Teacher Gift Mason Jar Painted

My son started school this week: and we wanted to be sure to show his teacher some love. Call him a class-pet: but I know how proud he was delivering these flowers to his teacher! See – his teacher is new to this school this year: and also new to teaching Kindergarten (Prima as we call it). So I figured his teacher could use some brightness! And what better way to spread cheer than to give flowers!Painted Mason Jar Gift

Teachers do SO much these days: I mentioned briefly in this article about how teachers spend  more than $1 Billion a year stocking their own classrooms – and they’re not just buying school supplies. In fact, three in five K-8 public school teachers say that their students regularly come to school hungry, and as a result these teachers typically spend $37/mo from their own paychecks on food for their students.

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Painted Mason Jar

Then: Paint your own Mason Jars that you have tucked away someplace: I found mine down in the basement this weekend while I was looking for a vase for my newest flowers since my last ones hadn’t died yet (Going on over a MONTH!). I decided to give the jars a coat of paint and a little bit of a rustic look:

Gather your supplies: You’ll need a Jar, Rubbing Alcohol, Cotton, Paint (I used Acrylic), Paintbrush, Decoration ribbon, Sand Paper, and a Sealer (I used a spray paint matte sealer).

How to paint Mason Jar Clean your jars with rubbing alcohol: you’ll want the paint to stick to the glass and not to the dirty/greasy fingerprints all over it! Then Paint away: I used three layers – separated by about 3-4 hours of drying time between each coat. Then I waited overnight for it to really set.  I used 120 grit sandpaper (although I really could have used something much more rough because I really had to scrub!). Then spray with your sealer – let it dry for a few hours – decorate, and you’re finished!! Painted Flower Vase Mason Jar I love the Matte Sealer – because it keeps it looking vintage instead of so shiny and bright.

I’ve also seen some people who have used a black paint for a base coat so when they scratch the other colors off – it really pops. I think it would be a good idea to do: but I didn’t try it so I can’t promise the results!

What types of Teacher Gifts have you given???

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