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Easy Teacher Gift – Adorable Crayon Jars

Crayon Jar - Adorable and Simple Teacher GiftThe end of the school year is fast approaching and, if you’re like me, you’re still struggling with what to give the person who has literally filled your child’s head with amazing knowledge for the last nine months. It has to be easy. It has to be affordable – especially if there is more than one teacher. It has to be pretty quick. Maybe even something you can do with your kids.

How about making one of these super cute and simple crayon- or pencil-covered jars? Boom.Easy Teacher Gift

Crayon Jars


1 jar with smooth, vertical sides (I found mine at the Dollar Tree)

Approx. 40 crayons or 32 pencils for each jar

Glue (I recommend a quick dry glue that dries clear)

Rubber band or washi tape

Coordinating ribbon, bows and/or flowers



  1. Clean the outside of the jar with alcohol.
  2. Spread a thin layer of glue on one side at a time. (FYI – you
    can use hot glue, but the crayons melt and they tend to pop off the glass pretty easily.) If your jar is round, spread enough glue to place 8-10 crayons or pencils. Crayon Jar
  3. Place crayons or pencils on the glue and adjust to make sure they are relatively level at the bottom. They should also be side by side with no gaps. I try to face the labels the same way, too.
  4. Complete two sides or about half of the jar this way, then secure with a rubber band or washi tape (won’t stick to the paper crayon label) to dry.Caryon Jar crafting
  5. After it dries, remove the band/tape, cover the remaining sides the same way with crayons or pencils, secure again with a rubber band or washi tape, and allow to dry.
  6. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the circumference of the jar and cut to length.  Hot glue in place.
  7. Add a silk flower, ribbon, bow, wooden cutout, or whatever embellishment you like.Crayon Jar - add ribbon
  8. Fill with more crayons, pencils, candy, silk flowers, paper clips, scissors, etc. I was also able to use a round crayon-covered jar as a holder for a big bottle of hand sanitizer to sit on the teacher’s desk. The yellow pencil jars on a taller glass vase – small sunflowers look amazing in this one!

Pencil Jar DryingCrayon and pencil jars

These are really cute using random colors of crayons, but I also like to sort them and do team colors or school colors. Colors for holidays are super cute, too – think black and orange for Halloween or green and red for Christmas.

30 DIY Back to School Teacher Gifts They’ll Love!

Back to School Teacher Gifts

Yeah, don’t ask me where the summer has gone. All I know is that the kids in our district go back to school on Monday!

I remember the excitement that surrounded the first day of school when I was growing up. New clothes, new shoes, brand new crayons – and an apple for our teacher. All the kids walked or rode bikes to school when I was a kid, and it was common to see a row of little red wagons lined up against the back wall in classrooms on the first day. We had so many school supplies to bring in, it was just easier to use a wagon to carry them.  All that cuteness ended in junior high, when we’d only use a backpack and a paper grocery sack. In high school, we could only be bothered to carry a Trapper Keeper, a comb, Bonne Bell lip gloss and a Seventeen magazine.

These days, not only do kids have to bring in a mountain of new school supplies, but we always like to show our excitement and appreciation (sympathy?) with a little token for the teacher.  Sort of like “here’s my kid and I know what you have coming this year, so here’s a bunch of chocolate right up front, too. Good luck.”  *salute*

Well, if you’d like to do something extra special, I’ve gathered a list of more than 30 adorable and simple Back to School Teacher Gifts that they’ll truly love and remember!


Teacher Survival Kit

From The First Grade Parade

Cup with Drink Mixes

From Jade Mingmei Designs

Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Quickbread In A Bottle

diy giftsFrom Sunset

Crayon Monograms

Homemade teacher gifts - How to make a crayon monogram

From A Mom With a Lesson Plan

Candy Bouquet

diy giftsFrom Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Honey Brown Sugar Scrub

diy giftFrom A Pumpkin & A Princess

Back to School Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit Gift Idea... Perfect for teachers, friends and teens! #gifts

From The 36th Avenue

Personalized Glass Etched Gift

diy giftsFrom Make It and Love It

Pen Holder

From East Coast Mommy

Root Beer Float Kit

diy giftFrom I Heart Naptime

If You Give a Teacher a Cookie…

If you give a teacher a cookie back to school printable | Thirty Handmade Days

From 30 Handmade Days

Paint Dipped Kitchen Utensils

diy gifts

From Cleverly Simple

First Day of School Survival Kit

From East Coast Mommy 

Gardener’s Hand Scrub

diy giftsFrom One Good Thing

Apple Pretzel Bites

If you are looking for a very easy to make DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift or end of the year Teacher Gift try Apple Pretzel Bites - sweet, salty and delicious. Follow us for more fun gifts for Teachers.

From Two Sisters Crafting

Monogrammed Doormat

diy gifts

From Cathie Filian

Caramel Apple Dip

diy giftsFrom Event Trender

School Supply Cake

From The Butlers

Mod Podge Hangers

diy giftsFrom Long Live DIY

Mason Jar Pencil Holder


From Mason Jar Love

Cupcake Kit

diy giftsFrom Too Much Time On My Hands

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

From Caramel Potatoes

Box Of Sunshine

diy giftsFrom Happy Money Saver

Manicure and Lantern Mason Jar

Tidbits&Twine Teacher Appreciation Mason Jar Manicure Set and Light2

From Tidbits and Twine

Spa In A Jar

diy giftsFrom The Gunny Sack

Terra Cotta Apple

DIY Terra Cotta Apple

From Seven Thirty Three

Personalized Coffee Mugs

diy giftsFrom A Beautiful Mess

Back to School DIY Jars

Ice Cream Kitdiy gifts

From Mixing Bowl Kids

Vintage Ball Jar Pencil Cup

 Give You a Hand Gift

From Skip to My Lou

Hot Fudge

My most sincere thanks to all of the bloggers who have shared their creativity with all of us!  Be sure to visit their sites – I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

Do you have any cute teacher gift ideas?