Teacher Gifts Tutorial – Decoupage Plant Pots

I’ve neglected you all lately…. I’m going to try to get a bit more active on here for you all.

We give son’s teachers gifts at Christmas and Year-end. This year we decided on decorating a plant pot and picking out a pretty plant for his teacher and the teacher’s assistant. I try to pick something that he can make or do most of and he likes making gifts and really tries to get them perfect.

It’s an easy and cheap craft that looks wonderful and you can put a lot of thought into the kind of plant and the style of decoupage you want to do when you choose the tissue paper.

The plant pots were 89P each, the saucers were 99p. The pack of tissue paper was £2.20 and a bottle of PVA glue was £1.50. I know we had some around here somewhere but I couldn’t find it!

Son picked out a pretty blue, orange, yellow & pink flower tissue paper. As the paper had a white background, I painted the pots white with some wood paint I already had. We used a flat cardboard box to paint and glue on, but newspaper would work too.

Once the paint was dry, We took 1 sheet of the tissue paper (it was about 20″ x 30″) and ripped it up into pieces – tiny ones and big ones 2-3″ across.

Our pile of ripped up tissue paper
Our pile of ripped up tissue paper

We piled them up and I poured some glue into a plastic container, then used a clean paintbrush to brush it onto the pot. I did a section at a time and then son started to add paper to it, overlapping a bit and mixing up the flower colours and direction. I think if he was a bit older, he could do the gluing as well as the sticking but at 6, I thought he might get covered in more paper than the pot….

Adding more paper
Adding more paper

I smoothed down any bits sticking up and added another coat of glue. We did about 75% of 1 pot then switched to the next.

Smoothing down the edges
Smoothing down the edges
Resting and drying
Resting and drying

We went around and glued, papered and reglued that one too. We let them dry for an hour or so then went back and finished them off; this time I held the pots on my hand upside down. I’d say that each pot took about 15 minutes to cover. I’ll trim off the excess paper once the glue is completely dry tomorrow. We’ll repot the plants, and then give them to the teachers on Weds.

Almost done!
Almost done!

We only used a small amount of the glue and about 2/3 of the paper we ripped up for the 2 pots; we probably have enough ripped up to cover another pot.

Son’s already picked out which pot is going to which teacher even though they are pretty much identical!

Ta Da! Finished!
Ta Da! Finished!

Of course, you don’t have to put a plant in them – add a scrunch of tissue paper to the bottom of the pot and a bog-standard box of chocolates taken out of the box and piled on top look much more expensive. Or a collection of stationery – pens, pencils, a ruler, glue etc. Or pop a goodie bag of home-made treats – cookies, brownies, caramels, home-roasted nuts…. what would you put in it?

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