Ahhh! School is back in session. Pencils are sharpened and Big and Yellow has returned at last! With the start of the school year there are also supplies to buy for the kids and to share with the class. My son’s teacher requested that each student bring in Dry Erase Markers and highlighters to be used for the classroom. Being a marker nut I was happy to oblige this request but I wanted to make a nice gift jar to put them in. I have made many of these teacher gift jars for previous teachers. I buy Dr. Seuss books like they are going out of style at the thrift store so I have them on hand when I need to make a Teacher gift jar.
These jars are easy and fun to make. Plus, Teachers love them! Make sure you fill your teacher jar up with Sharpies Teachers LOVE Sharpies!
How to make a Dr. Seuss Teacher Gift Jar
STEP 1 : Spray your Mason Jar with Stained Glass Spray paint…I used Valspar but Krylon also has a line of stained glass spray paint.
*You don’t have to use a Mason Jar for this project I just happened to be cleaning my studio when I started this project and found this Ball Mason Jar. Any jar will do really. Dig through your recycling bin or clean out your fridge and you are sure to find something suitable to use.
STEP 2: Lay your Mason Jar on a sheet of tissue paper and cut it to the size and circumference of your jar. Cover with Mod Podge and gently wrap the tissue around.
STEP 3: You will probably have a few tears. Don’t sweat it. Simply patch them up with small tissue squares. If you would prefer not to have the wrinkles you can Mod Podge the entire Jar with small tissue squares but keep in mind this will take extra time…Plus the wrinkles add a nice bit of texture To add shimmer give your mason jar a coat of Mod Podge Sparkle or if sparkles aren’t your thing add an extra coat of regular Mod Podge.
STEP 4: You can use any images you like for this part. I love Dr. Seuss so I usually go with the good Dr. To add extra details you can use paper punches to cut images. (I used a McGill Star and Marvy Small star Punch…the Book is Dr. Seuss A, B, C ). Mod Podge your images onto your mason jar.
STEP 5: This step was really fun and will make your project extra special! I found this great quote on Lesson Planet and created a tiny Chalkboard to write it on. To create the chalkboard I cut the top of a to go container, chipboard and some scrap black cardstock (Core’dinations Distress) and Die Cut with a Sizzix Stamps and Frames Die. The quote was written with white Gellyroll pen. The “eraser” was cut from a dollar store sponge and the “Chalk” is a cut up toothpick painted white.
* Poke a few holes in your finished Chalkboard so you can wire it to the Mason Jar.
STEP 6: Before this project I had yet to jump on the Washi Tape Band wagon but thanks to my friend Johnnie at Saved by Love Creations and the box of goodies she sent me…I’m now a fan! To add an extra pop of color I wrapped the top of the Mason Jar with Washi tape and sealed it with Mod Podge.
Now all you have to do is tie a ribbon around your Mason Jar and attach your Chalkboard and you are ready to give a Teacher Gift that will surely delight!
Don’t forget to fill your Teacher Gift Jar with much-needed supplies…like Sharpies, pens, pencils and any other classroom utensil you can think of!
Glad we got to write on the black board together…maybe we should go clap the erasers. What? They don’t use Chalk in schools anymore? My how times have changed…and yes I actually had a similar conversation with my son the other day about how clapping the erasers was a close second to being line leader. To this he replied “Why would you clap the erasers?’ Ha! Can’t wait till I have to explain what a pager was
Hope that your school year is off to a great start!
For more ideas on how to re-purpose glass jars into unique gifts check out these posts…