Teachers Rule: Make This DIY Planter for the First Day

Surprise a teacher with this school-inspired planter.

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Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Back to School Gift

This back to school planter is a fun craft for the entire family.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft you will need: 1 wooden yardstick/ saw/ scissors/ 1 quart empty milk carton/ hot glue gun/ pencil/ permanent marker/ potting soil/ small stones/ small plantings/ sphagnum moss.

Cut the Ruler

With the saw, cut the yardstick into twelve 3-inch sections.

Clean Up the Ends

With the scissors, trim up the rough ends of the ruler sections if necessary and set them aside.

Mark the Carton

Mark the carton up three widths of the ruler sections all the way around with the permanent marker.

Cut the Top Off

Cut around the carton on the marker line to remove the top of the carton.

Wash and Dry

Wash out the inside of the carton and dry it.

Time for Gluing

Gather the hot glue gun, the carton and the ruler cuttings. It is now time to glue them onto the carton.

Glued in Place

Working on one side at a time, glue the ruler sections onto the carton like so.

Consider Drainage

To help with drainage add a couple of inches of small stone to the bottom of the carton or poke a few holes in the bottom.

Plant it Up

Add a single plant or other plantings of your choice. Here we added an assortment of small succulents.

Finish with Moss

Add a bit of sphagnum moss around the edges of the planter to finish off the look.

Pencil Message

Add a message to the pencil. Try "You Rule!" or if you plant thyme in the planter consider "Thyme to Learn." Be creative!

Finishing Touch

Tuck the pencil into the back of the planter to finish off your creation. 

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