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Painted Star Jar

Painted Star Jar
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Melissa Allen
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Our magical star jar was first created to help ease night-time nervousness for my little ones. (We just added a battery-operated tea light and used the jar as a nightlight.) However, the jars were so fun to make that we have made several more. We use these whimsical jars for candles and gifts. They work well to hold treats for teachers and even as a storage jar in our art room.

How We Did It

Painted Star Jar
We used an acrylic paint that was made for glass on our jar, but any paint will work if you are not looking for a very permanent paint. Foam stars are ideal for easy removal. We used what we had and they worked fine too.
Painted Star Jar

Grayson got to placing the stars all over the jar. He liked deciding the placement of each and every one.

Painted Star Jar

Once the stars were in place, Grayson painted over the entire jar (stickers and all).

Painted Star Jar

We let it set for a few minutes and while the paint was still wet, we pulled off each star. Grayson (age two) needed help pulling his stars off, but my five-year-old could easily do this step.

Painted Star Jar

Once the stars were all removed, we let the jar dry and enjoyed the whimsical look of our star jar just as it was. When we added a battery-operated tea light later on, it became such a beautiful luminary for the kids' room.


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I love this project! What kind of paint did you use?

posted by: Emily on 12.5.2013

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