It’s getting to be the time of year when we offer some appreciation to the teachers that help educate our children. They work so hard throughout the year. It’s nice to offer them a gift that shows our gratitude for their dedication to the students.
I have two children that have special needs. The teachers and therapists that work with them have even more special qualities. It really takes a patient person to make a career in special education.
As I’m working on making some gifts for them, I thought I would share an idea here with you that you can make for the teachers in your life. This is a project that you can get the kids involved in helping with too!
I found a cute little pot in the $1 section of Target the other day. I thought the bright color was just so cute. I grabbed it up knowing that there would be a hybrid project I could use it for. I’m making a bouquet of flowers to go in the pot. The flowers will be decorated pens. Not only will this look pretty sitting on the teachers desk, but it will also be functional.
The colors in the DigiChick designers collab kit Wishes Hopes and Dreams were just perfect for creating a nice Spring bouquet.
I used the Paper Flower Templates Set 1 by The Cutting Files to create the flower for the wrap to go around the flower pot. I cut six of paper flower 002 from the kit and then stacked them on top of each other. I pinched the petal upward to give them shape. You can create a score on the middle of the petal to help make folding them easier. Next, I separated the six flowers. I then layered the flowers with the petals alternating.
Cut a few of paper flower 003. I chose to use 2 different colors. Spritz these with water and scrunch them up, then carefully flatten. Layer them, petals alternating on top of the other flower pieces.
Poke a hole through the center to insert a brad and then re-scrunch the center flower pieces as desired. I also adhered a pearl to the top of the brad for my flower center.
Cut a strip of coordinating patterned paper to wrap around the pot. I needed to adhere two strips together to make it long enough to fit around the rim of my pot. I also adhered lace to the lower edge. Poke the brad in the flower through the strip of paper and secure. Adhere the strip to the rim of the flower pot.
Roll a piece of green patterned paper around each stick style pen and adhere in place. I used green since the stick of the pen will be the “stem” of the flower.
The flowers on the top of the pens are an oragami fold called kusudama. I first printed two different papers from the digi kit on each side of Epson Premium Presentation Paper. You’ll want this to be double side printed. As you fold it, each print side will be visible. You can find easy step-by-step instructions on the kusudama fold here.
You’ll need 5 of each kusudama fold to create one flower. I used some hot glue to adhere them around the top of each pen. Apply a small amount of Glossy Accents along the edges of the petals and folds, sprinkle with glitter. Shake off the excess and recollect it back into your container to use again. You can also adhere a rhinestone gem to the end of the pen as a flower center.
Slide a fabric flower on the pen and adhere along the base of the oragami flower with some hot glue. Tie a coordinating ribbon around the pen below the flower. I used green ribbon to mimic the leaves of the flower.
Fill the pot with dry kidney beans as your “soil”. Insert the flowers, er, I mean pens! Now you have a pretty bouquet of flowers that can make a great teacher gift or Mother’s Day gift. These flowers won’t wilt and they are quite useful too!
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