Mom’s are so funny. We spend our days trying to do housework and cook meals and not scream and pull our hair out when our kids are always underfoot. We know that our normal, daily tasks are difficult to complete, so what do we do? We plan to make crafts! Smart moms. My mom’s group has planned a craft day several times and it has never panned out–and now I am kind of thankful for that. Making crafts can be a huge pain in the rear…add to that 8 or more babies and toddlers…yeah…no thanks. I applaud all of you elementary school teachers out there…you are so patient and brave. I made this craft with one baby pulling on my pant legs and stuffing pom poms in his mouth and I almost lost it.
I am making a big Easter dinner on Sunday and we are having friends over for dessert. I wanted to give each baby a little Easter gift so I did a spin off of our mom’s group craft that never happened. I have been hoarding baby food jars for months…I keep thinking to myself that they are just so handy! Other than using them for salad dressing in Trav’s lunch I have not touched them…until now!
I totally thought I invented this craft…because obviously I am that creative. But I thought I should probably search Pinterest before making such a claim. I swear to you all had never seen this done before…and I also think mine are much cuter. So just look at mine and pin mine and call it a day ok? No need to search Pinterest…
Baby food Jar with lid (preferably organic…because obviously I wouldn’t feed my baby anything else…would you?) ((just kidding, my kid literally eats every.single.thing.)) (((but you do need a baby food jar)))
Hot glue gun
These funky pipe cleaners (or felt, or craft paper)
Paint Pouncer (yeah…that name is stupid…but that is what Martha Stewart named them and you don’t question the Craft Queen)
Bobby Pin (just get one ok?)
Now, before we begin, let’s take a moment and be honest. I tried really hard to block the mess out of my photos. But, don’t be fooled. This is what my work space really looked like:
I could not find the rubbing alcohol, even though I know we have 2 bottles, so I tried to rub off the sticky part from the label with Hydrogen Peroxide…nope…doesn’t work. Plus it burns your bitten off cuticles. I also had to keep distracting Edmund…with food…so please note that you do not need a steak knife, block of cheddar, strawberries, or baby cheese poofs…unless you also have a baby, in which case get all of those things. You will not need to iron anything, or use your vacuum hose…unless your baby likes to play with the vacuum hose…int hat case keep it handy and use it to distract him! I also had a Vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic and chicken tacos for dinner…i would recommend not eating in your craft space…
1. Remove the label from the jar. You don’t have to worry about the sticky part, the paint will cover it.
2. Paint your baby food jar and the lid white.***
3. Allow the paint to dry. Use this time to play with your baby so he doesn’t feel abandoned.
4. Add a face to your jar. I kept mine simple because I have limited artsy skills.
I read an article on HelloGiggles the other day about all the great ways to use a bobby pin. This girl always has a bobby pin handy. I have millions of them and I feel like I can never find one when I need it! I dug around in my makeup bag for this one and when I couldn’t find an extra one there I just pulled it out my hair. But, the article is good…everyone loves a bobby pin…except my husband.
5. Glue on the tail. I used a hot glue gun, but I am sure other types of glue would work. The perk of using a hot glue gun is that it dries so quickly, the down side is that you are often reminded why they call it a hot glue gun.
6. Glue ears to the cap. I used these funky pipe cleaners…but I have never seen them in a craft store… so you could use a regular pipe cleaner bent into an oval, or craft paper cut into the shape of ears, or even felt. Secure the ears to the cap with your glue. Allow to dry.
7. Accessorize. I made some tiny bows out of ribbon.
8. Fill with a treat. Mine will probably be filled with poofy baby snacks, but you could fill them with jelly beans, m&ms, gumballs, etc.
So cute right? And pretty simple, perfect if you have to multi-task and don’t have a ton of time. I used things already in my craft bin slash glass jar collection. So you can improvise.
***I painted the top rim of my jar, the part that the lid screws on to. DO NOT PAINT THIS! Or else your lid will get stuck and you will try to take it off and take the ears off your bunny and then say a bad word in front of your baby.
Before I leave you I want to give a shout out to my girl Katie Meckley and thank her again for the AMAZING Easter pictures she took of our family! Edmund only gave her 2 smiles and she captured them and the the photos are just beautiful! Seriously, if you are in the DFW area and you need photos you should call her!
I hope that all of you have a wonderful Easter! I will be posting all about our dinner and amazing desserts…but probably not until Monday or Tuesday.