Recycle Baby Food Jars into Terrariums and Tea Kits!comments (5) April 19th, 2009
I love making terrariums, and last month I used Jenny Ryan's fantastic tutorial to create a whole herd of them in Mason jars. Then this week I started thinking about making a tiny version inside a baby food jar, and it was so much fun to do in miniature! While I had baby-food-jar crafting on my mind, I also put together a little kit for making fresh chai tea with spices and loose-leaf tea using two jars—an easy surprise gift for a friend.
These materials will make one terrarium and one chai-tea kit.
What you'll need:
- Three empty baby food jars with lids (I used two larger and one smaller)
- Paintbrush and acrylic paint in the colors of your choice
- Three large, flat-backed buttons (or any other embellishment) and glue
- Loose-leaf tea, spices (I used cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger), and a tag and ribbon for the tea kit
- Charcoal, moss and soil, and small decorations for the terrarium
1. Clean and dry each jar. If adhesive from the labels is hard to remove, try using alcohol and a scrubby sponge in addition to washing them with hot water and soap.
2. Add one layer of acrylic paint to each jar lid. Let it dry thoroughly before adding a second coat. When you are pleased with the appearance, add a layer of sealant to protect the paint and let that dry, too. (You can also spray-paint the lids or use another paint type—I used acrylic since it's nontoxic and I have a baby at home.)
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