This link over to Mama Miss is where you can find the FREE printable for the tulips and instructions on how to put them together: http://www.mamamiss.com/2013/05/22/create-kiddo-diy-tulips-upcycled-vase-and-printable/. They also include a link and tutorial for making your own rope vase using an old baby food jar.
I didn't have any baby food jars, but decided to hit up the dollar store for some cheap glass vases. When I got there however, I saw these adorable gray flower pots in a package of 4 for $1! That deal was just too good to pass up. I needed to make three pots, one for each of his teachers, and the extra pot lets me make one for myself too!
Once we had the tulips put together, I added in some fake moss. It helps hold the pipe cleaner stems down in the pot and adds to the "planted" look of the flower pot.
To finish off the gift, I went to my good friend Google to help me find a great gift tag. I knew I wanted the message to be something about "growing", and I found exactly what I wanted at Living Locurto, this FREE printable gift tag: http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/04/teacher-gift/. They use the tag on real plants as teacher appreciation gifts. I love that idea too! I love getting plants! Instead of gluing the tag to a Popsicle stick, I hole-punched them and tied a ribbon through the tag around the tulips in the vase.
And there you have it, a great long lasting, maintenance free teacher appreciation flower pot!