The end of the school year sneaks up on even the most prepared parents -- so if you're scrambling to give your child's teachers and your school's office staff a token of your gratitude for all they do throughout the year, these simple and sweet mini succulent gifts are super easy to put together (even if you need several) when you're short on time and looking for a budget-friendly offering for your long list of thank yous. The thing I love about succulents is that they are beautiful to look at and they are entirely stress-free and low-maintenance. I fell in love with succulents when a friend of mine gave me two tiny succulents as a party favor at her baby shower. I put them on the windowsill and think of her every time I see them. I love that they are still alive and thriving a year later (a difficult feat given my black thumb), and that succulents actually die if you over water them... not the opposite. I also chose this gift because it's eco-friendly and waste-free. The pots may be reused, and most of the materials that comprise the gift are derived from nature. Lastly, even the least crafty among us can make these! Read on to learn how.
1. Select Your Succulents
Visit your local garden center and select your succulents. The succulents I used were 2.5 ounces but you can select a larger size if you don’t want to go the miniature route. Buy succulents that are not treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been shown to harm or kill bees.
2. Gather the Rest of Your Supplies
- Terra cotta pots (I used 4 ounce pots for 2.5 ounce succulents)
- Wooden/tree bark tags with a hole punched in them, from local craft store
- Twine or ribbon
- Oil based Sharpie pen (must be oil based to write on wood so ink doesn’t bleed or feather)
- Small pebbles (I purchased a small bag of these at the craft store)
- Hot glue gun (optional)
3. Place the Succulent in the Pot and Fill Rim with Small Pebbles
You can either choose to take the succulents out of their pot and re-pot them, which will require more soil, or leave them in the pot they came in, as I did, and simply place them in the terra cotta pots. Next, place the small pebbles around the rim to fill in the space and create an added rustic aesthetic.
4. Write Your Message on Your Wooden Tags
Using your oil based Sharpie pen, write whatever message you’d like on the tags. It can be the teacher’s name, “thank you,” or any other inspirational message, such as “thanks for helping me grow.”
5. String Twine Through Your Tag
String your twine through each tag and tie into a bow.
6. Tie the Twine and Tag Around the Pot
Use additional twine to tie the tag around the pot. Note: If the twine will not stay put on the pot, you can also opt to use a hot glue gun to glue the wooden message tag to the front of the pot.
7. Distribute to the Lucky Recipients!
Hand out these sweet gifts to your child’s teachers and the school staff. They’re sure to love them! These mini succulents would also be an ideal offering as green party favors, housewarming gifts, office gifts, etc.
All images © Beth Shea