Last Minute Teacher Gift Idea

I know I told you I was going to share my secret for getting razor sharp paint lines on textured walls, but time is of the essence on this one, people!  Unless you are currently standing in front of your wall, paintbrush in hand, waiting to hear my secret, relax.  I’ll share it in my next post.

Like I said, time is of the essence!

We are down to the eleventh hour for teacher gifts and if you are like me, you are still trying to figure out how to adequately thank them for shaping the minds of your kiddos all year.

Back in the days of ‘yore when we had only one teacher to appreciate, we bestowed a great deal of appreciation upon her in the form of a nice gift card.  Well, these days we have five teachers and one bus driver to appreciate.  As much as I love each of them dearly, (after all, they drive my boys to and from school, educate them, feed them, and send them back home to me everyday) a gift card for each of five teachers and one bus driver?  Cha ching!  I knew I had to come up with something else.  But what?

Well, as usual my answer came to me while perusing the Target Dollar Spot.

Target Dollar Spot bucketsI love, love, love these buckets!  And for $1.00 each, I knew I could make some eleventh hour crafty (and thrifty) magic happen!

DIY Jute wrapped flower pot

Here’s what you are going to need:

  • Target Dollar Spot bucket
  • Jute rope or twine (also from the Dollar Spot)
  • Cute little plants (these were $2.44 each at the Walmarts)
  • Hot glue gun*



Add a little dot of hot glue to the bottom of one of the buckets and start wrapping the bucket with the jute the same way I did with the hanging planter buckets.

wrapping bucket with juteMake sure to put a dot of hot glue every few wraps just to make sure things stay nice and tight.  Wrap the jute up as high as you like it (I went about 1/3 of the way up the bucket) and secure the cut end with a more hot glue, making sure that the ends are all tucked under so they don’t fray.

completed bucketPlease disregard the crumbs on the carpet.  I was sitting on the rug in the breakfast room because Hubby took over my office today for a work call.  And don’t worry, I did vacuum after dinner!

Ok friend, you are almost finished!

Time to pop those cute little plants into the pots!  You are going to need a little extra dirt to fill up the bottom of the buckets.  I already had some on hand from my chalkboard pot project, but if you don’t, just steal some from another plant.  Hey, this is eleventh hour crafting at its finest.  You do what you’ve gotta do.

imageFinished and perfectly adorable!

Now, if you have time to spare, you can cutsie them up a little more like I did.

I started by stamping some blank gift tags (from the Target Dollar Spot).  If you don’t have stamps or gift tags, improvise!  See what you can print up from Pinterest or even create something yourself.  Anything you do is just bonus from here, so there is no wrong way to cutsie up your plant.

imageAfter stamping my tags, I took a wooden skewer and I wrapped the jute around the end, securing it with hot glue.  I tucked the ties for the gift tag under the jute as I wrapped so that it would hang from the bottom.

imageThen I added a little bow with another bit of jute because I was feeling fancy.

imageIf you have a little helper lurking about, sticking the decorated skewers into the plants is a great job for them.

imageDo you see how I broke down and cut Little Man’s beautiful hair?  I am still weepy.

And there you go!  Eleventh hour, but still some very adorable and affordable teacher gifts!

Jute wrapped pots

imageNow I need your help!

You noticed I only made four plants because our fifth teacher is a 26 year old guy.  What in the world do you give to a 26 year old male teacher???  Ideas are much appreciated!

*Public Service Announcement: If you are looking to purchase a hot glue gun, I recommend the cool temp version.  I can not begin to explain to you how many blisters I have on my fingers from this project.  I have no earthly idea why I sprung for the high temp glue gun, but trust me on this one, it’s not what you want!

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DIY Jute wrapped flower pot

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