Teacher gift idea

Nothing like a last second project…*ahem*!!  I was hoping to get around to our teacher gifts EARLIER, but such is life sometimes.  I whipped these up the night before the last day of school! But they did get done.  I was hoping to get them earlier so I could share them with you all in case some of you might want to make some homemade teacher gifts.

Homemade Teacher Gifts

Hopefully some of you still have kids with a few days of school left.  Or you can always use this later for the next school year.

I have made several versions of these and my kids teachers always seem really appreciative to receive them.  Apparently they go through a lot of hand sanitizer in the schools.

I usually send mine along with a gift card to the movies or a restaurant.

These are so easy to make and literally took me less than an hour to put all together.  Best part?  The Hand Sanitizer is a super inexpensive bottle from the dollar store.

Here is how to make them:

1.  Buy Hand Sanitizer in clear bottles.  Or buy empty containers (Container Store is a great source) and fill with Hand Sanitizer from a big refill bottle.

2.  Remove store labels if needed.  Goo Gone works great for me to remove any leftover glue residue.

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3.  Print the downloadable Teacher Hand Sanitizer PDF onto some clear Transparency Film.  **You will need to use a laser printer or copier otherwise the ink will fall off and run in the sanitizer.  A copy center can print it for you for a small charge and has transparency paper.

4.  Cut out the insert.  Roll it backwards and insert it into the top of the bottle.

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5.  Use the stem of the pump to push the label into place in the front inside of the bottle.  The Hand Sanitizer will keep it sitting in the correct position.

6.  Attach a hand written note from your child and/or your favorite gift card.

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You can download the Teacher Hand Sanitizer PDF here:

So happy to have this be the LAST “homework” assignment/project of the school year!!  Bring on SUMMER!!

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Here are some of my older versions of this gift idea for those who may be interested:

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Hand In Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Hand Sanitizer

Thanksgiving Hand Sanitizer

Personalized Product Spiral Notebooks

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Need a quick and easy project?  Make some notebooks (big or little) a bit more fun.  We have all seen the notebooks that you can dress up with scrapbook paper and a little bit of Mod Podge…why not reuse some cardboard from the boxes of some of you and your families favorite products?  Anything will work…cereal boxes, soda can boxes, or twinkee and hostess cupcake boxes or even some of the movie sized candy boxes! 

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Take some spiral bound notebooks, which should be easy to find this time of year with the back to school sales going on.

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Unbend one end of the wire spiral so that it is smooth and flat on the end and gently untwist it from the top of the notebook.  This turned out to be pretty easy.  Just be sure to firmly hold the notebook papers with your other hand so they stay lined up nicely so you can add the wire again when finished.

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Remove wire completely and set aside.  Take the old notebook cover and place it over your cardboard box and determine exactly what you would like your new cover to be.  Trace around it with a pen or marker.  Cut out the cardboard piece.  Place the old cover on top of the new cutout cover and mark with your pen where to make the holes.  Then take a large sewing needle and gently punch a hold through each of the marked dots.

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Place your new cover over the top and hold all the papers so that they are lined up.  Insert the spiral wire back into the holes and gently twist the wire so that it encompasses all the papers and works over to the other end of the notebook.  Gently bend the two end pieces of wire back in.

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And that is it!  Such an easy 5 minute project.  I think these would be a fun gift for your kids friends or for your kids themselves.  It is so easy that most kids could help make them too.  And who doesn’t like to make something that is unique and fun and represents something that they enjoy?

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What kind of notebook would you make for yourself and/or kids?

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