Color in a jar

My plastic bread tie collection is coming along well! It is slow going but I love the sound of each plunk into the jar and how each color adds to the palette. It was inspired by Lisa Congdon’s A Collection A Day project.

The best part is that Ben will often come home from school, pull one out of his pocket and say,”For your collection.”

What else?

Now I’m thinking about what else I can put in jars that will delight my eye. Vintage buttons? Spools of thread? Beads?

Can you think of more?



  1. Posted November 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Yes to beads, buttons found, the long skinny twist ties, nails, paperclips, rubberbands.

  2. Posted November 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    guitar picks, rocks, vintage brooches, crocheted flowers…

  3. Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness. I love this and have recently started doing the same thing after Dustin would come home from the golf course with wooden tees in his pocket. I love seeing them in the jar of my wooden spoons. I have also been putting bottle caps in jars. The possibilities are endless :)

  4. Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I love that Ben is right here with you, not only with this, but also with finding faces in your food. What a great partner you’ve got in that little guy. Yay for you, for him, and yay for your colorful and growing collections.

    Let the color swatches begin!!! And, of course, you capture them in beautiful photographs.

  5. Posted November 26, 2012 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Love this! I have a canning jar for beads, one for buttons and another for bits of ribbon.

  6. Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    What a brilliant idea. I collect bits and bobs for my daughter’s art supplies when she’s a bit older. I give her a sachet of baby food every other day so and keep the caps in an icecream container. Maybe a nice jar would make it look nicer.

  7. Posted November 27, 2012 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Colored water beads – they are so colorful, and super fun. The kids will love them, and they are great for plants, stems of flowers, and just having fun with!

  8. Posted November 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink


  9. Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I love this! Just yesterday I started collecting the plastic tops to organic baby food pouches in a jar. I too was trying to think what other colorful items I could collect. I also threw in some plastic bottle caps but I don’t think I’ll get as much color variety there since we mostly drink the same brand of sparkling water.

  10. MelissaR
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    When we were 8 years old, my friend and I used to collect these, too! Years later, I found them stuffed in an envelope when I was cleaning out a box in the attic.

  11. Sarah Amazing
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    You can make these!

    You can easily punch holes in the top for a jump ring & string them onto necklaces & keychains. Might be a fun gift for the kids to make!

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