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If you have a lot of people to buy for, jars are a brilliant and affordable way to give/contain edible gifts and can be decorated in so many ways giving you loads of creative freedom.
Here is my step by step guide on how to make papier mâché Easter bunny ear jars…
Due to the drying time of papier mâché and paint, I would allow at least 4 days prior to giving the gifts.
Step 1. I used preserving jars so the first thing I had to do was super glue the centre of the lid to the frame of the lid to make sure I had a solid base to work on.
Step 2. Tear your newspaper into strips and scraps ready for the papier mâché. Then mix together 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of water until you get a glue like consistency. Try and stir out most of the lumps. If it’s a bit thick, just add a little more water.
Step 3. Dip the newspaper into the glue mixture and begin building the ears onto the jar lids. You want them to end up as smooth as possible so gradually layer the newspaper until you hopefully end up with something that looks similar to this…
Step 4. Now switch the newspaper for toilet paper as at this stage, you need something that is a little easier to mould and manipulate into a shape. Dip the tissue into the glue mixture and start padding out the back of the ears. You also want to cover the actual lid with either newspaper or toilet paper so that it blends in with the ears making it easier to paint. Once you roughly have the shape you want, pinch the ears together at the base and then leave to dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 5. Once the papier mâché has thoroughly dried, cut off any rough edges, you can also cut the ears to shape if needed. Then, mix the PVA glue with a drop of water, and using a brush, cover the ears in the glue. Leave to dry overnight.
Step 6. Once the glue has dried you should have a nice solid sculpture. You can now sand down any lumps and bumps and get the edges nice and smooth ready for painting.
Step 7. Depending on the type and colour of paint you have chosen you may need to do a couple of coats, I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in the colour Everlasting, I applied 2 coats of paint.
Step 8. Once the paint has dried thoroughly, apply one more layer of PVA glue to help prevent the paint from cracking.
Step 9. Now onto the fun part, filling the jars…I went to my local Poundland store to pick up mini eggs, easter marshmallows and Galaxy Golden Eggs, but you can fill yours with anything you like.
Step 10. Finally, putting the lids back on the jars you can finish them with a nice ribbon, string or a gift tag.
I hope you have fun making these for your friends and family. Feel free to leave any comments or feedback below. Happy Easter!!