Yes, I made this!!! Really cool right?!
Let me start by saying that I was freaking out about not having a bathroom in my classroom this year. This means that my firsties will be going down the hall to use the school bathroom and I won't be there to say "Did you wash?" I am one of those germ-a-phobic teachers and I loved having the bathroom in my classroom. With the bathroom right there, I could make sure they washed their hands and I could teach the students proper bathroom safety measures (flush with your foot, use the paper towel to open the door, sing happy birthday while you wash, etc.). I saw this lovely idea of using hand-sanitizer as bathroom passes on Pinterest and it led me to 3rd Grade Thoughts' post, A Better Bathroom Pass. This is a genius idea if you ask me! I am going to make hand-sanitizers for the boys, too of course. This one really should say "Girls' Bathroom" but at the time I made it I was thinking only one girl would use it at a time, but really she would still be going to the "Girls' Bathroom." So disregard the grammar error. I also think I will make "Snack Sanitizer," "Lunch Sanitizer," and "Hani-tizer."
*Please, note that hand-sanitizer is not as effective as hand-washing and I am going to make sure they know to wash their hands in the bathroom before exiting. I am also going to get permission from the parents for their child to use hand-sanitizer. If you use hand-sanitizer in your classroom, be sure to model the proper amount to use and remind the students not to touch their eyes right after.
How I made it
First, I got this amazing machine called the Silhouette Cameo. Silhouette offers an educators discount and you get a $10 gift card for the Silhouette Store with it.
Next, I went to my favorite supply store, Big Lots and bought these hand-sanitizers. It was really easy to peel of the front label. The back label was kinda hard to get off and I had to use Goo Gone to get it off. Love that stuff :)
Then, I went into my Silhouette studio and typed up Girl's Bathroom and added dots. It was really easy to do and I decided to turn the word "bathroom" so that it fit better on the bottle. I used Wish I Were Taller font and Smiley Monster font - both by KevinandAmanda.com.
I sent the image from my computer to my Cameo and it did all the work. I used pink vinyl sheets and I used the cutting mat. You don't have to use the cutting mat but it seems to work better when I do. Click below to check out the vinyl starter kit I purchased.
I used the tools to peel of the excess vinyl and then applied the transfer paper.
I transfered the image to the hand-sanitizer. It was actually really easy.
I thought it needed a little something more, so I had the Cameo cut some black vinyl dots. Easy! I know I am going to love using my Cameo. I am already thinking of making my whole family personalized tumblers. The possibilities are endless.
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PS - My adorable friend Rachelle (What the Teacher Wants) made the button. Thanks Rachelle, you rock!
Check out this collaborative Silhouette Cameo Pinterest board for more ideas!