I was inspired to make these Valentine’s Day Candy Jars right after I made these DIY Tutu Valentine’s Day Baskets. I have a huge gumball machine in my living room, and as I was refilling it, I had an a-ha moment. I spent some time at the craft store and with Pinterest, and then I set out to make these adorable Valentine’s Day candy jars.
I couldn’t be more tickled with how they turned out. Crafting is so fun!
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How you paint and decorate your Valentine’s Day candy jars is completely up to you! It wouldn’t be any fun if we all did things the same way, would it? For the sake of simplicity, my directions will follow the steps I took to make them, but you can choose your favorite paint color and any embellishments you’d like.
Have fun being creative!
How To Make Valentine’s Day Candy Jars
What you’ll need (per candy jar)
1 (4-inch) clay pot
Matching clay pot drip tray
Wooden ball (to be used as a handle, should fit on the underside of the drip tray)
Gloss spray paint or acrylic paint in color(s) of your choice
Acrylic Gloss Spray Sealer or Mod Podge Gloss formula
1 (3 1/2-inch) glass bowl (should fit on base of upside down clay pot)
E6000 permanent craft glue
Hot glue and gun
Optional: ribbon, stickers
1. Paint the clay pot, drip tray and wooden ball as desired. Let dry completely. I spray painted one set and used acrylics on the other. They both came out beautifully, so anything goes. The paint dries quickly, so if you need a second coat, go for it. (I did.)
2. Add stickers to rim of clay pot. Spray acrylic sealer or apply a coat of Mod Podge over painted portion of pot and stickers.
3. Attach the glass bowl to the base of the upside down clay pot with a very strong craft glue (I suggest E6000). It takes 72 hours to cure completely, so keep that in mind when figuring out your timeline.
Note: Do NOT use hot glue for this. It is not strong enough.
We interrupt this programming to say that it was at this point I decided to make a second Valentine’s Day candy jar. I spray-painted it red, sealed it, attached the bowl, and then embellished it a bit further (see step 4). Ok, carry on…
4. To make X’s and O’s: For the O’s I used a chapstick lid, and for the X’s I used a toothpick. Gently dip them into paint and create your design. Practice on scratch paper first! Apply the sealant or Mod Podge after the paint has dried.
5. Hot glue a cute paper straw to the middle of the candy jar lid. This will help prevent the lid from falling off. Plus it’s super cute! Tie a pretty ribbon around the base of the glass bowl too!
Now fill with your favorite Valentine’s Day chocolate (ummm, Hershey’s anyone?) and start sharing a message of love with sweet chocolate delights. I filled the Valentine candy jars with Hershey’s Kisses
These DIY Valentine’s Day candy jars would make great Valentine’s Day gifts too! It’s a wonderfully sweet way to show your friends and loved ones you care.