Painted Planter Tutorial and FREE teacher appreciation printable!

You can smell it in the air… summer is coming! If your little ones are still finishing out their school year, chances are you’ll need a teacher gift or two. As a former elementary school teacher, I can tell you how wonderful it is to feel so appreciated at the end of a long school year! This easy DIY is something that teachers can enjoy year-round, and if you don’t have a teacher to buy for, make one for yourself!



  • succulent planter (I found these fabulous ceramic hanging planters at Target. Here is a similar one and a glass one.)
  • paint {or a Sharpie marker!}
  • paintbrush
  • Free Thank You Printable

1. Choose the color and find a paint that is appropriate for the material of your planter.


2. Begin to paint your design! I began with polka dots:DSC_5999

3. Continue to paint all around the planter until you’ve covered it as much or as little as you want. Experiment with fun designs, like these plus signs:

DSC_60244. Fill with succulents and the appropriate dirt/rocks.

DSC_60585. Then, if you’re giving these to a teacher, print off these easy thank you cards that say “Thank You for helping me grow” – I love a good punny thank you note!

Download the Free Teacher Appreciation Printable Thank You for Helping me Grow cards now

Each page has four cards, so you can print them out on card stock and have ready made cards for each teacher in your child’s life or print them onto regular paper and glue to the front of a card that your child colors. I found that they print perfectly on these postcards, which are perforated to it super easy if you have multiple teachers!DSC_6073

And if you aren’t in need of a teacher gift, just hang them up and enjoy them yourself!DSC_6098

Or maybe do both? Because let’s be honest, you just can’t have too many succulents around! So fresh and bright – great for a gift or great for your own home.DSC_6093

This is really one of my absolute favorite non-sewing crafts I’ve made lately, and I just couldn’t part with these two. So I had to make a different one to send with my oldest for his last day of his homeschool group. And hopefully my black thumb will be able to keep these lovelies alive. :)

Painted Planter

ABCs of Love: Creating Something Beautiful Together

I know I’m not the only one, when I say that I’ve had a lot of mixed emotions the last few days. My heart is breaking for those who have lost so suddenly, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this family the Lord has given me.

But in the wake of a tragic event, especially during the Christmas season, it suddenly seems so much more important to DO something. To teach our kids to be a light in the darkness.

In a recent conversation with some other blogging friends, someone pointed out that her son noticed that there were 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary – the same as the number of letters in the alphabet. Out of this came the idea to act in love and kindness, in remembrance of these 26 individuals.

We brainstormed 26 acts of kindness corresponding to letters of the alphabet:

Each of us then chose a letter and are blogging today about what we did with that letter.

I chose the letter C – create something beautiful. The desire to create is something inherent inside me, whether it’s through fabric, paint, food, words… but I wanted to go beyond that and let my kids really learn to express their creativity while working together. And in a way that would be special and out of the ordinary.

So I took a large canvas that I had and gave them some special, new paints [that I had purchased with those crazy snow days in mind – but it felt appropriate to use them for this!]. I gave them brushes and told them to paint a picture together.


Now I’ll admit, in my head, this was very idyllic. Christmas music playing in the background, they would create this amazing painting, and as they painted they would laugh and smile….


Well, it may not have happened exactly that way… there may have been arguing over who gets to use which paint color. But it really was the perfect opportunity to teach them how to create cooperatively. Working together on a project is so much different than working on your own. It requires kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience – just to name a few. All things I want these littles to carry with them out into the world.


But in the end, they were in awe of what they had created. And I hung it on our kitchen wall right away. To anyone else, it might not be a beautiful piece of art, but watching my children paint it together makes it beyond beautiful to me.


And for them, having their art up on the wall on a canvas, not just a piece of paper, makes the experience a lot more memorable. And hopefully they’ll remember how they worked together to create it.


If you feel so inclined, would you choose a letter and join us? Be the good. Spread kindness and love and compassion. And if you do, please leave a link in the comments so I can see how you and your family have chosen to demonstrate the ABCs of Love.

Stop by the other blogs that are participating today, and see what they’re doing:

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