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Student Gift Idea (Perfect for End of Year!)

Isn't it amazing how quickly the school year always flies by? I am already planning the last few weeks of school! One thing I love to do during the last week is give my students a small gift from me. I originally saw this idea on Instagram-- and I'm not sure who was the original creator-- but you can find some another example here.

First thing I did was check my local Dollar Tree for plastic water bottles. I was in luck! They had enough for my 24 students-- and a nice variety of colors left. 
If you cannot find them in store-- try online. You can order a case of 30 for $1 per bottle-- and they have many more style options online. Be sure to order early enough to allow for shipping time. 

Now, if you do not own a Cricut or Silhouette machine, the next step will be a bit tricky. You could always invest in letter stickers from a craft store or Amazon-- but it will definitely take a lot longer. You could also get a paint pen and write student names! Using my Cricut was cheap since I already had white vinyl-- and it was speedy. The entire process only took me 1.5 hours. 

I measured my bottles. I could make the names about 1.25 inches wide and 6 inches long. Next, I typed up all my students name using the font called "KG Shake It Off Chunky". This font is free for download on TPT-- but you cannot use it for commercial use unless you purchase the license. I made sure the names fit the size parameter-- and then I hit "cut". 
After the name were cut out, I took some time to cut them apart and weed them (take out all the extra pieces). Next, I cut some pieces of Walmart contact paper. I love this stuff because you get a huge roll for a great price-- and it isn't too sticky. 
I used the contact paper to transfer to names from the vinyl sheets to the water bottles: 
Then I pressed down firmly and peeled the contact paper away. The names stuck perfectly! 

I will have to tell the students to try and limit how wet the letters get-- and to never put them in the dishwasher. Although the vinyl I used is "permanent"-- nothing will last forever. If you don't have a Cricut or Silhouette, I highly recommend investing in one. They can be pricey, but I have found it so useful for my classroom! 
There you have it! Easy gifts that are personalized-- and they only cost $1 per student! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below. I hope you have a blessed day! 

11 comments

  1. Just went to the dollar store and got my bottles! Exactly the type of idea I was looking for. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. So excited to try this! Any suggestion on what vinyl to get?

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    1. Just make sure it is a permanent brand. I think the cricut vinyl is not permanent :)

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  3. Where or what did you use to type their names? Word?

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    1. I used cricut design space-- as the cricut machine will only cut the letters through that program

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    2. Is there like an app for it on the computer? I'm sorry I'm new to this Cricut world

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    3. No-- it is run through the cricut website-- I usually just search google for "cricut design space" when I want to make something in their program.

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    4. Did you use vinyl paper? Also, did the letter print out individually?

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  4. I would love to gift these bottles to my students! Which contact paper, EXACTLY, did you use from WalMart? They have soooo many to choose from...

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    1. I'm not sure-- It was a large roll and the most basic kind. I think any type would work-- I know a lot of crafters even use the type from Dollar Tree.

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