DIY Valentine’s Candy Jar

This post is sponsored by Apple Barrel Craft Paint. however all opinions and project ideas are my own.

DIY Valentine's Candy Jar

Back in November my son and I decided we were going to be intentional on making his teacher feel special each week for the rest of the school year. Sometimes it with a note or card, a snack, or a small DIY gift. This week we chose to give her an early Valentine’s day gift. We made her a DIY Valentine’s Candy jar. The original plan was for him to do all the painting but I had so much fun using the Apple Barrel Craft Paint ended up doing the whole project!

I even took the time to create a tutorial so you could create your own! I knew you would ask! right?!?

DIY candy jar supplies

supplies not shown above: fabric, mod podge, scrap book paper, ribbon, scissors, tape

Nancy’s teacher is recently engaged so I tried to avoid making anything with her current full initials. sS we chose to use her first initial instead!
To start you need to chose your stencil and the jar you will be using. I am using a jar form our recycle bin!

PLAID stencil
tape PLAID stencil on jar
Tape your stencil to your jar, then paint in the letter. The stencil may not lay completely flat on the jar but i call that character! it’s okay to get paint on the stencil. (when the paint is dry you can reuse it over and over!)

I then covered the rest of the jar in cute little hearts. Of course I forgot to photograph this step. I began feeling the insecurities of being a bad blogger and made another mini candy jar using the same steps to show you how I created my hearts. Again, i knew you would ask.

Apple Barrel pink paint hearts

All i did was make to lines with my brush to create the v, or heart! I love how the Apple Barrel paints are quick drying. This was helped keep my hands clean when turning the jar to cover all the sides. But don’t worry even where I did seem to paint myself it washed off easily with soap and water.

painted PLAID paint hearts

The paint is thick enough to make a solid heart but i was going for brush stroke look on this jar!
next I filled the jar with M&M’s, added a ribbon with the cutest little poem I found online. I took the multiple variations decided to meld them together and create my own. then printed it at home and attached it to a cute piece of pink card stock.

M & M valentine teacher gift

you can copy and paste my version into a word document and print it for yourself!

Green is for the inspiration you give me each day.
Blue is for your patience in showing me the way.
Orange is for your warmth and caring style.
Yellow is for the way you always make me smile.
Red is for my life that you have touched this year.
Brown is for the curiosity you helped me steer
Mrs. ,
You’re a “Magnificent” & “Marvelous” Teacher!
Thank you for being my M&M!

you are my M&M printable

Using this tutorial covered the lid with mod podge and scrap fabric.

DIY valentine's Candy jar

We have lot of left over paint begging to be used. The littles and I headed over to PLAID’s blog for some inspiration ideas. Of course that was after spending about 45 minutes browsing PLAIDS pinterest boards. No joke, there are SO MANY great ideas there.Sign up for Plaid’s weekly newsletter for tutorials and special deals ASAP!

Check out what my friends made for Valentine’s Day…

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  1. I have an 8 yr ld daughter that would love these! I told her about the you’re the bomb valentines and she loved that idea!
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  2. i love this idea its super cute it can be for anyone!(:

  3. Stephanie Jones says:

    So cute!

  4. That’s so cute and funny….I’m going to try this absolutely!

  5. Great and simple DIY!

  6. Absolutely adorable. I will have to try this at home!

  7. What a cute idea!!!

  8. such a cute idea!

  9. such a cute idea! who wouldnt love an adorable jar of candy?

  10. This is seriously a cute idea! I love the stencil use. Such a unique and creative DIY. Thanks!

  11. Love Plaid Crafts! We have so many of their paints!
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  12. absolutely love this!!! so cute!
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  13. I’m not a crafty person at all…I really really suck at it! This jar looks so pretty. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Cute! I love their paints… so versatile. I have quite the variety in my craft closet.
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  15. Really cute! Great job on the stenciling!
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  16. This is so cute Chrissy! I love Plaid crafts – so many fun ideas. Pinned! xo
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  17. this is so cute!! PS – you know you’re a true crafter when you use washi tape when others would just use masking tape!
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  18. What a cute teacher’s gift for Valentines!
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