DIY Succulent Ruler Planter

We will still have a good month of summer left to enjoy, so it’s a little hard to imagine that a new school year is just around the corner.  I actually really love when my kids head back to school, not just because I’m ready to get back into a routine, but because I get excited about meeting their new teachers and seeing who will be helping shape their little minds throughout the year.  I love creating fun little gifts to show those teachers just how excited we are, so this year with the help of DecoArt I decided to get a head start and made this adorable DIY Succulent Ruler Planter for our teachers back to school gift.

Succulent Ruler Planter Teacher Gift_GG

These little gifts were super easy and cheap to make and I think they will be a fun little gift when school starts. Here is what you will need to create your own ruler planter:

First, start by cutting the top off of your milk container and wash and dry it.  I decided to spray paint mine white because it showed through the holes in the ruler, but this step is optional.

Ruler Planter Supplies

Next, you will need to measure the height of your container and use the metal cutting scissors to cut them down to size.

Cut Rulers

Once you have all of your ruler pieces cut you can start hot gluing them on to your milk container.

Rulers on Container

Ruler Planter

Now that all of your rulers are glued to the container it’s time to add a pop of color with the DecoArt acrylic paint.  I used the Charteuse Yellow because it just makes me feel happy when I look at it, and we all know those sweet teachers can use a little cheer in their hectic days! Use washi tape to tape off the bottom section of the planter and then paint the rulers.

Painting Ruler Planter

Once the paint dries tie the ruler planter with some of the twine just above the painted section.  Now you are ready to plant your succulents.

Succulents for Planter

Succulent Ruler Planter

To finish off this super cute gift I created free printable tags that say “This Year is Going to Rule with You as My Teacher.”  I painted one of the left over pieces of the ruler, attached the printable tag with glue dots and stuck it in the planter.

Free Teacher Gift Printaable Tags

Now you have the perfect little back to school gift to take to your teacher.  I think this darling little planter will so cute sitting on a teachers desk and hopefully it will be a reminder of just how much we appreciate everything they do!

Succulent Ruler Planter Teacher Gift

Are you ready for school to start?  Even if you aren’t quite ready or you still have lots of summer fun left to have, check out these other great Back to School ideas and pin them for later.

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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. This is such a fabulous idea, Mariah – so fabulous that it caught the eye of this empty nester whose kid’s school days have long since ended. Any teacher would be thrilled to receive such an adorable gift to start their school year. Pinning to share 🙂

  2. Hey Mariah! I just love the planter so much, it was my Feature for Funtastic Friday! Thank you so much for linking up! We will be doing a giveaway for back to school linkups at this weeks party! I hope you’ll come linkup all your great back to school posts! They are all really great!

    • Thank you so much for featuring this project. I will definitely stop back by, back to school is one of my favorite times of year to create fun new projects and I can’t wait to see what others do too!

  3. I love your diy ruler succulent planter. I’m trying to find the printable template?

  4. Such an adorable idea! We are trying to make one now :).
    Do you have a link to the printable?

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