A few weeks ago I remember glancing at a picture on Pinterest of jars with animals on the lids. I didn't pin it but, for whatever reason, I didn't forget about it. I figured if they weren't DIY, they definitely could be. So I picked up two plastic animals at Michael's, along with a large mason jar (I already had the small one), and some acrylic paint.
I hot-glued one animal to the top of each jar and then started painting. The animals in my inspiration picture were gold which I LOVED, however, these jars are going to live on the bookshelves in our family room, so I decided on orange and turquoise for the colors. (I'm thinking gold animal jars would look so cute in our master bathroom, maybe filled with cotton balls and Q-tips.)
Here's what the zebra jar looked like after one coat of acrylic paint.
By the looks of this, I would need 20 more coats to cover up those stripes. I quickly moved on to plan B and these jars made their way outside to get a couple coats of spray pain instead.
I had a golden, yellowy-orange color and a peacock blue color already on hand, and it seemed close enough to orange and turquiose, so I went with it. After one coat of Krylon spray paint that zebra was afraid to show it's stripes. Muuuuch better than the acrylic paint.
A few coats later, I had some pretty fun animal jars!
I just love the playfulness of them and I can't wait to fill them up with something colorful. I'm thinking gum balls, buttons or balls of yarn. But how fun would these be in a playroom or a craft room filled with art supplies? Or as a gift for someone, filled with cookie mix or candy?
P.S. I've been tweaking the bookshelves and mantle a bit since the last time I talked about them in this post on bookshelf styling, so here's a pic of what's going on with them currently...
Can you spot the animal jars hanging out on the right shelf? Ah, so fun. Have a great weekend! Pin It