The Crazy Kitchen: Gifts for Teachers - Tin Can Flowerpots

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Monday 15 July 2013

Gifts for Teachers - Tin Can Flowerpots

It might be cutting it a bit fine to make gifts for the teachers but there could still be time to make these cut little pots. I got the inspiration a few months back from the lovely Annie, and made a few for our seedlings. Unfortunately I'm not too green fingered & they died a miserable death. I've decided to try again but this time we will be giving the young plants away in the hope of a better life elsewhere.

We did have a bit better luck with the flower seeds that we planted a few weeks ago and they're thriving so I thought it would be a nice idea to give some to the Preschool staff along with a copy of Red Ted Art (a book full of crafts for kids) that I was lucky enough to get signed by Maggy herself at BritMums Live.

First of all I cut strips of paper to cover the cans with - a sheet of A4 cut lengthways was just the right width. 

The husband drilled a few holes in the base of each can and 3 spaced around the sides near the top edge for the twine.

We stamped the paper with the names of each member of staff and whilst I cooked dinner Jack decorated them with stickers. I was very impressed with the stickering, he made them look amazing.

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The labels were taped in place on the cans.

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We then carefully filled the cans halfway up and potted our small plants into the cans and topped them up with compost.

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3 equal lengths of twine were cut for each can and threaded through the holes around the edge of the can with a knot tied at each end and tied together at the top.

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A very cheap, and cute,  gift for teachers.

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If you're looking for alternative ideas take a look at some of those below, as well as this list of 25 handmade gifts for grown ups, written by Lucy, who is currently living the good life in New Zealand where she regularly writes about attachment parenting, baby wearing and extended breastfeeding.

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