Handmade Christmas Gifts: Plant Pots

November 22, 2012

Christmas plant post for kids

I think it’s really importnat for kids to give gifts at Christmas. They receive so much and it’s so hard for them not to become spoilt by it. If they are part of the gift giving process then they can start to appreciate that it’s just as lovcely to give a present as it is to recive it.

Christmas plant post for kids

Only my five year old gets pocket money and that is only a pound a week so actually buying something with her own money is a bit hard. Instead we try to make a few things which don’t cost very much and yet they can take pride in making themselves. The main thing we use these gifts for is as presents for their teachers.

It’s hard to give food based things to teachers, you don’t know if they have allergies or a are on a diet and they might not trust your cooking! Instead we plant a special plant  every year and it seems to work well. The plants are winter flowering hyacinths – I like these because even if you aren’t green fingered they only have to last until Christmas and you don’t have to keep them up all year!

Christmas plant post for kids

First we paint the pots. this year we went for a gold theme. The girls painted their pots with shiny gold paint. It didn’t matter too much how well they painted it. I was going to get them to use stencils over the top but it actually looked lovely plain.

Christmas plant post for kids

Once the paint is dry, the girls filled their pots with soil and planted a hyacinth in each. You are best wearing gloves to touch hyacinth bulbs as they can produce an itchy reaction in some people. I have to be very careful as I get a reaction – the first time I did this I couldn’t work out why my face was so itchy, where I had touched it with my hands – it’s very uncomfortable.

Christmas plant post for kids

You have to be careful when doing this with little ones. The twins really, really enjoyed the planting stage.

Christmas plant post for kids

When my back was turned they had planted all the gold bells as well as extra bulbs in each pot. They looked pretty though. We also had one dropped pot which is the problem with having clay post as they will break.

Christmas plant post for kids

This year we kept the decoration simple. A gold ribbon wrapped around the outside and some curling ribbon to tie on the golden bell. Molly helped with this part and it was good practice tying knots, although she did need a lot of help.

Once finished you need to put somewhere warm and leave for a few weeks so that the plant starts to grow. It’s therefore a good idea to do this now – or in early December so they are ready to give as gifts.

Christmas plant post for kids

Here are our Santa plant pots from last year. They were a bit more colourful!

If you like this idea then make sure you are following me on Pinterest. I have a board dedicated to fun Christmas ideas.

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This is part of the Counting Down to Christmas Blog Hop

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To join in just link up your Christmas posts here. We are running a different Christmas activity every week – on a Thursday.

Week 1 – Advent
Week 2 – Christmas Cards
Week 3 – Tree Decorations
Week 4 – Handmade Gifts
Week 5 – Nativity
Week 6 – Food
Week 7 – Room Decorations
Week 8 – Family Traditions and Fun

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