When I was designing Ruby’s playroom, at the top of the priority list was organization. Not just a place for everything and everything in its place, but also accessibility for the little hands the playroom was for. I mean, what’s the point in having a playroom if you’re a half pint and can’t reach anything to play with?
Ruby loves to color, she loves stickers, she loves to draw, and I wanted her to be able to do that whenever she wanted. But I didn’t really want a bunch of cardboard boxes of crayons lying about, or a pile of crushed chalk on my carpet. I had the idea to fill jars with crayons, markers, stickers, chalk, erasers, and clothespins to hang her art. I wanted to add some color and whimsy to the room. Here is what I came up with: DIY Painted Animal Jars.
The project started with little plastic animals. I wanted the kind straight out of my childhood and found a Toob of various animals at Michael’s.
I found a larger elephant, similar to the small ones, in the Target hot spot section for $3. He had creepy red eyes, but I thought he would be so cute painted along with his miniature buddies.
Next I had to find the right jars. I liked the idea of clear glass, but then I had visions of Ruby accidentally shattering one, or bonking her head, or dropping it on her foot and needed a toddler friendly solution. I thought these white metal IKEA tins would work just fine. They come in sets of two, in different sizes.
I pulled out my collection of acrylic paints and selected a few bright, cheerful colors. I love Martha Stewart’s line of craft paints. They come the most beautiful colors.
I set up a disposable tin (lasagna pan to be exact), a paper plate for the colors, a cup for water, and a few different paint brushes. Then it was time to get painting. I found the darker, bolder colors went on better. The lighter colors just didn’t look as true, even after several coats.
Each animal took three coats to get a clean, true color. I let them dry completely in-between coats. At first the large elephant started out green, but then Jon told me he looked like a dinosaur so he turned pink. He’s the pink elephant in the room. See what I did there? Har har.
After they were all dry, I used E6000 adhesive to glue those puppies in place on the lids of each tin. Now, a tip: put a thin layer on the feet first, let it dry, then glue it down to the tin. The glue sticks better to itself than a clean surface.
The big guy now lives on top of the bookshelf, and the miniatures serves as jar handles. I think they add the perfect little pop of color and fun. I love it when a project is easy and cute. Double whammy.
Tomorrow I have a real treat for you. I’m introducing you to my upholsterer and starting a new series of tips from a pro. Seriously, so helpful.
Until then, here are a few of the current items on my wish list:
I’m dying to try every recipe in this cookbook.
This bench. In love and such a great price!
For sure if I was wearing this, my workout tomorrow would be a good one and super easy, right?