How to Make Crayon-Covered Jars for Party Favors & Gifts

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.

Crayon Covered Jars Can Be Used as Gifts, Party Favors, or Table Decorations for a Number of Occasions
Crayon Covered Jars Can Be Used as Gifts, Party Favors, or Table Decorations for a Number of Occasions | Source

These colorful, decorative jars make wonderful teacher appreciation gifts, party favors, or table decorations for a variety of occasions and events. Easy to assembly, they are also a great way to repurpose and recycle old jars!

Ideas for Using Crayon Covered Jars

These handy jars can be used for:

  • an art activity at a children's party or family event
  • party favors and/or table decorations for a child's birthday party, baby shower, art event, or school fundraiser
  • a charming gift for a teacher, tutor, camp counselor, or babysitter
  • a handy pen holder for craft fairs or art exhibitions
  • a bright pick-me-up for anyone and everyone!

These crayon covered jars can be filled with flowers, candy, or art supplies to make the perfect gift or decoration.
These crayon covered jars can be filled with flowers, candy, or art supplies to make the perfect gift or decoration. | Source

Ideas for Filling and Displaying Crayon Covered Jars

These colorful jars are great for holding a variety of things, and can be filled or topped off with whatever you choose. Some ideas to design and complete your gift or table decoration:

  • fresh flowers in water or a pretty arrangement of artificial flowers
  • individually wrapped candy like colorful life savers or lollipops
  • a small, desk-sized plant like an African violet, some ivy, or a succulent
  • school or art supplies such as pens, markers, pencils, and paint brushes

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Basic Materials for Making a Crayon Covered Jar

  • clean, empty jars - these can be plastic or glass and of any size. Mason jars, jam jars, and condiment jars are all good choices
  • crayons - how many you need depends on the colors you choose and the size (circumference) of your jar
  • double stick tape or hot glue, depending on how you want to attach your crayons (see below)
  • ribbon for tying bows
  • (optional) fabric or decorative paper for wrapping around your jar
  • items to fill your completed jar

Helpful Hints:

  • it's best to buy new crayons with unused tips and clean labels for this project
  • when buying your crayons, look inside the box to make sure none of the crayons are broken or have lost their tips
  • how many crayons you need will depend on the size of your jar. I used about 30 to cover a relish jar, and about 40 to cover a spagetti sauce container

How to Remove Labels from Your Jars

Soak your jars to remove the labels
Soak your jars to remove the labels | Source

You want to be sure that your jars are washed and clean before beginning this project. You do not need to remove the labels from your jars, but it does make a nicer presentation. There are some easy ways to remove the paper labels from most jars.

1. Soak in a pan of water with your label completely covered. Most paper labels will come off completely if left overnight, or you can scratch them off after they've soften in the water

2. If #1 doesn't work or leaves behind some remnants, run the jar through your dishwasher. This usually removes any bits of the paper.

3. For stubborn labels, take a cotton swab doused with a product like Goo Gone and rub it over the label until the paper comes off, then wash your jar completely.

If your jar has a silk-screened label or some other type of label on it, you can always just cover it up with decorative fabric or paper.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Box of Crayons

These jars can use a lot of crayons, particularly if you are covering many jars for table decorations or a special event. To use the crayons in your box most efficiently, you may want to choose and group your crayons by color family. By grouping your crayons, you can use all your pastel crayons on one jar, and all your bold colors on another. Some sample color groupings are:

Pastel Crayon Color Grouping
Pastel Crayon Color Grouping | Source
Bold Color Grouping
Bold Color Grouping | Source
Fall Color Grouping
Fall Color Grouping | Source

How to Make a Crayon Covered Jar

There are a couple of ways to assembly your crayon covered jars. If you want to be able to use the crayons off of your jars, for instance as a child's art activity or for party favors, I would use double-stick tape as your adhesive. The crayons will peel off your jars with only minimal, if any, damage to their paper wrapping.

