Volunteer Gift: Painted Pots

I have been combing Pinterest for the perfect thank you gifts for my parent volunteers. I teach kindergarten and I couldn’t get through my year without the help of my parent volunteers. I wanted something that they would keep, reuse, and remind the parents of the kids and classroom for weeks to come. This idea I found and pinned to my Classroom Gifts pinterest board where I collect ideas for parents, other teachers, and gifts to students.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

Walmart had two different terra cotta pots to choose from, the orange-clay color and this dark brown, chocolate color. I love the darker color because it resembled the look of stone. I got four of them for my four parent volunteers.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

Then I stopped in the craft department and grabbed a bottle of “pool” colored chalk paint by Waverly.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

You could do all different colors, designs, stamps, stencils… to get various looks for your clay pot. I wanted something simple so I painted the top of the pot only.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

It took me about 3 different coats which wasn’t a big deal because it dried pretty quickly.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

I also painted the top lip of the pot saucer. This way when I went to cover the pot with the saucer to “wrap” the gift, it would blend together.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

Luckily I already had a gold sharpie that I used to write a thank you message on the bottom of the saucer. Short and sweet!

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

I used washi tape to cover the hole at the bottom of the pot. Tape would have worked fine but I was determined it had to be “cute” even though the parent volunteers would probably never see this part. You cover the hole at the bottom so when you fill it with soil it won’t leak.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

I found some Gladiolus in the garden section that come in bulbs. The bulb won’t need too much sun or water if you needed a day or two before giving these gifts.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

When the painted pot is dry just fill with soil and add the bulb in the center. Make sure the sprout is sticking up.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

I like the idea of the plant gradually growing so they can be reminded of the classroom and the thank you note below it every time they water or move it to a windowsill.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

The saucer should fit on the top of the pot snug and not have much wiggle room.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

Finally, just add some twine and a sweet note to remember which pot goes to which volunteer. I ended up painting a blue circle at the very top of the saucer… I just thought it completed the look.

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

I gave these out today and I can’t wait to hear back from the parents what they thought. I just think they are so charming!

{Texas Craft House} Parent volunteer gift - painted pot with hidden message

It’s a simple, darling little way to let someone know you are thinking about them or want to say thank you. I know I will do this again next year and I had fun making them.

What is your go-to gift for thank you gifts?

{Texas Craft House} Cassie

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