Alligator Jars

Just a few months from now a dear friend will be having her first baby, a boy.   She's registered at Pottery Barn Kids and now that my girls have outgrown that store, I was looking forward to having an excuse to go in and look around.  

But then she threw me a curve ball: "I want you to make my gift," she told me.  

This is understandable given all the the blogging and crafting that goes on over here.  But I really liked the Alligator Madras Nursery Bedding bedding she picked out at PBK, so I decided to incorporate it into my gift.  

Now I have exactly one pregnant friend at this point in my life and she knows who she is.  
Young lady, if you are reading this, STOP NOW!  (xoxo)

Some of you might remember the animal jars that are displayed in my laundry room.  After contemplating several projects I finally decided to do something similar for my friend's baby (using alligators, of course!)  

I started with these plastic jars from Michael's.  I found them on clearance a long time ago and knew I would one day use them.  I thought they'd be perfect for a baby's room as they are unbreakable.  

Then I picked up some inexpensive plastic alligators to mimic the ones on the bedding.  You can see that the one in the middle has a little ring on his nose.  I ended up cutting those off and filing them down to remove any sharp edges.  

A little hot glue secured them to the lids.  

Then I got to spray painting.  That's right, I'm a spray painting fool these days.  I still kind of stink at it but practice makes perfect.  I began by spraying the tops within the confines of this cardboard box.  

In order to spray the sides I put the lids on an old jar so my fingers wouldn't get in the way.

As usual, my spray painting is full of imperfections but I'm still pretty happy with the result.

 I decided to fill the jars with baby items like the washcloths pictured below.

I think they'll look cute sitting on a shelf in the nursery.  I also think they can grow with him, eventually holding crayons or something similar.




  1. That's such an adorable gift. I bet she'll be thrilled :)

  2. Elena you are so creative! So super cute!!

  3. I LOVE IT! These are so adorable and so precious. She is going to love them. And, I love how you filled them and how they can transition to crayons and art supplies one day. Perfect!

  4. Nice project Elena! And you spray painted! They look great to me and I think she'll love it. What a great idea and you're right, she'll use them for other things as that boy grows.

  5. Absolutely love everything about this project - beyond cute! Thanks so much for joining our link party. Take care, Laura

  6. pinned it! Hoping a few people in my life become pregnant soon, and I can make these for them!


  7. So cute! Love the alligator motif and that they can "grow" and change uses!

  8. These are so super cute! I'm pinning this! (Oh, and on the zinc letters post I meant to say that the thumbtack idea is pure genius!) ...



  9. Very clever spraying them in a box! I love the idea of gluing toys to things and spray painting them!

  10. Great alligator jars. I loved stopping by:)
    Thanks for linking up To Whimsy Wednesday!

    Smart! School {House}

  11. This is a super creative gift, no wonder your friend requested a homemade gift from you. Nice Work. ;o)

  12. What a great idea! It can be so difficult to come up with unique baby gifts. I'm sure your friend will love them. I love the idea that it is a gift that will 'grow' with the child! I'm visiting from Whimsy Wednesday, I'd love to have you visit me too!

  13. How cute! I am sure she will love your gift.

  14. Those are super cute. What a neat idea. You are so clever. Thanks for sharing.

  15. very cute! visiting from mom on timeout. :)

  16. such a cute idea! Love it. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a beautiful weekend xo

  17. I love your gift idea! Thanks for sharing it at Cast Party Wednesday!
    ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  18. Super cute! I love it! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

  19. What a super cute idea. I love jar gifts! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  20. These are an adorable gift idea! How fun! I know I would have loved receiving something like this when I had Little Bug. Thanks for sharing at our link party this week.

  21. This is such a fun way to personalize jars - love it! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

  22. So cute! Thank you for participating @ the SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! I hope you return and post more of your great things! I host the Party every weekend. You can grab a button on my site if you would like to put one on your site. :) http://sew-licious.blogspot.com. :)


  23. Also, this was featured on my site...feel free to grab the "I've Been Featured" button on my site on the right sidebar! :)

  24. I have to say that I don't think your spraypainting stinks at all! LOVE this - so freaking adorable. You are a genius xox

  25. Stopping by from the Pinterest Challenge blog linky. What a cute idea!


  26. What a great idea! I write a blog Reese the recycler and would love to feature this idea and give you credit with a link back to this article. Email me at roxanneandsteve@msn.com if this would be okay with you.


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