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How To Make Garden Treasure Jars

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I started making these treasure jars when my kids were little and they wanted to make some garden art of their own. Because the jars remain functional, you can hide little notes and toys inside. Use them like little time capsules or part of a treasure hunt. And, of course, the covered jars look like pretty jewels in the garden.
1. Cover any used jar (keep the lid) with flat-bottom marbles (also sold as 'florist stones' or 'glass gems'). I use GE Silicone II sealant (clear, waterproof) as an adhesive.
2. Mount the lid on a post or dowel.
3. Attach the jar.
Notes and tiny treasures can be added at any time.
  • how to make garden treasure jars, crafts
This is a simple, easy craft for kids and adults.
  • how to make garden treasure jars, crafts
Any used food jars will work. Keep the lids!
  • how to make garden treasure jars, crafts
You want to cover the jar with flat-bottom marbles using silicone sealant as an adhesive. Work from the bottom up so each row supports the next one.
  • how to make garden treasure jars, crafts
Attach the jar lid to a post or dowel using a wood screw.
  • how to make garden treasure jars, crafts
But first hide a wish and tiny toys inside for a surprise later.
  • how to make garden treasure jars, crafts
Check the jars every now and then. You never know when you might find a treasure!

To see more: http://www.empressofdirt.net/gardentreasurejars/

  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    on Apr 22, 2013

    This would be cool to put on the outside of the mason jar solar lights that @Lovedecor made. I was going to just put a handful into the jar but this would look so pretty at night.

  • House Of Hawthornes
    House Of Hawthornes Columbus, OH
    on Apr 22, 2013

    I have an extra bags of those gems in my craft room. I might just have to break out the glue this afternoon!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 22, 2013

    Ooh - sparkly garden decor. LOVE!

  • Empress of Dirt - Melissa
    Empress of Dirt - Melissa Canada
    on Apr 22, 2013

    @House Of Hawthornes Yes, I think it's a garden bling kind of day.

  • Keeping With The Times
    Keeping With The Times Canada
    on Apr 22, 2013

    Love this! So creative!

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