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Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gift

Submitted by Kristi at IShouldBeMoppingTheFloor

Y’all…we’re on the downhill until school starts. I actually miss my kids terribly once they’re back in school…and immediately start counting the days until winter break! But, I am facing reality and getting prepared. I had fun making this Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gift with super inexpensive supplies and plants from my favorite store! 99 Cents Only Stores have all of your favorite name brands at a price that can’t be beat. I also have the free printable tags for these available below, too.
Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

And if you’re not feeling crafty, I have a cute alternative gift idea, too!
Check out all of the fun below.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags
Again, if you don’t want to pull out the glue gun, the above idea is a quick shortcut (although the ruler planter totally…RULES!). I grabbed these three pretty aqua pots at my 99, too. There is always something new and exciting at the 99. You never know what you’ll find when you “do the 99” (shop at 99 Cents Only Stores)! These would have been a pretty penny at another store…they’re really ceramic and really nice quality. My older son has seven teachers…I have to stay on a budget when it comes to gifting for them. And the 99 makes that totally do-able…and still super CUTE!

 

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags
But back to that cute ruler planter…it’s a fun one to put together for back-to-school. My kids always take a little something on Meet the Teacher night to their new teacher. I thought this would be perfect this year (we are going to have the same teacher for one of my kiddos that older brother had previously…we can’t exactly repeat gifts with the pattern we often fall into). I grabbed all of my supplies at my 99. I bought heaps of rulers (I love that they don’t have that metal piece in these rulers…so much easier to saw in half for this). I also grabbed a clear jar stack, but only used the largest one…the others are perfect for storing small items around the house. I used hot glue on my planter, but an alternate way of attaching rulers would be to use these foam mounting squares from the craft aisle at the 99.

 

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

The 99 had a great selection of plants, too! I grabbed three 4″ plants to fit inside my jars. I also grabbed a few to put on my dining table in more of those pretty aqua pots from above.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

And it was definitely back-to-school season in my 99 (I shop the one in Waco on Bosque Road). You can see the rulers I grabbed here (3 for .99…can’t beat that!).

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

I started this by determining how long to saw my rulers. I didn’t even plan this, but cutting these rulers directly in half worked perfectly for this project.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags
I used a my old hand saw and miter box for steadiness to cut these in half. I used eight rulers (16 halves, total) for this project. They were really easy to work with. You can give them a light sanding, if you prefer.

 

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

Plug in the glue gun and have at it (or use the mounting squares if you’re not of the hot glue persuasion). I chose this jar since it wasn’t at a slant…I wanted my rulers to stand up straight. I hot glued each ruler half in two spots…where the jar protruded a bit.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags
Just work your way around the entire jar. Grab extra hot glue sticks in the crafting area at the 99. This project doesn’t have to be perfect…but if you want to sand your edges evenly, feel free. I purposely went for an uneven look and even turned the rulers every time to make sure none of the numbers lined up or were similar to the ruler next to it.

 

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags
I used gardening twine from the garden aisle at the 99 to attach my tags.
I wanted a play on the word GROW with both the plant AND ruler aspects of the gift.
Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THESE GROW TAGS.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags
After the hot glue was cool and hardened, I tied the twine a few times around the planter to give it some interest and extra pop of color. Then I used the ends of the twine to attach the gift tag.

 

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

Like I mentioned, you can take a shortcut and buy pretty ceramic planters at the 99 instead of making the ruler one…let’s face it, we’re all busy. Shortcuts are totally okay sometimes.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

They have a great selection of ceramic planters in the garden aisle.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

I thought it would be fun to use the ruler as a plant pick to attach the tag.
And then it brings in the whole ruler aspect to play off the tag’s wording.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

Aren’t the tags fun? I designed them to look like school paper.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

If you make the ruler planter, your teacher can use it as a caddy, too!
It’s super versatile.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

Not only was the school supply aisle well stocked at my 99 Cents Only Store, I stumbled onto these cute backpacks on an end cap by the produce section.

Did you know the 99 has fresh produce?
I always grab a few things since they’re so fresh and affordable.

Budget Friendly Back to School Teacher Gifts with Free Printable Gift Tags

Hoping your kiddos GROW this school year!