For a friend’s birthday, I wanted to give her a little something acknowledging her squirrel obsession.
To make something similar for a friend or as a party favor, decide on something to fit an obsession or theme and purchase a toy version at a craft or dollar store.
For myself I would have chosen a mermaid or something sea inspired ;)
Once I found the squirrel, I glued the figure onto a jar rescued from the recycling bin. After the glue dried, I spray painted the jar top…figure and all. I know the brown I chose isn’t a very summery choice, but I wanted to match the décor of the recipient. Chalkboard paint would have been a fun option as well -”got nuts?” could have been written right on the lid with chalk.
There are so many fun alternative ideas for this gift. I know exactly what I would have made for my son if he were still small…I would have used an army man, painted the top with olive drab, and wrote “got ammo?”, filling the jar with water balloon ‘grenades.’ Or, I could have addressed his childhood train obsession and put a train on the lid top. Of course, the contents would have to be bubble gum so I could write “got choo?” A perfect choice for a train themed party favor!
Other ideas? A shark on top with gummy fish…“got fish?” A fish on top with gummy worms… “got worms?” A baseball player with sunflower seeds…”got seeds?” …come up with some using your favorite theme or obsession.
I decided to tie the “got nuts?” message onto the jar so it could be removed, but you can use whatever you prefer. A chalkboard label on the side of the jar is a cute option. Or, even etching cream … etch the words onto the side of the jar for an elegant look.
I filled the jar with peanuts and it is good to go. A perfect ‘little something’ designed specifically for the recipient.
Can’t understand a squirrel obsession? Does this National Geographic photo I found on the web change your mind?
See more examples of squirrel cuteness I found across the web on my Facebook page by clicking here.
I hope you will use this tutorial as inspiration to come up with your own gift creation! Thanks so much for visiting.
Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie