DIY Ruler Succulent Planter (Fun Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea)
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Need a unique teacher gift idea?
Consider making this fun ruler succulent planter! It’s embellished with wooden rulers and makes a cute and stylish gift idea to show teacher appreciation. It was easy to create and such a unique gift to put together at home. It would also be fun to create for a craft night activity with friends!
Grab these simple supplies.
I am using an empty milk carton as a base, and it worked out great. I’m sure you could use any type of square container if desired. Painting the carton is, of course, optional, and I used gold spray paint for this one.
As for wood rulers, I bought some from Target, and they worked out nicely. I made a second planter using thicker rulers from Staples, and I honestly liked the 49¢ Target Up and Up ones better. FYI, my Dollar Tree and Walmart did not carry wood rulers, only plastic ones.
I purchased living succulents and planted them in potting soil, but an alternative would be to use some faux succulents (keep your eyes peeled at Dollar Tree for inexpensive faux succulents). Adding Spanish moss to the top is a pretty detail, yet optional.
Hip Tip: Succulents are easy to take care of and require very little water. I suggest using a cactus potting soil to keep your succulents happy. If you first fill your container with a layer of gravel and then add soil, no more drainage hole is likely needed.
Prepping the rulers is easy but takes the most effort & time.
It’s easy to remove the metal portion of rulers using needle nose pliers first, so they will be easier to cut. To make our cuts, we found the easiest was by using a table saw, as it also results in clean-looking ends. You can alternatively cut rulers using strong tin snips, however, it was a little tedious and resulted in some split rulers for me. Other options for cutting include a hack saw, band saw, a miter saw, or a chop saw.
DIY Ruler Succulent PlanterPrint
- 6 wooden rulers
- table saw or tin snips
- needle nose pliers
- empty milk carton
- spray paint *optional
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- potting soil
- a few small living succulents
- spanish moss *optional
This DIY project rules!
Teachers are the BEST, and succulents are super stylish and make a thoughtful gift. I think this would look so great on any teacher’s desk and was a fun craft. We can’t wait to present these as a special surprise to my kids’ beloved teachers.