Thrifty Teacher Gifts

Even I had trouble with Lindsay’s $5.00 challenge, I mean, five bucks is A LOT of money. How would I be able to spend it all on one project? (I know, I’m laughing too.)

Since we had such a GENEROUS budget, I made two items. This is the time of year when the Religious Education school year comes to an end, and I rack my brain trying to come up with an inexpensive gift for the teachers that they’ll actually USE and LOVE.

Every once in awhile I come up with an idea. Well, I mean, I have lots of ideas, but every once in awhile I come up with a GOOD ONE.

I started with these pots from the Dollar Tree. I love this store so much, I’ve been there three times in the past two days. So, it’s really like the Twenty Dollar Tree. But these were $1 each.

I painted them HW, of course, and added a stencil with each teacher’s initial. Then came the dots. I’m sure you’re now wondering if I know how to paint ANYTHING besides polka dots, and the answer is, NO. I tried stripes and they were a miserable failure.

I added a Basil seed packet to each one ($3.00 for both) from another dollar store.

Then I finished them off with ribbon and a card.

“Thanks for helping my faith grow.” Get it?

Here’s the finished project:

I spent exactly $5.00, not counting the tax. I already had the paint, paper, and ribbon.

I guess this qualifies as a Metamorphosis, since those pots were kind of ugly to start with, so I’m also linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to check out all of the $5 dollar projects and the Met Monday transformations!

Happy Monday everyone!

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41 thoughts on “Thrifty Teacher Gifts

  1. Kimm, I love those pots! How cute! And the saying on them was perfect. That would be a great thing for my daughter to give her teachers at the end of the year. Thanks for the great idea (as usual!)

  2. Adorable! You are a genius at this stuff. I’m so glad you share it here so I can steal your ideas, pass them off as my own, and everyone will think I’m the genius! LOL, thanks!

  3. Here’s how my $5.oo challenge would go: go to the store, get frustrated, buy coffee for $5.oo. You are an inspiration! Those pots are lovely.

  4. Ahh…a gift idea. How cute. You did just a beautiful job. I wouldn’t have thought of such a creative gift. Thanks for sharing. Amy :)

  5. Cute idea!!! Who would have thought an ugly pot could turn into something so cute? Obviously you did. lol. I may just have to go to the $20 Dollar Tree, I mean the Dollar Tree & pick me up some pots. I always spend about $20 there as well. I love the Dollar Tree.

  6. Kimm I just love the polka dots – so I say keep paintin’ em. That’s a great idea for a teacher gift and I had planned on going to Dollar Tree tomorrow too! Thanks for the very informative post!!!!

  7. The end of the school year will be here in the blink of an eye…. maybe if I start now I could make cute pots like that for my kids teachers- thanks!

  8. I just came over from Today’s Creative Blog and I love this idea and the other polka dot pots you have at your house. I am just wondering what type of paint that you use on the pots. If they are clay pots do you need to use a water that won’t crack/peel off when the pot gets watered?

    I love the ideas!

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