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How To Make Garden Treasure Jars

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.
This is a simple, easy craft for kids and adults.
Any used food jars will work. Keep the lids!
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.
Attach the jar lid to a post or dowel using a wood screw.
But first hide a wish and tiny toys inside for a surprise later.
Check the jars every now and then. You never know when you might find a treasure!

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

176431 on Apr 22, 2013
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  • Marilyn Evans
    Marilyn Evans Mesa, AZ
    it would be better to place the stone on with a glue made especially for glass. Hot glue will only hold for a short time and then the stones fall off. Loctite makes a good one and it is readily available http://www.homedepot.com/p/Loctite-Glass-Glu...
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  • Eileen
    Eileen Phoenix, AZ
    I love this idea...wonder if the GE Silicone II will last in 117 F summer days in Arizona? Has anyone tried it? :-) Thanks in advance. I will try making these as gifts for my daughter and her family. She lives in Florida...where it's summer all year
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    • Carole Castle
      Carole Castle Madison, WV
      Eipmpress of Dirt - Melissa I really appreciate your gifts & talents to us who are not so gifted! These will be soooo beautiful, especially near where my dear beloved dog and cat are
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  • Elaine Swander
    Elaine Swander Peru, IN
    looks like an easy project to do when it,s cold out side.. INDIANA
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  • Nancy Chambers Hollifeld
    great project in GA, where it's freezing and so windy up here in the Mountains!!

    I've been gluing all day!!

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  • Connie
    Connie Beaverton, OR
    Spring is coming, what a great idea for hanging as tea lights in the tree by our deck with the battery operated tea lights. will last all night . Love the idea thank you.
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  • Sandra R
    Sandra R Palm Coast, FL
    This is one of my favorite projects. Our garden is so colorful all winter long.
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  • Comet
    Comet Oradell, NJ
    Bet you could also drill a hole in the top and remove the LIGHT from a string of larger size Christmas bulbs; put the BASE of the light thru the jar lid; replace on the light cord with the lid between the cord and the bulb and hang in trees on porch
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  • Shellb65
    Shellb65 Spencer, IA
    So gonna do this!! :)
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  • Marie
    Marie Galveston, TX
    Love this idea as I do a lot of things with jars. Since I like wine, I save my clear bottles and am gluing the clear flat sided marbles all over them, including the neck, and plan to insert multi colored mini Christmas lights in them....I tried a string
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  • Mimi Heck
    Mimi Heck Canal Fulton, OH
    Sea glass also looks great with the marbles gives it dimension and the tea lights or the teeny Christmas lights look great
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  • Margaret Henderson
    I going to put the not real candles in the jars ,so it will light up at night.
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  • Shirley Kalinosky
    Shirley Kalinosky Philipsburg, PA
    Great ideas here. Very impressed with all your imagination!
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