Monday, September 29, 2008

PTA - Presents Teachers Adore

Being a new Mom of a first grader I thought: "Pamela, get yourself involved" (I have a great friend, Andrea, who is so involved in her PTA, and has always inspired me.) So I signed up for the PTA and went to my first meeting. Little did I know, but on top of all the PTA does, they also give birthday and Christmas gifts to the teachers. This is my new J.O. B. So, to me PTA really stands for: PrEsEnTs TeAcHeRs AdOrE - because I have thought up some pretty fantastic ideas. (wink, wink, nod, nod)
Since my budget is roughly around $5.00, I got on my friend Marie's blog looking for some super-duper ideas (check out - you'll love it) and I learned all about etched glass. What is great about this gift is it translate into all sorts of gift giving categories: school, neighbors, family, work, friends and so on.
I decided to find a large clear glass mug, (I found mine at IKEA) and have each teacher's name etched into the glass. This is a nice way to personalize a gift (having their name on it) and the mug has many purposes.
If your doing more than one, an assembly line works great and having all your supplies handy makes for an easy and stress free project. What you need:
Etched glass
*rubber gloves - not shown in picture
clear glass mug, plate, cup, vase etc.
sponge brush
vinyl design
painters tape or masking tape

****For safety reasons: before beginning put on rubber gloves****

Step #1 - Place vinyl on glass, making sure it is smooth and flat
Step #2 - Tape painters tape to sides, making work surface bigger - for no mistakes

Step #3 - With sponge, paint etched glass on top of vinyl design
Step #4 - Follow directions on back of etched glass label for wait time - mine says: let sit for 6 minutes
Step #5 - Rinse with warm water and remove vinyl/tape
Step #6 - Wash with dish soap and clean with glass cleaner

Since I am making this for teachers I filled my mug with candy, tied a bow and added a little birthday note. Come up with your own great ideas and let me know how it turns out.

Linking up:
Sumos Sweet Stuff
Todays Creative Blog


Marie {Make and Takes} said...

They turned out sooooo great. I would love to get one of those as a teacher.

A & E said...

i think that i'd like one of my own glasses like that. love the idea, you are a genius.

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