I've seen these personalized hand gel bottles around the net over the last year or so, so this is my ode to germs.
I decided to personalize one b/c it's certainly a standard, and necessary part of my classroom. I pull small groups all day, so I get all the germs from all the students from almost every classroom floating in and out of my room. I also sit very close to students since we are in small reading groups. I use a LOT of germ juice!
Step One: I bought a bottle of hand gel at the Dollar Tree. I had some transparencies you can run through your computer that I bought a year ago at Office Depot to print a picture on that I slipped inside an ornament. I used this again so I could use some colored ink for this bottle. I printed off this lovely poem 4 to a page, on a page with two columns. I understand if you need a minute to get past this moving little piece of poetry I put together.
The personalized gels I've seen in the past had sweet poems about 'helping hands' etc....I used up all my sweet for the day....so I came up with this little poem, and added a cute germ cell. Watch out hallmark, I'm pretty sure I'm on a one track road to my own greeting card line.
I cut my laminate piece down to size.
I peeled the label off my gel.
I curled up my transparency and slipped it inside the gel, then pushed it towards the front with the pump's straw.
One thing I'd change-I knew the ink would bleed a little, and it did, though it was still legible, there were just some 'drifting' ink remains. You could tape this to the back of the bottle, or try laminating it to protect the exposed ink. I'm going to try the laminating next.
I then tied a ribbon to a rubber band, and placed this around the neck of the bottle so that it can be slipped on and off if the container gets refilled. We refill our containers at school. A lot.
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