This is a combined food and craft activity that you can do with your kids on school holidays, or yourself as a gift for friends and family this Easter. These jars are ideal for gifting home made chocolates as they have an air tight seal and are easy to clean. The jar can be customized with the recipients favourite colours, textures and flavoured chocolates inside.
As someone who has long sung the praises of recycled jars, it made me laugh to see this hipster trend of ‘mason jars’ coming into fashion recently. The funny part? You can purchase a mason jar in bulk for about $1 to $2 depending on the design and the type of lid. The glass jars purchased with food in them are thrown into the garbage while said hipster toddles off to the store to buy a mason jar! Wha?? Look how beautiful these jars have turned out with just a bit of attention to get rid of their commercially branded lids?
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Preparing the Jars
Our staple ‘no time for cooking and there is nothing in the freezer’ food is a jar of pasta sauce, some vegetables and a mince of some variety. We also eat honey, jam, sauce and other items in small or unique shaped jars such as sun dried tomatoes and capsicums, mayonnaisse, mustard, chilli etc. Some jars, such as garlic or mexican taco sauce, will be really difficult to remove the smell. I generally don’t bother with these ones as chocolate absorbs smells and takes on the flavour, so you don’t want to risk it.
The process of sterilizing the jars involves bringing their temperature up high enough to kill anything that may be living inside. You can do this in an oven, in a high temperature dishwasher, or by boiling them on the stove.
Preparing the Materials
Preparing the Lids
I like to cover the inside of the jar with some paper because there can occasionally be some staining inside the lid, or just bumps and a surface that isn’t smooth. A circle of paper can add a quirky detail without stopping the lid from sealing.
- Draw a circle of hot glue on the lid of the jar, press onto a cloth or paper circle about 3cm bigger than lid.
- For paper, cut 5 slits to 1cm from lid, fold pieces in. 1 at a time, hot glue the lid edge and press paper/cloth down. Cut excess or to shape.
- For cloth, bunch or gather & glue.
- Use old wrapping paper, a tablecloth, string, greeting cards or images from mags to cover lids, add decoration & create tags.
Preparing the Tags
- Cut shapes from paper
- Print Happy Easter text on natural paper, cut arrow end
- Put glitter easter stickers from store on card, then cutout.
- Glue layers of each, or hole punch & thread onto string.
Download these Resources
- Printable easter egg designs
- Printable tag designs
We’ll teach you how to make chocolates to go inside at our Gone Chocco Easter Classes in Brisbane, Australia on the 11th to 14th April 2014.