Since Easter is a hop, skip, and jump away, we wanted to share this adorable mason jar project from DIY Mason Jars: Thirty-Five Creative Crafts and Projects for the Classic Container…and you thought you’d seen it all. This mason jar Easter basket is an easy peasy project you and the kids could make this weekend. Give them out to friends and loved ones, or use a few to decorate the table on Easter Sunday.
Check out the DIY Mason Jar Easter Basket after the jump…
You Will Need:
* Aluminum floral wire 1⁄16-inch size
* Plastic pony beads
* Needle-nosed pliers
* Wide-mouth pint jar for a gift (not shown); wide-mouth half-pint jar for display (shown)
* ½-inch wide ribbon
* Cello or shredded paper “grass”
* Candy (tiny chocolate foilwrapped eggs, jellybeans, etc.)
* Jordan almonds
* Marshmallow Peeps or chocolate bunnies
* Paper towel tube (for mailable version)
The cuteness of Marshmallow Peeps inspired this simple holiday project. Tuck these cuties in Mason jar “baskets” for a sweet hostess gift or tabletop display. You can even make a simplified version to mail to your favorite little bunny.
1. Cut a 12-inch piece of the wire. Bend it into an even U shape to make a handle. Use needle-nose pliers to make a loop at one end.
2. Thread the plastic pony beads on it until you have about an inch of the wire left. With the pliers, make a loop at this end.
3. Cut another 12-inch piece of wire and wrap it halfway around the mouth of the jar. Thread the loops of the handle onto each side of the wire so that the loops are across from each other and the handle is centered on the jar.
4. Continue wrapping the wire around the mouth of the jar and twist it together to join, as you would with a garbage tie. Trim the wire and tuck any sharp ends in toward the jar. Use your fingertips to make sure it feels smooth and no one will get scratched by jagged metal. If you need to, grab a nail file and smooth it down.
5. Cut a 12-inch length of ribbon, thread it through the handle loops, and make a bow around one side of the handle. Adjust the ribbon to cover the wire collar and
mouth of the jar.
6. For the display version (shown), fill the jar completely with cello or paper grass and top with candies, arranging them above the mouth of the jar.
Stuff the cello or paper shreds into the bottom of the jar to create an inch-thick layer and follow with another inch-thick layer of Jordan almonds. Those malted chocolate eggs or jellybeans would work too, if you can keep yourself from eating all of them. Top with a Marshmallow Peep or chocolate
bunny. If you can find carrot-shaped candies, those would look awesome in there. For the display version, fill completely with cello or paper grass and top with the candies, arranging them above the mouth of the jar.
Are your loved ones far away? Do you want to send them a quick-and-easy Easter surprise?
Grab a quart-size Mason jar and arrange a circle of Peeps facing out at the bottom. Cut a paper towel tube to fit inside the jar vertically. Place it in the center of the jar. Stuff some cello grass between the tube and the Peeps so everything stays in place. Layer an inch of Jordan almonds on top of the Peeps around the paper towel tube. Continue layering with more Peeps and Jordan almonds until you reach the top. You will have a center tube that is empty which you can fill with more treats, toys, or a letter rolled up and wrapped with a ribbon. Any child—okay, any human—would love to receive something like this! Wrap it up in crumpled paper and nestle some cello grass around it. Pack the whole thing carefully and send it to your lucky bunny. Or to me.
Excerpted from DIY Mason Jars by Melissa Averinos. Copyright © 2013 F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Interior photos and illustrations by Melissa Averinos.