Saturday, December 18, 2010

Inexpensive Teacher Gifts

And when I say inexpensive, I mean chee to the eep. I went to Lowes and shopped their tile department. They had simple white tiles for $.16 a piece. Yup. Six…teen…cents.

snowflake tiles

The ol’ handy dandy Silhouette machine came to the rescue once again. I found some cute snowflakes that were a pain the bahoony to line up right so easy to place on the tiles! The Silhouette made it SO easy to get these cut out, but the intricacy of the snowflakes weren’t all that easy to place. It took me two episodes of Modern Family—not too bad.

snowflake coaster

I hot glued some cork sheet to the bottom of each one and wrapped them with some ribbon.  Wal Mart has a beautiful section of wide satin ribbon. I make sure to stock up on it every time I go in. The width of it also helped to keep the tiles from sliding around.

teacher coasters

I bought $5.00 gift cards from Starbucks for each teacher. I wasn’t impressed with the envelope they came in, so I turned to my Silhouette once again. Of COURSE they had a gift card envelope to cut! Why wouldn’t they?

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Some coordinating paper I had on hand worked out perfectly. I considered punching a hold in it to thread it on with some ribbon, but it stayed put quite nicely. I left it as is.

teacher gift

You ready for a total on this one? Let’s see. $5.00 + $.16 x 4= (pause to ask my husband) $5.64!! Yahoooony!

teacher gifts

Make sure you keep linking up to SaS Day! I’ll come back with some highlights later. Also, there’s still time to win the Baby Blvd. giveaway!

23 comments:

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

Do you use "transfer" paper for your vinyl?? If not...you don't have to get the expensive stuff for vinyl, just go to Walmart and get a roll of CLEAR CONTACT PAPER in the kitchen isle for $4 and it will last you forever. Just stick that on top of your vinyl decal, peel it off, the "snowflake" will now be stuck to the clear paper & then press on to your tile & then pull your contact paper off. Makes for the easiest transfers!

Rachel said...

whoo! I need a sihouette. The stuff you make with it is so pretty!

stephanie said...

What wonderful gifts...my mom was a teacher and although she appreciated all the gifts her students gave her, the ones that were useful were her favorites...Thanks for sharing your great idea...

Courtney said...

As a teacher, I can assure you that I would LOVE this gift. What a great idea!

The Fifield Kail Family! said...

awesome gift LOVE it. I had been thinking about a Silhouette machine every since I first seen one. Do you mind telling me the difference between the Silhouette machine and the cricut. Thanks so much Jessie

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

LOVE these! that satin ribbon is great. . . santa MIGHT be bringing a silhouette and I am DYING To start some of these projects. That gift card envelope is darling.

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

I just got a silhouette too! I made the same thing this week, white tile and red vinyl too! Aren't they the so much fun?


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Lisa said...

This is a fantastic idea. There are so many ways they could be decorated and used. What a great gift. Cheers, Lisa x

Stephanie said...

Great idea and for a great price! Love the way you had to ask your husband for the answer...too funny!

SIMPLE GIRL said...

I love the idea of the tiles for coasters. I am going to have toremember that for next year. Seeing how I am done with the shopping this year. You have the best "out of the box" ideas. Thanks.

Dream Mom said...

Wow! I think that is best craft I've seen all year on your blog. LOVE, love, love that gorgeous photo with the red ribbon. So glamorous!

I must admit I am more than intimidated with the Silhouette. I do see some of the projects and love them; just not sure of everything it can do and if I can do them? I am not a crafter but honestly, those coasters were AMAZING. Where on earth do you come up with those ideas?

Hmmm...After seeing the coasters, I'd love to see a larger red snowflake framed in a white frame for Christmas.

Chic Coastal Living said...

Love these gifts!!!!

Alexis said...

What a great idea...GENIUS!

Dacia said...

What an awesome idea! I'll have to remember this for teacher appreciation!

Maria Wheeler, Simply Cool Stuff said...

This couldn't be sweeter - or more practical for the holidays. What a clever idea. (Great bow as well!)
Thanks for the tip1

AndreaLeigh said...

so glad to see the tip about contact paper in the comments. have you tried it yet?

i just got a silhouette and have found that the more intricate the design, the harder it is to transfer. I literally have to peel it off the transfer paper. takes hours!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

These are awesome!!! And SWEET price to boot! :)

Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

What a great idea! I'm pretty sure I will be attempting this next year...

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I can see how the snowflakes could be a little hard to set on there perfectly. You did a great job.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Каждый вечер, засыпая, читаю по стишку, и утром просыпаюсь, незамедлительно за книжку... И весь день будто летаю, счастливая)))) Может, в этом кроется секрет красоты, а, женщины?)))

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Tatum said...

What a great idea!! I have never heard of the silhouette machine before. Thanks for teaching me something today!

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Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

These are so stinkin' cute! I'm going to feature them on my blog the day after Christmas and link back to you:) Have a wonderful Christmas with your adorable family, including Max!

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