If you’re looking for some inexpensive end of the school year teacher appreciation gifts that can be made in bulk I have a super cute Number 1 Teacher Gift idea made from a tin can that I think you’ll really like!

Number 1 Teacher Gift Idea

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.

Also, at the end of this post, you can see even more ideas to get your creative juices flowing and every idea here can be made with a Cricut machine. 

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If you don’t have a Cricut and have been on the fence about buying one, I highly recommend you get one if possible. I bought the very first model that was available even before I had a blog and used it for birthday parties, home decor, entertaining, etc. I am now on my second one, the Cricut Explore Air, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy using it. The next time I get one, I will upgrade though to the Cricut Maker. It is like a crafter’s dream! I have included links so you can check them out (if you want!). Also, a little tip, when I purchased my Cricut Explore Air I opted for a bundle. The price was amazing and it was like a holiday getting so many goodies all at once plus it gave me the opportunity to try many products I otherwise would not have purchased or would have been hesitant about.


Close up of spray paint can, flat black, next to two tin cans that are ready to be spray painted.

Supplies:

OR the Number 1 Teacher file already in Cricut Design Space 

*In order to use the file in the Cricut Design Space I believe you will need a subscription which you can get here

How To Make the Number 1 Teacher Gift Planter

This is almost too easy but the end result is super cute and if you like, you can customize each can with the name of the teacher or the subject, anything that will perfectly personalize your teacher gifts would be something extra special and I’m sure it would be appreciated. 

Two tin cans that have been spray painted with flat black spray paint sitting in a cardboard box.

Spray paint the can(s) following the directions on the label. Don’t do it while it’s raining like I did. 

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.

Once the cans are dry, make your project/cut the vinyl and apply to the can.

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.

You can resize the SVG file as needed for smaller or larger cans but the one I used worked best with a design that was approximately 3 inches by 3 inches.

*Please Note:  The link in my Design Space option has the pencil while the downloadable free SVG file does not – just a note for clarification. 🙂 

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.

Next, add the plant of your choice to the can. I found this grape hyacinth at Walmart for only $1!

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.

I did NOT drill holes in the can and add dirt because I thought that the recipient could take the plant out, plant it in a pot or in the ground and then use the can for a pencil holder. Double-duty gift! 

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.

After you have placed the plant in the can, add a garden marker if desired and some ribbon for something a little extra and bam…you’re done! 

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.

You could easily make these in bulk and the more I thought about it, these would be cute for wedding showers, baby showers, summer picnics and more. The options are really endless and all you need is tin cans, spray paint, a Cricut machine, and some vinyl.

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Now, for some more Teacher Appreciation Gift Inspiration

Collage of 5 different End of Year Teacher Appreciation Gifts all made with Cricut

Pencil Pouch School Supplies from Happily Ever After, Etc

Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder with free SVG file from Weekend Craft

DIY Mouse Pad for Teacher Appreciation from Cookies Coffee and Crafts

Simple Teacher Gift from Upright and Caffeinated

Number 1 Teacher Gift from The How-To Home

 

Spray painted black tin can with the phrase No. 1 teacher on the front in white vinyl.