Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monogrammed Can Cozies



I'm not gonna lie......my family loves an ice cold soda (me in particular). I'm not ashamed to admit it, I'm a big girl. But there is nothing I loathe more than a room temperature or even barely cool soda.....YUCK! I want it ICE cold and I want it to stay that way as long as possible. Enter the lovely foam can cozie. Let's face it, they really are down right U.G.L.Y. But I've found that you can make them a tiny bit cuter by personalizing them.




Last week at Micheals they had their cozies on sale 2 for $1. The aluminum bottles I found at The Dollar Tree. These were a huge score. I've priced aluminum water bottles elsewhere and they run anywhere from $5 to $15 a piece, which is basically highway robbery. So, I was pleased as punch with myself for stumbling onto these for a buck. They had fun bright colors back in the spring, but they sold out quick and I didn't get any. It worked out though, because my boys prefer these silver ones.






My kids always ask to use my can cozie, so I bought extra ones for them. I let them choose what font they liked for their initial and the color of the vinyl. Of course, we used the cricut to cut out the letters and dots. But you could probably use stickers too. The boys love having their very own now and it was fun having them help me. The yellow one I did with our school colors and logo and added some polka dots. I think I'll give these as happies to our teachers on the first day of school, wrapped up in a cellophane bag with cutesy ribbons and a luggage tag.



I didn't think the boys would want their names on the water bottles, but they said yes and I jumped on it. I cannot believe we are already getting ready to go back to school the first week of August. Backpacks, school supplies, water bottles, uniforms....ugggh. Didn't summer just start? We're not ready to give up our lazy pj days for the rigid schedule of school and homework just yet. And to be perfectly honest, I'm not ready to admit that I will have a middle schooler. Junior high scares me.....I am SO not ready for this. Any advice for a newbie mom of a pre-teen boy???





16 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

Love these!

Oh, and the pre teen and teen boys HATE for you to ask them questions. Figure out another way to be nosy and it will save a lot of conflict!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

They're cute!!! Oh, I so don't envy you for having to vicariously relive middle school through your son. Blech.

Carol said...

Those are so cute! Thanks for the idea and instructions. As a teacher, I would be thrilled if one of my students gave me a personalized cozie or water bottle! You are so thoughtful!

mle said...

deodorant?!
your cozies & water bottles are super cute!!

Pam Walter said...

Love the cozies, but would recommend stainless steel instead of aluminum for the water bottles -- it's safer. www.satisfiedsole.com

Angela said...

I made some of these for my bachelorette party "swag bags" last year and everyone loved them. Yours, however, are MUCH cuter than mine! :)

Jennifer said...

too cute!!! I really need a cricut!

Cara @ Whimsy Smitten said...

Love the cozies, and I feel your pain about middle school. My son will be a middle-schooler this upcoming year and I just refuse to even acknowledge that yet! I'm not ready! I always swore I would send my kids to boarding school in jr. high (kidding) -- just can't do those attitudes! Oh well, I guess what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Fabulous job!!

North of 25A said...

Great job & I love your happies idea too. Question (sorry if it is a dumb question...) what did you use to make them stick? Thanks.
Best,
Colleen

Annie said...

Love this idea! I'm going to tell my daughter, whose son is starting kindergarten this fall, to think about a gift for the teacher. So thoughtful!

As to the middle school boy.. I had girls. They are completely different animals, I now realize. I'm sure they both inflict their fair share of stress, so I would recommend this - never try to initiate a good-bye kiss, but be ready in case you get one by surprise. The rejection is very painful - save yourself the torture. Also - keep on hand a supply of poster board, because middle schoolers don't like to tell you about their projects until 20 minutes before bedtime the night before it's due. Can't tell you how many times I stood with 4 other moms at walmart at 9:00 Tuesday evening. Lastly - take none of it personal - he's stretching and occasionally he will stretch in an ugly way, but they are like rubber bands and he'll spring back into your sweet little boy again before you know it.

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

You have the best ideas! I love these...I should make one for my husband he always loses his when he goes camping.

Heidi Elmer said...

the only advice I have is keep him away from pre-teen girls!

Lorie said...

Those are so cute! But I have no advice! My boy is 9 and I am still busy pretending he isn't getting any older!!!

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Your cozies are so cute! I remember making fun of my Aunt and cousin that always came with their cozies, they looked nothing like this! Great gift idea!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Rhonda said...

Just discovered your blog and it wasn't until I saw this post that I realized you must live in the 'burg!

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