Surprise a new teacher or your child with this super-easy DIY back to school gift! I made this in just 5 minutes.
Back to School Gift Idea for Teachers and Kids
This back to school gift would be a nice one to give to a teacher or your child at any time of the year!
This “apple” jar full of pencils is so easy to make and only costs a few dollars.
I don’t know about you, but we are always looking for a pencil in the house.
When you need one for homework, there isn’t one to be found.
And if you find it, it’s often not sharpened!
Anyone would appreciate this jar full of extra pencils — moms, kids, and teachers.
This would be a cute gift for your child for the new school year so he or she always has enough pencils on the desk or to hold extra pencils on your kitchen counter.
Or you could give it to a teacher – in the beginning of the year, in the middle of the school year when they run out of pencils, or at the end of the year as a thank you and in preparation for the next year.
Teachers often have to spend their own money for school supplies, so this mason jar full of sharpened pencils will always be a very welcomed gift by any teacher.
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Making this DIY gift only takes a few minutes, promise!
Back to School Gift Supplies:
- wide mouth short mason jar, preferably one that’s straight instead of more round, or repurpose a pasta sauce jar
Back to School Gift Tutorial
Cut one strip of paper as thick as the height of the mason jar top to cover the outside of the lid.
Fold the rest of the green sheet a few times and cut out leaves.
Measure the height of the mason jar — I just eyeballed it — and cut the red paper to line the inside of the mason jar.
Drop the piece of red paper into the mason jar. You could personalize it – add stickers or write the teacher’s or your child’s name on the red paper.
Then wrap the strip of green paper around the lid and secure it with tape, and tape two or three leaves to the inside of the lid with a little bit of tape. Easy!
If your mason jar has a lid that doesn’t have a removable middle then forget about using a lid and just dress up the top of the mason jar with the green strip of paper.
To make the leaves look more fancy, you could fold them to give them some creases, or take a green pencil to draw leaf veins on it.
All that’s left is to add the pencils to the jar.
If you are smarter than me, you buy already sharpened pencils — I spent 15 minutes sharpening pencils for Landon last night and decided that it’s not worth my time to pay a dollar less for unsharpened pencils.
Lesson learned :)
I gave these apple jars to all of Landon’s teacher’s at the end of the year, and they loved them.
Surprise a nice teacher to show them how much you appreciate them.
This DIY project is so easy, your kids could make them all by themselves by following this tutorial.
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