Today I wanted to share a teacher thank you gift idea that I used this week and ended up really loving. My friend Amy from Living Locurto shared this super cute blog post with me a month or so ago. It’s a plant with a cute gift tag that says “Thank you for helping me grow this year!” Amy provides a free printable and I love that it’s super cute, quick and thoughtful. I pinned the post straightaway, knowing I would be using it come June!
I did in fact end up using Amy’s idea and to great success! I was just going to use her cute printable, but I decided I wanted to incorporate the girls’ photos and card-making skills, so I changed it up a bit. Here’s what I did!
1. I took the girls to our local garden center and let them choose small plants for their teachers.
2. I picked up some old school, wooden rulers at Target.
3. I turned the card into a growing flower on a ruler…get it? grow? growth? measurement? teachers? rulers? flowers growing? Super cute, right? Anyway, for each card I cut out two identical flowers out of cardstock, glued a photo of my daughters cut into circles on the center of the flower, then glued the flower to the ruler, with the ruler glued between the two flower pieces. Did you catch those annoyingly-written directions? This is why I am not a crafty DIY blogger.
4. I gave the girls the cards and let them decorate the flowers however they want. We wrote “Thank you for helping me grow!” on the back and then stuck the rulers into the plants. Voila! Instant super cute teacher thank you gift!
The girls’ teachers loved their gifts. Wanna hear something funny? Cate’s teacher gave all of the mom volunteers a card – the card was a giant sunflower, with each petal being a note from each child in the class. Can you guess what the center of the flower said? “Thank you for helping us grow this year!” We both laughed when we saw each other’s cards. We decided that great minds really do think alike!
Thanks for the inspiration, Amy! Happy teacher gifting, everyone!