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.
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!
Empress of Dirt - Melissa

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3 questions
  • Beth
    on Mar 20, 2016

    . What is that you are putting the screw into (bottom ) & how do you make the hole for the screw. I love this idea but am not to crafty. Thanks in advance.

    • Cha13484115
      on Mar 12, 2017

      I would suggest applying a dab of sealant to the flat side of the gem, then placing the gem on the jar to avoid having sealant spread all over it.

  • Sue Spach Bachtel
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Is there a way to put a light inside so it will shine at night???
    • Paula Daughtry
      on Feb 24, 2019

      Yes. Use a little glue to hold the solar light near the top and use translucent stones. I've used old light fixtures and they worked well until I went overboard with darker stones. I love experimenting with my lights in warm weather. Namaste. Lol

  • Lonni
    on Jan 24, 2018

    Ideas of how to put a LED light in the lid and to where to sun can reach it?
    • Allyson Cain
      on Aug 6, 2018

      Cut a hole in lid and place solar light,$1 at walmart but you will have to place it right side up fir solar to energize.

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  • Dodie Singer
    on Jul 25, 2017

    This something I can't wait to make, especially with my grand kids they will love it. Great idea and not so complicated that is what is best.
    Very pretty and so simple to work on, thank you.
  • Reenaroc
    on Sep 3, 2017

    Very, Very Cool Idea!! TY
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