Craft Projects: Games Made With Mason Jars

Follow these easy instructions to make unique games and puzzles using mason jars. Included are simple directions for making an object search and ring toss.

Mason jars can be used to make surprisingly fun and creative games. These games make wonderful gifts for adults and children alike.

You can make an entertaining search game that is great for passing the time. Once friends and loved ones pick up this game, they won't be able to put it down. Everyone will have fun turning and shaking the jar to search for the hidden items. The object of the game is to find every listed item in the jar.

To make this amusing game you will need a wide-mouth pint-size Mason jar, a wide-mouth jar lid, a wide-mouth jar band, 2 cups of mixed wild birdseed, card stock, a fine-tip marker, 1/8 inch wide satin ribbon, scissors, a 6 inch square scrap of fabric, pinking sheers, a hole punch, and 20 small miscellaneous objects.

Begin by washing and drying the Mason jar. Be sure the jar is completely dry so the birdseed doesn't become moldy. Add the mixture of wild birdseed to the jar to make it ¾ of the way full. Add 20 small items of your choice to the jar, and mix them in with the birdseed. Choose items such as a colorful button, a bead, a safety pin, a paper clip, plastic figures, small fabric appliqués, and other interesting items. After all of the desired items have been added to the jar, cover it with a lid. Cut the edges of the fabric piece with pinking sheers, and center the fabric over the lid. Hold onto the edges of the fabric, and screw on the jar band.

Trim a piece of color coordinating card stock so it measures approximately 2 inches by 2 inches. Neatly print the names of all the items in the jar. Punch a hole in the top center of the paper square, and attach it to the end of a 1/8-inch wide satin ribbon. Tie the ribbon to the neck of the jar. Attach other ribbons of varying lengths to make the jar a little fancier.

Make a fun and challenging ring toss game with a pint-size Mason jar. This game is entertaining, but it can be maddening at the same time.

To make this game you will need a wide-mouth Mason jar, a wide-mouth jar lid, a wide-mouth jar band, baby oil, a plastic spring-style clothespin, strong waterproof adhesive, and eight 1 inch in diameter plastic rings. Plastic rings may be found in the plumbing section of a hardware or home improvement store. Optional supplies needed are bits of plastic glitter or confetti, a six-inch square of colorful fabric, scissors, and 1/8-inch wide satin ribbon.

Begin by washing and thoroughly drying the jar. Place a moderate amount of adhesive on the flat end of the clothespin. Carefully position the clothespin on its end in the center of the jar. Hold the clothespin in place until it's secure. Allow the adhesive to dry for several hours before continuing.

After the adhesive has dried, fill the jar a little more than ¾ of the way full with baby oil. The baby oil will allow the rings to fall slowly so you can try to catch them on the ends of the clothespin. After adding the baby oil, put the plastic rings in the jar, place the lid on top, and screw on the band.

To make a fancier jar, add bits of plastic glitter or confetti to the baby oil. You can also cover the jar lid with a scrap piece of colorful fabric. Complete the jar by tying on color coordinating satin ribbons if desired.

Have fun trying to get all of the rings on the ends of the clothespin. It's not as easy as it looks!

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