The Giving Season!!
But....oh my stars: what do I give?

I always forget someone.
That someone is usually the kids teachers.
(Although, most of them do ask that you make a donation in their name instead of buying/making a gift.   Really, how many #1 Teacher!!  items can one person use, right?)

A craft I did awhile back, and Left Brain's Christmas Party gave me a great idea for a Teacher's Christmas Gift this year.
Hot Cocoa Mix with Marshmallows and chocolates, tied with Candy Cane in tinted mason Jar
Who doesn't like a hot cocoa break at some point in the day?
And the jar is a great keepsake too.  
I normally store all the pens, pencils and Sharpie markers on my kitchen counter in this blue one.
I also have some that hold tea lights.

The hot cocoa mix bag I am sure you can figure out for yourself.

For a really great full tutorial on the Tinted Mason Jars, check out the blog Craftberry Bush here.

But here are the basics:
You will need: 
Clean jar
Mode Podge or White Elmers' glue
Paint Brush
Food colouring

Step 1:  Clean and dry your jars.

Step 2:  In small bowl place the glue, water, and food colour of your choice
Basic ratio is 1 tsp. of glue to 3 drops of colour, 1.5 tsp of water
(you may have to experiment with the ratio -- the more food colouring the deeper the tint.)

 Step 3:  using a paint brush coat the insides of your jars completely
(or you can use my method and just shake it all around until it covers -- but it's a bit messier, but less streaking.)

Step 4:  once inside is coated, turn the jars upside down on some wax paper/paper towel so that the rim can also be covered with the coloured glue mixture

Step 5:  turn the jar back upright, and allow to dry.  This could take several hours.


Step 6:   After coating entire jar, let air dry for 30 minutes and preheat oven on warm, or to about 200 degrees
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, then a layer of wax paper.
Place the jars Upside Down on the tray and "bake" for about 30 minutes.
Then turn the jars Upside Right and continue baking for about another 30 minutes.

If there are streaks on a jar - put it back in the oven, for 10 minute intervals.
(you may find some streaks don't disappear at all.)

Once done to your satisfaction, let cool and then PRESTO! 
A fancy jar you'll be tempted to keep for yourself.

My completed Jars

A few things:
-- obviously you cannot put food or liquid directly in these jars!!!
-   if you choose to display flowers -- Beware - the water will eventually dissolve the glue and the colour will fade
-  HOWEVER - the good news is:  You can reuse the jar again.  Simply wash, and you are ready to go!

Do you give your children's Teacher a gift at Christmas?
I am open to other ideas -- share yours in the comment section.