Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Upcycled Bunny Treat Jar

With Valentine's Day out of the way, have you been thinking about the next big holiday crafting theme? I know I have! And it's Easter! One way to get ready for celebrating Easter around your home is by creating this adorable upcycled bunny treat jar! Perfect for treats and sweets! And a fun way to add a bit of whimsy to your Easter decor! And the best part, you probably have everything you need on hand to make one! Plus, you won't believe how easy it is to upcycle a mayonnaise jar into a bunny treat jar! 

 Welcome to our Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara @Birdz of a Feather! We are so glad you're here! If you're coming over from Ann @The Apple Street Cottage, welcome! Didn't Ann's candle jar look amazing!

Materials Used to Make a Bunny Treat Jar:
  • Mayonnaise jar (2qt)
  • Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  • Masking tape
  • Utility knife
  • Fry pan/stove
  • Glass measuring cup - small 2c
  • Thin fiber board or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint/brush
  • White burlap fabric
  • Fabri-Tac glue
  • Macrame cord - white 5mm
  • Bunny ear template
  • Clamps
  • Decorative ribbon -1"wide
How To:

Let's begin with an empty, clean, two quart mayonnaise jar like the one pictured below.

I had a time removing all of the label and glue left on the jar while trying to clean it. I tried acetone and alcohol, but nothing seemed to work. Then I remembered someone mentioning using petroleum jelly to remove stubborn label glue.      

 So I spread on lots of Vaseline where the label and glue were and  let that sit overnight. 

The next day, I wiped the Vaseline off with a paper towel and SURPRISE - the glue was all gone! I couldn't believe it, but, YES, no glue! Then I washed and dried the jar real good and there was no glue residue anywhere. Next, to cut off the top of the jar, I wrapped masking tape around the area of the jar where it slanted in.
Then used a utility knife to cut through the thick plastic and around the jar following the edge of the masking tape.

Once the top was remove, the cutting edge on the bottom was a bit jagged and sharp. 
Ordinarily, I would use a hot iron to make the edge round and smooth, but the jar was much larger than  my iron. So I heated a small non-stick fry pan on my stove and pressed the edges of the jar firmly down and evenly against the pan until the edges began to round - which only took seconds.

I did get carried away with the edges rounding - I didn't know when to stop pressing down, lol, so I quickly remove the jar from the fry pan. Then I  placed the jar over the bottom of an inverted, 2-cup glass measuring cup. Doing this helps the jar to form a perfect round shape around the opening as the plastic cools.
To make the top for the bunny jar, invert the jar and draw a circle pattern with an 1/2" overlap on thin particle board or cardboard  and cut out. Then paint the circle white since its' dark color would show through the white burlap fabric. 

Be sure to paint both sides of the circle and let dry.

Once the paint is dry, cover one side of the circle with Fabri-Tac glue and press the burlap fabric over the glue, smoothing out the fabric on the circle.

Then add glue to the other side of the circle and fold over the fabric to the side with the glue, smoothing out the fabric on top. Once the fabric and glue is dry, cut out the circle to make the top.


Then add Fabri-Tac around the edge of the circle in increments .  . .

and begin applying the cording on top of the glue.

Adding more glue and cording until . .  .

the edge of the circle is covered.

To make the bunny ears, spread glue on a small section of burlap, folding over the fabric to double it and make it thicker. Then place the bunny ear template (hand drawn) on top to .  .  .

 cut out.

Once the ears are cut out, begin adding glue to the sides of the ears and  .  .  .

then pressing on the cording to the glue.
One ear and then the .  .  .

other ear, cutting off excess cording.

Then squeeze the bottom of each ear, clamping in place until dry.

To add the bunny ears to the top, place the top on jar and  .  .  .

add a bit of glue along the bottom cording in between the ears, pressing together at an angle.  Then glue on the bunny ears at the center of the top.

Add a colorful, decorative bow to complete the look!

Enjoy the many possibilities to use this adorable Bunny Treat Jar!

I hope you enjoyed how I created a Bunny Treat Jar from a mayonnaise jar! Up next is Donna from Modern on Monticello, sharing her fabulous fabric wrapped canvas art! 

Be sure to visit all of the creative projects from our Creative Craft Hop listed below!

DIY Easter Egg Carrots

Reimagined Bud Vase Stand

Easy Spring Carrot Craft for Cute Easter Decor

Quality Street Wrapper Suncatcher

Easter Arrangement

St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Adults

How to Upcycle a Candle Jar

Upcycled Bunny Treat Jar

DIY Fabric Wrapped Canvas Art For Finished Cross Stitch

Dollar Tree Soap Dish DIY

Bunny Hat Wreath


  1. This is adorable, but also so useful and practical to have a wide mouth to store treats! I always learn so much from your posts Gail. Now I know how to repurpose our worn out non-stick pan and I'll definitely keep the vaseline trick top of mind!

    1. Thanks so much, Sara! It's always fun joining your awesome Creative Craft Hop! We all learn new things here! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Vaseline? I'll have to remember that. I've always used peanut butter. Your bunny treat jar is so sweet, Gail, and those ears - love them!

  3. Gail, this is just as cute as can be and so versatile for different kinds of Easter treats! Pinned!

  4. Wow! I have been wanting to make something similar for awhile, but so glad I didn't. You took this to a whole new level. So good. Great job!!!!!

  5. This is adorable Gail! You are the Queen of crafting, I am always amazed with what you come up with...I would have never thought of upcyling a mayonnaise jar. The way you made the rim is brilliant! What a great tip about using Vaseline to remove the label, thank you!

  6. This is such an adorable way to upcycle a jar. And thanks for the tip on how to remove the glue. I have struggled with leftover glue as well and now I know how to tackle it next time.

  7. You're always coming up with ingenious ideas like how to smooth the top of a plastic jar. Who would have thought? Your bunny treat jar is absolutely adorable!!

  8. I don't know which I'm more excited about, the Vaseline trick or how to smooth out the jar. Will use both of those. Love those ears too. So much stuff to like!

  9. This is absolutely adorable! Definitely something I'd like to try for Easter/spring decorations. Thank you for the tips for removing adhesive & smoothing out jagged plastic edges. It's great hopping with you! Pinned.

  10. Gail this is adorable thanks for sharing it at Create-it Link Party.


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