Here is our latest summer themed apothecary jars and mantle and can I just say I LOVE these colors!
The sea shells in the apothecary jars were found at Ross for around $5- I bought two bags of shells but could easily have used just one. And FYI- they are scented. I think they are intended for bathroom decor but I couldn’t resist using them on our mantle!
The “Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses” sign and pennant flag were created with the wonderful help of my mother in law who is super crafty.
And the big “T” was found at the Wood Connection in Salt Lake for just a couple bucks.
Gotta run….time to play with my daughter… Happy Teaching!
So I am a little late for those that want apothecary jar ideas for Easter, but I think these work well for spring, too! Although I put this one together myself, it would be tons of fun to have your little ones collect, dye,or paint eggs to get involved in the process. And don’t mind the garbage on the mantle. It is a wonderful collecting place for all sorts of things!
Boo and I recently created our third Dollar Store plate- this time with a St. Patrick’s Day flair! I tried making a shamrock plate, but as soon as I saw this adorable handprint leprechaun from Meet the Dubiens I was in love.
Materials for the Leprechaun:
- Orange and peach paint
- 2 brushes
- black, yellow, and green paper for hat
Materials for the plate:
- Variety of colored tissue paper cut into squares
- Glass plate from the dollar store
- mod podge/foam brush
Make the handprint leprechaun. (for complete step by step directions on making the leprechaun , head over to Meet the Dubiens
Turn the plate over (so the back is facing you). Put the leprechaun facedown on the back of the plate. Then modpodge it on until the leprechaun sticks on the plate. Don’t worry if he looks a little gluey- it won’t stay this way!
Modpodge the tissue paper squares on to the back of the plate to fill in the gaps. Be careful not to rip or tear the tissue paper during this process.
Turn the plate over and admire your work. Preferrably in front of a large window- I just love how the light shines through the paper!
And it is such a great addition to our St. Patricks Day mantle. (We just rolled up green glitter foam paper and stuck it inside our apothecary jars- simple, yet goes well with our green theme!)
We are having such a great time making these holiday handprint plates! For similar art ideas, follow our hand and footprint pinterest board.
Happy Crafting with your kids- and Happy Teaching!
I had to do a quick post on our Valentine Apothecary jars. You can read more about them here. Despite the fact that it is still the middle of January, I was antsy to decorate with hearts! And all the items I used to fill the jars was purchased at the dollar store. 🙂 I bought conversation hearts, cherry gummy hearts (YUM), and little plastic heart boxes. Oh and the ribbon was from the dollar store, too! Yay for a good deal!
I just love how they look all snuggled in my mantle nook.
|Do you see those red mailboxes on the right? They are our next family craft project- I will have to post more about that when we are done!
For more ideas on how to decorate apothecary jars, click on the pic below to go to my Pinterest board dedicated to this subject.
I love this time of year! I decorated my apothecary jars with some fun fall items- this is a wonderful way to display all those autumn treasures you and your child find on walks! I have to be honest… my items were all found at craft stores… BUT I love the thought of a happy mother/daughter harvest nature walk versus walking up and down the aisle with a screaming child at Michaels! 🙂
Decorating for the holidays is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to do. I saw THIS idea from Uncommon on Pinterest (I seriously am obsessed with this site). Once I saw this project, I fell in love!! I made a quick run to Hobby Lobby to get the materials. I grabbed some jars and letters… but needed the candlestick bases and finials. My father in law was SO kind to make some for me. The initial plan was to paint all the wood black… but after seeing the beauty of the natural wood, I changed my mind. Aren’t they BEAUTIFUL!!! He did such an incredible job and I am so thankful for his help. I just love the way they look! I painted the letters, filled the jars with candy corn, added the ribbon, and they were done! I found the cool orange glitter ribbon to hang the letters at Michaels… so sparkly!
Although you might have seen these jars around the web, here are some additional creative tips for this project (thanks again to my father in law and his wife!!).
~In order to use less candy corn, I put cans of tomato paste in the center of each jar. It’s our hidden stash of food storage :).
~I didn’t want the jar to break and then have to somehow remove broken pieces of glass glued to the candlestick base. To solve this problem, the base has grooves designed specifically to keep the jar in place without the glue. So cool!
~My husband wanted the ability to remove the finial- in case we wanted to use the jars for another project. The finials have magnet inserts so it easily will stick to the magnetic top of the hobby lobby jar. These magnetic finials have already come in handy when I attached the ribbon… I was able to place it right under the magnet! Love it!
There are two things that I love the most, however- first is the incredible service provided by my father in law, and second is that I can use these jars for every season! Pinecones or nuts in the fall, ornaments in December, red heart candy in February, plastic easter eggs in the spring…the list goes on!
I know this is completely unrelated to teaching- but I just had to share! We have had a little lesson on cavities after nibbling away at the candy corn….