valentine mini mason jars…

with valentine’s day a week away i want to share a quick, creative, and let’s face it “cute” idea for using the idea-ology mini mason jars and new photo clip kit.  this kit allows you to easily convert the mason jars into a holder for mini photos like instax, gift cards, or mini works of art.  since the mini mason jars are food safe you can fill them with all types of treats, but what can be better than candy?  check out the tutorial below and imagine the possibilities for these little gifts for any occasion all year long…t!m

  • surface: mini mason jars, photo clip kit
  • trimmings: crinkle ribbon, jute string, lace
  • trinkets: loop pins, heart charms, mini keys, typed tokens, number tokens, mirrored stars, arrow adornments
  • paperie: flashcards, clippings stickers, vial labels, remnant rubs, design tape, paper stash
  • paint: distress paint/barn door, worn lipstick, picket fence
  • ink: distress ink/frayed burlap, distress spray stain/fired brick/antique linen
  • tools: scissors, mini blending tool, distress collage medium
  • dies: heartfelt/bigz, doily/thinlit, vagabond
  • misc: craft thread, wool felt, button, paint brush

step 1: since we are using this with “food”, start by washing the mini mason jars and lids – dry completely. *note: you will not need the original lids from the mini mason jars, the lids in the photo clip kit have a hole drilled for the hardware.
step 2: paint the lids and clips from the kit using distress paint and let dry for a few minutes.  once paint feels tacky, wipe with dry paper towel to remove some paint for a distressed look.  note: once distress paint dries completely it is permanent so be sure to wipe excess before it’s totally dry.
step 3: insert the screw post through the hole in the lid from the inside as shown.
step 4: slide the washer down the post.

step 5: screw on the wing nut to the threads on the bottom of the post. note: i use a small screwdriver to hold the inside screw to tighten.
step 6: fill the jar with your favorite treat and screw on the lid.
step 7: create mini artwork using your favorite papers, die cuts, and embellishments.
step 8: print mini photos (love my instax) and embellish with stickers, etc. *note: yep that’s me

step 9: it’s great to customize idea-ology trimmings using distress stain.  both the crinkle ribbon and lace are designed to be “inkable”.
step 10: create accents using your favorite trinkets.
step 11: secure your photo, artwork, or gift card to the post on the jar using the included hinge clips.
step 12: add your trimmings and accents around the jar to embellish.

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies, or click on the links below to purchase online from Simon Says Stamp with a discount of 10% off your purchase – use code: Tim958

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25 Comments to “valentine mini mason jars…”

  1. Pamela LePage says:

    I love the products. I watched two video and they were great you were demoing the paper cutter and scissors, the platform for rubber stamping.
    I have used the inks and love them.

  2. cheiron says:

    These are just the cutest! And that photo…adorable 🙂

  3. Gigi B. says:

    What a great idea. Perfect for kids birthday parties too.

  4. HeLLooooooo There Tim….OMG I have missed you…Soooo LoVe this …thank you for inspiring me and getting me in the mood to create for Valentine’s Day!!!!!

  5. Cindy says:

    These are so cute……….and how adorable is the little guy in the middle.

  6. Seriously what a cute little dude you were…the glasses, Ralphy style, are perfection! LOVE the mason jars all dolled up and filled with candy…great and fun projects and so inspiring!

  7. Ann B (aksbarchitect) says:

    Love these mini mason jars and even better with that photo clip kit! What a fun idea for a quick gift really for any occasion, but loving the look of those conversation hearts inside….wondered if that was you before I read the blog-love it! Thanks

  8. karenajo says:

    Super inspiration – love the jars and the photo !!!

  9. Lisa A says:

    Just adorable as always! I am going to make these this weekend! Cute!

  10. Sheri K says:

    This is awesome–love the idea and the photo’s are so cute!

  11. Maureen Reiss says:

    Super Cute!!! Love that pic!!!

  12. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    What a wonderful Valentines Day gift! I have a set of the jars. The photo clip is perfect as is the pic of our young Tim!

  13. Barb in kazoo says:

    Tim. You did cute, and you did it well! Love it

  14. Sa-weet! Who wouldn’t want to see that cute photo on a Valentine treat filled jar?Candy hearts are my favorite! Love that great patina on the lids. Thank you for the Valentine inspiration!

  15. Judy D. says:

    Great ideas, thanks for the fun inspiration! Judy D.

  16. Gloria L. says:

    Very, very cute!

  17. Linda Ledbetter says:

    This is a great project– cute in the best sense of the word!– and c’mon, that photo is BEYOND adorable.

  18. Rosann says:

    What a cutie … yes you too ! 🙂 <3 This is a great Valentine idea !

  19. Bonnie says:

    What an adorable way to make a sweet treat gift for a loved one!

  20. Anne R says:

    Love the jars, the painted clips and lids look beautifully ‘aged’. Great inspiration! x

  21. This has to be one of my favorites from the show! That photo!!! EEEK – how utterly cute!

  22. Mara says:

    Thanks for providing some Valentine’s inspiration! A huge shout-out to you and SSS for the coupon code! Have a great day. 🙂

  23. SusanK says:

    Perfect for Valentine’s Day and a nice treat for the recipient! Now to choose a photo and embellishments!

  24. paula says:

    okay, why didn’t I think of that? That wool heart is (of course) my favorite!

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