Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Every once in a while I make something that gets me really excited. I mean really excited. This is usually because it is 1) inexpensive, 2) easy and 3) able to be mass produced. And, coincidentally, these are all very important criteria for handmade holiday gifts. Especially when I wait until ten days before Christmas. Low and behold...teacher gifts!


I cannot take any credit for this idea. While surfing the net for teacher gift ideas, I ran across several blog posts about personalizing soap and hand sanitizer dispensers using transparencies. Then, coincidentally, my fellow Waltzingmouse Stamps design team member, Bonnie, recently posted a project using this same technique. She included this link to where she found the idea. Now, having said all that, I LOVE this project! This is what I started out with, purchased at the dollar store:


These are big bottles...and for only $1.00! The soap, as you can see, is coconut scented. Bonus! I ended up using just the soap for this project because the labels on the hand sanitizer were so hard to remove. Next time I'm going to test the labels in the store before I buy! I used Goo Gone to get off any lingering residue.

The fun part was creating my design. I knew I wanted to personalize these with the teachers' names, but I wasn't sure what else to include. I needed something cute and clever, something "hand" related, if possible. Then I ran across a photo of a soap bottle with this perfect saying. I have no idea who created it, but thank you for the clever idea! I simply created my design in a Word document, then copied and pasted it several times on the same document for each teacher on my list:


I had these printed on transparency at my local Kinko's. The cost was about $2.00 per sheet, and I was able to get six labels on each sheet! It was probably slightly more expensive because I used color. But, really, that's only 33 cents per label! Can't beat that! To finish the whole thing off, I stamped a little tag and added ribbon and baker's twine:


I asked my daughter to sign the back of the tag, so the teacher would know who gave this to her. I guess she wanted to make sure her parents got some credit, too:


So...fair warning for all of my friends and family members this Christmas. You are all getting soap, because I just can't stop making these!





Stamps: 2010 Holiday Tags (PTI)
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: black Memento (Tsukineko)
Other: Copic markers, Simply Chartreuse satin ribbon (PTI), baker's twine (PTI), Crop-a-dile, classic and scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders), Label One dies (Spellbinders), adhesive rhinestone (KaiserCrafts), transparencies

16 comments:

Maureen said...

okay, seriously, these are tooooooo cute!!!! As a teacher, I would love these :) How clever making the transparences!!

Jenny said...

I love these! Would you be willing to share your template for the overhead sheets? Thank you, Jennifer Franzen

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh I just LOVE them Jennifer! What perfect gifts for teachers! :) Is that your handwriting in a font? It's awesome!

lynn said...

oh, i have to try this-such a cute and useful project!

Lisa F. said...

Love them!! And your daughter's handwriting...soooo cute!! I am sure the teacher's will love these!!

Jenn Copeland said...

Ohhhh Myyyyy HEAVENS!!!!!! Girl, you NEVER fail to amaze me!!!! As a teacher, I LOVE THESE!! And as a mom who really needs to get something together for her children's teachers, THESE ARE FABULOUS! EEEEEEeeeee! I just love your work!!!

Jen said...

Loving this idea. Christmas gifts are already done but I will definitely save this little beauty for a future project. Thanks for sharing

Meredith said...

I love how these turned out - but the best part is your daughter's addition to the tags! So cute! :)

stefani said...

These are awesome! What a fantastic idea!

Anonymous said...

so cute! How did you adhere the transparency to the bottle. I don't see any seems. Sorry if I seem dense? Came home with a migraine. Thanks!

Debgem said...

Love them - really great presents for teachers!!

Jen Carter said...

This is such a super cute idea and I may just have to borrow it! I love your little tag too and the way your daughter signed the back of it, so cute!

IamDerby said...

This is so cool! wow!

Julia Aston said...

How fun Jennifer! love the phrase - perfect for the contents! bet the teachers loved these - and how cute with Olivia signing them!

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas!

Amy said...

What a wonderful gift Jennifer! So thoughtful.....Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Rice said...

I love the sanitizer idea. Do you have the downloadable file from your bottles?

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