You know how useful jars are for storage…now what if you could make them useful and cute too? Cute enough to rival something at a big box store?
Check out what I did to make these little jars really fun with simplicity!
You too can do this with all kinds of small objects. Me, I am using miniature figurines.
Here’s some of my miniature toy collection. I’m one of those nostalgic types who keeps mementos from the past – I turned a mason jar into a “memory jar” lamp with my miniature toy collection once and so I took that approach here too.
Step One: Get some jars of assorted sizes and shapes. They can be from candles, jam or jelly, pickles, etc., just those you enjoy with a cute shape that you want to repurpose into storage containers. If they have labels on them, remove them hassle free using my method here.
Step Two-Wash the jars and respective lids too – real good before proceeding.
Step Three) Choose your objects. You can also do this with dresser pulls, lamp finials, or little bitty sculptures. I got the idea to use these little figurines representing Ancient Egypt – I think these came from Hobby Lobby.
Are you familiar with a series of miniature figurines called “Toobs”? They’re called that because they are all packaged in a long slender tube. The figurines all fit a certain theme or time period and intended for hobbyists or scale model builders. My little Egyptian collection I think came from one of these; just an idea of something that would make a good lid topper.
I don’t know if it was made for dioramas or models, or what. But there’s everything in there from pyramids to scarabs…I only need four so I do a little process of elimination to pick my favorites.
I ended up narrowing it down to this cute cat, a bird (phoenix?) King Tut, and Queen Nefertiti. The cat looks kind of skinny so I’m putting him on the slimmer jar. King Tut is a little bigger and he would look the best on that fatter jar.
Step Four) Glue your chosen objects in the center of each lid. You can use a hot glue gun or a strong waterproof type – I like these two brands the best. I like how the lids here have a sort of raised center so I know exactly where the center is.
Step Five ) When the objects finish drying choose your favorite colors to paint the lids and objects together. I will be using some of my pretty metallic DecoArt paints for this.
I primed the lids with white paint because I hate the thought of writing or graphics showing through. Get used to priming with white…sometimes it is necessary and not just for house painting 🙂
Queen Nefertiti and King Tut look like they have gold accents -wonder if I should just paint the lids only? I learned that if you want to make something look expensive paint it gold. You know what i’m talking about…
I used metallic color DecoArt to paint the lids and the little figurines. I used rose gold – that is such a pretty color, kind of midrange between bronze, copper and gold. I also used a little metallic green and red for the bird and Nefertiti’s crown-don’t know if you can tell from the picture.
Aren’t these adorable? I put jewelry in the smaller jars and hair clips in the bigger one….I kind of want them to go together since they all have the same theme going, so they will be going into the bathroom/vanity area. That part is up to you.
Let ’em dry. You can make as many of these as you want as long as your supply of jars and toys/drawer pulls/knobs lasts! It is just as productive to make 8 as 4 but at the moment I only had 4 clean empty jars ready to go.
Enjoy dressing up your bathroom, kitchen, vanity, or office with this charming jar lid topper craft idea!