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I love school supplies. Who doesn’t. And I have lots of teacher friends so I’m always trying to come up with fun teacher appreciation gifts. I’ve had the idea for this school themed mason jars craft for a long time, but summer has been non-stop with pool days, vacation days, lazy days on the couch, and lots of fort building and fort cleaning up with my son. Now that I have a little time to craft, I finally had a chance to create my vision for this easy to make mason jar craft for school supplies.
Make These School Supplies Themed Mason Jar Crafts
These school themed mason jars are perfect for storing all kinds of school supplies and they also happen to make for very cute desk accessories. And when it’s time to go back to school, how adorable would these be to bring as new teacher gifts filled with supplies!
School Supply Themed Mason Jars Craft Supplies
- Mason Jars – I use these 16oz mason jars because there’s a blank side with no logo that’s perfect for decorating. If you want something NOT BREAKABLE – use these plastic mason jars instead!
- White Primer – This is my favorite primer because it’s a flat primer and paint in one.
- Acrylic Paint – I really like the thickness of Folk Art acrylic paint for painting mason jars. Another good and less expensive option are Apple Barrel acrylic paints.
- Paint Pens – If you don’t have Posca paint pens do yourself a favor and get some stat! I use them on most of my mason jar projects, as well as on rocks, wood and more. There’s also a full set of posca paint pens that has all the regular and pastel colors.
- Paint Brushes – I like both foam paint brushes and flat paint brushes for covering mason jars with acrylic paint.
- Green card stock
- Washi or painters tape
- Sealant (optional) – I often use this matte spray sealant or this gloss spray sealant depending on if I want shine or a matte finish.
How to Paint School Supplies on Mason Jars: Directions
1. Prime Your Mason Jars
Step 1: Spray your mason jars with a white, flat paint primer. Place jars mouth down on a piece of cardboard outside and spray evenly. You might need two coats of primer, but it dries very quickly.
2. Sketch School Supply Designs With Pencil on to the Mason Jars
Step 2: Sketch out the more complicated designs with a pencil. You’ll end up covering where you draw the face with paint, but I like to sketch it out so I can see the placement of everything.
3. Paint the Jars + Tips
Step 3: Paint the mason jars using acrylic paint. You might need 2-3 layers of paint depending on the thickness of the paint.
(NOTE):For any straight lines you are painting like on the pencil and calculator mason jars, you can use washi tape or painters tape. to help keep the lines straight.
For the lines on the crayon box mason jar I drew them first with a pencil and colored them in with a paint pen. It was much easier than painting since they were thin lines. I also used paint pens to color in the colored crayons on the crayon box. When working with small details on a mason jar, paint markers are key.
4. Draw the Faces With Pencil
Step 4: Lightly sketch the facial features using a pencil on each mason jar.
5. Outline With Paint Pens
Step 5: Trace over the face outlines with paint pens.
6. For the Apple Themed Mason Jar Craft – Add a Leaf
Step 6: Cut a leaf out of green card stock for the for the apple jar. Glue it onto the jar.
7. Optional – Seal the Jars
Step 7 (optional): I don’t usually seal my mason jars, they have held up beautifully in my classroom. However if you do want to use a sealant it can help protect against fading and chipping. You just need to decide if you want a matte or gloss spray sealant.
I love how these mason jars for school supplies turned out! They really would be great for teacher appreciation gifts, classroom decor, school supplies storage and back-to-school teacher gifts. Hope you are feeling inspired to make your own school themed mason jars craft now! I’d love to see what you create. Come show me on Instagram or Facebook! I love to share examples of my tutorials being made!