back to school

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Having been a classroom teacher for the past 13 years, I know just how important room parents are to the classroom and especially to the teacher. I am so excited to be my son’s Kindergarten Room Mom and plan on spoiling his amazing teacher as much as I can. She is my son’s first experience in elementary school!

I wanted to give my son’s teacher and the office staff {can’t forget the office staff} a little something to brighten their first week back to school. Candy, of any kind, is always a huge hit in the staff lounge and office in the school where I teach. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with M & M’s!

I went to Home Goods and purchased two glass jars with screw top lids. I then measured the diameter of the lids and created a chalkboard label in Photoshop.  I love fonts and over the years have created quite a collection of them thanks to If you haven’t check out yet, you are missing out. They have tons of fonts and they are all free!  For this particular label, I used the fonts “sketch block,” “learning curve” and “bergmont.” Once I was done creating the label, I exported it to my Silhouette machine, loaded a full sheet label into my printer, printed the label, and then digitally cut it using my Silhouette.

I then created a label to hang around the jar using Silhouette’s software program.  For this label I used “artistamp”  and “billabong” fonts also free from Once I had the label finished, I printed them on kraft paper and then digitally cut it using my Silhouette.

Last, I filled the jars with M & M’s, secured the tag around the jar using jute twine, and I was done.  A simple gift that is sure to make those receiving it smile…or so I hope!



  1. Roxanne Stellmacher 3 September, 2013 5:14 pm

    Just darling! You’re so creative and talented, Leslie. Love these.


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