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It’s that time of year…the kiddos are going back to school. I was just outside of Walmart and saw that they had Mum plants for just $1 and I was hit by some inspiration for a teacher gift for the first day.
On the Scrapfreak message boards someone had shared a link to a neat project where someone used colored pencils to dress up a vase for a floral bouquet. It was all pastel-ly and cute.
I tweaked it a bit:
-Instead of a vase, I used an empty Quaker oatmeal container.
-Instead of colored pencils, I used yellow #2 pencils.
All I needed to do was glue the pencils around the container – right? This turned out to be a little trickier than I thought it would be. The container wouldn’t lay correctly because the pencil weighted side kept making it roll over. If I stood it up, the pencils fell off. You can benefit from my simple errors, LOL! Once I figured out this little trick, things went MUCH smoother.
That’s right, I put several rubber bands around the container. I glued the container around them and simply slid the pencils in place, under them. Easy-Peasy!I did run some glue around the inside rim of the container to make it a bit sturdier and then, after the pencils dried, I tied on the ribbon, tucked some tissue in and then added the plant. Here is the finished product.
Cost break down:
**Oatmeal bucket – FREE (I did have to make Granola so I would have two…)
**Glue – $.10
**Ribbon – $1
**Plant – $1
So there you have it – non “apple” themed gifts for her teachers and both cost me less than $5. What have you got up your sleeve?