A couple of weeks ago, I was able to host a fun group of bloggers at Ikea. Store management challenged each of us to come up with a unique project (there are over 40 awesome Ikea-inspired projects linked up – check them out!).
Today I am sharing my project – a back to school teacher gift and a printable.
This was such a simple gift to put together, but it’s something that can be enjoyed in the classroom both the first day back to school and year round.
While at Ikea, I picked up this inexpensive ($3.99) coffee cup and saucer. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I knew it had potential.
I considered making something like Mandi’s Anthro-inspired tea cup lamp.
And am in love with these awesome tea cup lights. Wouldn’t they be awesome in a retro-inspired kitchen?
But at the end of the day, I only had one mug and saucer and had been dreaming of something for back-to-school.
Once I’d decided what to do, I rounded up the rest of the supplies.
I used a small drill bit to drill a hole in the bottom of my cup to provide drainage. If you’ve not drilled into glass before, you might want to read Mandi’s tips – they worked for me.
FrogTape. I wrapped the tape around the mug to provide me with a painting guide. I’ve been using the FrogTape for a while now and love the perfect edge I get with it.
Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint, Black. There’s about a million types of chalkboard paint. I had this bottle on-hand and it was easy to use for this project.
I applied two coats and let it dry.
Once it was dry, I added some gravel, potting soil and a little succulent plant.
You start to see the simplicity of this project.
Succulents are great for the classroom because they are low-maintenance. These plants don’t necessarily need direct sunlight and they require little water.
I added a little printable tag to the plant that says, “excited to grow with you,” and done! You can use the little toppers for cupcakes – fun for the whole class!
If you’d like to make your own, you can grab the printable toppers that say Excited to Grow.