“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!!

 

 

Magazine Rosette Flower Wreath

What a fun way to recycle your old magazine, by making these rosette flowers.  Make an accent wreath, decorative ball or embellish a card, gift bag or gift tag…it’s hard to stop making them!  Plus, you will not believe how easy they are to make.

Materials:

  • Old magazine
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Paper and pencil/marker
  • Small foam wreath I used 8″ ring
  • Wide ribbon about 3 yard to wrap wreath

Directions:

Make a circle pattern 2″ and 3″.  Tear the pages you want to use from the magazine.  I like to look for bright colors and some with typed word.  Start cut circles more 2″ than 3″ ( for my 8″ wreath I used about 75 circles-flowers).  Let’s make rosette flowers,  cut each circle into a spiral (see picture below) starting on the outside edge working to the center.

I found that a toothpick works great to give your a tight center.  Start wrapping the toothpick 3 to 4 turns then add a little tacky glue and wrap some more, now pull out tooth pick.

Keep wrapping with your fingers to the center.  You can adjust the tightness and this will give you different sizes.  Add some hot glue to the center, and gently hold in place.

It took me a few tries to get the look of the flower I liked.

For me it was easier to wrap/glue all centers then hot glue each flower. A tip is to leave your Tacky glue in old cup upside down, that way you do not wait for the glue. Now that all rosettes are glued, I wrapped my foam wreath with ribbon.  I found this wreath at Jo Ann Fabrics, I liked it because it is almost flat.

Start gluing, I did glue them close together.

Do you think this looks like it’s made from a magazine?

I had some left over rosettes…check out the other fun things I made using the rosettes!

Or cover a foam ball for a topper on a large candle holder.

 

Magazine Rosette Flower Topiary

This is so much fun and easy to make rosette flowers from an old magazine!  The look of these rosette flowers is so unique you will have to look twice.  This ball topper “topiary”  looks great sitting on vase, bowl or large candle holder.

Materials:

  • Old magazine
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Toothpick
  • Large foam ball (I’m using a 6″ ball)
  • Optional paint for the foam ball
  • Vase or stand for finished ball
  • Paper, pencil or marker

Directions:

Make a 2″ and 3″ circle pattern from paper or card stock. Tear out pages from the magazine that you want to use.  I’m using only typed pages for the inside of the the rosettes.  Cut circles in both sizes, I used more 2″ than 3″.  Sorry I lost count, but there are a lot, one magazine should be enough.  Now that the circles are cut, you will cut each circle into a spiral, start on the outside going around to the center (picture below).

Use a toothpick and roll 3 to 4 times, then add a little tacky glue and roll 3 to 4 times then gently pull out toothpick.

Keep rolling with your fingers to the center.  You can adjust to tights before gluing in place.  I liked making/using different sizes, some tight and some more open.

In center place some hot glue and gently hold in place.

I found it easier to roll/glue all the centers. Then hot glue in place.  A tip is to leave your Tacky glue upside down in old cup, so the glue is waiting for you.

Remember for this ball I’m making all the rosette flowers with the typed words from magazine inside, this will give it a unique look.

Now that ALL the rosettes are made lets glue them to the ball.  I painted my ball first, I was not sure how close together I would glue the flower and did not want the foam to show through. I put the ball on top of the vase to make it steady for gluing.

Then glued rosettes around bottom so it would fit the vase.  And glued more rosette flowers.  The 3″ circle flowers were a little larger so I mixed them in.

Look pretty good…can you believe it’s from an old magazine?

If you like more color, pick pages with more color for a different look.

I had some left over rosettes so I made a card for a friend.

The stems and leaves are from a magazine page, I did have to do a little looking for those 🙂

Wine Cork Letter

Recycle all those wine corks into something fun! Have you ever looked at how different and interesting the designs are on wine corks? Show them off by adding them to a letter.

Materials:

  • Old wine corks
  • Glue
  • Wood letter from craft store
  • Cutter board and knife
  • Optional hook for hanging letter and sand paper

Directions:

Gather up all your wine corks.  I like red wine so most of the corks were stained, I found that a light rub with sand paper will take off some color.  I am using a wooden flat letter from Jo Ann Fabrics, cost about $3.   I gave it a quick coat of brown acrylic paint, then a light sanding. First find your favor corks, if it is the saying on it or the picture you will want it showing in the right direction. Map out your design or pattern for the corks.

I cut some of the cork in half, using a sharp knife on a cutting board.  I liked the look and round size helped the corks fit into place. Each letter will be a different cork puzzle to figure out, but it is not hard.

I was very careful to place my corks so writing/design was going in the right direction.  Start gluing, I’m sure hot glue would work but I love Weldbond Glue. It bonds almost everything it drys clear and does not smell like some strong glues, you can find it in craft stores.

When glue is dry, add hook to back for hanging. Just find the center and good to hammer in place.

You know this would make a great message board, just need decorative push pins.

