Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Rustic Colored Jars- Perfect Mother's Day Gifts

 

Mother's Day is approaching and I was on the lookout for easy gifts the children could make for their special ladies.  I wanted something that the children could make themselves and be useful for their parent.  I finally decided to try a new technique that I saw on facebook awhile ago.

I wish I would have pinned or bookmarked the idea.  I just remembered they showcased painted colored Mason jars with glue and paint to tint the glass.  I took this idea and simplified it by using school glue, food coloring, and a little water to create softer hues.  We rummaged through the recycle bin and came up with enough empty pickle and salsa jars. 

I gave the children a choice of making candles or vases and handed them the paint brush.  Voila!  Beautiful gifts and happy crafting children made for a productive afternoon.  Now, we just need to keep our "secret" for a few more days to surprise Mom.



To make these recycled jars, all you need is:

*  School Glue
*  Food Coloring
*  Water
*  Mason Jar or Recycled Jar
*  Paint brush



Here is how to create beautiful candles and vases for your Mothers:

Mix a small amount of glue, food coloring, and water.

Paint the outside of your jar.  It may take several coats and a little retouching as the glue dries.  THIS part can get a bit messy if you have very energetic artists!



Allow them to dry. 

We added ribbons and stickers to our jars, but I want to make some wire hangers to use outside this summer.  Could you imagine these lit up hanging above an outdoor dinner party?  Gorgeous!




What did you make for your Mother?

8 comments:

Leslie said...

Tyler had me open mine this morning before we could leave. It's beautiful. And it's sitting on my shelf here at work looking even prettier with a lit candle inside.

Plain Graces said...

I am glad you liked it! He was so excited and kept talking about his candle.

I am planning on making red, white, and blue ones for the Fourth.

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