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