Mason Jar Apothecary Jars

Happy Monday, y'all!

Have you noticed that Mason jars are everywhere right now?!  And I adore them.  They are so simple and you can dress them up however you'd like.

Last weekend while I was in Utah, I visited my amazingly talented cousin Michelle.  Everywhere I looked around her house, I was inspired by her creativity.  You just might be seeing some Michelle-inspired crafts in the next few weeks.  🙂  I saw something similar to these on her kitchen counters, so I set out to make my own!

Imagine how cute these mason jar candy jars would be at a wedding, filled with the perfect shades of gummy bears, M&M's, and other sweets!

Now on to the tut!

Mason Jar Apothecary Jars

It's midnight, and I'm dying to dig into these  YUM!

So as I was getting started, I was hoping to find some wooden candlesticks as little pedestals.  However, I couldn't find the right size.  I almost gave up until I found these little wooden finials at Hobby Lobby.

I improvised.  I realized that with a little sawing action, I would have the perfect size that I needed.  So I used gorilla glue to attach the finial bottoms to some wooden circles that I've had in my stash for way too long. 

My husband was anxious to try out his new clamps, so I obliged. 🙂 We let these dry overnight.


Next, I made the candy jar lids.  I used the top of the finial and used gorilla glue to secure them to some thinner wooden circles I also found at Hobby Lobby.  Those dried overnight, too.


Next, I gave all of the wooden pieces a good coat of black spray paint and sanded the edges a bit.


Now for the fun part!  I used E-6000 to glue the jars to the pedestals and filled up the jars with our favorite candy!  Skittles for me.  Cinnamon bears for my hubby.  I think decorating with candy is my new favorite thing!

The lids just rest on top of the jars.  You could even dress them up a bit with ribbons if you'd like!  Or mod-podge some fun scrapbook paper to the lids.

See what I mean.  I'm going to have to dig in right now.  I can almost taste the rainbow...

These little beauties are now occupying my kitchen counter.  Dangerous, eh?? I'm actually trying to cut back from straight-up chocolate.  These bright beauties must be slightly better for me than straight chocolate.  Right??

Enjoy a "sweet" week, friends!

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Book Advent: Day 17 {Polar Express Candy Trains!}

Happy weekend, my friends!

It's going to be an insane day of last-minute shopping, wrapping, and baking!  But it's all part of the magic, right?!  The countdown is on--one more week until Christmas!  The beautiful part about our Christmas book advent is that we are creating new family traditions.  I know for a fact that we will keep adding to our "Gingerbread Man" day each Christmas.  And I believe this book will continue making a special appearance also:
I don't know if there is any book more magical than The Polar Express.  My favorite day of teaching was our annual Polar Express pajama party.  So I decided to start up this tradition with Little Man.
When Little Man woke up from his nap, he enjoyed this train snack.  I saw this idea originally here.  I just used graham crackers for the train, mini Oreos for wheels, and frosting to put it all together.
Mr. Oopsey Daisy dressed Little Man in pajamas while I quickly set up a train out of our kitchen chairs.  The marched down the stairs and had to present their Polar Express tickets.  After I punched them, they could sit on the "train."
Little Man absolutely LOVED the train.  It took a lot of convincing to get him off the choo-choo train!  We read The Polar Express book, followed by hot chocolate.  Then, I gave my boys one of these candy trains:
For these candy trains, I used hot glue to assemble the candies....
*I used a lifesaver package for the main body of the train.
* I used a carmel topped with Hershey kiss for top of the engine.
*I used a Reese's peanut butter cup for the back of the train.
* The wheels are those adorable Brach's taffy candies.
We finished the night by watching The Polar Express Movie.  It was a wonderful time, and I know Little Man enjoyed every minute of it!
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