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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dispensing Gifts

The Unidentified Sugarplum Entity has a new gift idea for you.
 This isn't only a good gift for a friend, but it's a great idea for a teacher.
 You'll need either Ball canning jars or just any jars you've saved, hand soap dispensers (the pumps are now available by themselves at craft stores), clear soap, and some decorative items to drop in the jars. 
You'll also need a drill with a large bit.
 If you're using recycled jars, remove the labels and use Goo Gone 
to get the residual glue off of the glass. Spray paint the lids.
Grab your drill, the lid, and a scrap of wood.
Head outside when your grandmother yells at you for using the drill at the dining room table.
 Drill a hole in the center of the lid.
Didn't see that coming, did you?
 Drill partial holes next to the main one to make an opening large enough for your pump.
 Don't worry about appearance as this will be hidden.
 Large enough? Cool.
Trim the pump tubing to size, making sure the end is at a slight angle to prevent clogs.

 Choose a decorative filling and put just a little in the bottom of each jar.
 Add the clear hand soap.
 Assemble the jar. On its own, this makes a nice enough offering.
But we never leave well enough alone.

 Grab some ziplock snack sized bags to include in your gift.
 Fill a couple with decorative rocks, sea glass, or vase filler.
Match different seasons, or the decor of the recipient.
EVERYONE has done the jar soap dispenser thingy, right?
This takes it a little farther.
The total cost of each gift was under $3.
And just for us, we also made extras for lotion to match.


Tina said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle L. said...

Okay, I am really in love with this one! The customized kit? Genius! I would love to get something like this! said...

I haven't made them but I think I should now!

Sharon@Keen Inspirations said...

Hi Sunny!
I've not been able to do much blog writing or reading the last several months. I am working on getting that fixed! :-) I have peeked in on you a few times though. Glad to hear that you are on the mend. I'm going to be doing a version of the soap dispenser gift ( and even hope to be able to post about it). I didn't know you could actually buy the dispensers now. Care to share at which craft store you found them? I can't seem to find them....

Life in Rehab said...

Hey Sharon,
The pumps I used are recycled from cheap, plastic soap bottles, BUT I'm headed for Michael's, so if they have them, I will report back!

lisbonlioness said...

I never made those, and even if I had I wouldn't have thought of using "fillers". Oh the possibilities!