This post was originally on my wedding planning blog, but I wanted to include it here with my other DIY projects (be on the lookout in September for wedding DIY on this blog). It was published on August 7, 2009.
“I got my master’s degree in Elementary Education last December (2008). I had the opportunity to work in my dream school (which was the same school I did my student teaching in) as a long-term substitute. I was there from the beginning of March until the end of the school year (June). It was a 2nd grade classroom, which was a completely different (and wonderful!!!) situation, and I became friends with the 2nd grade teacher next door.
For Teacher Appreciation Week, the teachers get wonderful gifts from their students: gift certificates, flowers, yummy treats, etc. I wanted to do something for this teacher because she was not only a great friend to me, but she acted as my mentor, helping me through the adjustment to 2nd grade and really taking me under her wing. I didn’t want to do the typical gifts, and I remembered she had mentioned that she didn’t have any white out pens (but she loved mine). Somehow, I thought of this idea, and I loved the result:
All you need is:
- a flower pot (or some type of holder)
- a round piece of Styrofoam that fits securely into the flower pot
- assorted pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.
Once you have placed the Styrofoam in the flower pot, just start placing the goodies all around. Some may fall out if you move it, so you might want to stick the goodies down deep into the Styrofoam and not very close to each other.
Doesn’t it look so neat?”