Wednesday, August 18, 2010

back to school lotion

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I love this time of year. I love how stores are packed with children searching for the perfect backpack. I love seeing all the notebooks stacked in huge piles, pencils waiting to be sharpened, and yeah, even seeing those hideous plastic pencil boxes with the raised bump on top.

Yeah, back to school is the best time of the year.

Since I don't have any kids of my own, I have to live vicariously through others. Like, my nieces, for example. They're all going back to school today. Lucky ducks.

I decided to make them a little back to school gift. Enter, lotions.



To make this extra cheesy gift, all you need is some Mod Podge, lotion, an a printout of the saying "We hope your new school year goes smoothly". Once all of the supplies are rounded up, it's smooth sailing from there. There are only three steps, from start to finish. Just how I like it

Step one: peel off existing label. You may have to use something like Goo Gone to get the extra off (I used nail polish remover, it worked)
Step two: paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto your lotion bottle. Make sure not to use too much, just enough so that the paper will stick on. Wait a few minutes before going to step three.
Step three: paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the top of the paper and let dry, and that's it!

I'm in love with them. Maybe that explains why I took about 80 photos of this project for the blog. Don't worry, I condensed them...A little.

For added glee...Check out how great this Mod Podge dried! It's called Mod Podge Satin. I am in love with it. In fact, I'll be reviewing it tomorrow on this here blog. There WILL be a giveaway accompanying it... See you then?

Oh, and here are the little papers I made in Photoshop. Feel free to steal them, or make some of your own! For a Bath and Body Works lotion bottle, I've found that 152x217 are the perfect dimensions.



*photoshop brushes found here. fonts found here.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow.

44 comments:

  1. Those are adorable. I love the graphics! The bus is my favorite.

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  2. great idea! you can never kiss up to a new teacher enough!

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  3. How fun is that?! I love them! What a fun aunt! :)

    I have used Modge Podge Satin! Seriously...addicting! :)

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  4. that first pic looks like a recipe for a not-very-nice back to school prank...

    what a great idea, and i also love mod podge!

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  5. I love this! So clever!! As a teacher, those little graphics are just too cute!
    silverrosesewing.blogspot.com

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  6. That is just the cutest gift I have seen! I love it! Tweeting it right now :)

    xoxo
    jen

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  7. They are so lucky to have an aunt like you :)

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  8. How cute my niece just started Kindergarten last week. I am going to have to make her one!!

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  9. This is such a great idea. Do you think it will work with the Matte Mod Podge just as well? I have a few coworkers I'd like to give a beginning of the year gift to and this seems like a great and inexpensive project.

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  10. Loved your idea so much, I had to add it to my blog listing teacher gift ideas! - Karen

    http://nevertoooldtocraft.blogspot.com/2010/08/teacher-gifts-for-new-school-year.html

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  11. Love it! I'm gunna have to remember this for next year!

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  12. I am so making these for my kids' teachers! Simple, inexpensive, and super cute! I'll be linking.

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  13. Going to post this on Mod Podge Rocks Facebook group . . . xo!

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  14. I work at BBW and we are always getting the sample sized lotions when new scents come out. This will be a great idea to use up some of my stash!!!

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  15. Those are so cute! I don't have any kids to do back to school gifts for, but I'm definitely going to be using this idea for other holidays. In fact, these would be cute as bridesmaids gifts for my friend's upcoming wedding...

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  16. These are adorable and so funny. They would be great for kids to take to their female teachers as well...or i think bbw sells mens lotion too? I'm your newest follower :)

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  17. These are AMAZING! So cute and simple, but really REALLY original. I love them. (and I want MY school year to go smoothly too....should I make MYSELF one??)

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  18. Very cute ideas. Your crafts are great. Visiting from the Blog Frog. http://CleverlyChanging.com

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  19. Super cute idea! Our kids are moving to a new school this year, wouldn't this be a great gift to give to their friends they are leaving behind! Can't wait to show them!! thanks :)

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  20. Super cute idea!!! Thanks for sharing the graphics!!!!:)

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  21. I am sure i am gonna save this for the next year!
    Love the idea!

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  22. this idea is so super cute makes the teacher and child feel special I am sure

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  23. E' il regalo più carino che ho visto!molto simpatici!

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  24. These are great! What teacher wouldn't LOVE these?!?!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  25. Just visited from CSI because your title is VERY GOOD and I could help but click on your link!
    Canadianblonde
    www.tuscanydesign.net/craftbook

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  26. Love this idea... and who doesn't need lotion?

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  27. I'm a teacher and I would love this! :) Very cute idea! Maybe I'll do it for the other teacher in my department...great idea!

    Brie @ http://BreezyPinkDaisies.blogspot.com

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  28. Cute! I think I'll be making one soon!

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  29. Thanks for sharing! We loved this idea so much we shared it on our blog: http://notjustforelementary.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-teacher-gift-ideas.html

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  30. I love this and actually gave my daughters teacher some lotion last year with this design.

    I included your tutorial in my top 23 Fav Teacher Gift Tutorials round-up today!

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  31. As a veteran teacher, I would LOVE to receive this!
    So.... I am making these for my kids' teachers today!

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  32. Wonderful! Pinning the idea for next year. Maybe I can come up with a cool idea to turn the Bath and Bodyworks sale lotions from this summer into a nearly as cute Christmas gift!
    --M

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  33. Just found your blog from your CSI special! And while I love this project, I LOVE the name of your blog. I literally laughed out loud!!!!!!!!!!! So funny!

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  34. I wanted to mention how kind it is for you to share the labels with us readers. I do not have access to a lot of crafting supplies out there or can spend the money. But what I do have is a BB&W outlet near by, Micheal's coupons every once in a while and a printer. Thank you for the ideas.

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  35. What a great idea! Pinning it for the fall. Thank you for sharing :)

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  36. these are so cute and fun and I'd love to use them. but I can't find a download button or option? I can copy and paste but then they don't come out clearly. btw, I did a test and printed them on sticker paper and used a corner punch to round the edges and it turned out great. just need a link so they look good too. thanks so much in advance!

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