How to Make a Treasure Jar

Most photos of the minxes outdoors feature their Treasure Jars somewhere, that their Daddy made them to collect things in. They get used to collect insects, leaves, foraged fruit, litter, stones, and other treasures.

How to Make a Treasure Jar

I love them because they’ve got screw-top lids (Mini can’t drop her treasure), string handles (Maxi can attach hers to her bike or zip) and plastic (Midi can’t brain her sisters with hers). If you’d like to make your own, it’s very straightforward.

You will need:

  • a plastic jar with a screw-top lid (eg the kind that you get jarred fruit in, or chocolates)
  • a length of string around 3ft long.


  1. Tie a little loop in the string about 1/3 of the way along (double the string over; make an overhand knot about an inch from the looped end; pull tight).

    tie string around jar
  2. Tie the string tightly around the neck of the jar or pot in a double knot – the knot should be opposite the little loop that you made.

  3. Now take the long end of string and poke it through the loop.

    making th handle for the treasure jar
  4. Tie both loose ends of string together in a double knot, or any other knot you prefer.

    the finished treasure jar with handle
  5. You should have 2 loose loops hanging from the tight string around the jar-neck – hold these together as a handle.

You could go to town and stick holes in the lid (if you’re going to collect insects and bugs) or decorate the jar outsides with stickers and paint. Or even - hinting to Mr Happy in the photo - smile about the great thing you've just made!

About the Author

Jay Greengrass

Jay Greengrass

About Me & Mine

Hello! I’m Jay, married to Jon, living in North East Scotland with our 3 daughters: Maxi (10), Midi (8) and Mini Minx (6).

Favourite place in the world:

It’s hard to choose between the stretch of Moray Firth coast between Findhorn and Cullen, and Westray (a northerly Orkney island). Both have an amazing diversity of beautiful coastlines in a small space (empty, clean, sandy beaches; crystal-clear rockpools; crags, cliffs and stacks), fascinating wildlife, friendly people and endlessly interesting weather. Bar visits to friends and relatives, we’ve taken all our holidays in Scotland, north of where we live, for many years. We’ve still barely scratched the surface of this beautiful country.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Rock-pooling and scrambling on local beaches; camping; walking in the gentler local hills; foraging for fruit and jam-making ingredients; and growing our own fruit and vegetables against the combined deterring efforts of our cat and the weather.

Comments (3)

  • Kerry Teague

    Kerry Teague

    20 June 2012 at 15:58 | #

    Great idea - beats the nappy bags we're in the habit of producing to save my pockets!


  • Fiona Moore

    Fiona Moore

    21 June 2012 at 17:44 | #

    My crew use tie dye cloth bags for treasure hunting, but they are no good for insects, so we might have to give this a try too.
    Fab idea.


  • Helena Carey

    Helena Carey

    27 June 2012 at 10:22 | #

    These look great. Have just added making one to the to do list.


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