Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Thyme

It's that time of year...the weather is getting warm (actually, it has been downright HOT in the 'burgh this past week) and school is ending for Summer. My daughter is finishing up her first year of preschool, which means it is the first time that we have had to think about end of year teacher gifts. We have been blessed with four awesome teachers this year and we wanted to do something nice for them before school ended. I wanted the gift to be special but also useful, so armed with a 50% off coupon, I headed to JoAnn Fabrics and bought four small terra cotta clay pots. They were priced at $1.99 and with the coupon, I was able to get all four for around four dollars.

I painted part of each pot with chalkboard paint and wrote each teacher's name on their pot. I then purchased Thyme to plant in the pot, since I figured Thyme is an herb that most people use at least once in a while!

(Ignore the mess that is going on in the background of this picture, painting the pots took priority over the dishes...just keepin it real!)

So here is where things got a little difficult...I had cut little banners with my Silhouette machine that I had planned on attaching to two pencils and placing in each pot with a message of thanks. As I was finishing up this project, I went to grab the cute shabby chic pencils that I had previously purchased and I couldn't find the bag or the pencils anywhere! I HATE when that happens! So, I had to improvise, which meant using some jute twine that I had and attaching a simple paper tag with the message. I actually think that I may like this look better! The tag on each pot reads "I had the best "thyme" in school this year!"

I love how they turned out! And now, picture overload...

This project only cost me about $5.00 per gift, which is great when you have to make for multiple people. I hope the teachers love them! What are you doing for teacher gifts this year? Considering I still have 13 years of teacher gifts to think about, I would love to hear your ideas! Have a great week!!

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  1. I just might steal this idea Hooch!! Very cute!

  2. Keep giving gifts like this and Felicity is definitely going to be the teacher's pet!!!