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Back to School Mason Jar with David Tutera

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This easy to make mason jar pencil holder is perfect for a back to school teacher gift!  I used craft supplies provided to me as part of Blueprint Social from the David Tutera Casual Elegance collection to give back to school a new look.

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I was recently sent a gigantic box of fun craft supplies from the David Tutera Casual Elegance collection. Now, the Casual Elegance collection is designed and merchandised under bridal, but can be used so so much more. The possibilities are endless!  I love the combination of lace and burlap that is dominant in the collection.  When I spied three mason jars in my box, I knew I had to create something fun with those. I’ve never met a jar I didn’t like!

Since we are heading directly in to August and the back to school season, I decided to put some of the collection together to make a cute pencil jar for a teacher.  Who can pass up mason jars AND miniature chalk boards?! Not me!


  • 1 quart mason jar
  • 1 David Tutera Chalk Board Stakes
  • 1 David Tutera Lace Jar Wrap
  • 1 package David Tutera Burlap Lace
  • 1 package David Tutera Burlap Flowers
  • Paint pen, puffy paint or chalk

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Take out one chalkboard stake for each jar you are making.

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Carefully remove the stake from the chalkboard.  Just pull up gently and the stake should come off. Just toss the stake.

Back to school Pencil jar 2

Using a paint pen, puffy paint or chalk write whatever you want on the chalkboard.  The teacher’s name would be cute for a personalized gift! This is also one of those areas where I wish I had a vinyl cutting machine – writing is not my strength!  So you could also use vinyl for this.

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This is one of my favorite pieces from the collection – the lace jar wrap. It has velcro and took about 2 seconds to put on the jar!

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Fun, right? The lace instantly makes the jar feminine!

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Now, just hot glue the chalkboard to the lace on the front of the jar. The fun thing is that this will actually come right off the jar if the recipient wants to use it for something else later on.  This was pretty cute but the top needed a little something.

burlap lace

I took the burlap lace and cut a long piece in half, lengthwise.

Burlap flowers

I pulled apart the burlap flowers and glued one on to the upper corner of the chalk board. Then I twisted two more flowers around the burlap lace knot.

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This back to school pencil jar was so easy to make with the gorgeous David Tutera Casual Elegance collection! Hopefully it’s a bit of a nice change from crayons and apples for a special teacher this fall.

David Tutera Casual Elegance marries rustic charm with modern flair. Warm naturals like burlap, tin and kraft paper are updated as votive wraps, candy favor boxes and die cuts. Stripes, lace and other simple accents add an easy, sweet vintage spirit. The result is a line of beautiful wedding day accessories that coordinate with any color scheme. Casual Elegance is perfect for adding personality to your special day! Add personalized details with the look of handmade. The line is available exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Check out these other amazing craft ideas made with the David Tutera Casual Elegance line!


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  • Susan
    August 7, 2013

    How totally adorable! What a great teacher gift idea. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

    • Camille
      August 7, 2013

      Thanks for hosting a great party!

  • Home Coming
    August 6, 2013

    Such a cute idea! I might need to do something like this for my office. I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers!

  • Barb
    August 2, 2013

    So cute! I could see using other embellishments like scraps of rick rack and felt to add some texture to the flowers.

  • Heather M
    August 1, 2013

    What a great idea. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

  • Krista
    July 31, 2013

    I really love this – I am a teacher and would LOVE to get this as a gift!! I had no idea about these products – have always made my own embellishements. Will have to check them out!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Inspiration Monday Party this week! I was so excited to guest host and to get to see so many fabulous new projects and blogs! Have a great week:)

    Krista @ the happy housie

  • Ellen Christian
    July 25, 2013

    What a great back to school gift!

  • Mary
    July 24, 2013

    Super cute idea!