How to Decorate Cookie Jars

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Cookie jars are not only a practical way to store baked goods, they can also be attractive decorative items and special personalized gifts. You can create your own cookie jars easily using just a plain glass jar from a craft store or second-hand store and a few art supplies. Let the kids help with this cookie jar decorating project the next time you're feeling crafty!

Things You'll Need

  • Clear cookie jar
  • Tissue paper in a variety of colors
  • Acrylic craft varnish or clear-drying glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Clear glass cookie jar with metal lid
  • Paper and pencil
  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters (optional)

Tissue Paper Mosaic Jar

  • Wash and dry the cookie jar thoroughly. Tear the tissue paper into small pieces of varying shapes and sizes. Use any colors you would like; choose them to match your kitchen décor or coordinate with themes such as red, white and blue for Independence Day or yellow, brown, orange and red for autumn.

  • Paint a thin layer of glue on a small area of the jar, only a couple of square inches. Cover this spot with several pieces of tissue paper, taking care to overlap the pieces a little. Cover the whole jar in tissue paper pieces until you cannot see any of the glass. Do not bother to glue down all of the corners and edges of the tissue paper at this time.

  • Cut out the letters to spell "cookies" from a color of tissue paper you have not already used on the jar. For example, cover an autumn jar in yellow, brown and orange but save the red only for the lettering so it is very legible. Glue the letters onto the jar.

  • Brush the entire jar with the varnish. Varnish will have a better shine, but clear-drying glue will work also. Take care to cover the whole jar, but do not get it goopy. Allow to set and dry.

Polymer Clay Design Jar

  • Sketch a design that you would like to recreate on your cookie jar to plan what colors of clay and how much of each color you will need. A design that is mostly 2 dimensional and that covers a large portion of the jar will be the most attractive.

  • Roll out the polymer clay and mold the clay into your desired design. Use clay shaping tools or just kitchen utensils to add details. If you have not worked with clay before, try something simple, like making a cookie out of clay or cut out shapes from the clay with cookie cutters for a clean and professional look.

  • Press the design you have made or the cut-outs from the cookie cutters onto the jar exactly as you want them positioned. Cover the jar's lid with clay also, assuming it is entirely made of metal. If any portion of it is plastic, take it off and set it aside.

  • Bake the jar in the oven according to the directions on the package from the manufacturer.

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