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Dinosaur Jar

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Yep – a dinosaur jar! It is very easy to make, and you can use any color you want!

Here’s how it all started….I went to my friend Emily’s house and we made these:

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She had been collecting jars for SOMETHING, so we bought some dinosaurs and superglue, and went for it! I went for black and she chose gold. I chose to use painter’s tape and just paint part of the jar lid, but she chose to paint the whole thing. After it was all finished, I decided I wished I’d done the whole thing, so I decided I’d just do another one at home. So I did!

Here’s some more details about how to do this…

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Refer to the picture above for the steps….

1. Choose your dinosaur and put super glue on the bottom of each foot! I prefer Loctite Gel Control Super Glue. I conveniently had a bag of animals that I got from my grandma a few years ago! Let it dry for a few hours. I just did it overnight. 

may 0012. Get whatever color of paint you want, and paintbrushes. I used a small and a large one so I could use the small one to get under the dinosaur and in all the crevices, and the large one for the lid part. 

3. Paint your dinosaur and lid! Let it dry for a few hours, I let it dry for a few days, simply because I forgot about it! I put it on top of a small water bottle, because I’d painted the very bottom edge of the lid as well. 

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dino 001You can tell that I kept it by the sink to dry, because it has dried water spots on it! Also, I don’t know how, but some of the paint chipped off…so I just gave it another coat! No water spots, no chips!

4. Use Mod Podge to cover the dinosaur and jar lid with a sealing coat. I used the same large and small paintbrush as before. Let it dry overnight. Again, I let it dry for a few days, simply because I got busy!

5. Put the dry, finished lid on the jar!

6. Fill it with goodness!

Here’s the first one I made, housing vitamins. 

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Here’s the second one I made, much preferred, housing Cadbury Mini Eggs. 

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Ok, let’s be honest. Both jars are filled with dinosaur eggs. 

Emily pointed that out once I showed them to her. She knows everything, and it is fabulous!

Dinosaur eggs in dinosaur jars. 

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Monkey Cupcakes

july1 086Aren’t they so cute??

If you know someone who loves monkeys, these cupcakes would be PERFECT for them!

Bonus: They are SO easy!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 24 cupcakes (any flavor)
  • chocolate icing
  • white icing (only about 1/2 cup)
  • red food coloring
  • mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • Mini Nilla Wafers
  • Nilla Wafers
  • sandwich size Ziplock bag or piping set
  • Black gel icing

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Put some red food coloring into the white icing, This will be used to create the mouth later on. 
  2. Cut the tip 1/4 off of the Nilla Wafers. If you look at my picture, I didn’t cut them in half. Just cut off about 1/4. This will be the mouth area. You will need 24 total (1 for each monkey cupcake).
  3. Cut 1/3 off of the Mini Nilla Wafers. Again, look at my picture, you don’t want them in half exactly. These will be the ears. You will need 48 total (2 for each monkey cupcake).
  4. Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate icing. 
  5. Put a Nilla Wafer on the bottom for the mouth area. 
  6. Put 2 Mini Nilla Wafers on for the ears. I don’t lay them flat on, I put the cut side in at an angle so they stick up a little bit. july1 082
  7. Use mini chocolate chips or black gel icing to make eyes on the chocolate icing. 
  8. Use the black gel icing to make 2 nostrils on the top of the Nilla Wafer
  9. july1 083Put the red icing into the Ziplock bag and cut a little bit off of the corner. Not too big!!! Or, alternatively, use a piping set. 
  10. Put various mouth designs on the monkeys! Have fun!

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Go forth and share the monkey goodness!!

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