I still have the little jars, that my little brother gave them to me in elementary school when we were kids, serving one purpose or another and they inspired a mini organizing project: a bobby pin jar. Like most gals (I assume) my bobby pins are in a disastrous way and have become very difficult to find and I was tired of looking at them!
- Oven bake clay
- Craft paint – 2 contrasting colors
- Plastic knife
- Felt scrap
Roll out a circle of clay that is 2 inches in diameter and 1/4″ thick. Roll out a strip of clay that is a little shorter than your bobby pins and long enough to go all the way around the 2 inch circle (too long is always better than too short). The strip should also be 1/4″ thick. Take the strip and start wrapping around the circle, gently pressing the strip into the circle. Turn the jar over and start joining the strip and circle by pushing the strip’s clay into the circle’s clay. Keep working until it’s decently smooth and flat. On the inside of the jar do the same thing. Smooth out all of the edges until you like the look and bake according to your clay’s instructions.
When your jar is finished baking and cool it’s time to paint! Use just a small amount of paint on the felt scrap and use it to “push” the paint into the clay. Once you get the entire thing painted, go back around and wipe off the excess paint. You can do one coat or you can layer it. I like painting clay this way because the paint looks like it’s part of the jar and gives craft paint a slight sheen when it would otherwise be matte. When the sides are dry you can put the last touch on – paint the top rim of the jar with a brush (for this I like full coverage). For my jar I used turquoise and gold craft paints.
Now my bobby pins are nice and organized in a tiny cute jar!