DIY Playdough Mason Jars

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DIY Playdough Mason Jars

Here is a quick and easy craft for you! I came across this DIY Playdough Mason Jars idea on Pinterest and tracked it back to Delineate Your Dwelling who credits Lolly Jane.  I knew I had to make these for my youngest son. He is a play dough Jedi.

All you need are small jars, craft paint, super glue, modpodge and small plastic animals (like these)…..oh yeah and play dough.



I recommend selecting jars that have solid lids. I chose the 2 piece lids by accident…pretty, but I think solid lids would have been more practical. You do not have to use mason jars, you could be old pasta sauce jars, jam jars or baby food jars. I used glass jars, but if you are concerned you could use plastic. I always supervise playdough time so glass jars worked just fine for us.

Just use your acrylic craft paint to cover the animals and lids.

I chose farm animals, but you could use Jungle animals, or cats, or dogs, or dinosaurs….you may be able to find these at your local Dollar Tree.

Others have recommended modpodge-ing (#wearegoingtomakethataverb) first, but I think the paint adheres better without the modpodge. It will take several coats of paint to achieve the color of choice. Once your jar lids and animals have dried, you can slap some modpodge on those bad boys. I used the GLOSS because I wanted my animals glossy.

Next, glue the animal to the jar lid. You can do this at the beginning. I chose to do it at the end. Not sure it matters….I have only had one animal jump off.

Once dry, just add your playdough. I painted my animals the colors I associate with that animal…like pink pig, red roaster….well as much as possible…I have never seen a green goat or a blue horse…then I coordinated my playdough with my jar lid/animal colors. You could get way more creative than I did.

You could TOTALLY use these as nick-nack jars too.


I am actually using playdough here. You could make your own.

I have 3 homemade playdough recipes for you:

Homemade Playdough Recipe 

Homemade Kool-Aid Playdough

Super Soft Homemade Playdough

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  1. says

    I love the idea of putting play doh in mason jars with matching lids with the animals on top! It is is cute and would make the craft area, I think cleaner and nicer overall! Again,I LOVE this idea! Thank you.

    • says

      Thanks Victoria! It was a fun project… and I will admit…they do look pretty in my china cabinet. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! -Jessica

  2. says

    What a cute idea – I can see making a set of these as a gift for a little one. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

    • says

      Hi Mary Beth! This was a fun project. I agree. I actually have these in my china cabinet as I don’t mind them being on display. Thank you for hosting and taking the time to stop by. I hope you have a wonderful evening. -Jessica

  3. says

    So whimsical and perfect for organizing – especially if you make your own play dough and don’t have those little plastic containers.

    Visiting from the Come Bloom link party. If you’re looking for new parties to link up to, there’s one live at Gingerly Made. I’d love to have you over!

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