(craft tutorial) back to school apple jars

by Aimee of The Elephant of Surprise for See Vanessa Craft

Even though my oldest child is only a preschooler, I LOVE the back-to-school season! Before he was born I was a teacher, so the thought of fresh supplies–sharp pencils, notebooks, a box of crayons–gets me kind of giddy. I came up with this little craft that I think is perfect to use as a teacher gift. Fill one with candy and attach a cute tag, or use it to store some of those beloved supplies! Read on for the easy tutorial.


To make these apple jars you will need a jar with a lid. I like to just recycle old food jars. You’ll also need an apple–I used those decorative filler apples you can find at craft stores. Finally, you’ll need a strong adhesive like Liquid Nails, and some red spray paint.


Step 1: Glue the apple onto the lid and let dry overnight. Step 2: Spray the entire lid with plenty of coats of spray paint. That’s it! Let it dry thoroughly before screwing it back onto the jar.


Didn’t it turn out cute? I would have adored a set of these on my desk back in the day. They’re even cute back-school decor for the home.

Aimee has two energetic little boys, and a husband in dental school. When she’s not making PB&Js or washing scrubs, she loves to throw a pretty party, create things for her kids, and make over spaces in her home (on a starving student budget!). Catch up with her on her blog The Elephant of Surprise.

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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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