Plants have so many uses in schools: making a classroom cozy, helping kids learn about the life cycle, or providing the perfect craft to take home as a special gift for a family member. The lessons are endless, and so are the ways to get creative! Here are 15 colorful plant wrapper activities that let your students’ imaginations bloom!
1. Upcycle a Favorite Old Book
When books become a little too loved and are ready to be retired from the classroom library, try this activity. Have students choose a few of their favorite pages to paste onto a planter, and let their favorite books bloom.
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2. Spruce up a Planter with Sweet Smiles
Here’s a great activity for Mother’s Day! Have students bring in their favorite pictures of loved ones. Arrange them and paste or Mod Podge right onto the planter for a personalized touch. Students will love creating and then gifting these!
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3. Make Plants Pop with Different Patterns
This plant wrapper will add a pop of color to your classroom! Have students follow the pattern for this to cut and fold. They’ll be working on their fine motor skills and will spruce up a dull planter: a win-win!
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4. Re-Use Paper Bags as Planters
This is a simple DIY project and is perfect for young learners! Find an old paper bag and some pretty patterned craft paper, or even wrapping paper. Combine the two by pasting the pattern at the top, crumpling for a vintage look, and then placing your plant inside.
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5. Wrap a Planter with an Adorable Label
Print out these free labels onto adhesive paper. Then, wrap them around your planter for an adorable label. Children will love seeing these sweet faces scattered around their classrooms or bedroom.
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6. Paint a Polka Dotted Plant Wrapper
Let students’ imaginations and creative skills go wild with this one. Give each student a paper bag and some paint. Let them create a masterpiece. Once dry, place a plant inside each for an artistic touch to your classroom.
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7. Thank a Teacher for Growing a Learner
Teachers spend all day planting seeds of inspiration in their learners. What better way to show them that they are appreciated? Print out these wrappers and then paste them onto a planter for a sweet gift.
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8. Weave a Plant Wrapper
Create a challenging yet fun activity for students by having them weave together two pieces of different colored paper. Use this activity to discuss patterns or use it as a brain break for students to quiet their minds and focus on repetitive motions.
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9. Wrap your Plant like a Gift
Teach students the important role plants play on Earth and then have them wrap up plants like gifts. This idea has easy-to-follow steps and students can choose whichever wrapping paper they’d like for this one!
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10. Wrap a Plant with Compliments
This plant wrapper will be sure to make someone smile. It’s a perfect activity to teach students gratitude. Let them choose someone they’re grateful for. They can complete the blanks, and then paste the wrapper onto a plant for someone.
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11. Wrap some Doilies onto Planters
For a sensory activity, have students explore doilies and pieces of lace. Then, have the students wrap the doilies around planters using a hot glue gun or paste to create delicate, timeless planters.
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12. Provide a Sensory Plant Wrapping Experience
Provide learners with a sensory experience as they create a plant wrapper using fabric. Take a swath of fabric and wrap it around a planter, folding and tying it in front to create a unique, eye-catching planter.
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13. Spruce up a Planter with Fabric
This is a creative way to add some pizzazz to plants. Put leftover strips of fabric to use with this idea! Take strips of fabric and have students glue them onto a planter. You can tie in discussions of how each strip of fabric feels and make a sensory lesson out of this.
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14. Construct a Colorful Wrapper
Give plants a beautiful pop of creative color! Tie in a lesson about different colors and shapes and let students get creative. All you need is construction paper, glue or decoupage, old tin, and your chosen plant.
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15. Use Colored Pencils or Crayons to Decorate a Planter
Get colorful with this idea! This is an easy and bright activity for classroom fun or to gift a teacher! Have students create patterns with different colors, or let them put colors in the order of the rainbow. This is sure to add a burst of color to any classroom!
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