I am kind of obsessed with these unicorn mason jars that I made for this month’s Michael’s Makers Challenge! (They were inspired by the unicorn pumpkins that my daughter Lyla and I made last fall). I made these to keep on my desk as pencil holders, but they would also be perfect for other things too – like planters. From crystals to pom poms to tassels & patches, Michael’s has everything you need to bling out Back To School!
- Mason jars
- White spray paint
- Mod Podge
- Paint or liquid watercolor
- Polymer clay
- Hot glue gun
- Faux flowers
Step 1: Spray paint your mason jars white. I did two coats.
Step 2: Mix together a small amount of color with some Mod Podge in a bowl. I used liquid watercolors and it worked really well. Cover your jars in a thin coat of this colored Mod Podge and then cover it in a lot of fine glitter. (You can use a thicker glitter but the jars will be more textured). I mixed together white glitter and pastel pink/pastel blue for each of these jars.
Step 3: Let this layer dry completely and then paint on top of the glitter with another thin coat of the colored Mod Podge to keep the glitter from shedding everywhere.
Step 4: Make your eyes, ears, and unicorn horn out of polymer clay. Since you bake the clay at a pretty low temperature, you can form the clay around a glass jar and bake them together. (Note: Don’t bake your painted glass because it could melt the glitter).
Note: I love polymer clay and it’s really so simple to use (Check out this post I wrote with tips for beginners.) However I know it can be intimidating to a lot of people, so you can use other things to make the eyes, ears, and horn. You can use black paint or a paint pen to draw on the eyes, and you could use cut out cardstock for the ears and horn. You can also use model magic for the horn – it works REALLY well but you’ll have to let it dry overnight.
Step 5: Use a hot glue gun to attach the clay pieces to your jars. Then add on some flowers, and enjoy your unicorn mason jars!
Looking for even more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY projects!