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Easy Treat-Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

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Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

Somehow this school year is coming to an end and, when it does, I’ll have a kindergarten graduate.  That just sounds so weird!  Anyway, I’ve always loved making end of the year gifts, as well as Christmas ones, for Gav’s teachers.  (Check out my party in a box gift from last year!) Teachers are incredible (And I say this as a parent and the daughter of a teacher).  They sacrifice way more than their students’ parents know and they deserve out thanks.  Let’s be real, if they didn’t do it, you’d have to and when’s the last time you considered home schooling?  NOT I! (Not to knock home schoolers.  If that’s what you are called to you, more power to you and you have the patience of Job.)  This year Gavin had to transition from one school to another and his current teacher has been nothing short of awesome!  I wanted to make her something special and here’s how a make her treat-filled flower pot.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

What You’ll Need: Terra Cotta Pot, Paint, Floral Foam, Wood Skewers*, Faux Flowers, Candy Bars/Bagged Treats/Gift Cards, Green Construction Paper, Floral Moss

*If you use flowers with stems, you don’t need these.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

Paint your pot how you’d like or you could even have you kiddo do it.  I went a little doodle happy on this one but I like it!  Place your foam inside, cut to fit as snug as possible.

If you’re using a flower with a stem, just hot glue your treats/cards to the stems.  If you have skewers, glue the flower to the top and then the treats/cards to the skewer.  Arrange them in the foam at different heights and fill in any bottom space by stuffing floral moss in the holes.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

Cut out a leaf shape from the construction paper, fold a crease into the middle, and glue them randomly onto the stems or treats.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

I added a fun little note to this one but you could always accompany the pot with a thoughtful card.  Be sure to write you child’s name and year for the teacher to remember later!  I put Gav’s on the bottom to it wasn’t distracting.

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Thank you to all of the hard working teachers out there and hang on just a little bit longer!  Summer’s coming!

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If you can’t tell, I’m in love with making planters lately.  Maybe it’s the warmer weather mixed with trying to will spring into existence but whatever the case, I’m filling my space with some (fake) green!  I don’t have the greenest thumb and pair that with some minimal light in my office and you don’t the best environment for a real plant to drive.  Yet, I still like have the green and florals around so today I’m sharing with you a whimsical planter I made specifically for my creative space.

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DIY Unicorn Planter DIY Unicorn Planter

Using the knife, cut out a hole in the top of the unicorn.  I bought this one at Hobby Lobby but they also have other animals like dinosaurs so go crazy!  Make sure the hole big enough to stuff the foam in and small enough that it won’t be gapping.  Now all that left to to paint and plant!  I planted this one exactly like the mini planter place cards with the addition of pouring more rocks into the legs of the unicorn for weight.  I glued my favorite colored rocks around the edge of the hole to cover any gaps.

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I love her!  She adds a pretty pop of green to my office (not pictured because, like I said, crappy lighting) and sits nicely on a shelf above my computer.  Now all she needs is a name!

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DIY Lego Inspired Door Sign DIY Lego Inspired Door Sign

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DIY Fingerprint OrnamentPlace a round sticker (I just created one with some wash tape and parchment paper) on the center of the ornament. Now your kids can go to town putting little green finger prints all over the empty space. Make sure that they stick with just small finger prints rather than spreading it all together.

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Welcome to part two of Ro’s second birthday party, the photo booth!  I love photo booths.  Call them cliche, call them basic, I don’t care because they are so much fun.  Whether they’re full of props or just a place to document who was there, I think a photo booth is a always great idea.

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Space themed party photo boothOne of my props was a chalkboard that brave guests could fill in with how many times they’ve been around the sun.  Go figure, two of our oldest guests were more than happy to share!   For the most part though, guests really just had fun taking pictures with their loved ones.  ENJOY!

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It’s almost surreal to think that just a little over 2 years ago I was sharing my pregnancy journey with little Ro.  Now he’s a big boy two year old.  And I do mean big!  We just had his check up and we’re up there in the percentiles.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for a good themed party.  This one was no different and I had fun coming up with names for the food.  We kept it very simple, mainly foods that toddlers would enjoy with one or two added for the grown ups.

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A quick side note on the pasta salad: I had originally wanted THESE NOODLES but the store I’ve bought them at before no longer carries them.  Needless to say, I was devastated (first world problems, I know) but improvised with some shells as moon craters.

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THE ACTIVITIES We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this only works for onlder kids, but they had fun! Spaceship decorate it was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!  My boys love playing in it even after the party. THE ACTIVITIES We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this only works for onlder kids, but they had fun! Spaceship decorate it was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!  My boys love playing in it even after the party.

In keeping with the times, I call this one my eclipse cake.  It’s alternating layers of chocolate and yellow cake (from a box cuz this mama didn’t quite feel up to making it from scratch) and regular white icing.  To get the pearlescent/metallic look, I used shimmer spray (can be bought at Walmart in the baking section).  Crumbled rock candy and Milky Way bars made for great, not to mention delicious, garnish.

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COOKIE DECORATING

We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this is best suited for older kids, but they had fun!

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This was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!

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My boys love playing in it even after the party.

 

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I did some traditional bags with sunglasses, glow bracelets, and on-theme treats (moon pies, star crunches, and Milky Ways).  Then I found these fun moon rocks on Pinterest.  All you have to do is wrap trinkets and candy into layers of aluminum foil.

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The SunThe kids loved unwrapping them and finding little surprises as they went.  Since we had a much younger crowd, I kept them in a container but I had originally thought it would be fun to do a moon rock hunt!  With older party guests, that would definitely be a highlight.

Want to throw your our spacey party?  Here are some details:

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