Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made Its: Teacher Gift and a New Idea

It's time for Monday Made It with Tara!
First up are some more hand sanitizer gifts! This is so easy and personalized that I had to make them! Last year one of my colleagues had hand sanitizer with poems in them at the front desk of our school and I thought it just added such a personal touch! **The monogrammed ones are my favorite!
Step 1: Create a design and print on regular copy paper.
Step 2: Copy your paper onto transparency film-bring to printer unless you have a laser printer.
Step 3: Cut and roll paper to fit it top of bottle. The transparency film will unroll.
Step 4: Use a cuticle stick to straighten.
 Easy, peasy and customized for your class or your friends!
 Here are a few I made for my teaching buddies:
I decided to make a class set of those folders I've seen pinned everywhere. I am hoping these are a great addition to my back to school list-it seems genius! I will use mine for classwork, centers, morning work, and paper. (I chose categories that won't take up too much space, since I'm not sure how this new idea will work). Has anyone used these before? I'd love to hear from you!
 Here are a couple of tips I learned along the way since I couldn't find the pin when I needed it. Not sure if this is the correct way, but I will share how I made mine. I cut the folder without brads to a height of 11 inches so it would fit in my 3 hole punch. I had to open the folder back up to hole punch one side at a time-folded wouldn't fit. My BEAUTIFUL electric hole punch is at is the best investment and is AMAZING! I like all my folders to be matching-quick management tool when you want to quickly scan the room to see if everyone is ready. I'm hoping this will be quick and easy for my students to find their work all in one spot!

I made a class set of my Back to School Autobiographies-I'm so excited to have these done! I'd be more excited if I knew WHO was in my class, but I have to have patience! (my worst quality!)
 Can't wait to have my students decorate the composition book covers to represent themselves!  (Confession: I have a binding machine at home.) I got a great deal on it! (at Office Depot, of course!) Not until I bought this about two years ago did I realize how much I love having one at home! I don't use it much after school starts, but during summer it's a MUST HAVE! So, I'm sharing this on sweet Sabra's Must Have linky!
 Isn't she a beauty??!! :O)
Can't wait to see what everyone else made this past week! So many creative teachers!
Don't forget to link up this Saturday for Spark Student Motivation! What have you been planning or making to get your students excited for back to school?


  1. I HAD a whole box of transparencies in my closet that were collecting dust. I'm pretty sure I went on a cleaning rampage and disposed of them, but I could be very wrong about this. If I did, I am certain someone is squirreling away some...somewhere. LOVE! You are so creative!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Love the hand sanitizer!! Now I must ask, does the ink not come off in the sanitizer since it has alcohol in it? I'm assuming not since you made them, but that was what I thought of first. And of course you have a binding machine. You have it all!
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  3. I love your sanitizer labels! What a fun and creative idea!! I must try!! Thanks for sharing!

    Table Talk with C & C

  4. That hand sanitizer idea is awesome!! I just stuffed a pile of transparencies in the staff workroom to get them out of my classroom! ;) Now I'll have to go hunt them down again!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  5. You are the first teacher I have ever seen that binds composition books! What a neat idea!! All these years...and you are the first. ;)
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  6. Great idea for hand sanitizer because no one uses overheads anymore, it seems :) I also have an electric three-hole punch that I adore!! And I also have a binding machine, but haven't gotten it out of the box yet because I don't know what my first project should be...

    Fifth in the Middle

  7. LOVE the germ-x bottle customization! Great idea!!!!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  8. I think I have a box of transparency film that I can't use anymore. this could be the solution.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Hodges Herald

  9. Hmmmm I have THREE boxes of transparencies that I have been holding onto for years thinking there MUST be something I can do with them!

    Literacy Spark

  10. I love your folders too! They actually look easier than I thought. So the one in the middle is just folded backwards right?

    Literacy Spark

  11. I love the hand sanitizer idea! Wow!! When the bottle starts to empty, does the transparency film just stay there? Sadly, I actually still DO have an overhead in my room. I use the SMART board more, but haven't taken the time to scan all my science hands on materials into my computer. I like having the transparencies of maps, graphs, etc. for the kits they are using in class. Also, when I do scan they in the computer as PDF's the SMART board doesn't always work to allow me to write on the PDF. I was told this is a Mac issue.
    I am contemplating buying folders for all my students for the subjects to have matching colors. The supply list we sent home as a team doesn't specify what colors to buy and I meant to add it this year but forgot in the end of the year rush! ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  12. The hand sanitizer idea is the perfect gift for my teammates - practical and cute. I'm sure I still have some transparencies around somewhere that are just dying to be used.

    Thank you for sharing all your made its.


  13. LOVE! I had no idea that the hand sanitizer labels were so easy! Well I've already bought a personal laminator this summer, why not a binding machine!? LOL I can't wait to see more on your Autobiography books, so cute! Thanks for linking up friend!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  14. You never cease to amaze me! I am just hoping I didn't get rid of the transparencies when I switched classrooms. I've pinned that folder binding myself. I don't think I'll have a purpose to use it this year, but it is still on my list of things to remember.

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  15. Love that you have your own binding machine! How awesome!

  16. I actually read this post on Monday - but I read it on my phone and the pictures were too small for me to see the hand sanitizer bottles - I am so glad that I came back to look at them properly. I love them! They would be a perfect gift for Christmas too (I know a few germ-a-phobes). I can not believe (actually I can) that you have a binding machine and a hole puncher. I do not even have a laminator - very jealous.

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  20. I like all my folders to be matching Chase Bank Near Me - Branch Locations, ATMs, Customer Service
    quick management tool when you want to quickly scan the room to see if everyone is ready. I'm hoping this will be quick and easy for my students.


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