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Mason jars are for more than just preserving food. They are great to use for crafting as well. I was able to create this simple Mason jar craft in a matter of minutes.
I have always loved crafting although I haven't done many crafts ever since I stopped scrapbooking. There are some beautiful elaborate crafts I've seen and I'm always in awe of them. My crafting style is more quick and simple. I don't have much of an attention span and I get frustrated easily. This is where Mason jar crafts come in handy.
I originally wanted to create a twist on a Valentine Glitter Votive craft I saw online, however, I had to change plans when I realized I bought the wrong size Mason jars. I improvised and created a simple personalized jar. It can be used for a variety of uses. In our home, it will be my husband's change jar.
This Mason jar personalized craft is easy and inexpensive to create.
You probably have most of the supplies needed in your home if you do a lot of crafting. I had so much fun creating this, and it was so easy, I will make sure I have the supplies on hand all the time now. This is the first Mason jar craft I've created and I will definitely be creating more.
Mason Jar personalized jar supplies:
Mason jar (I used a 4 oz jar)
Punch Out Letters
- Step 1:
I painted the jar with blue acrylic paint. I chose blue because it's my husband's favorite color. I waited an hour before coats, I used two coats of paint. Drying time varies between brands of acrylic paint you use. I used some we had in the house from an old painting set we never used.
- Step 2
I used a glue pen to adhere the silver glittered M to the jar. I used a Zig Pen. I love using a Zig Pen for crafts because it's a 2 in 1. If you glue the item down when the adhesive is wet, then it's permanent. If you wait until the glue looks dry, it's temporary. For this mason jar craft product, I glued it down when the letter was wet.
- Step 3
I applied a healthy thick coat of mod podge to the entire jar even over the letter. I let this dry for a few hours. Mod Podge is a sealer to protect your project. There are different types of mod podge. You can purchase this at your favorite craft store or of course, Amazon has it as well. I actually found 4 oz bottles at my Dollar Tree one day. I grabbed 2 jars with no crafting plans but I knew I'd need them someday.
This is a great craft to do with children because it's simple to do and since it's personalized, it doesn't matter if they mess up. The paint part could get messy but if you use some sort of mat on your work surface it will contain the mess. I think the messier children are, the more they enjoy themselves.
I mentioned this particular mason jar is for my husband's change. He saves all of his change and then turns it into the bank or coin star when he has enough. I think making this into a piggy bank of sorts with children is great. Just think of all the things you would be teaching with one simple project.
Lessons/Skills you can teach:
It's important for children to be creative and get their hands dirty so to speak. Being creative and sparking their imagination is very important.
Eye-hand coordination is important. Doing crafts is a great way to practice on that.
Fine Motor Skills
Using a paintbrush to paint the jar is using their fine motor skills. What better way to practice those skills than when creating something?
Obviously, you wouldn't apply the mod podge sealer before you apply the paint. This shows why it's important to follow directions.
I'm an adult and have problems with patience most days. Patience is practiced by learning to wait until the paint is dry before you add the second coat or the mod podge.
Pride in Creating Something
Children are more likely to take care of something if they helped to create it. Plus, they will love to show off their creation.
If you used this Mason jar craft and use it as a piggy bank like we are, you are teaching children the importance of saving money. Yes, it's easier to get the money back out with the screw on cap, you don't have to worry about breaking the piggy bank to get the money out.
Have you made a Mason jar craft before? What are some of your favorites?