Alligator Birthday Jar
First Cut

Alligator Birthday Jar

Alligator Birthday Jar/ Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog

I’m so very excited to share this Alligator Birthday Jar with you! The birthday jar was inspired by a birthday invitation I received and I took one look at it and thought it would make an adorable keepsake if I was able to mimic the alligator from the invitation.

Alligator Birthday Jar/ Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog

One quick glance into the Silhouette Design Store and I found an alligator that was almost identical.

All he needed was to be holding a balloon.

So I added a balloon. Easy peasey.

What’s super fun about gifting an oversized jar is you can use it as your wrapping paper. Fill the jar with small gifts, fill it with birthday cake popcorn (recipe is on my site if you’re interested) that can also be served at the party, or fill it with whatever your little heart desires. Long after the party is over and the guests have gone home, it’s the only wrapping paper that doesn’t get thrown away! Place it in the child’s bedroom to hold trinkets and it’s a small reminder of their special day. The gift that keeps on giving is what I like to say.

Alligator Birthday Jar/ Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog

To get started, you’ll start by adding your alligator design then ungroup to cut the individual pieces. To ungroup, you’ll right click on the entire image and select ungroup. Now you can grab each piece that you’re not ready for and move it off of the cutting mat area.

Note: If you’re going to be resizing your alligator (I increased mine significantly), you’ll want to do that BEFORE you ungroup anything. Otherwise, your layered pieces won’t match up. Resize to the desired size first, then proceed with ungrouping.

Alligator Birthday Jar/ Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog

Cut out all your layered pieces to size then get ready to weed the negative negative material and apply.

Alligator Birthday Jar/ Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog

Be sure your glass jar surface is completely clean so that the vinyl adheres easily.

Layer, layer, layer and there you go!

Alligator Birthday Jar/ Aimee Broussard for Silhouette Blog

A super cute birthday jar that matches your recipients’ invitation and birthday theme!

Aimee Broussard

Southern born and raised, Aimee Broussard enjoys living life in the deep South with husband Brian and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Stella, Milo and the most recent addition, Murphy. A graduate of Louisiana College, she once haphazardly traded in a career in corporate insurance to master the world of crafting, baking and apron making…proving if she could do it, anyone could. is the online diary of her journey.

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9-inch glossy adhesive vinyl


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  1. Great idea and adorable gift.

  2. Very cute but I would use plastic for a child’s room.

  3. Too cute! I love Lisa’s files, they are so easy to work with!

  4. Adorable! I love layering vinyl. Perfect for this project!

  5. So cute! How do you line up the pieces? Do you just eyeball as you layer them on there?

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