Teacher Appreciation Gift - Flower Pens

Next week is teacher appreciation week. (May 2-6, 2011)  I LOVE teachers and truly believe that it is a GOD-given ability to do the job they do.  A huge thanks to all you school teachers!!  You are making a difference!!

Here's a lil' somethin' I threw together today for my boys' school teachers to show them our appreciation for them:
and the GREAT thing is that it's so inexpensive to create!
The artificial flowers, the pot, river rock and the gardening shovel came from the Dollar Tree.
I added some ribbon around the pot and the shovel.  
I bought a pack of pens and added the flowers to them like so:
First I hot-glued the stem of the flower to a pen, then wrapped floral tape around it, added a little raffia ribbon and Voila - created some cute flower pens.  It's SO VERY simple!
The pens rest nicely in the river rock.
I wanted to personalize the gift  for our wonderful teachers, so I called my mother and together we came up with this poem:
I also wanted to add some sayings to the middle of each flower:
So I created these circle tags, then printed, cut them out and mod podged the paper (so it won't tear.)  Then I simply hot-glued them to the middle of the flowers...
...and I LOVE it!!
I created six sayings relating to gardening: 
A teacher helps a child blossom, bloom, grow, flourish, sprout and thrive.
This is a quick and easy gift to create and it's useful too, which I LOVE!   

I also love sharing with my readers, so I've created a set of the circles and the poem for YOU to print from your computer, if you'd like to use this idea. 

Here is your  F R E E  printable:
Just click on the image above, right mouse click and save image to your computer.
I made another teacher appreciation gift with some of these tags too.  I'll show you that one soon.

Have a Blessed Weekend!
May you be a little inspired!
Until next time,


  1. Brilliant DaNita!!!! Absolutely Brilliant! I'm not a teacher but this would have to be one of the best teacher gifts I've ever seen. I would be bragging to all the other teachers saying "you've got to see this.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

  2. Very cute, simple, and inexpensive! Great job!

  3. Beautiful idea! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. This is so cute!! I think their teachers will love it!


  5. Thank you for the printables!

  6. Love this idea for a teacher gift...I was thinking of something similiar, but may be copying some of your ideas!!

    The Pretty Packages Party is going on now. I'd love for you to stop by and share your beautiful teacher gift.



  7. Great idea for a teacher gift! I'm saving this one! I love the idea everything is usable after they bring it home. Great poem as well. Thanks for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  8. Hi lovely lady.
    This was a Beautiful Idea !! Im not a Teacher but one would love this as a Gift !!!Thank you for sharing with us all. Im your newest follower on your lovely Blog. I hope you can come join my Tablescapes. I also hope you and your lovely family have a Great Week.

  9. What a special teacher gift and so creative. I love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. Oh, my! What a wonderful idea to give to teachers! And to parent-volunteers, too! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  11. Love this, so creative! I would love for you to stop by and see my teacher gift idea!

    Warm Wishes,


  12. Cute idea! Please come and share it at my link party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com

  13. Love this idea! The gardening shovel is a fun touch!

  14. this cute idea has been featured on C.O.M. winks- jen

  15. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  16. This is such fun idea - I linked to this post on my blog today. I used your cute sayings on tags for our teacher appreciation gifts!


  17. WOW! This is SUCH a great idea! Blows MY gift right outta the water!!!

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  19. True, flowers do make wonderful thank-you gifts. It's always nice to be given something nice and colorful, no? It can really brighten up the day of someone. Also, having a message to go along with it really makes it effective.

  20. That is such a unique and pretty way to make flower pens! It adds a great touch to have the middle of the flower display a personal message. I like to write a message along the "stem" of the pen too.

  21. This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing, I'm going to go help my first grader make some right away!

  22. This is a nice surprise for teachers who are bear the all the task to ensure children or students are learning.

  23. gift-flower :- For Christmas this year, our family went together and bought us a video game system. My wife and I aren't big into video games, but we

  24. i just tried to download your awesome printable but the link is no longer working. where can i get a copy? thanks!!!!

  25. I have used this idea and your printable design three times for three different teachers and they have all LOVED it. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent!!


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