Jars of Love

Jars of Love

Posted 2014-01-24 by Where I Holidayfollow
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
Level: Easy

  • Recycled glass jars (instant coffee jars are perfect)
  • PVA/ craft glue
  • Glitter
  • Paint (finger/ poster paints)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Lollies/ sweets (optional)

  • Method
  • 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.

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  • Sprinkle your image with glitter. We used red and silver glitter to keep with the Valentine's theme.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Roll the strips of paper and tie off with a pretty ribbon to create little scrolls.

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  • Once your jar is dry, fill it with the love notes and sweets or lollies to give to your loved one.

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    Mom's Tips
  • 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.

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