Monday, August 20, 2012

Jewel Jar

Jewel Jar

Our Jewel Jar
How sparkly and shiny is this jewel jar?  I am in LOVE with it, so much so that it is now sitting front and center (and even sort of on a pedestal) on my teacher desk.  I've always used a jewel jar in my classroom as our whole class incentive system.  Last year's jar broke, so this was the perfect opportunity for a "Monday Made It." 

My class earns a "jewel" each time they do something well as a class.  Some examples of jewel-worthy behavior would be a good report from the music teacher, a day where no one pulls a card, everyone returning homework on time, etc.  When the jewel jar is full the students vote on a reward and celebrate.  Some of our rewards in the past have been popcorn and a movie (my personal fave), pajama party, and ice cream sundae party.  

First, you might be wondering, where did you find those gigantic, sparkly, blingy jewels?  The kids, especially the little girls, are always mesmerized by them.  Just today, another teacher's daughter was in my classroom and astonished with the "diamonds"!  I found them at Wal Mart a few years ago.  Not sure if they still sell them.  They were in the section with the glass bead vase fillers.

Next, the jar.  Again, found at Wal Mart, last week, for about $3.87.  I like that the lid is chrome, flat, and screws on. 

Have you ever heard of Pick Your Plum? It's an awesome daily deal site that offers crafty type items.  I have bought a lot of things from that site this summer and I was so glad to use some of them on this project.  So, the washi tape and the paper ribbon are both from Pick Your Plum.  They are self-adhesive, so I just stuck those babies around the outside of the jar. 

Next, the letters.  I think these came from Wal Mart too, around Easter time.  Again, self-adhesive, so I just stuck them to the jar.

Last, the jewels glued to the lid.  You guessed it, I got them at Wal Mart in the craft section.  I could not find my hot glue gun, so I had to resort to Elmers.  It worked!

Keep sparkling!


  1. I love your ABC center! What a simple and great idea! I also like your jewel jar, I'm trying something like that this year too. I just found you through the linky, great looking room!
    Hearts Flowers and Kindergarten

  2. I absolutely LOVE the jewel jar! I saw it on Pinterest and on a few Monday Made Its this summer! I am your newest follower and would love if you would check out my blog Sent From My iPad.

  3. Your jewel jar is pretty fabulous! I just found your blog through this linky party....awesome!

    I'd love it if you stopped by my new blog...go ahead and enter my giveaway before Saturday while you're there. ;)

    What Happens in First Grade

  4. I like this idea - I may be making a visit to Walmart soon :)
    Following you, Sara

  5. LOVE all the sparkles and bling!! Thanks for linking up with us!
    -Natalie (and Rachelle)

  6. This is a really cute (and quick and easy) project! I can imagine a ton of uses for it!

    Thank you for linking up!!
    Peacocks & Penguins