Today, I’m excited to share a fun and easy DIY Teacher Appreciation gift idea: it’s a cute “Thank you for helping me grow” DIY planter! It would make a cute gift for teacher appreciation day, for the end of the school year, or even for the first day of school. You could also offer this planter to your childrens’ nannies or caretakers.
To make it a breeze for you and your little ones to create this planter, I created a free printable with labels that fit 3″ and 4″ tin cans. This DIY is a fun way to upcycle empty food cans and share a cute message and a pretty plant!
In this article, I’m sharing tips, instructions, and a tutorial video along with the free printable.
>>> You can download the free printable tin can labels further down this page.
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You might also like these cute free printable teacher appreciation gift cardholders. I think both items would look really cute paired together.
Here’s what you’ll need to create this cute DIY Teacher Appreciation Planter:
- Free Printable (download it further down this page) – 2 label sizes available (3×11″ or 4×10″)
- Empty Tin Can: preferably 3″ or 4″ high
- Mini plant
- Glue or double-sided tape or washi tape
- For added durability, you can add some self seal laminated sheet on top of your label if you’d like.
Tutorial Video – Cute DIY Planter “Thank you for helping me grow”
If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a little video to show you how I created this DIY planter! I didn’t lie when I told you this can upcycle is incredibly easy and fast!
- Pick a food can (3 or 4 inches high), empty it, and wash it.
- Download and print the planter labels
- Cut can labels
- Using the adhesive of your choice (glue, double-sided tape, washi tape…) secure the label around your can
- Place your plant inside your can
- For added durability, you can add some laminated film on top of your label if you’d like.
- Get ready to make someone happy with this cute DIY planter!
Extra Tips to create this Easy DIY Planter
To fit most food cans, I’ve created 2 sizes of labels: 3″x11″ and 4″x10″. Measure your can before starting this DIY and print the file you need accordingly.
You can choose between 2 messages for the labels: “Thanks for helping me grow” or “Thank you for helping me grow”. Both designs are identical, minimalist & printer-friendly. Here’s a low res preview of the 3×11″ labels:
You can print these labels on any type of paper you’d like (white, kraft paper, colored paper…).
The edges of your metal can cut can be sharp so be careful not to cut yourself when adding your plant inside the can.
Some mini plant plastic pots fit exactly the diameter of aluminum cans. That’s ideal and it makes it easier to add your plant inside your planter. The plastic pot can then easily be removed to water your plant for example. It’s better for the plant as it will ensure proper drainage. In my case, I used an 8cm/about 3″ wide plastic pot to fit inside a 3″ high can and it was a great fit. I’ve had this planter for a few weeks now, with a plastic planter inside my tin can and it still looks as great as the first day.
If you can’t find a mini plant pot that fits the diameter of your tin can, don’t worry. You can pierce a few holes at the bottom of your can, add rocks at the bottom of the can and then add your soil and plant your plant.
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