My daughter and I have been searching for Valentine’s Day gift ideas — not big ones, just inexpensive gifts for her teacher and friends. At Christmas, we painted some mason jars and filled them with candy, and everyone loved them. So, we decided to make these Valentine’s Hugs and Kisses candy jars to give as gifts.
It’s funny, but my kids are starting to love Pinterest as much as I do. Before, they would tease me for spending time there, but now they’re getting hooked! The little Diva and I were searching for some inspiration, and we saw some painted mason jars with heart cutouts. My daughter thought they were the cutest things ever, so she wanted to try making them.
When we made the candy jars at Christmas, we used little stickers to make holes so that the candy was visible, but this time, we wanted to have one big heart. I couldn’t find a heart sticker that was large enough, so I made my own with some Duck Tape.
Here are the supplies we used to make the candy jars:
- Mason jars from the Dollar Store
- Chalk paint
- Duck Tape or any duct tape
- Chalkboard stickers for the labels
- Paint markers
- White ribbon
- Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses candy
I found the jars at the Dollar Store, and I love that they are smooth — This makes it easier to make the cutout. I taped two strips of Duck Tape together, and then I cut out a rough heart shape and taped it onto the front of the jar. I had some Annie Sloan chalk paint on hand, so this is what we used. Of course, any brand would work. My daughter painted the entire jar, and I helped to smooth the paint out a bit.
If you look closely at the heart, you can see the line from the two strips of tape.
When the paint was dry, I peeled the heart sticker off and touched up some of the rough
We had some chalkboard labels on hand, so we found a circular label with a little heart and just placed it over the lid. I used a white paint pen to write hugs and kisses on the label.
We used a gold paint pen to add a simple border of small dots around the heart, just for some added sparkle. I added a white ribbon around the jar, filled it with candy, and this project was done!
The little Diva and I had a lot of fun with this craft, and we can’t wait to make more. I just need to go buy some more Valentine’s candy, since the leftovers mysteriously vanished — hmmm. So much for New Year’s resolutions!
Have you made any Valentine’s Day gifts yet?
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