“Bottled” Teacher Gifts

So much fun to make and just as much fun to receive, a “bottled” gift!  This is an unique way to give a gift or party favor.  I’m making teacher gifts for the first day of school, I went to a Dollar Store and found Post Its, glue sticks, small candy bars, fun shaped paper clips, Sharpie pens, colored pens, tape, apple shaped pad, Tic Tac, a package of shredded paper and small hand sanitizer (from Bath & Body).  It cost me $11.00, but they were package in twos, and I’m making two gifts (the hand sanitizer was a $1 each)!  Not so bad, the clear bottles that I’m using were 2 for $1.00, so for about $6.00 each I have a great welcoming teacher gift.  The possibilities for “filling” a bottle are endless!!  What a great way to recycle your clear plastic bottles.

 

Materials

  • Items that will fit into your size bottle ( I have 9 items plus 4 small candy bars and 10 fun paper clips)
  • Clear plastic bottle (I’m using a 1 Liter water bottle, 10″ tall)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Duck tape
  • Shredded paper
  • Card stock 2 colors
  • Double stick tape and or Zots clear adhesive dots
  • Goo Gone (to help remove all the label)
  • Optional curly ribbon

Directions

Open and pour out liquid from your bottle and wash it out. Remove all the label off the bottle, I used Goo Gone.  If you do not mind a mess do not open bottle from top cap, cut right into the bottle and pour out the liquid. With scissors pierce a hole in middle of bottle (the cut line will be covered by paper, but you do not want it too high or too low) and start cutting around to bottle.  If you feel like you can not cut straight, use a ruler and mark with a Sharpie your cutting line. Make sure the inside of the bottle is clean and dry.

Let’s get to “bottling”, gather up the items that you want in the bottle.

The items I bought were packaged in 2’s, so I opened all the items and made two piles.

Start by adding a little shredded paper to the bottom half of the bottle, and start adding your items (you do not want the bottle top heavy, so keep that in mind as you fill).

Push some shredded paper into the top half of the bottle, add your items.  Tightly screw on the top to the bottle if you haven’t already!  Place some shredded paper in the center, you want the items packaged tight, slide to top half on to the bottom (it’s a little like putting a puzzle together)!  I found that you can gently turn the top half of the bottle until you find just the right place where it will fit back and be straight.

With clear tape, tape the top and bottle together, take a look and make sure you like to way your items look in the bottle (now is the time to make any changes).  Run a strip of Duck Tape or any strong holding tape, around the cut sealing the bottle.

For the “label” on my bottle, this is what I printed, with the  font and size.

Bottled Exclusively for                                          Algerian 24

person’s name receiving gift                                  Harrington 36

Distributed by (name of giver)                              Harrington 18

Complete satisfaction guaranteed                Blackjack 14

I printed the label on card stock, cut them to size and backed it with a large piece of card stock.  I cut a 1 1/2 ” strip of card stock (this needs to cover the tape) and used double stick tape and Zots to hold strip and label in place.

Tie some curly ribbon to the top and your gift is ready!

I know the teachers will love their “exclusively bottle” gift!

Just for fun I added….The best year ever to the back.

For the next birthday party, I’m making “bottled” party favors!!

 

 

Back to School Teacher Gift Basket with Free Printable

Create an unforgettable gift basket for your child’s new teacher this school year! Get a basket, lunchbox or a supply caddy,  and fill it with goodies for your teacher (see below). Print out and cut the free teacher gift basket printable, then use cute ribbon, twine, or raffia to attach each of the labels as follows:

  • Highlighters – “You are the HIGHLIGHT of my day!”
  • Scissors – “You are a CUT above the rest!”
  • Mints – “You are MINT to be my teacher!”
  • Tape (or Post-It notes) – “The lessons you teach me will STICK with me forever!”
  • Chalk – “CHALK one up for my awesome new teacher!”
  • Gum – “I CHEWS you to be my teacher!”
  • Glue – “You’re the GLUE that holds our class together!”
  • Hershey’s Hugs – “You deserve lots of HUGS!”

Attach the “For my new teacher” label to your basket, and you’ve got a fun, memorable, and useful gift for your child’s new teacher!

 DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

 

 

Back to School Printable: “Looking Forward to a Sweet Year!”

Here’s a cute, easy (and delicious!) back to school gift for teachers. Just download our free printable, print it out (high quality card stock works best), and wrap it around a large Hershey’s Chocolate Bar. Secure it on the candy bar with a little tape, and your gift is ready to go!

Since this is so simple and inexpensive, it makes a great gift for everyone from teachers to principals to art, music, and P.E. teachers, or anyone else in school!

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE

 

Pencil Cup: Back to School Teacher Gift

Brighten your new teacher’s first day of school with this colorful pencil cup! This back to school gift is quick, easy and inexpensive to make, and is sure to be a hit with teachers!

You can make this cup using colored pencils or crayons; either way, it makes an adorable and unique (not to mention useful) gift for children to give their new teacher at the beginning of the school year. You can even fill it with pens, pencils, or other supplies that teachers use!

 

This is really a simple project; start by choosing either colored pencils or crayons to create the cup. You’ll need a can – the size of the can depends on whether you use crayons or colored pencils.

For the colored pencils cup, I used a tall 28 ounce can (from baked beans; spaghetti sauce also comes in cans this size). Using this size can, I needed 4 boxes of colored pencils (each box contained 12 pencils) to cover the circumference of the can.

Alternatively, for the crayon cup, I used a short 16 ounce can (also from baked beans). Using this can, I used 2 boxes of crayons (each box contained 24 crayons, and I had a few left over).

After you have your can selected, open it, pour out the contents, peel off the label, and wash and dry the can well.

Next, line up the crayons or colored pencils according to the color spectrum, and begin hot gluing them to the can, working around until the can is covered. You can tie a brightly colored ribbon around it, or jest leave it as it is. You may even want to fill the can with candies, pens, pencils, or other supplies for the teacher.

Voila! You have a unique, handmade gift that teacher will love to use!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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