Quick & Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts: Monogrammed Tumblers!

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I have a confession to make: I totally did not do anything for Max’s teachers in 2013. Or 2012. I didn’t know it was a thing in 2012 – and I was a little busy trying to navigate new mommyhood and returning to work and breastfeeding and pumping and staring at/smelling my baby. I DID know that it was Teacher Appreciation Week last year, but Max was transitioning to a new room and I totally just flaked. So this year I felt like I had some making up to do – which meant that baked goods or Dunkin’ gift cards seemed like not quite enough. BUT since I wanted to make sure to do something for the teachers in his infant room from last year, I knew that I couldn’t spend too much.

Inspiration struck me at Target (as it so often does)! I was cruising through the dollar spot when I found reusable plastic tumblers in one of the $3 bins. PERFECT! I’d seen pins using those tumblers and giving one with a bag of tea and writing something cutesy like, “You’re a TEA-riffic teacher!” on a gift tag. I knew that I had some permanent vinyl in my stash at home that would coordinate with the Spring-y color palette of the tumblers and I figured I’d monogram them and throw some drink mix packets inside. Easy, right?

And actually, for once, it was that easy! I found a monogram design that was super adorable: a scalloped edge circle with a letter in the middle. The super smart thing that made me go for that design out of the many I saw in the Silhouette design store was that the letter in the middle was a stencil – so I wouldn’t have to deal with small insides of letters to make a letter A, for instance, make sense. I cut the designs out of permanent vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo, and then applied to the cups using lint roller sheets as transfer paper. Working with the small width of the lint roller was a lot easier than working with my 12″ wide roll of transfer paper! The lint roller sheets were super sticky, though, so it’s something to be aware of if you’re trying it out as transfer paper for the first time.

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I did have a few parts of the design that bubbled up on me when I tried to get them perfectly smooth on the cup. I try and work out the air bubble to the nearest edge of the design, but when that doesn’t work, I use a pin to poke a teeny tiny hole in the bubbled up part. After the vinyl was applied, I filled the inside of the cups with pretty tissue paper and a few drink mix packets. I loved the way they turned out, but I had no idea how I’d package them up for the teachers!

I figured I’d do a gift tag that I could cut with my Silhouette and attach it to the cup with twine. I saw one of my friends used an incredibly cute Silhouette sketch design for her teacher gift tags – a set of three apples. I figured that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I did the same! I used the new Advanced cut features in the Silhouette software to denote that anything colored in Green would be done using a sketch pen, and anything in red would be an actual cut line. The cut by line color really made my life easier!

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After my gift tags were “sketched” and cut, I attached them to the cups using some pretty striped bakers twine (also a Target dollar spot score!). Because of my dollar spot finds and my healthy craft materials stash at home, this project ended up costing me a little bit over $4 for each teacher. I’m really happy with the way that these turned out and excited to bring them into school with Max in the morning!

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