I am always so grateful for teachers. Let’s be honest, grade school teachers spend more time each day with my kids during the school year than I do. I like to find ways to express my thanks to the good teachers that have influenced my kids for the better. This DIY teacher gift is practical, and doesn’t scream “apple!” like so many other teacher gifts do. Okay, there is one small apple…
Personalized hand sanitizer DIY teacher gift supplies:
- Core’dinations Core Basics Patterned Yellow Plaid Paper (one sheet).
- Core’dinations® Core Basics Assorted Texture Kraft 6 x 6 Cardstock (one sheet).
- Darice Chalkboard Sheets (one sheet).
- Darice Die Cut Nesting Rectangles.
- 5/8″ Darice Yellow Satin Ribbon.
- Darice Washi Tape (any style).
- Fabric Tape Measure.
- David Tutera Chalk Pen.
- Darice Double Sided Foam Sticky Squares.
- Goo Gone.
- Hercules 2 Sided Tape.
- Small 1″ Apple Shaped Sticker, Die-cut or Electronic Cutting File.
- Large Container of Hand Sanitizer.
- Die Cut Machine.
The labels should peel off easily, you can use a hot hair dryer if they are stubborn. There will be some residue left over from the adhesive on the labels. Use a cotton ball, and some Goo Gone to remove it. Clean the bottle with soap and water to remove any oils from the Goo Gone.
Each bottle of hand sanitizer will measure differently. You will want to have at least 1″ of overlap on your measurements. You can see here that the bottle measured 11″ but I cut the paper at 12″ to allow for an overlap.
Decide how wide you want the label strip to be. You can measure it with the fabric tape measure or just eyeball it. I chose 4″ for my label.
My measurements for my bottle were 12″ by 4″.
Trim Core’dinations patterned yellow plaid to your measurements, and adhere the strip to your bottle using a strong adhesive.
I recommend using a high tack double sided tape, or even some hot glue. Take care to put extra adhesive along the seam where the paper overlaps. Thick paper wants to pop open when it is on curved surfaces.
Here is a technique I use often with die cuts. To ensure exact placement of dies when cutting, I use washi tape. Here we are using two nesting dies to create a frame. Insert a smaller size of the nesting rectangle dies inside a larger size of the die set. Line the dies up so there is equal space on all four sides. Use a couple pieces of washi tape to hold the two dies into position.
Using the larger rectangle die, cut a piece of Core’dinations Chalk Core for the middle of the slate.
The unique aspect to Core’dination Chalk Core cardstock is that it has a white core and a smooth black surface. When it is sanded, embossed, or torn- the (white) core comes to the surface and instantly gives it the look of a chalkboard. It is a fun product, and one of my current favorites!