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