March 9, 2011

Subway Art - Glass Milk Bottle - Pen Holders (Great for Teacher Appreciation!)


I got my hands on some of these gorgeous glass milk bottles, and have been saving them for the perfect crafts!  They are so thick and beautiful, they make me giddy with the possiblities :)

As part of our teacher appreciation, we recognize the parent classroom helpers in addition to the teachers.  Each grade has a parent or two, and we give them a gift on the same night that we give gifts to the teachers.  I needed to make 10 parent gifts, and these bottles were calling to me. 
I created some subway art on my Silhouette, using words that exemplified these wonderful parents.  I cut out the words in vinyl, and wrapped the words around the entire bottle...
I used words like: creative, supportive, patient, bright, friendly, kind, generous - and added the name of our school and their title in the classroom.  They look SO COOL, and so personal!!
When they are filled with colored dried beans, the letters really pop!
With light colored vinyl I used black or red beans; with black vinyl I used white beans...
And to add a bit of color, along with making them useful, I made a few flower pens for each jar.
They are very simple.  You need:
A ball point pen, some fake flowers with a short stem, a glue gun and green floral tape. 
1) Hot glue the flower stem to the top part of the ball point pen.
2) Put a dab of glue at the bottom edge of the pen and press the end of the floral tape to it.
3) Wrap the pen with the floral tape, at an angle, all the way up the pen, covering the stem that you glued on.
4) Put a dab of hot glue to secure the end of the floral tape at the top.
I am so excited to give these gifts to the parents - because everyone can use a place to store their pens, and it is always handy to have pens at the ready on your desk or in the kitchen.

I made this subway art with all sorts of clever phrases, fun for any teacher, or even your desk at home!
Write on!  Letter Rip!  UR always write,
Choose the Write,  Word,  Pick me!

What do you think?  Aren't they fun?! 

Be sure to check out many of my other Teacher Appreciation gift ideas on my tutorials page!

I'll help you make a teacher very happy:)

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  1. I am sure they will love the pens and the milk jars! I have been wanting to make the pens for a while now. I am putting them on my to-do list, thanks to your step by step instructions. I also love the diet coke key chain.

  2. Another fantastic project! These look so cool, you're too creative! xx

  3. I recently found you and {heart} and so I spotlighted you at Between the Lines Spotlight Saturday! Check it out!

    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  4. Oh, silly me! Here's a link


  5. Those Pen holder jars are absolutely adorable!!! I am a new follower from spotlight saturday and would love it if you could follow me back! I hope you have a Super Saturday!


  6. What a darling idea!! So creative. I love every detail of them. I'm a new follower!

  7. So Cute! Will def. have to add this to my "to-Do" List!!

    Found you through the SS Linkup..... Would love for you to come visit back!!

    ♥, Tara


  8. Lovely! You are so talented!

    I'm a new follower from the hop. Hope you can follow back:

  9. New follower from the Spotlight Saturday blog hop!
    I have a silhouette but haven't tried to do anything with vinyl yet, though I do have some ideas!
    You can check out my blog at

  10. Very, very cute! I love these milk jars also and the subway art on them is genius. I'm a new follower I and would love if you would follow back at

  11. Great job! I love those bottles. What a fun gift to give.

  12. Oh I really like them. They are so different. I will check out your shop. My husband and I have made a firm commitment to only by handmade and American.
    I am a new visitor and follower via Spotlight Saturday.
    I hope your weekend is blessed.

  13. Love how these turned out! They will be much appreciated by those that receive them!

    So nice stopping by to visit with you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  14. Super Cute! What a clever idea! Over from Flamingo Toes.

  15. I just love these. Really cute. I want some for my own. Thanks for sharing.

  16. These are lovely, would look fab in my kitchen! I only wish I could find the milk bottles, been looking for ages!

  17. Those are wonderful! I really like your idea!! :)

  18. Very cool!
    I love glass jar and bottles for some odd reason and am always keeping certain ones.
    I love the subway art on them!!
    Great job!

  19. Those are ADORABLE! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  20. These jars look fantastic - and practical too (love the flower pens). Hope you sell lots in your shop! I'm sure you will!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  21. What a cute idea! I'm always looking for good teacher appreciation ideas and this is perfect!

  22. So pretty! I'd love for you to share this at my Make Something Mondays Link Party!


  23. Great teacher gift, bet they love them! Unique vase idea!!!

    Visiting from Craft-O-Maniac's blog party! Stop by and visit me @ !!!

  24. Love them....the subway art is perfect!

  25. What a cool idea! They look great! :D

  26. The subway art looks so great on the bottles! What a great gift idea!
    Thanks so much for linking to Think Pink Sundays!! :)

  27. What a great idea and certainly interchangeable for other holidays/occasions. Thanks so much for sharing the idea!

  28. I love these bottles, thanks for sharing!

  29. OMGoodness I'm lovin' those vases. excellent idea. too cute!

    thanks so much for linking up with the SPRING FLING!
    have a super weekend.


  30. I always see these and think they're so cute. I'd love to make some for work. Everyone would be so jealous of my pretty pens!

  31. Now that's really a great idea. Great inspiration. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  32. Lindsay=

    If I received this as a teacher gift when I was in the classroom, I would have been floored. Love. Love. Love. It was so rare when parents gave me anything at all. Then again, I taught in a rough neighborhood in Chicago...

    This is reason #342 I need a SIL.

  33. Almost forgot, I'd LOVE if you could share this with my readers tonight @
    Creative Juice Thursday. Party starts @ 7pm CST. Get your crafting shoes on. Hope to see you there...

  34. I love them!
    You did a great job... thanks for posting the wonderful pictures.


  35. These are awesome!! Thanks for sharing on Living Creative Thursday! You were featured here: