Back to School Mason Jars

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It’s official.  The kids are back in school.  A new year with new classes and new challenges …

 

and new teachers.

 

And wouldn’t it be nice to start off the new year with a new teacher on a positive note.  Perhaps with a little teacher appreciation gift …

 

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… in the form of some painted and distressed mason jars. Smile

 

I was inspired to make this set by a blog post I happened upon last week here.   But I embellished on her idea of a pencil-colored pencil holder for teacher.  Adding in the ruler and chalkboard jars.

 

Here’s how I made them …

 

How to Make Back to School Mason Jar Pencil Holders

 

1. Paint

I used Folk Art’s Medium Yellow for the “pencil” jar.  For the “ruler” jar, I used a 50/50 mix of Folk Art’s Honeycomb and white.

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And I used chalkboard spray paint on the “chalkboard” jar …

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2. Distress

I used sandpaper, folded into small pieces, to distress all three jars.

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3. Add Stickers

I used scrapbook stickers to add the No. 2 to the pencil jar …

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For the ruler jar, I used scrapbook stickers and a sharpie to draw the ruler lines …

 

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And to finish off I sprayed with a satin finish enamel sealer.  Like this one from Valspar.

Valspar 12 Oz. Clear Satin Spray Paint

 

4. Season Chalkboard Paint

I used chalk to season the chalkboard jar.

 

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I opted not to seal the chalkboard jar.  This way, you can still write on it with chalk.

 

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I can’t guarantee straight A’s if you give your kid’s teacher a set of these jars …

 

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but I’m pretty sure you might get a few smiles!

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P.S. Have you entered my Reader’s Choice painted mason jar giveaway yet?  Click here for more …

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Comments

  1. Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of these beauties…but some how I have the urge to hail a cab??? You ROCK the Mason Jar MJ…you really do!!!! It’s a simple as ABC or 123…YOU RULE!!!!
    hugs…

  2. Great idea! Teacher love ♥
    *hugs*deb

  3. You completely rule the Mason Jar world!!! (and drop cloth pillow world, etc., etc.) this latest creation is so perfect for back to school.

  4. These are very cute…but as a teacher of high schoolers, please fill my Mason jar with liquor.

    • I absolutely love this idea! I have two sons a freshman and a 6th grader. These teachers have NO clue what they are getting with my 6th grader expecting another like the older brother. Although they attend a Catholic school I am sure they will not turn me (liquor) down at the end of the year. I thank you and appreciate all you do for your students.

  5. These are adorable! I don’t have any kids, but I may make a set of these for my teacher mother-in-law. Thanks! 😀

  6. Fabulous! These are just about the cutest things I’ve seen, and I’m sure the teacher will love them!

  7. Cute, cute, cute! As a former teacher, I would have LOVED this! Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  8. Adorable Mason jars! I found your blog over at The Cottage Market link up : )

  9. Love these! They are so adorable! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/09/fridays-five-features-no-8.html

  10. Mackenzie says:

    Where did you get the scrapbook stickers ?

    • I picked them up at Michaels. Or it could have been Joanns. Both stores have big selections of scrapbook stickers. Linda

  11. Good information. Lucky me I came across your
    site by chance (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

  12. It really is true too…I’ve been “Spending Bucks” on this
    kid already also!



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