Sunday, May 1, 2016

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Tomorrow is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week and we have some projects we've been working on. Tomorrow we are sending some adorable drink containers (one hot and one cold) since tomorrow's theme is Teacher's favorite drink. I feel like our poor teacher will get 12 lattes or sodas, so I decided to send her a "thank you" that will last a little longer.

On Tuesday, the theme is to send the teacher's favorite flower, and that is the project we worked on today. While we could send her a yellow rose or daisies, I know that most of the other kids would do the same, so with that in mind, we decided to make her a "pencil garden". It was really easy to make, though Lil Monkey abandoned me as soon as Daddy said "ice cream". So while the boys went for a ice cream trip, I turned on some Netflix and got started on this super easy, really quick project.

The first thing was supplies. All you need is:
  • container such as flower pot or miniature washtub tin (Dollar Tree)
  • A pack of pencils (Dollar Tree)
  • Floral foam (Dollar Tree
  • green tissue (I had some in my gift bag stash)
  • 8 1/2 x 11 piece of scrap book paper in the color you want your flowers (had in my stash)

The first thing is to cut the floral foam to the size of the container. Then crumple the green tissue paper to go on top. I crumpled it really tight, then opened it up and tucked it in around the sides of the foam. 

Then I just stuck the pencils in the foam through the tissue. (I used a screwdriver to get a more accurate hole because I did not sharpen my pencils, but you can sharpen yours and they'll go right in.)

Once all of your pencils are in the "ground", find a simple black and white flower online to print on your scrapbook paper. I found a simple flower through Google. I copied and pasted it onto a Word document then simply printed it onto the back of the scrapbook paper. After that, I just cut them out (while watching an episode or two of Fixer Upper!)

** another option: you can print the flowers on white cardstock and let your kiddo color the flowers!

Lastly, I just hot glued them to the metal part of the pencils. You can also tape it. 

I am so excited to send this on Tuesday. We have some other projects we'll be sharing later in the week. Don't forget to thank your teachers no matter what you do!!

Until our next cup of tea ...

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