Grow a Succulent Garden and $250 Giveaway

*This post is a sponsored post with Miracle Gro.  I was given Miracle Gro products to use, however all opinions, statements and ideas are my own.

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With summer right around the corner, teachers and students are wrapping up the school year.  I am always looking for a fun and unique way to show my children’s teachers how much we appreciate all that they do for our kids all year long.  I like to give them something they will actually enjoy using in their classrooms and/or their homes.  A good teacher can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

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This season, Miracle Gro wants to inspire everyone to get out and Gro something. There is a way to incorporate “Gro-ing” into a myriad of different DIY projects—and you don’t have to be an avid gardener or live out in the country to accomplish it!  All you need is a little creativity and inspiration—and you can create a beautiful, living piece of art for just about any occasion/recipe/area of your home!

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So, with that in mind, I wanted to make a simple but lovely succulent table top garden that my children’s teachers could enjoy and continue to grow after my children move on.  If you want to make one, it is really so simple and you just need a few things.

Succulent Garden:

  • Pot or Container (I used a small pail)
  • Old Dictionary Pages (to cover the pail)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Miracle Gro Moisture Mix Potting Soil
  • Succulents
  • Miracle Gro Cactus and Succulent Plant Food

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Take some old dictionary (or other paper) and cover the pot with them.  Use a couple of layers of Mod Podge on the front and back of them and attach them to the container.  I specifically used the “teacher” and “grow” dictionary pages along with a couple of other words that remind me of a great teacher.

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Fill your container with Miracle Gro Moisture Mix Potting Soil and leave about 4 inches at the top.  Plant your succulents and then add more potting soil and fill in the soil to the top of the container.  Gently pack the plants into the potting soil. 

*For best results drill a couple of small holes in the bottom of the container and place some gravel in the bottom to ensure proper drainage.

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If you are giving this as a gift to a teacher you can print out this fun little label “Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that will grow forever!”

To print the label simply click on the image.

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Simply print out the label and cut it out.  Then paste it onto a piece of dictionary paper and then glue that onto a rectangle piece of black paper.

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For an extra touch, I added a little metal stake in the pot with the word “grow” on it.  It is simply an old spoon with some vinyl letter stickers on it.  Just stick it in the soil.  This is a pretty simple way to grow something beautiful as a gift or for your own home.

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The makers of Miracle Gro would like to get The Idea Room readers involved in their Gro something campaign by offering a $250 American Express cash card to help one lucky person jump start their own #GroSomething Spring/Summer Project.  This way you can go out and GroSomething as well.  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win simply follow the directions in the rafflecopter box below.

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*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on May, 19 2013 . One winner will be chosen and mailed a $250 American Express Cash Card. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above.  Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway close. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Teacher gift idea

Nothing like a last second project…*ahem*!!  I was hoping to get around to our teacher gifts EARLIER, but such is life sometimes.  I whipped these up the night before the last day of school! But they did get done.  I was hoping to get them earlier so I could share them with you all in case some of you might want to make some homemade teacher gifts.

Homemade Teacher Gifts

Hopefully some of you still have kids with a few days of school left.  Or you can always use this later for the next school year.

I have made several versions of these and my kids teachers always seem really appreciative to receive them.  Apparently they go through a lot of hand sanitizer in the schools.

I usually send mine along with a gift card to the movies or a restaurant.

These are so easy to make and literally took me less than an hour to put all together.  Best part?  The Hand Sanitizer is a super inexpensive bottle from the dollar store.

Here is how to make them:

1.  Buy Hand Sanitizer in clear bottles.  Or buy empty containers (Container Store is a great source) and fill with Hand Sanitizer from a big refill bottle.

2.  Remove store labels if needed.  Goo Gone works great for me to remove any leftover glue residue.

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3.  Print the downloadable Teacher Hand Sanitizer PDF onto some clear Transparency Film.  **You will need to use a laser printer or copier otherwise the ink will fall off and run in the sanitizer.  A copy center can print it for you for a small charge and has transparency paper.

4.  Cut out the insert.  Roll it backwards and insert it into the top of the bottle.

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5.  Use the stem of the pump to push the label into place in the front inside of the bottle.  The Hand Sanitizer will keep it sitting in the correct position.

6.  Attach a hand written note from your child and/or your favorite gift card.

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You can download the Teacher Hand Sanitizer PDF here:

So happy to have this be the LAST “homework” assignment/project of the school year!!  Bring on SUMMER!!

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Here are some of my older versions of this gift idea for those who may be interested:

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Hand In Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Hand Sanitizer

Thanksgiving Hand Sanitizer