Tutorial: An Animal Attraction To Geo-DIY

il_fullxfull_331388247Photo 729Etsy vendor Emeli Reiart has made a name for herself creating gorgeous “candy-coated” animal jars. Here, the Canadian shows It’s Not About The Numbers how to achieve the same effect for a cute and quirky geocache container.


  • Plastic toy animals
  • Jars or other cache containers (Reiart uses glass jars but this may be impractical for your GZ)
  • Spraypaint
  • Krazy Glue or strong, quick-setting adhesive
  • Plastic or paper cups
  • Sandpaper
  • Gloves
  • Newspaper to spread over your work surface
  • A well-ventilated space



Use any heavy jar with a solid lid. I am not crazy about how the double Mason jar snap-lids look but they would work too. Decide on your animal, in this case a llama! It should have a fabulous personality, sentimental values and very flat feet.


Sand the jar lid and the bottoms of your animal’s feet lightly. This helps the glue get a super strong grip. I have used a lot of different types of glue but I love the strength of good ol’ Krazy Glue. (NB: Krazy Glue Advanced is even better if you can find it.)


Wait a few minutes (an hour is best) for the glue to be nice and dry. This will give you time to think about what paint colour you want to use.


Set the lid on a plastic or paper cup. This allows you to spray the whole lid without it sticking to any surfaces.

Beware: Not all spraypaint is created equal. I love the Krylon Short Cuts but have found that some colours can be “watery” and don’t provide an opaque “candy coating” finish. I also love using acrylic paint to paint the jars which gives the finish a bit more of a “shabby chic” look. Both styles are great.


I usually apply two or three coats depending on the type of paint and the colour. Metallics and darker colours sometimes need only one coat.

IMG_0912If you want a super durable exterior, spraypaint, apply gloss varnish and then re-spray with a gloss finish paint.

You can really create any type of mood for your jars … It is such an easy little project that takes hardly any time. Great for ADD-type crafters like myself who love the instant gratification!

*Allergic to DIY or crafts? You can always buy some of Emeli Reiart’s finished glass Animal Jars at her DangerCatByEmeli store on Etsy. Prices start at US$9.98. For other craft ideas, see her blog, La Vie En Emeli, here.


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  1. GeomanRHCV

    This is a very cool way of inventing new, original geocache containers!!!

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