The apple is notoriously known to remind us of teachers. I wonder where that originated? Hmmm. Anyway, this DIY Apple Mason Jar is super easy to make and can be used to gift a zillion different things inside.

I love the summer with my kids so much. Throwing our regimen and schedule out the window and staying up late, eating extra treats and enjoying the outdoors.

But right around August 1st, my internal clock kicks in and I am begging for my kids to go back to school and get back to the regular structure that the school year provides. Anyone else like me?

back to school apple mason jar craft

Giving an Apple to the Teachers?

Well, as I am updating this post, could not go and research the connection between apples and teachers. And found it!

There is some debate about the origins of the tradition of giving an apple to a teacher. Some people believe that the practice dates back to ancient Rome, where it was believed that apples had medicinal properties and were therefore given as gifts to show appreciation or to ask for favors.

Others believe that the tradition began in the 19th century, when apples were a common and inexpensive gift that farmers could give to their children’s teachers as a way of expressing gratitude.

Today, the practice of giving an apple to a teacher is often seen as a way of thanking them for their hard work and dedication to their students. It is also a way of expressing appreciation for the important role that teachers play in shaping the lives and minds of young people.

So, yes, essentially appreciation. This Apple Mason Jar is going to be much much nicer than a simple apple though. Let’s go to it!

Supplies you Need:

How To Make the Apple Mason Jars

Step 1 – Clean the Jar

Wipe mason jar clean with an alcohol swap. This will remove any residue, dirt, grime and grease.

Step 2 – Cut out the Apple Shape

Cut an apple shape out of vinyl on your Silhouette machine. If you don’t have a Silhouette digital cutting machine you can always just cut an apple shape out of contact paper and stick it on the front of a mason jar.

I have one here below that you can download for free in pdf as well.

apple vinyl for teacher gift
Apple shape

Step 3 – Glue it to the Jar

Adhere to the front of the mason jar. Burnish (aka press really hard) the vinyl to the jar so it has no air bubbles.

apple jar mason

Step 4 – Spray it

When you use the Looking Glass spray paint it is a little different than using regular spray paint.

You spray a light coat on it. Then wait one minute, then spray another light coat.

I repeated this process for a total of 7 coats.

mason jar apple
apple mason jar

Step 5 – Drying

It dries super fast. Once dry remove the apple vinyl sticker from the front.

teachers gift mason jar
mercury glass apple mason jar

Step 6 – Fill it in

Add cherry sours or any other fun gift inside the jar.

Tie a ribbon around the rim and it is all ready to bring to school.

mason jar with apple
apple canning jar

For more mason jar crafts check out:

Spend Save Give Jars

teaching kids about money with spend save give banks

Mason Jar Lamp


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