Back to School Mason Jars


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 …



… 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.


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



2. Distress

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



3. Add Stickers

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





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.




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 …



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



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



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  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!!!!

  2. Great idea! Teacher love ♥

  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)!

  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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