If You Want to Be Able to Remove Your Crayons

You can use double-stick tape to adhere crayons to jars
You can use double-stick tape to adhere crayons to jars | Source

1. Wrap two lines of double-stick tape around your jar. One line should be close to the top of where your crayons will line up on the jar surface, and the other should be towards the bottom.

If you jar has any high edges that will connect with your crayons, by sure to put tape over these areas so your crayons will stick to the high points.

2. You may also need to add loops of tape to the center area of your jar's surface if your crayons are not sticking with just the wraps of tape.

3. When your tape is in place, start placing your chosen crayon colors in a line along the side of your jar. I would suggest lining them up so the labels all face in the same direction. I had the crayola logo show on each of my crayons, but you could also line them up so each color's name is showing.

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4. Once your crayons are in place, I would recommend placing an elastic around your crayons on your jar and leaving it for several hours. This will ensure a firm bond between the tape and crayons.

5. Finish by tying a bow either at the top of your jar, or around the center of your container. If you choose to tie your ribbon in the center, you can leave your elastic in place and put the ribbon over it.

If You Want to Make Your Jar More Colorful and Decorative

You can add fabric or decorative paper to your crayon covered jar
You can add fabric or decorative paper to your crayon covered jar | Source

If you want to add more color to your jar, or if you want it to match your event décor, you can add a background to your crayon covered jar. This is also a great way to cover up your label if you are unable to remove it. You can use a number of materials as a background on your jars including:

  • wide ribbon or lace trim
  • fabric or burlap
  • decorative paper
  • paper or crocheted doilies

However, this process will involve hot gluing your crayons to your background.

Adding a Background Material to Your Crayon Covered Jar

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1. Cut your background material to the height and width you need to wrap your jar. If you are using fabric, you may want to use pinking shears to cut it. If you are using a paper product, you may want to use decorative-edged scissors to give a pretty trim to your background material.

2. Use either hot glue or tacky glue to adhere your background material to your jar. Then let your container dry completely.

3. Working with just a couple of crayons at a time, glue them to your background material using a thin line of hot glue placed just in the center. If you are using a paper product as your background material, you may be able to use double stick tape as shown above.

4. When your crayons are in place and your glue is dry, complete your jar with a bow or any finishing touch you choose. Then fill and enjoy!

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      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        10 months ago from USA

        Hi Glenda- so glad your grandchildren will enjoy this project! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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        Glenda Hyde 

        10 months ago

        This is AWESOME ! Thanks so much for sharing . Grandkids will love making these . They visit every 2 weeks and always wanting to do crafts .GOD BLESS & MERRY CHRISTMAS

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        11 months ago from USA

        Hi Lisa - So glad that this project has inspired you to make something special for your grandson's teachers. Special needs teachers really put in a lot of extra attention and effort. I'm sure they will appreciate your gifts and gratitude! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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        Lisa Barnes 

        11 months ago

        I’m making baskets for all my amazing special needs teachers that teach my grandson. I can’t wait to make this one for him main teacher who gives so much of herself to her students. What a great idea.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        19 months ago from USA

        Yes, Selene, you can use pretty much any size jar to make these crayon-covered gifts. It's great for using lots of jars from your recycle bin. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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        selene 

        19 months ago

        this is a nice idea when you have a jar of any size

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Thanks, pstraubie48! They are a fun project to make (and use!) for any age. I have mine on my desk holding colored pencils right now. It's so cheerful and handy :) Thank so much, as always, for your comments and support. Much appreciated!

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        Patricia Scott 

        3 years ago from sunny Florida

        What a great idea. This would be fun to do with friends ..sitting around chatting and creating...

        I would have loved to have received one of these when I was teaching.

        How cute they are.

        Pinned, shared, g+ tweeted and Voted up up and away

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Thanks, torrilynn! So glad you like this idea. Thanks for your comments!

