The end of the school year is approaching fast and I know you’re thinking about something nice you can do for your child’s teacher.
Teachers buy so many things for their students — from basic food, to warm coats, to field trips — and there are so many good, straight out of the box, practical items that would make great gifts. But I know sometimes it feels special to give a handmade gift, so I thought it would be fun to come up with something that would work at school or at home, and that could be personalized too.
Etched soap pumps fit the bill wonderfully! They’re easy to make, they look great, and you can pair them with a classroom donation, or give them as a stand alone gift.
This is a smart, usable gift for teachers, but really, it will work for anyone on your list at any time of the year — a housewarming gift, a hostess gift, a neighbor gift at the holidays — or make some for your own house.
The etching is so fun to do, you’ll want to etch every piece of glassware you have. Gather friends and have an etching party!
Come and check out this simple project.
– sticker-back vinyl
– cutting blade
– etching cream
– letters in your chosen font (Archer is the font pictured here)
– glass bottle*
*Test the etch cream on the glass you intend to etch. Glass that is coated in plastic (to make it more shatter resistant) or glass that contains lead will not etch. If you find the glass won’t etch with cream, try an “etching paint“.
First, cut the letters out of vinyl.
Remove the adhesive cover on the backside and place the vinyl on the bottles. I found it easiest to tear off the bottom 1/5 of the adhesive cover and place it where I wanted it to be. When I peeled the rest of the backing off and stuck the rest of it down. Make sure all the edges are firmly pressed down.
Apply the etching cream over the exposed glass. Follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding length of time and rinsing.
Add in a colorful soap and it’s set!
Can you believe how easy? The only time consuming part is cutting out the initials — keep that in mind when you choose a font (straight lines are easier to cut!).
I hope you have fun making these, and I hope you think of a happy way to honor the teachers in your life this year.
Photos and crafting by Amy Christie.