Saturday, June 4, 2016

Teacher Gift Ideas: "Orange You Glad it's Summer?"

As a former teacher, I know how nice it is to receive a special gift from a student.  And as a mommy, I want to show my child's teachers how much I appreciate them and what a great job they did with him this year. Then there's the artsy side of me who wants to give them something kind of creative, too.  So off to Pinterest I went, in search of something cool.  And this is what I came up with- an 'Orange You Glad it's Summer?' theme (lots of cute orange goodies, or sunshine themed goodies).  Now, how to package them?  How about in a soda bottle?

You Will Need:

-a clean, empty liter bottle from any soda
-an exacto knife or something sharp to cut the bottle with
-clear packing tape (to reseal the bottle)
-curling ribbon
-cardstock paper for the label
-an assortment of 'orange themed' goodies
-orange tissue paper or confetti to pack in the bottom of the bottle

How to Make It

Wash and dry an empty soda bottle.  Use an exacto knife to cut the bottle in half (I did not separate the bottle completely, just enough to lift it open to fit things inside).  I used colored crinkle confetti at the bottom, then filled the bottle with my orange gifts.  My orange gifts were:

-Crystal Light Margarita drink mix
-a kitchen towel
-Orbit gum
-Sunny Delight juice pops (I bought a box and opened them up)
-Dunkin Donuts gift card

I resealed the bottle with clear packing tape (it helps if you can have someone hold the bottle in place while you tape it).

I then added some easy decorations- curly ribbon and some citrus stickers that I got at Target last year.  My son helped me make the orange tag, and I added another one that said "Bottled especially for..." I could put a label on there that says Orange You Glad It's Summer, but I don't want to cover up the visual of the goodies, so I'm not sure where to add it.

Jersey Momma Tips

The perfectionist in me sees room for improvement.  The next time I make one of these I will maybe cut the bottle up a little higher so I can fit the goodies in easier.  I'd also like to put the confetti ribbon at the top AND the bottom of the bottle to get rid of some of that empty space that you see at the top of the bottle now.  Too bad I didn't figure that out before I sealed it!

My son enjoyed putting the gifts together with me, which was kind of neat, too, because I think he'll be excited to present them to his teachers.

*Check out the FunFamilyCrafts page, where I originally found the idea for an orange tag, and the quote, Orange you glad it's summer?  You can get a free printable tag from Coley's Corner, too!

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