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Gardening Gift {teacher appreciation}

Posted by  ·  May 1, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 26, 2016

Hey Everybody…it’s Kari from Ucreate and I’m thrilled to be a part of Skip to My Lou’s Teacher Appreciation series!

I have to start by telling you how fabulous I think Cindy is! I’ve been following her blog for a few years now (even before I started blogging) and consider her a “blogging pioneer” in the creative industry! She’s just as fabulous in person and I’m thrilled to be here today sharing a budget-friendly teacher idea that your child’s teacher is sure to love!

“Planting the Seeds” Teacher Gift


Tin Buckets (bought set of three at IKEA for $1.99)


2 packages of seeds

garden gloves

paper bag

silk flower

Chalkboard label

Making the teacher gift

1. Grab some twine and tie around the top. Attach flower and leaves with glue gun.

2. The chalkboard label was cut using the Silhouette and chalkboard vinyl. You could also use chalkboard paint or chalkboard contact paper (which must have been invented by a brilliant crafter, right?).

3. Next, cut up a paper bag and print the saying “Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that will grow forever!” onto it in any font you’d like. Yes, you can insert it right into your printer…crinkle and iron to give it that distressed look!

4. Staple seed packets on the back of paper and place everything into the bucket!

Teachers can use this bucket all year long and label it whatever they’d like with the chalk label! Perfect gift for any teacher!

Thanks for having me Cindy!

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    We were inspired by this post and created our own version of it. It will be live on my blog tomorrow 5/11/13.
  4. Hollie
    Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
    I love the project and the font for the seed packet. Can you make it a free printable perhaps?
  5. Nichola
    Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
    I love your pot with seeds idea! I made something
    similair for my daughters teacher! Thank you
    for the awesome idea.
  6. Saturday, May 5th, 2012
    I'm totally digging this idea for Teacher Appreciation. Thanks for sharing. I featured it on a post today. I hope you'll swing by: http://mypollitos.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/teacher-appreciation-week/

    Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos

    P.S. I'm a new follower =)
  7. Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
    Very cute! I love that you can write whatever you want on the pot. Such a great idea for a gift for teachers.
  8. Monday, April 9th, 2012
    This is lovely. I like the pots from Ikea. The only problem I ran into with one was that it rusted inside through the years. I didn't realize that until I finally gave up on the plant I was trying to keep alive in it. When I was cleaning it out I realized the rusting pot had, unfortunately, done the plant in. But they are probably OK for one season plants or to use as a pretty outer layer for plants.
  9. Denise
    Monday, February 20th, 2012
    Where did you find the chalkboard label? Im not a very crafty person but would like to do something like this for my daughters teachers.
  10. Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
    Hee hee, very cute! Fun to see my font used this way!
  11. Monday, June 13th, 2011
    Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I was already giving many plant type gifts, so instead of gardening basket, i used just the wording and the font with some rye berry seeds, along with a mug of grown rye berry(sort of wheat grass). Everyone loved it..

    Here are pics and link to the post :

  12. Chantell
    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
    What a cute idea! Thank you so much for sharing!
  13. Holly
    Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
    Super cute idea! Where did you find the chalkboard vinyl? I can't find it anywhere around here!
  14. Friday, May 6th, 2011
    this was truly helpful. I am coordinating a teacher breakfast next week and we are setting our "treasure boxes" for the parents and teachers to put gifts into. This was helpful!
  15. Thursday, May 5th, 2011
    I teach Kindergarten and the best gifts are pictures of the memories that we have shared together.
  16. Laurel
    Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
    Great! Thanks Kari! :)
  17. Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
    Hey Laurel,
    Thanks!! The font is "sunshine poppy"!
  18. Cristy
    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
    Thank you for your awesome ideas! I used some of your quotes for candy/supply grams and made a mini scrap book with each child in the class making a page of what they love most about their teacher. You are such an inspiration.
  19. Laurel
    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
    This is very cute! What font did you use?

    Laurel :)
  20. Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    Thanks so much for sharing -- I found your blog as I was searching for neat ideas for Teacher Appreciation to add to my Link Party -- stop by if you can to check it out and feel free to share any other Teacher Appreciation projects you may have. :)
  21. Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    Love it! Great idea. What font did you use for the saying?
  22. Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    I absolutely love this...and I NEVER would have thought to print something out on a paper bag. I think I may want to to do that part more then anything! Love it! :)
  23. Poppy
    Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    My kids' teachers will love this. Easy to personalize to their personalities.
  24. Christie
    Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    Great idea. And would be a great Mother's Day gift too.
  25. Sarah
    Monday, May 2nd, 2011
    I'm so doing this for my daughter's preschool teacher! Cool that you crinkled a paper bag!
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  27. Shannon
    Sunday, May 1st, 2011
    This is so great!! I would love to receive this! :)
  28. Sunday, May 1st, 2011
    What a great idea--especially this time of the year! I like that it is a gift that acknoweldges the teacher might have interests in addition to school!
  29. Becky
    Sunday, May 1st, 2011
    I am making this for my son's teacher...she loves to garden!!