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Easy DIY Planter Teacher Gift Ideas + Free Printable Tag

Did you know that teacher appreciation week is a thing? Every year there is a national Teacher Appreciation Day, but in many schools they celebrate it for a whole week! Teachers are some of the greatest servants in our society. I know because my husband is one and he gives tirelessly to his students and the kids he coaches. It’s a gift that I do not have!

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So, I’m happy to profusely lavish gifts on my kid’s teachers next week for Teacher Appreciation Week. My older daughter is in kindergarten, so we are taking something small for her teacher every day next week. Monday is the day to bring in a flower, but we wanted to take things up a notch!

Love this! So simple and easy!! This DIY planter with a silhouette apple is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

This simple DIY planter is a creative way to say thank you with a personal touch. And it costs very little to put a personal touch on a planter like this! My assistant is giving this to her son’s teacher. She loves Matilda Jane clothing, so this fabric reminded her of his teacher. So cute!

Love this! So simple and easy!! This succulent plant is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

I also got carried away with this cute little succulent that I picked up at the store. I loved how it fits in this itty bitty Ball mason jar. It’s just adorable, don’t you think?

And of course then I had to create a free printable tag for each one. You can print your own at the end of this post. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. See my full disclosure policy here.

What You’ll Need for these Easy DIY Planter Teacher Gift Ideas

Gift Idea #1

  • Terra Cotta planter
  • Paint & Paint brush
  • Silhouette Cameo (or cut out a shape by hand)
  • Mod Podge
  • Fabric – this is similar to the one we used
  • Plant
  • Skewer for printable
  • Printable (free at the end of this post!)

Gift Idea #2

Planter Gift Idea #1

Ok, so this one is super simple. You just grab a regular old terra cotta clay planter and paint it the color of your choice. We choose a gray paint color that we had on hand.

Love this! So simple and easy!! This DIY planter with a silhouette apple is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

I picked out an apple from the Silhouette design store to use to cut out an image. If you need help with cutting out fabric with the Silhouette, I have a tutorial right here.

Love this! So simple and easy!! This DIY planter with a silhouette apple is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

Cut out your apple design in the fabric either with your Silhouette or with scissors and then you’ll just Mod Podge over it onto the pot.

Love this! So simple and easy!! This DIY planter with a silhouette apple is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

Let it dry, plant a flower or plant, print out the free printable and tape it to a wooden skewer. Stick it next to the plant and you’re done! 😊

Love this! So simple and easy!! This DIY planter with a silhouette apple is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

The black rim is just from the pot sitting inside the pot we decorated. We didn’t have another plant to put in the new pot yet! 😜

Planter Gift Idea #2

This DIY succulent gift idea is as easy as that last one and is just so cute! It’s probably my favorite and will be going with my daughter to Kindergarten on Monday.

Love this! So simple and easy!! This succulent plant is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

Just grab a mini succulent at the local garden supply shop or big box store. Bring it home and transplant it into a small Ball mason jar. I had some of these 4 oz. quilted jars on hand and it was the perfect size!

Love this! So simple and easy!! This succulent plant is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

I then decided it would look even more fun dressed up a bit with some pink craft paint. But you could paint it a different color or not paint it at all. It literally took me 30 second to paint it.

Love this! So simple and easy!! This succulent plant is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

I then let it dry a bit and scruffed up the raised part of the jar to give it a distressed look. I like how it highlights the “Ball” part of the jar.

Then grab a wooden skewer and tape the free printable to it and stick it in there! I had to break off my skewer to make it shorter to fit, but it was easy!

Thank You for Helping Me Grow Free Printable Tag

I wanted to make a cute printable to add to our planter teacher gift ideas, so I whipped this up for you to use, too.

Love this! So simple and easy!! This succulent plant is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

I made a sheet of 6 of them, so hopefully you have more than 1 teacher to give a gift to and less than 6. 😉 Otherwise you’ll have 5 printables left over and you’ll just need to make some Mother’s Day gifts or something like that!

The tags are 3.5 inches around, so a craft punch like this one or this one works great. If you don’t have a craft punch, you could use your Silhouette Cameo to cut the circles. Or just cut them out by hand!

Love this! So simple and easy!! This succulent plant is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

I had to cut off just a little bit of the bottom of the paper to get my punch to fit where it needed to be, but I made it work!

I love how they turned out and I hope you love them, too!

So whether you need a cute teacher appreciation week gift, an end-of-the-year teacher gift or even a Mother’s Day gift – I hope these will give you some quick and simple ideas for sprucing up a plant in a pot. Quick and simple are my favorites! #MamaAintGotTimeForThat

Do you have a quick and easy gift for teachers (or moms)?!!? Do tell us in the comments!

Love this! So simple and easy!! This succulent plant is just one of the teacher gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day with free printable.

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9 Comments

  1. I love this, we are gifting our teachers succulents for teacher appreciation week next week! Would it be possible to change the wording to say, Thank You For Helping Our Students Grow ?

  2. Such a cute idea and I love your free printable tag. Thanks so much for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned and will be one of my features.

  3. Laura,
    As a 16-year high-school teacher, I want to let folks know that we rarely get gifts from students, so ANYTHING you wish to give is very welcome! I think these pots and tags are lovely, and I would be very proud to receive such a gift. :o)
    Many thanks for all of your awesome ideas!

    1. Thank you for letting everyone know, Kathy! My husband would concur! 🙂 He’s been a high school or middle school teacher for 15 years and rarely ever gets anything from his high school students. NOTHING like the elementary school years. Sometimes his middle schoolers will give him something, which is nice! It’s always nice to appreciate the teachers as they are WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you for your service!

  4. Hi Laura! Just wanted to let you know how I feel about your art piece in your post ‘ how to frame ….for cheap ‘ : I ALWAYS love whatever you come up with….but this canvas…all sky and sea,from what I can tell, – and in my favorite colors,too!- I just feel it looks so much better WITHOUT the frame !
    Because those colors let your imagination wander in all directions…..there can be no limit to the sea,or to the sky….that’s why I feel you can’t frame either…..anyway,…no hard feelings!….and I’ll be jusr as excited as usual when your next post pops up in my inbox! thank you for so many great ideas,and special thanks for being such a joyful,positive person….it really helps at times..! jane

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