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Safari Animal Mason Jars

Our family is growing! No, I’m not pregnant, but my two oldest daughers are BOTH expecting little ones. We are so excited we can’t stand it! As a grandmother-to-be, one of my favorite projects is nursery decorating. My middle daughter is creating a safari theme for her little one. How about an easy upcycle craft into Safari Animal Mason Jars? Perfect for storing and displaying small items, this cute DIY craft is an affordable way to add your style to your own nursery on a budget.

Four mason jars painted in coordinated colors with safari animals on the top

Safari Animal Mason Jars

How stinkin’ cute are these little safari animal jars? They are a perfect addition to this safari-themed baby nursery. Plus, with a few items you already own, you can create this mason jar craft for very little money.

This easy storage idea can be created in any color, with any size jar, and any animal you’d like. Just take a stroll through the inexpensive toy section of your local store or flea market and let’s do this.

A young woman sitting on a rug with safari animal toys and supplies for mason jar craft

Supplies Needed for this Mason Jar Craft Idea:

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If you are like me and have a closest full of craft supplies, you may already have everything on hand. Also, a great tip on finding the animals is check out the clearance section, the inexpensive toy section, flea markets and yard sales. If the toys need cleaning, soak them in hot water and Dawn detergent and scrub clean.

A newspaper on the floor with jars, lids, small toys, and glue - ready for crafting

My daughter Rachel and I have had our eyes open online, at thrift stores, and flea markets for cute ways to spruce up the baby’s room. So far I’ve scored big on a fringed basket at a local flea market and found a SWEET deal on this Moroccan patterned rug. It goes perfectly with her nursery, don’t you think?

How to Make Safari Animal Mason Jars:

  1. First, arrange a layer of newspapers or a dropcloth to protect your working surface.
  2. Then, using a small paint brush, apply a thin layer of glue to the jar ring. Press the lid inside and let dry.
  3. Next, attach an animal to the center of each lid using a generous amount of glue. Let dry completely.
  4. Move the surface outside to a well-ventilated area. Lightly paint the lids with spray paint. Dry and re-coat two or three times as needed until the animals and lids are covered. Let dry.
  5. Fill the jars with cotton balls, cotton swabs, pacifiers and other small baby nursery essentials. Top eaach with a lid and display!

If you are pregnant, you may want to have someone else work with the glue. Be sure you wear a mask and work in a well-ventilated area. If you aren’t sure, check with your doctor.

TIP: If you can find solid lids, you can skip Step 2. If you prefer, recycle clean, washed sauce and pickle jars for this craft.

Spray painting lids

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Safari Animal Mason Jars

Above is a close up picture of the jar lids. LOVE the colors that Rachel picked. The matte green finish looks great with the slate gray.

I’m working on a set for my daughter, Melody, too. She’s doing a purple and teal baby nursery and I think little Trolls would make adorable jars with all of their fun colors. I’ll post the finished result here.

Tips & Ideas for this Baby Nursery Craft:

  • Don’t have a baby nursery to decorate? No worries. You can make these with glass beads, small knobs, or any “theme” that goes with your sewing room or craft room. Perfect for storing small bobbins, safety pins and more.
  • This idea also works great in the bathroom.
  • Save yourself a step by using solid lids instead of rings and lids.
  • Hang on to those great spaghetti sauce and pickle jars for this craft.
  • Be sure to let the lids dry 100% before using them. This gives the glue time to cure and will give you the best results.
  • The animals are for decorative purposes only and should not be used to hold, carry, or twist the jars.
  • When painting, work with several light coats because this prevents drips.
  • Create this fun storage and display craft for seasonal events like Easter, Christmas and more by attaching cute bunnies, elves and more. Too cute!
  • Teachers, this is great for storing paper clips, push pins, and more. Make with wooden letters or apples on top to match your classroom vibe.
Need a cute and affordable way to add a little pizzazz to your baby's nursery on a budget?? These Safari Animal Mason jars are cute and functional.#masonjars #safarianimals #babynurseryideas

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Jars with decorated animal lids

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