Back to School Teacher Gifts ~ DIY Mason Jar Caddies

So, when Michaels contacted me to create a back to school project, I couldn’t say “Yes!” fast enough.  Back to school and crafting are already two of my favorite things ever.  But throw in a trip to an awesome craft store?  Heaven!!  And when I spotted a stack of gorgeous vintage blue mason jars at my local Michaels store, I knew that I could fill them with goodies, tuck them in a wooden crate for adorable and useful Back to School Teacher Gifts!

Back to school teacher gifts ~ DIY mason jar caddies at shakentogetherlife.com

Each crate holds four vintage blue mason jars filled with back to school essentials I found at Michaels:  markers, stamps and mini ink pads, small incentives (pencils and eraser pencil toppers) and gummy bears!  The matching plaque can be personalized with a message or a teacher’s name.

Here are the supplies I used for each mason jar caddy:

  • Unfinished wooden crate
  • 4 blue mason jars & goodies to fill them
  • Small wooden plaque
  • Wooden dowel
  • Acrylic paint & paint brushes
  • Honeycomb stencil (for the bee caddy) – found with the scrapbook supplies
  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper – cut into circles to top each mason jar

I painted the first mason jar caddy to look like a bee hive since your student is so “Glad to BEE in your class”!  I am in love with the honeycomb stencil and the sweet little bee themed scrapbook paper that tops the jars!

Glad to BEE in your class mason jar caddy back to school DIY teacher gift

I painted the caddy with acrylic paint in a warm gold shade and then stenciled the honeycomb on with a soft cream colored acrylic paint.  I used the same colors and stencil for the matching plaque, too.  I filled each mason jar, topped them with some scrapbook paper and tucked them in the caddy.  After gluing the plaque to the dowel, I added a few ribbons from my stash and tucked it into the caddy as well.  Once we know Kaleb’s teachers’ names, I’ll stencil or stamp the plaque for a personal touch.

Here is a closer look at the bee-utiful details …

Glad to BEE in your class mason jar caddy details

The second caddy is painted to look like notebook paper since this year will definitely be “Noteworthy!”

Noteworthy year mason jar caddy back to school DIY teacher gift

This caddy got a coat of white acrylic paint.  Once that was dry, I hand painted (obviously, ha ha!) blue and red lines reminiscent of classic notebook paper.  The plaque got the same treatment and a few red and blue ribbons from my stash.  I added notebook themed scrapbook paper to the top of the blue mason jars, filled them up and tucked them inside.  Notable details to follow …

Noteworthy year mason jar caddy details

And just because I am smitten with these vintage blue mason jars and  might have taken just a few extra pictures, take a peek at the fun finds from Michaels that should bring a smile on the first day of school!  (I mean gummy bears in a vintage blue mason jar?!  LOVE!)

Vintage blue mason jars hold teacher supplies & treats at shakentogetherlife.com

While we’re all a little sad to see the end of Summer, Kaleb is excited to meet his teachers in the next few weeks and deliver these back to school teacher gifts!  Do tell … do you take a little something for your children’s teachers on the first day of school?

Michaels Back to School graphic

Did you know …

  • Michaels offers a 15% discount for teachers every day. Find a store associate during your next trip to learn more.
  • If you need a large quantity of one back to school item but don’t see enough on the shelves, Michaels offers a bulk ordering program.  That means you can order as many supplies as you need and save up to 20%!
  • Don’t forget to download the Michaels app – I love it! – so that you will always have the latest deals and coupons at your fingertips!  I used mine for a coupon the day of my shopping trip – score!!

Disclosure: I was provided a Michaels gift card to purchase the supplies needed for this back to school teacher gift.  The ideas, excessive exclamation points and cheesy puns are allllll mine :)

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Comments

  1. I absolutely adore these, Keri! Too cute!!!

  2. what is the plaque thing for?

    • Hi Hannah – Once I know my son’s teachers’ names, I’ll stamp/stencil their names. You could also add a cute little phrase like, “So glad to BEE in your class” or something similar. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Wendy Hogue says:

    I absolutely LOVE these! Awesome!!

  4. What a sweet idea, I never would have thought to paint the front of those crates like paper!

  5. Any teacher would be thrilled to have these!

  6. Wow…. You did a fantastic job. I love the “notebook paper” tote! What a lucky teacher to get these awesome back to school treats!

    Stopping by today from Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too.

    Suzie

  7. This is KRAZY creative! I adore this project and your teachers will be so excited to receive such lovely and thoughtful gifts! Awesome job:)
    Kim

  8. What a fun idea! It’s so cute, and I know the teachers will love them!

  9. Happy Friday! My Friday Flash Blog linky party is live @ The Jenny Evolution – a flash mob of blogs where you share your favorite posts of the week. Hope to see you there — you may just get highlighted next week!

    Jennifer

  10. These have that special Keri touch! Awesome projects as always. What was the brand of that honeycomb stencil? I LOVE it!

    • Malia – it was a Heidi Swapp stencil – now I want to honeycomb stencil everything, ha ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. So, so cute! What adorable gifts! You did a great job!

  12. What a fun project idea, Keri!! I would love for you to link up to my Tasty Thursdays party going on right now.

    Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

  13. Krista @ the happy housie says:

    These are sooo cute! I love the lined paper one especially – how amazingly creative are you? So impressed! As a teacher, I would be over the moon to get such a cute gift!

  14. Oh my gosh, what a fantastic idea! I am definitely pinning this and will be featuring it on my Facebook page tomorrow. It would be perfect for back to school which {thankfully} I still have some time to prepare for because we don’t start until September.

  15. I love this project! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday I’m also pinning this :)

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