves, plant markers, and a Lowes gift card.

Then you put it all together with the twine and write whatever message suits you with the chalk (which, btw, can erase with a paper towel, just like a chalkboard, in case you screw up or change your mind. Not that I would know anything about that *ahem*)

Isn’t it cute??

If you are going the gift card route, absolutely more power to you. I love gift cards! But if you’re trying to be creative, maybe this would work for one of your teachers also. And hopefully your handwriting is better than mine!

Many thanks go out to Cindy from Skip To My Lou and Kari from U Create for the awesome idea.

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Lora June 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thank you so much for posting this idea. I made a rendition of this (waited too long to find the etsy chalk stickers) for my own son’s teacher. I don’t really know if she is as much into gardening, but hopefully she will appreciate the thought behind it. You have the best ideas!!!

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Amy June 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Thanks, Lora! There’s also chalkboard paint available at Lowes and Home Depot (not that it helps you now, after the fact…) You could fill your bucket with anything really, not just gardening stuff. What I love is that the chalkboard message can change. Haley’s teacher said she would reuse it in the Fall for orientation, and write “Welcome” on it. Loed that!

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Kim June 4, 2012 at 6:50 am

You are a clever Mom! I agree with your mom about other gift situations. I bet a version of this would also be perfect for next Mother’s day. In fact, I’m wondering if your mom might be giving you a hint.

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Plant Stands June 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

A very thoughtful gift for a very deserving person…all that’s missing is the gold stars!

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the wicked noodle June 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

LOVE!! What an adorable (yet useful!!) gift. I’m sure she’ll love it!

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Joanne June 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

A good teacher, especially in elementary school, is the best. THE. BEST. SO glad you lucked out with Haley’s this year!

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Mom June 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

What a great teacher thank you gift. I could see adapting this for other situations, too. I’m sure the thought that went into this gift will be much appreciated.

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Amy June 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Thanks, Mom! She absolutely loved it. Her reaction made it all worth it. It’s easy to create something special when it’s appreciated.

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