I am so excited for this post. To be perfectly honest I never remember this holiday and would have forgotten this year if it wouldn't have been for this post. It was the inspiration for the gifts we gave.
Lady bug's teacher is retiring after 40 + years of teaching. So I did want to do something for her. Well if there is one thing that is universal about children it is that if you do something for one you better plan on doing something for all of them. Thankfully only two of my children are in school. However oldest monster is in middle school and has a rotating schedule so he has 4 teachers to give gifts to. Believe me more that once I have wondered what I had gotten my self into!!!!
Porter(oldest monster) had a million ideas so we ended up making each one different. (It's not what I had in mind) I was going to do them all the same and pretty simple. I have to admit though he had some pretty good ideas.
I think they turned out really well. You could easily make them for any holiday. Mothers Day is right around the corner and I think the polk -a- dot pot would be a great gift!!!
This is the original idea. You can download the saying from here. It was supposed to be used as a card but I shrunk it down and mod podged it on the pot. It says "thank you for helping me grow". I also painted the rim to match the label.
A tip about mog podgeing. I just printed this on my printer at home. The first time I put it on I applied the mog podge like always. info on that here It looked horrible. It had air bubbles that wouldn't come out and the ink started to run. So I printed out another one. This time I painted a thin layer of mog podge on both sides of the "label" and let it dry. I did this before I cut it out to make it easier. After it dried I cut it out and applied like normal. It worked beautifully!
I am going to have oldest monster make a card for this teacher. Because the saying is already on the pot I think a homemade card from him would be nice.
This next one was all Oldest monster's idea! He is so creative!
Obviously this one is for a math teacher. We spray painted it cream and painted the numbers and symbols with black acrylic paint.
The card to this one says Mrs.Teacher + Math = knowledge. We printed the saying on cute scrapbook paper with the home printer. He will write a handwritten message after.
After a while I did start to get into it. So I came up with this one. It is one of my favorites!
The card for this one will say Thank you for helping me grow and have a hand written message from Oldest.
This card will say Mrs. Teacher, Super science teacher. Making science "stick". (because she is getting a cactus) Again with a hand written note from oldest.
This is the one we made for Lady bugs teacher. The only requirement she had was that it had pink or purple on it. It is my favorite. I love the way it turned out. I think I need one for my self!
We glued the card on a popsicle stick and wrapped some hemp around it. Just like the pot only a different color.
We did a hand written note with the same saying of "Thank you for helping me grow". Lady bug colored and wrote a note on it as well.
We haven't finished all the cards. They will be done the same way. We are of course also putting plants in each of the pots. We choose impatiens because they like shade and don't take a lot of care. (we will include care instructions) However in science they just went over drought resistant plants and the teacher mentioned that she loves cactus so that is what she is getting. I had most of the materials already on hand. So, with buying plants and one more pot this project was under $5. Not to bad! So go on make one for a teacher you appreciate.
Thanks for stoppin' by and hangin' out.