Still have more wine corks?  Take a large clear vase or candle holder, place small clear vase with candle  into the larger vase and add your extra corks.

Who’s ready for a glass of wine?!

Gift In Recycled Pop-Top Can

Looking for a unique and eco-friendly way toThe surprised look you get when you give the decorated can as a gift is so worth the effect.  Recycling your pop top soup cans will be a sure way your special gift will be remembered!

Materials:

  • Pop top soup can (opened from bottom of can)
  • Can Opener that makes a clean cut out from the side not the middle of can (I used a Pampered Chef can opener)
  • Holiday paper or wrapping paper
  • 8″ – 10″ piece of ribbon (to hold gift inside can)
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape
  • Glue (Super Glue, Weldbond or any strong glue)
  • Gift that will fit inside the can-gift card, money, jewerly, key to new car
  • Optional: Gift tag, extra ribbon, bells, stickers for decorating can, Zots adhesive dots

Directions:

Your can needs to be a pop top can (like some soup and veggie cans), and the can opener is the key to this unique gift wrap idea. I used a Pampered Chef can opener, it cuts the can open from the side, making it possible to glue back on without anyone notice. First pick your can and open from the BOTTOM.  Remove label, clean the inside and bottom cut out piece,and dry them off.

Cut wrapping paper or holiday scrapbook paper to fit around can, and tape in place. Add decorative ribbon or sticks.  Now it’s time to put your special gift in!  With a piece of ribbon about 8″ – 10″ long, tape or tie your gift to one end and on the other end stick strong double stick tape (I like to use Zots clear adhesive dots). You are going to stick the ribbon with tape on it to the inside top of the can, I use the earser end of a pencil to gently push taped end to stick to the inside of the can.

Put your gift into the can, and run your glue around the edge of bottom of the can (the piece you cut out) and place back on can. Push and hold in place, wipe out extra glue and let dry. You can’t even see that the can has been opened! 🙂

Add a gift tag and get ready for your special gift to be opened.  You might get some interesting looks, just point to the top and watch them pop in open.

What a fun way to give a gift!  Are you having soup tonight?!?

So much fun let’s do it again…what will be in this one?!

If anyone’s lucky enough to be getting a new car, this is a great way to give the key!

 

 

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Felt Napkin Rings from Paper Towel Roll

If you have crafting children or one who wants to try out a fun craft, this might be it! I have made these out of felt, but scrapbook paper or construction paper would work great too.

Materials

  • scissors
  • felt or paper (I used felt in brown, light brown, tan, green and orange)
  • glue or hot glue
  • Paper towel roll
  • DMC floss or thread (optional) and needle
  • Optional: Leaf template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}

Cut the paper towel roll into 2 1/2″ pieces. You could get 4 pieces or rings from one roll.  Cut the dark brown felt so it will cover the roll and glue in place.

Download the leaf pattern (or make your own).  Cut out the leaves from light brown and green (each ring will have one of each).  A fun idea would be to let the kids paint or color paper leaves.

With DMC floss or thread, stitch on leaves.

Cut a strip of tan felt that will fit around the napkin ring.  With floss or thread quick stitch down the center.  Glue around each ring.  From the orange felt cut strips and make a knot in center.  Glue one green and one light brown leaf on each ring, and add the orange tie.

These napkin rings will add that special charm to your table, and your kids will be so proud to have their creativity on display!

Fall Candle Holder from Recycled Jars

These quick, easy, and charming recycled jars are a snap to create and make great centerpieces or hostess gifts.  Gather up some scrape burlap, ribbon, felt, twine, and fabric, and you’re almost done!

The hardest part is deciding on which jar to use! Look for different shapes and sizes,  make sure a candle fits in side.  First cut burlap that fits your jar.  I did use a little double stick tape to hold in place.  Then add ribbon, twine, felt leaves, or a fabric flower.  If you do not have fall ribbon, just cut a strip of fabric.  Put your favorite candles in (maybe pumpkin scented) and enjoy!

“Give Thanks” Recycled Painted Jars

If you have some extra glass jars that were headed for the recycling bin, don’t toss them just yet! Use them to create this adorable decoration that can be adapted for any season or occasion! Look for jars of different sizes and shapes  If you have the lids, great! If not, you can still made it work.  🙂

I’m using fall colors to go with my saying “Give Thanks”, but the possibles are endless – Welcome, Happy Birthday or maybe even Happy Holidays! You could use the same jars and just switch the sayings for each season!

Materials:

  • Jars with lids (can be done without a lid) I used 7
  • Acrylic paint (I’m using 7 different colors)
  • Twine
  • Sticker letters to spell out Give Thanks
  • Cardstock paper and/or Kraft paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Double stick tape
  • Optional: Ink pad (brown), 3-D adhesive square or dots, berry pick, wire and pinecone

 

Directions:

Select the jars you like, make sure they are clean inside and out.  (Goo Gone is great for getting off the sticky labels!)  Get out the acrylic paints and find your colors.  Line your jars up in the order you want to display them , and match your paint to the jar. I like to put my paint in front of the jars in order to get a look at how the colors and jar shapes flow.  Now that  you know which color is going into each jar, the fun part begins…here we go!