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        torrilynn 

        3 years ago

        I think the idea of decorating jars is a really fun idea and seems to be like a cool arts and craft project that you could do with your kids. thanks for the hub. Best of wishes.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Rebecca - Great to meet another crayon lover :) In retrospect, I wish I had placed these crayons with the names showing instead of the logo. Crayolas always have such wonderful names! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Thelma! I had a hard time giving a few of these away. I wanted to keep them all for myself :) Thanks so much for your comments and vote up! I appreciate it!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        How nice! I have always loved a big ol' box of crayolas, and these projects take them to a "whole nuther level."

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        Thelma Alberts 

        3 years ago from Germany

        Wow! This looks beautiful. I could even imagine to have this on my writing table. Thanks for sharing the DIY. Well done! Voted up and useful.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! I think these jars could appeal to many ages, and could be made more sophisticated by using a modern background material that suits the occasion or the recipient. Lots of options!! Thanks so much for your comments!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        3 years ago

        Love love love this! I wish my daughter was young enough to still enjoy something like this for a party favor. Another awesome craft purl3!

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        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Jackie - I never thought to buy crayons at the dollar store, but you're right - they don't need to be the best quality. I just used a coupon from my big box craft store, but your suggestion is very smart, particularly if you want to make a lot of these jars for an event or party. Thanks so much for your comments and ideas!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi RTalloni - I love your balloons idea! That would be great for any kind of celebration. Thanks for your comments and for sharing your great idea!!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Thanks, linfcor! So glad you like it :)

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        3 years ago from The Beautiful South

        How very cute this is and the Dollar Tree crayons would be great to get not needing to be great quality, huh? I have to try this it is so cute; thank you for sharing! ^+

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        RTalloni 

        3 years ago from the short journey

        Cute, cute, cute! I would go for the baby shower use hands down! A bouquets of balloons in one of these jars would make a great centerpiece. :)

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        Linda F Correa 

        3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

        Very Cute

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi craftdrawer - Yes, I think this project would be quite fun for children to make as gifts or to use for themselves. Of course, I think this is a great project for adults too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Poetryman6969 - I know I might want to use these crayons too, so I don't always permanently attach them, just in case :) Thanks for your comments and support!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        3 years ago from Chicago Area

        Another winner from the creative and crafty purl3agony! This is adorable and I think I might even have time to complete a project like this. Voted up, awesome, beautiful and sharing!

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        craftdrawer 

        3 years ago

        What a great idea! I think this would be a fun gift for a child to make for a friend!

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        poetryman6969 

        3 years ago

        I was wondering what would happen if a child wanted to use one of the crayons but I see one of your design choices takes care of that.

        I like the way you always include nice, clear photos of your craftiness. Voted up.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Peggy W - Thanks! These jars really do brighten up any event, table, or day :) I made the fall colors jar for myself and have it on my desk. It definitely makes me smile. Thanks so much for your comments, pin, tweet, share, & everything else!!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Jill - So great to hear from you! I'm excited to see your gardening hubs for this summer. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! As always, I appreciate it.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Millionaire Tips - Thanks so much! These jars were quite easy and a lot of fun to make. Thanks so much for your comments and pin!!

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        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Sally - Thank you! I actually made these for some friends when we were having a girls art & fun night. They were really cute favors to share. So glad you like them and thanks, as always, for your very sweet comments :)

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 years ago from Houston, Texas

        What a colorful presentation these crayon covered jars make. I love it! Pinning this to my crafts board, tweeting and happy to share.

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        Jill Spencer 

        3 years ago from United States

        These are really cute! And as always, your hub is beautifully done.

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        Shasta Matova 

        3 years ago from USA

        These are really cute! What a clever idea! Pinned.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        3 years ago from Norfolk

        purl3agony,

        Hello Donna,

        Those are gorgeous. This is a beautiful and a very useful hub. I will definitely use this idea when I next need a gift for some little ones. Very well done, you never disappoint.

        Sally.

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