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Personalized Teacher Appreciation Gift

Easy and Inexpensive Gift Idea


These easy Painted Bottle Photo Holders would make a great gift for anyone on your list! Have you kids help you make them. | DIY beautify


Teacher Appreciation week is long over in our neck of the woods...and I didn't get a chance to post this. Things just got too crazy at my house.

However, this is such an easy and inexpensive DIY that I wanted to share it anyway. There are lots of people out there (Sunday School teachers, music teachers, coaches, babysitters) who would appreciate a personalized gift like this.
Make a few and get a jump start on next year's teachers gifts!

I saw this crafty DIY on the blog eighteen25 and decided to make these painted photo bottles for Little Diy's teacher. Her favorite colors happen to be black, lime green and pink so those are the colors we chose.

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Here are a few TIPS that I learned from making them myself:

  • they take a lot more paint than you think they will
  • after squirting the paint into the bottle, the easiest way to get it to coat the bottle is to hold it by the handle and tap the other end against your hand, turning the bottle around to move the paint
  • be patient and keep tapping and turning...you will get it all coated! each of my bottles had a 'tricky spot' but eventually I got them all completely coated.
  • you will be amazed at the amount of paint that will come out once you turn them upside down; just keep moving them around to a clean spot on your scrap paper as they dry

Supplies needed:

  • glass bottles with corks (I found mine at Michaels)
  • assorted acrylic paints
  • jumbo paper clips
  • pictures or cards to display
  • newspaper or other junk paper to work on and catch paint

I remembered to take pictures of the process:

These easy Painted Bottle Photo Holders would make a great gift for anyone on your list! Have you kids help you make them. | DIY beautify

After the big blobs of paint were no longer coming out of the bottles, we turned them right side up and let them dry overnight. The final result is a glossy brightly colored bottle that is SO cute!

The corks went back in and using a sharp knife, I made a slit in each cork to hold a jumbo paper clip. No glue was necessary. I just pushed each paperclip into the slit as far as it would comfortably go.



These easy Painted Bottle Photo Holders would make a great gift for anyone on your list! Have you kids help you make them. | DIY beautify


I ler Little Diy have a big hand in creating the cards to sit in the paperclip holders. We created all of them together in PicMonkey.

One of the cards is a picture of her reading a book with the caption 'You Make Learning Fun'. Another says 'You Are Awesome' and has an apple, a pencil and pair of scissors. The last one has her teacher's name, a great big smiley face with 'You're the best teacher ever!'


These easy Painted Bottle Photo Holders would make a great gift for anyone on your list! Have you kids help you make them. | DIY beautify

Because I had to do most of the project myself up to this point, I really wanted to be hands-off and let Little Diy be creative with the cards.

I'll be honest...as a control-freak, I had a hard time sitting back and letting her do her thing. She did need a little guidance, but I let her choose the fonts and the colors and where to put the icons and she did a great job! We printed them onto heavy white cardstock, cut them out and inserted them into the paperclips.

I love how this easy teacher craft is completely personalized, yet it can be easily switched out as well to hold other pictures or cards.

Little Diy was so proud to give this special gift to her teacher on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Oh... and her teacher totally loved it!

I know there is someone in your life who would love this gift! It's easy and inexpensive idea and can be personalized for anyone! How about a photo holder for Father's Day that's just around the corner? Or make a few for the grandparents in your lives - with pictures of their grandchildren of course!


These easy Painted Bottle Photo Holders would make a great gift for anyone on your list! Have you kids help you make them. | DIY beautify


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10 comments:

  1. I love how the glass remains sheer yet is colored. Stunning. I also really like the idea of using paperclips to hold the photo's Brilliant!! I hope the teachers liked them!! They would also be great recipe holders.... yes? :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. Crystelle, I too love how the paint on the inside allows them to retain their sheerness. Love your idea of a recipe card holder!! You could even add words to the bottle to say 'recipe' or 'what's cookin'. That'd be a cute gift! I would use a flat sided bottle if you're using vinyl letters or stickers - just from experience :) And yes - her teacher loved it!

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  2. Ciindy, those are really cote! I had not seen the bottle painting before, like that! Your daughter did a great job too! I'm a control freak too, so I totally understand!

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    1. Gina, sometimes it is SO hard to keep my mouth shut!! It's nice to know I'm not the only mom out there who struggles with wanting to take over! These are really fun and fairly easy to do. I think they'd make a great Father's Day gift too!

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  3. Cute, cute! Thanks for sharing these great gift ideas wit SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  4. Love your "tips" list! There's always a few things that don't go quite as planning with all our projects. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Join us again this Saturday morning!
    ~ Ashley

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    1. Don't I know it! I love when someone tells me what they learned along the way so I don't make the same mistakes ;)
      Have a great weekend!

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