May 15, 2018

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift

Welcome to the May Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to create a trio of Crochet Cactus and Teacher Appreciation Flower Pots.

Teacher Appreciation Day/Week was last week, and I decided that in addition to giving my kiddos' teachers gift cards, I wanted to make something. So I searched Pinterest for ideas. I found several cute terracotta flower pot projects for teachers, and I thought it would be cute to put Crochet Flowering Cacti in the painted pots.

terracotta pot(s)
black chalkboard paint
yellow chalk paint
chalk marker

Vanna's Choice Fern 
Vanna's Choice Chocolate
Vanna's Choice White
yellow embroidery floss
Flowering Crochet Cacti pattern

To begin this project, I started with 3 terracotta pots. These pots come in a variety of sizes. I believe I used 4 inch pots.

I painted the pots with paint that I already had in my paint stash. I used a black chalkboard paint and a yellow chalk paint.

While waiting for the paint to dry, I crocheted the 3 cacti. The pattern for the cacti can be found on my Flowering Crochet Cacti post.

Once the paint was dry, I drew the lines and numbers for the ruler part of the pot using a black Sharpie marker. Then I used a chalk marker to write "Thank you for helping me GROW."

Thank you for helping me GROW! 

The teachers loved their crochet cacti and flower pots. Yay! One teacher asked if I crocheted them myself. She said that made the gift even more special. Awwwww! I had my son write his name on the bottom of the pots, which is a really big deal since he's 3 years old and recently learned to write his name. He is so obsessed with writing his name. It's cute! 

The pots and cacti fit perfectly in these Dollar Tree gift bags. I also included gift cards, thank you cards with a personal message, a Best Teacher Ever notepad with matching pin, and candy. 

Thanks for checking out my Teacher Appreciation gift. These would also be great end of the school year gifts for teachers.

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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop
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Debbee - Debbee's Buzz • Laurie - My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Marie - DIY Adulation • Julie - Sum of their Stories
Marie - The Inspiration Vault • T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet
Pili - My Sweet Things • Debra - Shoppe No. 5
Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Terri - Our Good Life

 Marci - Stone Cottage Adventures • Chelc - Inside The Fox Den
Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Kelley - Simply Inspired Meals • Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey
Jenny - Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Gail - Purple Hues and Me
Rebecca - Hello Central Avenue • Sam - Raggedy Bits
Beverly - Across the Boulevard • Tyler - Just Enough Blush
Kristie - Teadoddles • Shirley - Intelligent Domestications
Kelli - The Olympic Nest • Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen
Cherryl - Farm Girl Reformed • Ola - J'adore Le Decor
Rebecca - Simple Practical Beautiful • Gwen - Geez, Gwen!
Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Emily - Domestic Deadline
Megan - C'mon Get Crafty • Micah - Home Faith Family


  1. These are just adorable. And your little one wrote his name on them too - awhh.
    I have pinned this sort of thing in the past too, in fact I think I might have a half made one knocking about somewhere, I should dig it out from the depths of my crochet bag and just get it finished!

    1. Thanks! These were so much fun to create. You should definitely finish yours! 😁

  2. These are the cutest! I would of loved to have received this as a gift when I was teaching. I love when little ones learn how to write their name, that makes it even more special.

  3. Me encantaron tus cactus, los maceteros con mensaje fantΓ‘sticos.

    Gracias por compartir tutorial!!

  4. I love your beautiful cacti and pots! Such a sweet gift.

  5. Those are so adorable! I love that you combined two pins into one. Pinned.

  6. This is so cute. I love all of the detail. The teachers must be thrilled with such a nice present.

    1. Thanks! The teachers loved them! 😊

  7. What a cute gift, and something any teacher can appreciate at home or at school! Pinned!

  8. You made such nice gifts for teachers. I know they will love them. :)

  9. Who wouldn't love a delightful gift like this? Love the crocheted cacti, too, and I imagine those who don't crochet could come up with something else to fill those cute little pots!

    1. Thanks Lydia! On the post that I pinned, the crafter filled the pot with pretty flowers. I've also seen them filled with candy and school supplies like pencils or crayons. 😊

  10. I would love these as presents - so original! I love that you can whip stuff up as paint dries - that would take longer for me!

    1. Thanks! I was up late working on them. I should've started them over the weekend!😁

  11. Such a great teacher gift! As a teacher, I think this would be a wonderful gift to receive. :) Pinning for later!

  12. Love this for a teacher gift! You did such a great job!

  13. You are so talented and these gift def stand out!

    1. Thanks so much, Kanishka!😊😊

  14. What a great teacher appreciation gift! This could be used as a pin cushion too for the teachers that sew.

  15. Those are absolutely the cutest teacher gift and with your awesome cacti, it's extra special. I love your design for those little flower pots!

  16. These are the cutest! I love that you crochet THREE cacti while waiting for the paint to dry! Ha ha. It would take me a week to do one! Great idea and super fun teacher gift.