(Intended for display and storage only, not to be used as a toy.)
You’ll need baby food jars. Yellow spray paint. A black sharpie. Clear spray paint. Super simple!
I used Krylon 'Sun Yellow' gloss, indoor/outdoor spray paint and Krylon Crystal Clear Satin spray paint.
HOW TO MAKE LEGO JARS:
Peel off the wrappers and take off the lids.
Lay out newspaper on a flat surface or use an old box to set the jars on.
Turn jars upside down and spray the first coat to cover the bottom & round edges of the jar. Once dry, turn over and spray 1-2 more coats. Spray the jars and lids (while off) from all angles. Don't paint the inside.
Tip: 1 can of spray paint covered about 30 jars & lids with 2-3 coats. Next time I may not spray the top of the jar (where the spirals are) because it makes it more difficult to put the lid on.
Once they dry you can draw on them with the permanent marker. Let your kids try drawing some. (Using a vinyl cutting machine like the Cricut or Silhouette would look more professional but the markers were cheap and easy.)
Once you've drawn all the faces on, add the coat of clear spray paint to seal it all. Once everything is dry, then add the lids.
I looked up some ideas for Lego mini figures on Google images for inspiration.
Now you’ll have a great place to store those tiny Lego pieces. The jars would be a great display for your child’s room or to take along on a trip.
Here are some of the other faces we tried.
UPDATE: Fall 2011 we used these jars at my son's birthday party. We gave each child a mystery mini figure they put together and could store it inside the jar as a favor.
And since my son is a huge Lego fan, I’m so happy they have created beginner reading books to get him excited about reading. Here are a few of his favorites we got from the Scholastic Book Order.
We also signed up for the FREE Lego Club Magazine that comes in the mail. He loves the comics and puzzles and they have building ideas too. Another great tool to help your boys to love reading. See more tips here.
Also see how we made these larger Lego storage containers here:
LEGO party ideas here:
I shared this craft at the following great blogs (check out all the other fun ideas):