Monday, August 26, 2013

Getting Crafty | Match Jars

I saw an idea for these on Pinterest (of course) and decided it was about time I tried to execute the craft on my own. I am so pleased with the way they turned out. In addition to creatively housing matches, they would make great party favors filled with candies, fun containers for office/art room storage, or add a funky personal touch to your jewelry/makeup/vanity counter. The ideas are limitless, really. 

1. Start with the jar collection. Obviously, your intentions for your final product will determine the ones you select to save and clean. You know that frustrating, sticky, gluepapermess that remains on the glass despite your sacrificed fingernails and the fact that you worked the sponge so hard it looked from behind like you were twerking more obscenely than Miley at the VMAs? Ugh. 

I have made the most excellent discovery (read: hijacked another great idea from Pinterest)! Slather on some peanut butter and wait about 15 minutes. Then rub it off with a paper towel and clean with soap and water. So. Stinkin'. Easy.

2. Acquire some plastic animals from your children's toy box, Goodwill, the cheap aisle of the drugstore, or eBay.

3. Select your spray paint color and coat your lids and animals.

4. Superglue your dried animals to the tops of your dried jar lids. And wahlah voilĂ , you're awesome and everyone will be delighted and impressed by your artistic time-suck. Yay! Oh yeah, you'll also have some adorably fun jars to rescue your odds and ends from disarray. (Or you can choose to store matches in them--which is so necessary because they just scream, "chaos!" in those crazy boxes and books they are sold in. Good grief.) ***Because I used matches, I cut a part of the strike strip from the matchbox and tucked it snugly into the lid.***

Go make something!

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  1. Love the idea for matches! I made some last year with colorful Legos bricks randomly connected and then spray glued together before affixing them to the lid. Our happy Lego party guests went home with "goodie jars" instead of the flimsy, lame bags. BTW, I LOVE the gold gorilla!

  2. I love that idea! My girlfriend did some small salsa jars with Eiffel towers on top and candy inside for her daughter's "Madeline" themed birthday party. So cute!

  3. This is an awesome idea. I'm so stealing it!