Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Animal Jars...

I'm a little late in joining the "Animal Jar" bandwagon. I saw this idea months ago when I was visiting my son's family, and it was love at first sight. My daughter-in-law has incredible taste. Their house is a kaleidoscope of colors, textures and patterns -- and it works beautifully. She had made some of these jars and put them on a shelf in their bathroom to store Q-tips, cotton balls, and other small bathroom necessities.

When we started buying items for our latest bathroom revamp, I bought the necessary jars and animals to put on a shelf in our "new" bathroom. Then we went to the Outer Banks and I decided to do a beach-themed bathroom. These zoo animals didn't fit the part anymore, but I went ahead and made them as a house-warming present for one of my daughters who is moving into a new home the end of this month.

These jars are 9" x 4.5", 7" x 4.5", and 5" x 4.5", so I bought miniature animals that were slightly larger than the normal miniature animals. All these items were purchased at Hobby Lobby at 50% off, so it was very inexpensive. The largest jar was only $2.40 at 50% off and the smaller jars were even less!

Each jar had a brushed metal lid, so I sprayed each jar lid with a white primer and then with a flat white spray paint. I did the same to the little animals and then super glued them onto the top of the lids. Aren't they adorable? This little guy smiles at me whenever I walk by...

You could use these in the kitchen with colorful beans/popcorn/candies inside -- in an office with paperclips/scissors/etc. -- in a sewing room with buttons/ribbons/etc. -- or in a bathroom as I mentioned before. So cute and Anthropologie-ish.

I don't think I would try to open and close the lid by using the little animal as a "knob" though, because in time I'm sure it would loosen from the lid -- super glue is only so strong.

I'd love some ideas of what you would use these for so I can pass that information onto my daughter. Leave a comment with your ideas!

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Jboo said...

Oh my word -- those are so adorable!! Love them and so useful too!

Bobbie said...

If they were big enough I would totally rock them as canisters in my kitchen. Just put a ribbon or some cute paper around the edge of the lid that matches your kitchen :D
very cute!!

Suzanne said...

Just get bigger glass containers (the Container Store has them) and use bigger animals. They'd look amazing.

ytxrose said...

Oh, I see them in a child's room holding markers, etc.; in a classroom holding "whatever;" and in a nursery hold swabs, cotton balls, etc. Great idea--so clever

Chris said...

Oh my goodness Suzanne!! You come up with the most interesting and fun ideas! Very cute! :) I can see those in a kids room for all their trinkets, one of our grandaughters is a animal lover to the max, she would LOVE these! :)