Dry Erase Marker Bouquet – Teacher Gift

I had such good intentions of getting this post up last night, but my plans changed!  I was washing the dishes {we don’t have a dishwasher} and was rinsing the silverware and putting it in the dish drainer, and I had a couple of sharp knives in my hand headed for the dish drainer and one made it in and one missed.  It fell, and hit my foot.  I ended up having to go and get two stitches right by my little toe.  It could have been much worse though.  I’m just glad the Instacare was still open and we didn’t have to go to the ER.  BTW, I hate shots!  Have you ever had a shot in your foot?  It HURTS, bad!  I had to get two in my foot to numb it and I had to get a tetanus shot in my arm. :(
Anyway, you didn’t come here to hear me tell you about my foot. 😉 I told you earlier in the week that I would share with you the teacher appreciation gift that I did for our teachers this year.  I just put these together yesterday afternoon.  They are pretty much the same thing that I did last year, but I used dry erase markers this time.  I want to try to give the teachers something that they will use, and not just put it with the rest of the teacher themed gifts that they all get.
This year, I thought I’d show in a little more detail how I put these together, in case there were questions.

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Start off with a can, or container of some sort, some floral foam, and your markers or pencils.

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Take your markers and push them down into the floral foam.

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Then set the foam into your container.  Last time, I used hot glue to keep it in, but this time I didn’t glue it at all,  I thought it would be more practical, so that if the teachers want to, they could use the container for something else.
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I used my Cricut to cut out some 2″ flowers from the George & Basic Shapes cartridge.  If you are doing pencils, you’ll want smaller flowers.
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Use a hole punch to make the hole big enough to go onto the top of the markers.  I had to do three to four partial punches around the existing hole. (EDIT: Now I would just change the flower with Cricut Craft Room, before I ever cut them out.)
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Then slide your flowers on the markers.

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Add your Easter grass.  Get enough in there that it holds the floral foam pretty well.

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I then decided that I wanted to add some vinyl to the front, so I used the Makin the Grade cartridge for my Cricut and cut the cute #1 Teacher out and put it on.

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I hope the teachers like them as much as I do!

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    This is so clever and so adorable! The teachers will LOVE these….:)
    Thanks for sharing….
    Tracy

  2. says

    Beyond Adorable!!!! and theses will go GREAT with the dry erase countdown frame I am giving to her!!!! Thanks for the great idea (and sorry about your foot)

  3. says

    I found you on Pinterest, as I was looking for a visual of this same idea :) A couple of things we learned: If you use regular paper instead of construction paper for the flowers, make sure you tape them or glue them to the markers, as they tend to take flight when you’re moving your arrangement around. Also, be sure to use good-quality flower foam, otherwise you’ll be fighting the markers to stay upright in their wells. Thanks for posting this!

  4. Cina B Lang says

    Such a marvelous idea. I will incorporate dollar bills for the grass. Oh course not shredded!:) I will take a picture and put on pinterest. Thanks!

    • says

      I bet your grand-daughters teachers loved them. I always get my bins for these in the $1 section at Target as well, along with the shredded paper and floral foam from the dollar store. I actually did this with pencils the year before, they were really fun too and the teachers loved them.
      Amy :)

    • says

      I was on my phone and accidentally deleted the comment from Jfergie46. This is what it said: Made two of these for my granddaughters’ teachers. I made my flowers colored instead of white however. I put them in little tin buckets from the $ section at target and tied lots of scrap ribbons on the handles. I figure the cost at about $7 each using $ store shred and floral foam. The pens are the expensive part. I bought mine at Walmart but I think they still cost about $1.00 each. You could do it with pencils instead and bring the cost down considerably. Very cute and usable idea that I think the teachers will appreciate instead of something else to eat or drink.

  5. L.r. Smith says

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo~soooooooooo cute!!
    I am soooooooooo glad I came here and saw this.. LOVE IT!
    Thanks for the inspirations!!

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