The school year has finally came to an end!! (Insert dancing mom gif here) I’m happy enough to have been the class mom for my son’s second grade class, and attend just about every field trip, and to come in most Friday’s of the school year for a crafternoon. There are so many benefits of volunteering as a class mom. And as my birthday landed on the last Friday of the school year, it was one of the most precious gifts that I could ever have, by volunteering in that same day!! You seriously cannot buy experiences of sharing good times with children doing arts & crafts!
Whether the kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a valuable cause.
By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you’ll be able to gain a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space). It is also a great chance to make the life of your child’s teacher much easier by helping out on the trip but also tell them about resources like the GradeCam calculator to help with their marking! It really is a win-win situation.
Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. Some parents may experience “volunteer burnout” by the time their kids enter high school or decide that the schools don’t need them as much then. Many parents who volunteered a lot of time during their kids’ elementary years return to full-time careers by the time their kids are teens, so there’s often a shortage in the secondary schools.
(Info From KidsHealth.org)
End Of School Year Teacher Gift
This can also be applied to a Class Mom, volunteer, Team Mom gift.
(Check my last post on the Berry Basket! It compliments the bouquet!!)
With the school year done as well as little league, there are tons of important people to thank. From the classroom teacher, class mom volunteer, little league managers, and team moms. All these people put in the extra hard work for your children. They go above and beyond to make the year or season run smoothly. Here is a great DIY End Of School Year/End Of Season gift to those important ladies. Let’s get started with my DIY inspired FarmGirl bouquet.
As mentioned, my birthday was just last week and I received a beautiful FarmGirl bouquet from my brother. The idea of a carefully wrapped burlap bouquet of fresh blooms is quite brilliant. After unwrapping the beauty I was able to figure out how to create my own rendition and take the idea for a small simple bouquet for gift to others.
(Checkout my blog post HERE recapping my 29th Birthday)
Here’s what you’ll need for the DIY Inspired FarmGirl Flower Bouquet.
-Twine/ Ribbon/ Yarn
– Gift Tag
-Flowers (I purchased my tall Larkspur bunch from Traders Joes for $3.99)
1.) First cut your flowers at a decent size. weather you prefer tall or short, I like to pre-size them up against a standard size mason jar or small desk vase.
2.) Simply, cut and snip, and clean the stem with loose leaves or thorns.
3.) Take your foam and soak in water (and squeeze!) Make sure the foam isn’t soaking wet, but just enough not to dry up by delivery time. This will add moisture to the stems of the flowers to hydrate them, during travel time and delivery.
4.) Take your foam and cut a large size triangle. Have the size of the foam compliment the size of the bottom half of the stems of the bouquet.
5.) Fold your foam triangle, making sure the bottom of the stems are completely covered.
6.) Using your twine, tighten the foam around the bottom part of your bouquet.
7.) Once the foam piece is secured and tied, place your bouquet on top of the burlap.
This is when I seriously had to play around with my burlap. Note, I was using scraps of burlap I had. Just about the size of a table runner.
8.) I wrapped by bouquet and tightened it with more twine, leaving enough of the flower to poke over at the top.
After following the above steps your bouquet it almost finished, and should look like this. From here, we’ll style the burlap to there’s more florals showing through.
9.) Take the opening of the burlap and fold it back. If your burlap is stiff, try pining it back with a safety pin, or sewing needle pin.
And viola! There is your DIY inspired FarmGirl Flower Bouquet! I only spend $3.99 for the flowers! Everything else, I had here at home, scraps of foam, burlap, and twine are staples I always have in my craft supplies! Check out my next post, on the berry basket gift that compliments this bouquet of flowers!
What I love most about this bouquet, is its easy to make, simple, and can be given at any occasion. Mother’s Day, visiting a friend and her newborn, and like I’ve mentioned, can be a perfect gift for teachers and team moms alike! Enjoy!!