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Pickle Jar Menagerie
writes, "Round up a few empty jars and corral some plastic critters to create artful animal storage."
Clean empty jars with lids
Little plastic animals
Large cardboard box {to use as an outdoor work surface}
Glue {we used super glue gel}
Spray paint primer
Spray paint in your favorite colors

Super glue and spray paint are ADULT ONLY supplies, to be used outside for proper ventilation. Be sure to protect your clothing, if necessary, and paint a safe distance from your house & cars. We painted in the middle of our front yard and used cardboard boxes to protect the grass. Let your child choose the animal and the paint color, but please don't let kids glue or paint with this project.

1) Glue & Allow to Dry
We used tiny drops of super glue gel on the contact points {usually the feet, but notice how your little animal sits or stands}. Carefully and firmly press the animal to the lid. Allow to dry for several minutes or even longer.

2) Prime & Allow to Dry
Using a primer can help your paint go on in an even coat. Spray your animal lid with primer according to the product directions. Be sure to get the edges of the lid. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes.

3) Paint & Allow to Dry
Pick your favorite color & carefully spray your animal lid according to the product directions. Some colors will require two coats. Allow to dry overnight.

4) Fill & Enjoy
Once your animal lid is completely dry, you can fill your jar with goodies, then stand back and admire.

More Ideas:
~ Top with your friend's favorite animal, spray in her favorite color, and fill with her favorite treats for a super special present.
~ Fill your jars with nuts & dried fruit from the grocery store bulk bins for kid friendly snacking.
~ Use these jars to contain beads, puff balls, glue sticks, and other supplies on your craft shelf.
~ With a painted pig on top and spare change in the jar, this would be a very creative take on a piggy bank. A parent could carefully cut a coin slot in the top {cut before spray painting}.

Catie Eyer
Artist, mom, and blogger at http://five-ten-fifteen.blogspot.com/


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