It's nearly the end of term. Four more days to go and I am prepared, yes I am! I am prepared for the teachers end of year's pressies. Last year, I did this. This year, I'm doing flowers again but differently.
The other week, I bought a Mason jar. Mason jars are basically preserving jars which come with a screw lid which is made up of two parts, an outer rim and an inner disc. I removed the inner disc and left the screw rim on. I stuck some peonies in and then sat back with a cup of Earl Grey to admire my handiwork.
Looks good eh? And that's where the idea for the teacher's end of term presents evolved from. I liked last year's presents but I had one little worry about them - because it was such a hot day, the flowers were starting to wilt a little by the time I got round to handing them out. They needed a little drink to keep them at their best. So I've sorted out that problem by using Mason jars.
I thought I'd give the idea a trial run to see how they would work. So I purchased a stack of jars the size down from what I have the peonies in. I bought a bunch of Sweet Williams - you get a lot of bang for your buck with these. A bunch of these will fill 3 to 4 jars. I found some downloadable printable thank you tags and printed and made those. Last of all, I dragged out a bit of gardening twine.
Hocus, pocus, abracadabra. Teacher's thank you presents sorted!
You don't really need instructions for this - you just need to make sure your flowers sit nicely as an arrangement in the jar. You need to be able to tie a bow and attach a tag. That's it.
I thought I'd do a trial run and post this earlish just incase anyone needs any ideas for teacher thank you presents this year but they also make lovely presents to take to dinner parties for the hostess. The chalkboard tags are very pretty but I'm sticking with some white ones so George can write on the front of his tags.
Last Note :
- Don't forget to give the inner disc lid when you give the jar so whoever is receiving the flowers can make full use of the jar when the flowers are long gone.
- My jars were from Home Bargains and prices start at 69p for the smaller jars. The larger jar which is holding the peonies is still only 99p. Bargain indeed.
- Don't overfill the jars with water - you have to transport them!
- My favourite downloadable tags are here for the white Thank You tags, here for the chalkboard style ones and here for some pretty Orla Kiely'esque ones.
- I sold a batch of these at last weeks cricket gala to raise funds for the cricket club which is when I was asked to make one for a lady who wanted a dinner party gift. Hence the dinner party gift idea!
Destination cricket gala.