Standardized testing is happening at my kids schools this week. Littlest doesn’t take any tests as a kindergartner, it just rearranges his schedule so that there aren’t kids in the hall during certain times. Youngest Twin is taking tests. And while he has been nervous many of my teacher friends are equally anxious about the testing as well. I’m thankful that Youngest Twin though feeling nervous, has also felt well prepared by his teachers. All of this to say, this week I’m extra aware about how hard teachers work for their students. And when you work hard, you deserve a treat.
I know many teachers who keep a container of pencils in their desk for students to use. I thought I’d make a fun Notebook Paper Mason Jar Pencil Holder.
White spray paint
Black fine-tipped marker or a pencil
Blue paint pen/permanent marker
Red paint pen/permanent marker
I spray painted the glass jar and let it dry. While I often spray paint the inside of glass jars, if you want to use this as a pencil holder I would recommend spray painting the outside of the jar. (Inside the jar the pencils will scratch up the paint.) Then I used the fine-tipped marker (you could also to a pencil) to plot out where the blue lines needed to go. I went over the thin black lines with thick blue lines to create the lines of the notebook paper.
Once the blue lines were dry I added the red line. I actually put a red line on either side of the jar so one is always visible. You could do one or two red lines.
Once the red lines were dry I could add in all my pencils.
A notebook paper mason jar makes an excellent pencil holder, don’t you think?
Of course you could put a multitude of things inside your jar, including a bouquet of flowers or turning it into a succulent planter. All of which would make great teacher gifts!