It’s hard for me to believe, but summer vacation is just about over, and it’s time for the kids to go back to school! I’m so not ready. I love having the kids home, and it’s always bittersweet to see them off on the first day. To make the transition a little easier, I always pack a note in the kids’ lunch boxes for the first few days. Well, only the younger ones still appreciate the notes — the teens are way past that stage!
Sometimes, the kids need a little bit of extra encouragement and request the notes daily for a few weeks. Because mornings are so busy, I like to have a set of pre-made notes ready to go whenever they are needed. So, maybe that’s cutting corners, but I’d rather do that than forget to pack a note and feel bad!
This year, I want to be as organized as possible, so I made a lunchbox note jar to hold the notes.
For this project, I wanted a smooth jar — not a mason jar. It also had to have a wide mouth so that it would be easy for the kids to reach in and take a note. Hubby teases me about hoarding jars, but this habit does come in handy! I took a clean, empty salsa jar and painted it with red spray paint.
I wanted to jazz it up a little bit more, so I added some yellow ribbon around the top of the jar and applied a cute apple sticker on one side of the chalkboard label. Now, it’s all ready for school!
This was another super thrifty craft. The only thing I had to buy was a package of chalkboard labels, and I used a coupon for that. So, the next time you have an empty jar, save it if you can. After all, you never know when it will come in handy!
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