You will need
- Terracotta plant pots (ours were 45p each from the local garden centre)
- Plants, alpines or succulents work well or a little flower would also be lovely (ours were £2.49 each from the garden centre
- Some paint sample pots (you can use any paint, we used a Little Greene sample pot of Paris Grey and Slaked lime left over from when we renovated the kitchen last year)
- A paint brush
- Some brown string or raffia (available from DIY/Craft Stores)
- Some gift tags (I ordered ours complete with lettering from Creative Feel Designs for £1.20 each)
- Some scissors
Step 1Paint the outside of your pots and leave them to dry, I also painted the rim and just inside the lip of the pot so that once the plant were potted you wouldn't see any terracotta. You can paint them any colour you like, we opted for a neutral grey tone as I thought it goes with most colour schemes.
Step 2Tie string or raffia around the rim of the pot and pop in your plant
Step 3Add your tags. If you are good at lettering you (which I'm not!) you could buy plain ones and write your own, or put them through the printer using a typography font, or use a stamp set.
I ordered ours from Creative Feel Designs and they were exactly what I had in mind. The children wrote a message and their names on the back.
Teaching our girls gratitude, to be thoughtful and to thank people is really important to me, they are really excited to give their teachers their little pots this year and have made matching cards to go with them using their hand and finger prints. We simply painted their hands green to make a plant and then added petals by finger painting. Its such a simple idea but one the children really enjoyed doing and it has involved them in the process of taking the time to thank those who have helped them grow and learn this year.
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