I am back with the “Coop Crew” today with another super cute doll sized hen craft! As I was perusing through http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/ for inspiration, I knew immediately that I wanted to create the mason jar chicken feeders in a doll size. I am a true lover of any and all things Mason Jars! The hens pictured are from https://lemonbaydoll.com/ , the other member of our crew. With a few simple supplies I will show you how to create American Girl doll sized Hen Mason Jar Feeders.
Below are inspiration pics!
Here are a few more inspiration pics that were taken from Lisa’s blog, Fresh Eggs Daily.
Let’s get started! To create the base I recycled lids from used empty jars. One lid was from a jar of pickles and the other two were from spaghetti sauce. I gave the lids a quick coat of paint in Krylon Silver Hammered spray paint. This paint gives a wonderful look of galvanized tin.
Tip: Spray hammered paint a bit farther than you normally would for spray paint. The farther you spray away, the more mottled look you will get.
For the mason jar I chose to use glass ones. I use these mini glass jar for tons of crafts. You can get these jars here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J222PGE/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . If you don’t want to use a glass jar, you can use travel bottles from the dollar store. I suggest removing the lids and giving them a coat of silver paint both inside and out.
To get the look of water, I used clear resin and filled the jar halfway and immediately turned upside down. There is enough remaining air in jar completely harden the resin. The resin I used is here and I always use at least a 40% coupon: https://www.michaels.com/easy-cast-clear-casting-epoxy/10408248.html#q=castin+craft&start=6
Once resin set, I used Aleene’s Glass and Bead Glue to the bottom of the jar lid and glue to the painted base. You can use any type of epoxy glue. Center in place and let dry.
Once dry, I added a bit more resin around the edge to give a look of water in the dish. Let the resin set. Doll sized hen mason water jar is now complete.
For the grain feeder I used steel cut oats. I filled a jar slightly over halfway full with dry oats, placed lid back on, turned over and glued to base. Let dry. Now to add the grains to the base…you do not want them spilling everywhere so you need to create a solid mass. Take your desired amount of steel cut oats and mix in a moderate amount of Elmer’s school glue.
Place the oat and glue mixer around the jar. You can leave as is or proceed to next step.
I used eight 5/16 inch flat washers. I gave the tops a quick spray of paint to give them more of a galvanized look.
While the glue and oat mixer is still wet and mix can be moved around, place a dab of glass glue to the back of your washers and glue to the lid edges. Now you have the look of holes in the grain feeders. Let dry. Your doll sized mason jar grain feeder is now complete.
You don’t have to use jars at all. You can always mix up the glue and oats and place in a lid base alone.
It looks like our hen, Ophelia, has no desire to eat and just wants snuggles from Brandy!
Pictured below is my Uncle Carl with Moose (cat) and Squirrel (hen). This cat is blind and could not leave the yard; she was a bit lonely. One day one of the chickens became ill and it was decided she should be removed from the coop and into the yard closer to the house so she could get her antibiotics. The hen and cat started playing and are now inseparable friends; my Aunt Marti and Uncle Carl love watching them interact. Their names are inspired by the old cartoon, Rocky and Bullwinkle.
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So I’ve gone a bit… Well, “clucky”, I guess, since I saw all of this loveliness, and I’m in the midst of sewing a doll-sized chicken that can actually lay tiny (craft-store-land) eggs. Yeah. I’m in love with the prototype, so she may just end up living on my desk. (Don’t tell the small people…)
ANYway, today my nutty brain went “ooh, what about a doll-sized incubator?” (Because really, i soooo need another project…) If I get that created, I’ll link you to the pictures. I just need the right collection of miscellaneous parts…
Thanks for the inspiration 🐓😜
You are very welcome for the inspiration! I can’t wait to see what you create!
Well, the chicken’s being difficult, so I have to go back and tweak her a bit… But here’s the incubator. (Evidently we’re hatching Easter eggs until I can paint some of them white. Oops 🐰)
Hope you like it 😋
Tried this earlier, not sure if it actually posted somewhere or it’s lost in blogland… Here’s what I have so far; the chicken’s being difficult (as they will sometimes :P) so I’m reworking some parts, but the incubator is complete!
This is FABULOUS! Thank you so much for posting! 🙂
These scenes just make me happy.
Lisa walker says
Great job, as usual Brandy. These look spot-on to the real items. I love the idea of the washers glued on to make the pecking holes. Good imagination!
They look great! Thank you for the tutorial and tips!
I’m enjoying this post series.
I believe if you use glue and write “BALL” on the jar it will make them look more authentic. You share such cute ideas with us all!!
Wonderful!!! You did a fantastic job recreating the chicken feeder and waterer! Thank you for sharing your projects with us!
Thanks so much Marcella!
From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) says
This is amazing!
Thanks Anna! I LOVED how they turned out! 🙂