What you will make:
It is easy to recycle an empty jar into a wonderful container for
Valentine’s Day candies. Just add some cutouts from old Valentine’s
Day cards or leftover Valentine's Day napkins to make a decorated jar
nice enough to give as a gift. Any size jar will do, just make sure
it’s a good size for the candies you plan to put inside.
This craft project is great for family, classroom or group craft
time. Have the kids rescue glass jars from the recycling bin and collect
a batch of Valentine's Day cards from prior years.
Related crafts: For another craft that uses recycled
glass jars, see the
Snow Scene in a Jar Snow Globe
Here's what you need:
- Empty jar
- Old Valentine’s Day cards or leftover Valentine's Day napkins
- White craft glue (Elmer's, PVA)
- Paintbrush or foam brush
- Paper towels
- Rubber bands
- Clear packing tape or clear Contac® paper
- Optional: Plastic jars, small bowl for glue mixture, craft
stick or plastic spoon, decoupage sealer like Mod Podge,
acrylic spray sealer
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Valentine's Day Candy Jar
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project then gather the materials needed for making the
candy jar. Thoroughly wash an empty, clear glass jar. Gather your
Valentine's Day cards from prior years or leftover Valentine's Day
If you are doing this craft with a group, have each child bring
an empty glass jar that has been washed and dried. When doing
this craft with smaller children, use plastic jars. Have everyone
bring old Valentine's Day cards or leftover napkins and setup a box
to collect them for sharing.
- Step 2: Cut
Sort through the old Valentine’s Day cards or leftover napkins to
find pictures and text to put on the jar. Cut out your decorations
and text—you may want to leave a small margin around each
- Step 3: Glue
Glue the decorations and text to the jar. Use a white craft
glue that dries clear. Something like Elmer's Glue-All® works well.
For card cutouts, use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply a thin coat of glue on the back of each
cutout. Put the cutout on the jar and wipe any excess glue away
with a damp paper towel. Use rubber bands to hold the cutouts in
place. Let the glue dry.
For napkin cutouts, separate the printed top layer and
discard the lower sheets. Pour a little white glue into a bowl and
thin it with a bit of water (or use decoupage glue). Apply the glue
mixture to the jar and then lay the napkin cutout on the glue. Gently smooth the
surface of the cutout with the brush. Carefully wipe away excess
glue with a damp paper towel. Let the glue dry.
- Step 4: Cover Cutouts
To protect the decorations and text, cover them with clear
packing tape. Cut one or two strips of wide packing tape—just
long enough to cover the decorations. Place the tape over the
decorations and smooth it to remove air bubbles.
Tip: Instead of
tape, you can protect your decorations with two coats of decoupage
glue (a mixture of 3 parts white glue to 1 part water), clear Contac®
paper or acrylic spray sealer.
- Step 5: Fill Jar
Fill your jar with candy and screw the lid onto the jar. The jar can be carefully hand washed on the inside. Do not use a dishwasher or submerge the jar (unless you want to remove the decorations).
That's it! Your candy jar is
ready to enjoy!
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