• Camp Crafts: Sparkle Jars

    Wow, I am a veritable craft queen, am I not? (Don't answer that.) But I am going to for real use my mid-'90s Leo mason jar to hold work pens, like an adult, because I love it. While I may have the crafting skills of a 4-year-old, that doesn't mean I can't have fun making things. We have so many craft books here at the office that I was finally like, "I am going to bust out my very limited craft skills, y'all. It is going to be the arts and crafts tent at summer camp up in here." The above mason jars were an idea from the DIY Mason Jars book, and they were totally easy. Come, let me show you my jars. —Katie

    Craft inspiration:

    DIY Mason Jars

    This book is super cute. It has a ton of cool ideas that all use mason jars (duh), which is great because mason jars are like, $1 and super easy to find at any craft store. I chose to do these glitter jars (for storage of my treasures) because I'm a little rusty on the crafts front, and they seemed pretty foolproof. Obviously they came out amazingly. All you need is some Mod Podge, glitter, a paintbrush and a dream. To apply the glitter, you just coat a thin layer of Mod Podge on the inside of the jar and go to town dumping glitter inside! Just make sure to shake out any excess.

    Once the inner Mod Podge dries after a couple hours, you can go back in and put more Mod Podge on top of the glitter to seal everything up. Then you'll be able to throw change, flowers, barrettes, marbles, love notes, and whatever else you want in there without coating everything in glitter.

    As you can see, I also threw some temporary tattoos on these jars, just because WHY NOT! You apply them to the jar the same way you'd apply them to your body, and the best part is that they last forever. I turned Tattooed Leo Jar into a beautiful vase, but once those flowers die he is gonna be the best pen receptacle in the world.

    The book recommended putting little baby tea lights in the jars to create super fly and glittery nightlights. FUN! Now go make your own! I'm off to go make a Pacey Witter nightlight jar with this image. It's gonna be perfect.