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Being the main child learning resource for most families out there they need a kudos every now and again to show we are in fact thankful for them. Instead of sending Big Bug to school with Valentine’s Day treats like my Sugar Cookie Tarts that are just bound to end up in crumbs before reaching his teacher. I figured a nice hard jar was the way to go. So many cute mason jar ideas on Pinterest (like the Wheely Happy Gift Idea) lead me to making these upcycled jars.
What You Will Need
- Tostitos glass jars
- Adhesive Remover or some good elbow grease
- Valentine’s Day paper or fabric
- Mod Podge
- Bag of Dum Dum suckers
What to Do
I don’t know about you but I think it’s a shame to throw away perfectly good glass jars. I’ve been saving them till I came across a project I wanted to use them for. With the Super Bowl not being that long ago I of course had Tostitos Dip as part of my Super Bowl party food table which left me with several glass jars.
To start, I like to run my Tostitos jars (including the label) through the dishwasher to give them a good cleaning. That stuff can get stuck in the tiniest crevasses. I’ve also found the heat from the dishwasher helps loosen the jar label. It should now peel off pretty easily only leaving behind a little adhesive.
Spray on an adhesive remover like Goof Off to remove the remaining glue and scrub away at it. I’m also sure you could manage to remove the adhesive with just a brillo brush and just some water if you prefer. I like the extra help of Goof Off though.
Trace the recently cleaned Tostitos jar lid on a piece of Valentine’s Day paper or fabric with the label facing down. I used scrapbook paper. You can either eye or use a compass to make a larger circle around the jar lid circle you just traced. You need extra paper or fabric to cover the rim of the jar. I found that a circle diameter of 4 3/4 inches is perfect to completely cover the inside and outside rim of a Tostitos jar.
Using Mod Podge glue the Tostitos jar lid (labeling facing down) onto the traced circle you first drew. This will leave an outer rim of paper (or fabric) that you will need to snip slits along the entire way of the jar lid. These slits making Mod Podging the lid easier. Going counter clockwise I Mod Podged a few strips of the paper at a time and folded them up to cover the inside and outside rim of the jar.
Once the entire jar lid is covered with paper or fabric I applied two coats of Mod Podge over the entire lid. Inside and out. I waited about 20 minutes between coats.
I did the same thing to make the inside of the jar lid prettier and to cover any left over dip stains. Trace the rim of the glass jar onto a piece of paper or fabric, cut out the circle, and Mod Podge it into the center of the jar lid. I used contrasting papers to give it a pop.
Fill with Dum Dums and tie a label to the jar with a string – and you are good to go. You could also Mod Podge the label to the jar lid or to the side of the jar if you prefer. I just wanted a little bow too.
Do you ever give your child’s teacher a gift to say thank you?
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.