Teacher Gift

Earlier, I shared this simple Teachers Gift idea over at Skip To My Lou and I totally forgot to share it here for you if you missed it.

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I purchased a really inexpensive clay flower pot.  You can find these almost anywhere.  I just picked mine up at the local nursery where I also picked up this sweet Gerber Daisy.  Then you are going to paint your pot.  I used a Chalkboard Spray Paint from Rustoleum.  It works so great and is so easy to use.  Just tape off the area of the pot you do not want painted with the chalkboard spray paint.  I used painter’s tape and some newspaper.  Once you have it all taped off and sealed spray that baby!  One or two coats works just fine and then let it dry.

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After the paint has dried, if you want to add another color like gold…tape off the chalkboard painted area and cover with newspaper so that the gold spray paint does not get on it.  Then spray on some fun color!  I chose to do the rim of mine gold.  Let it dry and remove the tape.

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Then plant your flower into the pot and add this cute little teacher tag.  I simply printed it out and glued it onto some black card stock.  Then to get it to stand in the plant, I taped it to a wooden craft toothpick.  This seriously does not get any easier.  Then write the teacher’s name on the pot or an inspirational word!

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If you would like to print out the tag that I used, you can print that out here by clicking on the link below:

{Teacher Appreciation Gift Tag}

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I also like to give our teachers a little gift card so they can use it for a night out to dinner or a movie. I figure they deserve a nice treat after all their hard work for the year. Good teachers are irreplaceable!

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If you like this teacher gift idea you might be interested in a similar one that uses succulents.  You can see that post here:  Teacher Gifts–Succulent Planter

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Teacher Gifts–—Stamp Sets

I shared this tutorial on Skip to My Lou as a guest poster a few years ago and totally forgot to share it on my own site.  Ha! So I figured it was better late than never.  Here is a simple and sweet Teacher Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week or for the end of the school year.  I also love to tuck in a gift card to the teachers favorite restaurant or to the local movie theater so they can have a little reward for all of their hard work.  Being a former teacher myself, I totally get how hard teachers really do work!

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I was trying to wrack my brain to think of something different and unique…not sure I achieved it, but I did come up with something that I think is cute and still practical for a teacher…a STAMP set!  Teachers grade and go through so much paperwork that I thought it would be fun to give them something they could use.  The stamps could be anything from a smiley face, keep up the good work, or you could even order them a customized stamp with their name.   

Since I have five kids, I have to be a bit more frugal about my teacher gifts and sometimes I feel like I am limited in what I can get a teacher that will still be nice…ya know?  I just happened upon several BRAND NEW stamps the other day while I was browsing the thrift store for 50 cents each.  I know…score!  But you can buy stamps at the dollar stores or craft stores for fairly inexpensively especially if you go with a coupon.

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Then I took a craft box that was made out of Basswood.  I forgot to take a picture of it while it was still in the wrapper and before I had covered it with decorative paper…but alas…I forgot.  So I dug the wrapper out of the garbage {you’re welcome} and snapped a picture of it so you would know what to look for if you are interested in making one similar to mine…I’m nice like that :)!

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First I painted the inside of the box with an antique white acrylic craft paint.  Then I simply covered the box with scrapbook paper when the paint had dried.  I cut into the edges {corners} of the box with scissors so that the paper would wrap around the box nicely.  I pasted it onto the box with a couple of layers Mod Podge on bottom and the top of the paper and let it dry completely between coats.

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Then I purchased a brand new stamping ink pad and placed it inside the box.  I was happy to see that the ink pad and stamps fit pretty nicely inside.

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Inside the box lid I had typed up a little saying and attached it. 

It says…”Thanks for being such a great teacher.  You have earned our STAMP of approval!”

Then below it you could add your child’s name and year or leave it blank.  I also thought it would be fun to add the teacher’s last name to the top of the box so she could keep in out on her desk to look at it.  I also thought it was a fun way to personalize it.  I simply printed out her last name letters onto some white cardstock and stuck them onto the box with some glue dots.

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That’s all there is too it.  A quick and easy project that your kid’s teacher will hopefully enjoy and get some good use out of it!



Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer/Soap Bottles

I’d like to welcome all my newest Followers! CrAzY! I hope you stick around and enjoy what you see here at The Idea Room. Today I would like to share with you a fun, easy and inexpensive gift that is a great teacher gift, or for neighbors, new moms and friends…Monogrammed Hand Soap and/or Sanitizers.

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All you need are a few simple items:

A bottle of hand soap or hand sanitizer
A sheet of overhead transparency
Goo Gone (to remove labels)

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I usually buy my bottles of soap and hand sanitizer from the Dollar Store. {Or you can buy empty bottles and fill with soap and sanitizer}. Then I remove all the stickers and labels from the bottles. I got my paper labels wet and they easily scraped off. To clean off any glue residue, I used Goo Gone which I purchased at Home Depot.

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**Download the free monogram label here.

**You will have to save it to your computer and then open it up with your Word program, photo program or insert it into a blank Word document. Then you should be able to send the image to the background and then type over the image to add the letter you need.

Measure the width of your bottle. In your word program edit the monogram and size it to the proper size for your bottles. Add the letter you need in the center. Then print out the monogram. If your printer is a laser printer, you can print the monogram right onto your overhead transparency paper. If you don’t have a laser printer, print the monogram onto a regular piece of paper. Then copy the monogram onto the overhead transparency with a copy machine. Most Copy Centers will be able to do this for you.

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**The above step is very important. If you don’t print it with laser printer or copier, the lettering will fall off your vinyl and float in the sanitizer or soap…which doesn’t make for a pretty present!

**You can always forgo the above step and just cut out some vinyl in the monogram and place it on the front of your bottle too.
Cut around your printed label as straight and as close as you can get to the writing so that it fits properly into your bottle. Check before you cut the bottom of the label to be sure that it will sit as high in the bottle as you would like it to.

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Roll up the label so that the writing is in front. I roll mine backwards. Stuff it into the top of the bottle carefully.

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Use the soap dispenser to push the label to the front wall of the bottle and to straighten it in the right position.

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The best part of these is that they are so afforable and practical. They are also completely customizable. You could really put anything on the transparency and they could be used for so many things…birthdays, home decor, for new parents and their frequent guests, etc. Here is a version I made two years ago for one of my child’s teachers.

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**For the “hand in hand” download, click here.

If you are new here, you might want to check out some of the other Hand Sanitizer Bottles I have shared:

Hand in Hand Sanitizer Bottle

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Joy Hand Sanitizer

Thanksgiving Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Chalkboard Hand Sanitizer

Happy gift-giving!

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