Hello and welcome back to your favorite, little, candy blog! (There aren’t too many candy blogs out there…we think that might be a safe assumption?) Since Memorial Day is coming right up, and that means summer is here–we thought we’d have a little summer time, crafty, fun around here. Between birthday, graduation, and housewarming parties, backyard barbecues and trips to visit far away relatives–it seems like there’s always a need for a gift of some sort. From now, through the entire summer, we’ll be sharing some unique, candy craft, gift ideas on our blog. (If you’re not the creative type and/or are looking for something quicker–stop in to grab a Minnesota-made box of Abdallah chocolates, or order a gift basket online, here. You can’t go wrong with fancy chocolates. :) )
For this blog, we found our inspiration here. It’s an adorable project that is so easy to customize with favorite objects, favorite colors, and favorite candies. (We’re going to put one together for a licorice loving kid who thinks frogs are the best. :) )
Here’s what you need:
-Jar with a cover
-Small, plastic animal, bug, army man, dinosaur, flower, doll accessory, etc.
-Newspaper or large box, in a well-ventilated area. (Just someplace to do the spray painting, basically.)
-Glitter and/or, ribbon (optional)
First thing you’ll want to do is ‘score’ (scratch up) the bottom of your animal’s (or whatever you chose) feet, as well as the place their feet will be on the lid of the jar. Use your sand paper, or a scissors to do this. (To see where they’ll be–you can dab a bit of water on the bottom of their feet and then set them on top of the jar. When you remove the animals, the place where the wet mark is, is where the feet will go.) No. You don’t HAVE to do this; however, it will make the animals stick better. Then, do the glue and let it dry. (Waiting is the hardest part of any project for me. Usually, I mess up all the projects by trying to go to fast. Patience. Patience.)
Then, it’s time to paint. (Love this part. :) ) If you have a one-piece lid, you can just paint the entire thing. If you’re like us, and have the two piece lid–secure the part with the animal (we used a little, rolled, piece of tape on the bottom), and spray. After that, spray the ring. When they both completely dry (have patience, seriously), you can put them together.
If you are going to wrap the lid with ribbon, or decorate with glitter, you can get it all ready now, while you’re waiting for the whole drying thing to happen. Glitter could be sprinkled on when the glue is still wet, if you want. Or, just wait and do it all after it dries. (Just use some regular glue. We simply wrapped ribbon–no glue needed.)
Finally–fill the jar with the chosen treats, put the cover on that adorable gift you just created and sit back to enjoy the fruits of your labor–while snacking on any of the treats that didn’t fit. (Then, take a pic, and post it all over Facebook and Pinterest. Because, that’s what we do nowadays, right!?)