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Painted Animal Jars

January 13, 2015

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jars, mason, upcycle, reuse, old, animal, paint, treat, gift, craft 28I’ve been in love with those painted animal jars ever since I saw them come across my Pinterest feed – for one reason or another I never bothered to make them. I realized I had a great stash of jars and all I needed was animals and spray paint. I wasn’t really feeling spray paint so I pulled out Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, and themed a few of these guys for Valentine’s. Instead of waxing these (which would have been a pain) I am going to seal them with poly (this is my fave poly because you don’t have to sand it).

jars, mason, upcycle, reuse, old, animal, paint, treat, gift, craft 21jars, mason, upcycle, reuse, old, animal, paint, treat, gift, craft 23I used Schleich animals and it pained me dearly to paint them as they are such beautiful little toys. I used E6000 glue to adhere the little guys to the lids of the jars…you don’t want to see how awful my tube of glue looks! For brushes I used chip brushes, and can I tell you how much I love using chip brushes for Chalk Paint and milk paint? I am a huge fan of Dollar Tree’s brushes, but I use so many brushes when I paint that even a dollar is hard to justify – chip brushes are about half the cost and they work great for the Chalk Paint and milk paint!

jars, mason, upcycle, reuse, old, animal, paint, treat, gift, craft 27jars, mason, upcycle, reuse, old, animal, paint, treat, gift, craft 26These little jars would be perfect filled with a treat or even just filled with crinkle paper for a gift!

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  • Dorothy Boucher January 13, 2015 at 12:15 am

    this gives me an idea for valentines day and easter coming up :) great gift ideas also

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  • Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods January 13, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Hey friend!

    I’ve been wanting to make these little animal jars too! They are adorable!

    Pinning yours to remind myself!
    ~ Ashley

  • Virginia January 13, 2015 at 7:51 am

    So cute!

  • Sarah Nenni Daher January 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Love that you went with all white, Heather.

    We did this and gifted homemade play dough in them (totally forgot to add it to the blog – whoops)! I loved this project when I saw it, too – some things just speak to us, don’t they?

  • Sharon - Her Organized Chaos January 13, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve seen these jars and I LOVE them! I really like how you did yours in white. I think white is very classic. I signed on as a host for Totally Terrific Tuesdays and this is PERFECT to share! Hope to see you there!

    Thanks for sharing,

  • Andie Conn January 13, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I like how you used all white. Very sophisticated! (:

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Kitchen January 14, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I love it! Such beautiful jars :)

  • Chelsey January 14, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Omg, those are PRECIOUS! I love the colors you chose! Definitely pinning and stumbling this.

    Found you on The Life of Jennifer Dawn. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cher @ The Craft Alternative January 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Such a great idea! I love that you used chalk paint – I need to make some of these!

  • Jennifer Dawn January 15, 2015 at 12:09 am

    These are so cute! I love that you decided to paint them white. That’s my go to method for most decor–just paint it white. Thanks for sharing at our weekly link party!

  • Suzanne January 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Hey Heather, I absolutely LOVE these jars! You did a fantastic job and by the way, that extends to your whole blog. I am in the process of breathing new life to my blog and will be joining the favorite things blog hop later today. It is a post of the coolest things I’ve come across lately, and I wondered if I could include a picture of your jars as well as a link back to your blog for instructions and more inspiration! If this is considered “poaching”, then no worries. I completely understand…and will still visit often:)

  • Ursula Rosien January 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Just lovely! So inspired! Pinning and visiting from the weekend retreat link party ;)

  • Jess January 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Oh my! I LOVE this! So adorable!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Christie January 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

    These are so cute! I am absolutely in love, and must make my very own now! I would love it if you’d stop by and share this awesome project tonight at 10pm at the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party!

  • Carmia January 20, 2015 at 1:55 am

    How beautiful! And your photos are gorgeous too :)

    • Heather January 20, 2015 at 3:47 am

      Thank you Carmia!

  • Michal @ Life in Simple Words January 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    So cute! Oh, I think it will look great in my bathroom, or in my daughter’s room. Will have to make them too now :-) Thank you for the idea!

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    How fun. Maybe I need to do some jars for my craft supplies? Hmm….

  • Kate from Handmadesensations.blogspot.com January 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

    This is the best idea I have found during this week tour through many many blogs. Wow, you made me so inspired! My little girl will love it, thank you :-)

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    Thanks for sharing your diy at the party! Hope your having a great week and that we’ll see you at tomorrows party!

  • Kim Jones February 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    these are so precious. I have a ton of jars. I am so making these!!!!

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    Oh my word so pretty! I’ve been wanting to try this.

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    These are gorgeous! Great DIY! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

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  • Kathy Hardess September 14, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I’ve seen articles with the same type of dyi but yours look better for some reason. Probably because of the paint

    • Heather September 29, 2016 at 3:00 am

      Thank you Kathy!