What you'll need: Disposable cup, spoon, water, Mod Podge, food coloring, baby-food jars, cookie sheet, wax paper, aluminum foil, oven mitt, napkins, scissors, ribbon, hot-glue gun, battery-powered candle, hammer, nail, acrylic paint, candy, lollipop, washi tape
1. Preheat oven to 200°F. In a disposable cup, mix 1 tsp. of water with 2 tsp. of Mod Podge (this covers about 4 to 5 jars). Add food coloring to get desired color. (End result will be less opaque.)
2. Pour mixture into the jar and roll it around until the inside is fully covered.
3. Place jars face down on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper on top of foil. Put in the oven for 3 minutes. Remove the jars with an oven mitt, and wipe the rims with a napkin to remove excess paint after letting them cool slightly. Place the jars back in the oven for another 20 minutes to fully set the color.
4. Once cool, cut a 5" piece of ribbon and hot-glue to jar's edge like a basket handle. Glue ribbon around to hide any messy edges.
Candy Jar: Use a nail to hammer a hole into the lid, then cover with acrylic paint. Fill with candy; add lollipop.
Mini Vase: Wrap decorative washi tape around the jar. Add plants or flowers.
Originally published in the March 2013 issue of Parents magazine.