Create pretty little jars bursting with secret love notes for your special loved one. Add lollies or candies to sweeten the gift.
Time: 30 minutes
Age: Any Age
Recycled glass jars (instant coffee jars are perfect)
PVA/ craft glue
Paint (finger/ poster paints)
Lollies/ sweets (optional)
Soak the jar to remove all labels and any sticky residue. Ensure your jar is fully dry before you start.
Using the paintbrush and glue paint hearts onto your jar. Be careful to not use too much glue as it will slide along the jar surface.
Sprinkle your image with glitter. We used red and silver glitter to keep with the Valentine's theme.
Work your way slowly around the surface of the jar. You may want to complete it in stages to ensure that each section has time to dry to prevent smudging.
You can also use the paint instead of the glue. If the paint is not layered on too thick it has a quick drying time. You can still sprinkle glitter onto the painted surface.
Use a cotton bud to clean up any messy edges or remove excess glitter.
Set your painted jar to the side to dry.
Cut or tear your paper into little strips.
Write a special love note on each strip of paper. If your little one wants to create the notes but is too small to write, have them draw little pictures instead.
Roll the strips of paper and tie off with a pretty ribbon to create little scrolls.
Once your jar is dry, fill it with the love notes and sweets or lollies to give to your loved one.
You can use any type of container with a removable lid for this project if you do not have a glass jar.
If your little one makes a mistake- no problem! Paint and glue are easy to wipe/ scratch off of the glass surface to start over.
I filled my jars with 13 love notes. Starting on 1 February, I let the kids select a special note from their jar. And on 14 February, when all the notes have been opened I fill the jar with sweet treats for my sweeties.
This craft can easily be adapted for Mother's Day, Father's Day or Christmas gifts.