I always struggle with what to give the male teachers at my childrens' school. This year I decided that a personalized pencil jar would be good. I had picked up these glass jars at the Dollar Store. I think they're intended to be used as a vase.
To the plain jar I added a ribon at the top. Since it was for a man I did a plain knot instead of a bow.
To personalize the pencil jar I used my Cricut Imagine and printable vinyl. This was the first time I had used printable vinyl and I was really happy with how it turned out.
I used the stock images and filled it with the graph paper from "Notebook Doodles". Then I used "Country Carnival" to get the last name initial of the two teachers. I decided to change the colors a bit as well.
I did the print and cut. The package of the printable vinyl suggests putting your blade at 2. I didn't follow this, but used 3. Next time I will follow instructions! Two will be fine. Setting it at 3 cut through the vinyl and the backing, which wasn't a huge deal.
I applied the graph paper image and then the initial. Below you see a close up of the decal and initial. It's a bit difficult to see, but the shape is flood filled with "graph paper" from Notebook Doodles. (I know I already said that!)
Go be crafty!