Try this easy DIY glass painting project!Are your kids still in school? My little ones both finish tomorrow, and while I try to stay on top of things, this year I waited until the last minute to get their teachers a gift.
Thanks to a last minute creative idea, Elmer’s Painters pens and some inexpensive glassware, the day was saved. We decided to personalize a jar for my son’s teacher and mugs for my daughter’s four (yes, four!) teachers. Here’s how we did it…
We found the mugs and jar at Target. My thrifty readers will appreciate the prices—the jar was originally $5.99 and each mug was $2.99. I saved a little more with a 5% pharmacy rewards coupon and the 5% I save for using my Red card. Total output was just over $16 for a hand-made-heart-made gift for our teachers. We had the Painters on hand, but they run about $9.97.
Our first step was choosing a font and printing out a stencil. I have NO freehand drawing ability, so I figured this was the easiest (and neatest) way to go. I traced the outline for my 7 year old and let my daughter do her thing.
My son had some “clever” ideas about how to decorate his jar, but we settled on polka-dots after he saw one of his sister’s creations. We could have easily done stars or basic shapes since she’s a first grade teacher. He was very concerned about making it look “real” (as in “store-bought). I did a little research and discovered that the Painters will wash off in the dishwasher (just a heads-up if you decide to paint mugs as well).
Simple? Yes, but also absolutely from their little hearts. It was the perfect last minute gift idea and even more special since they did them by hand. I love the mugs because they can be used as decoration and drinks. The jar is perfect because she can fill it with absolutely anything and it will come in handy in the classroom. I’m sure their teachers will be pleased. What creative ideas do you have for teacher gifts? I’d love to hear about them, so leave us a comment!