Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas presents - personalized bottles

I hope I won't be giving this away for any of our gift recipients but I wanted to post about the idea I came up with for teacher's presents.

We have many, many teachers to give to because each of the kids has 3 teachers and then specials teachers. It's hard to find something nice, affordable, and universal!

But there is one thing we love and that is maple syrup. And only real, pure maple syrup which is expensive and not a luxury many people purchase for themselves. So I thought it would be nice to give bottled maple syrup. Then I thought, hey, wouldn't it be nice if I could somehow personalize the bottle. So then I looked into glass etching.

As it turns out, I can etch the bottles with my calligraphy! There is a small machine which makes the stencils here: Glass Etching Kits. Has anyone tried this? All of you calligraphers out there - this could be a great money-maker!

So I was able to purchase the bottles via Specialty Bottles. I'm so excited! Then we purchase our favorite maple syrup, etch, bottle, and voila - gift!

I am posting the camera ready of the etching below. I drew the snowflake and did the lettering (except the font). I will be sure to post pictures of the finished gift.

I'm really excited about this! I think I may have found our "annual gift." When all said and done, if all goes as planned, it will be a nice, yet affordable, personal gift. I hope! :-)