Pour some paint into the jar – about 3 tablespoons (you can always add more). Put the lid on and roll jar around, letting the paint coat the inside.  If the kids are old enough (we are using glass!) get them to help. After you see the paint has covered the inside, with lid still on, turn jar upside down for just a few minutes, letting the extra paint run into lid.  Take the lid off, throw it away and let the painted jar dry upright.  Repeat for each jar. FYI:  it might take an afternoon for the paint to dry.

While the paint is drying let’s work on the saying, “Give Thanks”.  I’m using stickers (from the scrap booking section of the craft store) – one style  for “give” (which I’m putting all together on one jar),  and different styles of stickers for each letter of “thanks” (which I am going to use a different jar for each letter).

First cut Kraft card stock paper or colored card stock to a size that fits your jars.  The paper that I will stick  “give” on to  is a different size than the others. I cut the papers for “thanks” all the same size  (mine are 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″) and  I inked around the sides.

Cut another piece of card stock, smaller than the first .  I inked around the sides with brown, and add a letter.  Do this for each letter until you have t-h-a-n-k, and a larger one for “give”.

With a punch, make a hole for the twine or ribbon.  I made only one hole for the twine to go through for each letter of “thanks” since the paper is skinner. Since my “give” is larger and different type of sticker, I wanted it tie on a little different.  So I punch 2 holes, bring the twine through one hole and around to the other.  Making a small knot on each end.

I used twine to tie the letters on, but ribbon would work also.  Pull both ends of twine through punched hole, looping around jar.  You can pull it tight or loose to let the letter hang down.  Make a knot to hold in place.

Get creative with recycled jars and paint!

I will be changing my jars to say “welcome” after the Thanksgiving season is over. Half the work will already be done, I can use the jars and just change the letters and the order of the jars for a new look!  So easy and fun! 🙂

Just a reminder, acrylic paint is water based, which means if you were to fill a paint coated jar with water (if you wanted to put fresh flowers in jar) the paint will start to dissolve.

Water Bottle Pumpkins

It’s so much fun for the kids to make their own easy recycled “pumpkins” from old water bottles!

Look through your recycled bin, for plastic bottles with tops, small water bottles, 2 liter soda bottles, etc. You’ll probably want to plastic if small children will be making and play with them;  you can use glass bottles, just use caution and best judgment with children.

 

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle with top
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Black felt (easier for children if you can find the sticky back felt)
  • Green ribbon
  • Tape or glue, hot glue
  • Double sided tape  (if using black without sticky back)

 

Lets get started, finding the bottle with top might be the hardest part.  🙂 If you have the smaller round water bottles, those would be the perfect pumpkins (I didn’t, but I still think it turned out cute)!

Clean your bottle, inside and out.  Remember Goo Gone will make getting the sticky part of the label off so easy. Also, you definitely want to make sure your bottle is dry inside.

Pour about 3 to 4 tablespoons of orange paint into a 8 ounce water bottle (you do not have to measure, just pour, you can add more if needed). Screw top on and let the children roll, shake, or turn it upside down and watch the paint cover the inside of the bottle orange.  If you are happy with the paint coverage, tape or glue the bottled closed.

Now for the pumpkin face.  Cut face shapes from the black felt, use small pieces of double stick tape on each felt piece.  If you are using the sticky back felt, just cut your face shapes and peel off back.  Have fun making fun and silly pumpkin faces on your bottle pumpkin.  Tie and green ribbon around the top.

How much fun to use 2 liter bottles, make fun pumpkin faces on 7 or more and make them into bowling pins! Who can make the first pumpkin strike?

Candy Corn Jars

Recycle old jars to make the cutest Halloween treat – these would be great to give to friends or teachers around Halloween!

Materials:

  • Acrylic paint made for glass (Enamels by Folk Art), yellow, orange, white
  • Glitter I used Twinkles Crystal by DecoArt…it’s not as messy as glitter!
  • Gloss Interior Varnish (sealer)
  • Ruler and tape
  • Candy treats

 Directions:

With tape, tape off the center of the jar.  I divided the jar in thirds.  I found by putting a ruler in the jar, it’s easier to keep the tape line straight.

You are ready to paint, paint the bottom yellow and top white.  You will need two coats.  Remove tape and paint center orange (2 coats). Read the directions on the glass paint, you can bake it or air dry (I baked mine).  Next step is to glitter.  I like to use  Twinkles Crystal, which is paint with glitter in it (it’s not as messy as glitter) but you could use white, yellow and orange glitter.  Let dry, then brush a coat of your sealer,  and let dry again. Then just get your treats ready –  I filled clear bags with candy and closed the bag with a ribbon.

Now I’m wondering, what other type of candy can I paint on a jar??   🙂

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