Desk Organizer Idea: Composition Book Mason Jar

Mason Jar Craft Ideas - Desk Organizing Idea - Composition Book Mason Jar Pencil Holder

Now, I realize this desk organizer idea for pens and pencils using a mason jar painted to look like a school composition is probably more appropriate for back to school season …


or teacher gift time.


But I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t wait. I had to share these ASAP.


I mean, teachers need to organize their desk spaces too, right? And who says you can only give teacher gifts at the end of the year?

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Or why not send your college student back to school after winter break with a stylish desk accessory to corral their pens and pencils? I’m pretty sure their study spaces could use a little organization as they enter their second semesters …


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Desk Organizer Idea: How To Make Composition Book Mason Jars

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  1. Start by painting a patch with white primer (I created a similar patch on the opposite of the jar as well). Let dry overnight.

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2. Tape off a 2″ x 1 1/4″ square of white using washi tape.

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3. Paint jar with black acrylic craft paint in matte finish. Let dry overnight.

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4. Tape off a vertical band on side of jar (to represent spine of composition notebook)

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5. Using a fan brush, gently dab on white paint.

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Keep moving the brush from side to side with each application.

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6. Remove Washi tape. Using a fine point brush, free hand thin black lines.

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And you’re done!

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So cute, right? Now you can have the best dressed desk in town!

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Hope you have a mason-jar-craft-love filled day! 🙂

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  1. I’m a teacher, so I love this. Also, I love mason jars, so your site could totally get me in trouble 😉

  2. Oh my goodness, these are absolutely delightful! I’m a teacher as well, so I’m pretty sure I need to make one of these ASAP haha. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is totally awesome! Love it! Holly 🙂

  4. Holy Moly, I LOVE this! I didn’t even know this was something I needed to do, but now I’m feeling compelled to make it.

    • LOL! I’m so glad I compelled you!!! Have fun! I think these may be my favorite mason jar craft creation to date! 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness, these are sooooo cute! Perfect easy DIY teacher gifts… and you’re right – who says teachers should only get gifts at the end of the year? They deserve them all year round!

  6. I am so doing these for the upcoming teacher appreciation. Brilliant idea!

  7. Hi! I absolutely love this idea!! My son needs to do a project about recycling and I think this will be perfect! Also a perfect gift for his teacher!! Thank you very much for sharing 😊👍🏼. I have one question. For the white parts can I use white acrylic paint?

    • You can absolutely use white acrylic paint. The only thing is there will be touch up needed when you remove the tape – the acrylic paint doesn’t adhere as well to the glass as primer does. I also used the white acrylic paint for the white composition book marbling (for lack of a better word!). Good luck! 🙂

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