Teachers always need pens. When I substitute taught, I found myself constantly looking around the teacher’s desk for pens, to which there were none. It seems there are never enough, and they’re always magically “disappearing.” Seriously, there must be a pen thief in every single classroom. So, with teacher appreciation week coming up next week (and Mother’s day soon!!), this little craft is the perfect gift!
Instead of the usual faux flowers for this “flower pot,” I thought it’d be fun to try something different; succulents! Since they’re all the rage right now, finding succulent picks was no problem at all. Michael’s had everything I needed. You can easily make this in an afternoon. Or in my case, during naptime!
Materials to make succulent flower pot pens:
- Terra cotta pot
- Paint brush
- Sand or small rocks
- Floral tape
- Mod Podge
- Gold glitter
- White acrylic paint
- Succulent picks
- Rubber band (not pictured)
- Optional – glue gun + glue sticks
Start by painting your pot with the white acrylic paint. I painted inside about an inch down as well.
While the pot dries, use the green floral tape to attach the succulents to the pen. My succulent picks had a thick plastic coating, so I just pulled them out so they’d be thinner when taped to the pen.
Start at the very top of the pen and just under the succulent. Wrap the tape around a few times to make sure the succulent is secure. If the succulent is moving around too much (one of mine was missing a stem completely), just add a little hot glue to the stem and hold it against the pen until it dries, then wrap with floral tape.
For the flower pot, I wanted to add a little glam, so I used gold glitter. I wanted mine to look as if it were dipped in glitter, so I used a rubberband and put it on the bottom of the pot at an angle (like I did in my split pea topiary, too!)
Continue all the way around the pot. Once the Mod Podge is dry, use your paint brush and brush on another coat on top of the glitter to set it so it won’t come off. Don’t worry, I promise it’ll dry completely clear and you won’t even know it’s there! Don’t skip this step, or you’ll have glitter everywhere when you go to use it!
Do you give anything to your child’s teacher for teacher appreciation day?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Need some more Mother’s Day gift ideas? Visit HERE to see 15 more ideas!
(I link up at these fun parties!)