Flowers for Teacher

I made this paper flower bouquet for Miss L’s teacher, as an end-of-the-year “thank you” gift. I had so much fun with it — and it was so well received by her teachers and the other parents at school — that I knew it deserved a tutorial. This one features fabric from Sandi Henderson’s Ginger Blossom line for Michael Miller. I decoupaged the fabric on the pot using Mod Podge. The rim of the pot was painted with a dark brown paint, which I sponged off a bit to give it a distressed leather look.

To make your own pretty flower pot bouquet, you will need:

  • Flower template
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper (optional)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Thin wooden dowels
  • Papier mache flower pot
  • Green paint and brush or sponge brush
  • Pot-decorating items (paint, fabric, paper, etc.)
  • Tissue paper or paper grass
  • Tulle or ribbon
  • Circle cutting tool or punch, or a circular object you can trace
  • Picture of each child, cropped to approximate circle size (2 inches is recommended)
  • Adhesive (glue dots, Xyron, glue stick, etc.)
  • 5×5-inch cube of dry floral foam
  • Paper shredder

And here’s my first video tutorial (please be kind!):

18 Replies to “Flowers for Teacher”

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I agree with you on the honeysuckles (and lilac’s)
    Great video! I like your shirt.

  2. Wow, Mary, that was awesome! I’ve never ‘heard’ your voice before lol. Sounded different than I imagined lol. I love this idea. Being a scrapbooker, I’ve already got ideas flooding my brain lol. And wow, I forget school is out in May in the States. We go all year round and our ‘year’ ends in December so these will make great gifts for xmas and end of year teacher gifts. How did you organize getting photos from all the parents of the kids?

    Christis last blog post..Projects and Pirates

  3. wow – great project! And it was nice to “meet” you. Very well done and comprehensive tutorual.

  4. Okay, I’m laughing because as I looked at the picture of the flower pot (very cute, BTW, I might have to steal the idea for my son’s teacher) — I was looking at all the photos (other than Miss L’s) trying to figure out why they were photos of strange circular things — like bald baby heads, only they didn’t look quite right. Was she including baby pics of Miss, L? I wondered? Why does she look so blobby and featureless?

    Finally figured out that you had blurred out the other pics — I’m assuming classmates, right?

    Silly me.

    Jens last blog post..The Barbies have evidently worked out their sleeping arrangements

  5. So great – if pre-school didn’t end on Thursday, I would be so on this. Maybe I can do some sort of adjustment that doesn’t require me to have a picture of every kid in the class. And nice to see you and hear you!

  6. Hi!

    I have been trying to send you an email, but it is not going through. Can you drop me a line?

    Also, how cute are those flowers! Now I am going to make a cup of coffee and watch your tutorial. I have been wanting to do some tutorials…this could be a good way to go with it. Was it hard to do?

    Anyway, let’s get in touch offline. 🙂


  7. What a great idea and how generous of you to not only share it but to demonstrate it so nicely. Well done! I really enjoyed watching. Thanks!

  8. Hi Mary!

    What a darling project!
    I need to send you a sample of my mom’s tape products! I know you would love them:)

    Have a great week. Got my cast off…Yeah.

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