For all the teachers in our lives, a gift to say thank you! Watch Me Grow Mason Jar Gift
I vividly remember ridding the bus home from the last day of school in 5th grade. I was so excited for summer, ready to play outside with my friends. And there was a girl on the bus who was just bawling. She was crushed that school was over, missing her teacher, and the friends in her class. I couldn’t understand why she was so sad. Our street was full of kids to play with. Summer meant fun and freedom. I get it now. And I have to admit, I’m usually the Mom crying on the last day of school.
While I am honestly happy to not have to wake up early and get everyone ready to school, over the year I have come to really respect the teachers who work with my kids every day. I value the impact they have made on my child that year. And I know how wonderful they are. I don’t want to let them go! So whether I send it for teacher appreciation week, or as an end of school gift, I always want to give their teacher something to say thank you.
Handmade gifts become a little harder in high school, when my son has at least 8 different teachers, but for Littlest in elementary school I can still make them each something. (Though he has a lot of teachers, too!)
Watch Me Grow Mason Jar Gift
- Mason Jar
- Acrylic craft paint
- Paint pen
- Potting Soil
- Seeds or herb plants
I thought a simple herb plant would be fun and something useful as well (I really like useful gifts). I picked a ‘Watch Me Grow’ theme which goes really well with both school and plants.
The first step was to paint my mason jar with some sand colored acrylic craft paint. I was going for a ruler look, and it’s the closest light brown color I had on hand.
Once the paint was dry I added the ruler and the ‘Watch Me Grow’ lettering with a paint pen. (I used the same lettering trick as I used with this chalkboard sign. Instead of using chalk on the back of the paper I traced the backside of the paper with pencil and transferred those letters to the painted jar.)
Teacher Appreciation Gift
For your plant you can either plant seeds in your mason jar, and then the gift recipient can really watch the plant grow, or re-plant an already grown herb plant. I decided to just replant a thyme plant, though I included a seed packet as well.
I printed off some fun teacher appreciation signs that read “I’ve had the Thyme of my life in your class!” for the thyme plants I planted. I also whipped up a “You were Mint to teach!” so I could make some mint mason jars as well. I cut small slits in the signs and used a paper straw to hold up the signs.
You know what’s really fun? When I come up with an idea for teacher appreciation week, and then you realize, this would also make a fantastic Mothers Day gift! So there you go, skip the teacher class related signs and make a sweet potted plant gift for Mother’s Day. I’m betting it would be a sweet Father’s Day gift for Dad’s who enjoy gardening as well.
Say thank you to all the teachers in your life with this potted plant Mason Jar gift!