Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar

Bugs are everywhere!  Lots of bugs is a sure sign that summer has arrived.  To help encourage my kids to spend some time exploring outdoors, I upcycled a peanut butter jar and turned it into a cute bug habitat.  With a few basic supplies, you and your kids can whip up an easy upcycled bug jar in no time!

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar |
I love upcycling containers and turning them into something awesome.  I have an entire stash of cans, jars, and boxes just waiting to become something new.   I often use upcycled container for storage of gifts, but this peanut butter jar was just itching to be a non-breakable bug jar.  Using patterned paper, die cuts and stickers from Pebbles Garden Party collection, I created a little scene to help the bugs feel more at home.  

 Easy Upcycled Bug Jar |
Using premade die cuts made this project extra quick, but I also fussy cut some bees to complete the scene. 

Upcycled bug jar detail |
Fussy cut clouds from patterned paper and add a flower die cut to create a sky.  I adhered the clouds and sun to the jar so the lid can be easily removed.  

Upcycled bug jar lid |
Add a piece of patterned paper to the top of the jar and use some cute alpha stickers to label the jar.  Don't forget to punch or drill some holes so the little critters can breathe.  

Upcycled bug jar cloud background |
Fish tanks have pretty backgrounds so why not bug jars?  Adhere a piece of cloud patterned paper to the back of the jar to finish the scene.  

Add texture to fringed paper |
Make a grass border by cutting fringe into strips of patterned paper with a pair of fringe scissors.  No fringe scissors?  Regular scissors will work just fine.  Add some texture to the grass by cutting into the tips of the fringe with a pair of scissors.  

Add dimension to fringed grass |
Adhere the fringed grass to the bottom of the jar and add dimension by gently folding back the tips of the grass with your finger.  

Easy Upcycled Bug Jar for Kids |
Now your little jar is finished and ready for some creepy crawly residents!  

Happy collecting!


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  1. Stinking cute - And I don't even like bugs!! This turned out really fun and cool!!


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