Mason Jar Crafts, Mason Jar Ideas, Mason Jar Uses - DIY Inspired
26th Feb2014

24 Mason Jar and Book Page Recycled Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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Going through my blog I have discovered two trends 1) mason jar crafts, and 2) book page crafts. This lead me to put together this list of two dozen Mason Jar and Book Page Recycled Crafts I have published over the last two and half years! Here we go!

11 Easy Mason Jar Crafts

13 Recycled Book Page Crafts

27th Dec2013

Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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You KNOW I love a good Mason jar craft.  I’ve even done a round-up of Mason Jar Crafts in the past. Most recently, I glittered some for to look like candy corn for Halloween and Fall. This time, I wanted to come up with something quick and easy.  Specifically, I wanted to make this Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece because it was a great décor piece to transition from Christmas to New Years. As an added bonus, it only take about 15 minutes to make!

Here’s what I used, but you can make any variation to fit your décor.

Materials:

  • Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Raffia and twine
  • Tea lights
  • Silver serving platter
  • Gold and silver ornaments
  • Tea light holders

My favorite jars to save are the Classico sauce jars (notice I don’t have any recipes on this blog… yes, I use sauce in a jar a lot of the time!) They come in a couple sizes and they are pretty without the label. Also, the label comes off SUPER easily. All you need is a little hot soapy water and the abrasive side of a sponge and you are good to go!

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I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.

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The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.

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I found the platter and ornaments at the 99 cent store… SCORE! I thought it turned out quite nice for a 15 minute craft project!

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17th Dec2013

Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter is only three years old but she is in her first year of pre-school. So, this is the first time she’s really had teachers AND the first time I’ve gotten to make a teacher’s gift for the end of winter break. I decided to break out the good old recycled Mason jars and make Mason Jar Teacher’s Survival Gift Kits for her teachers, Mrs. Shelly and her assistant Mrs. G.

Materials:

  • Mason jar per gift
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Circle craft punch
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Felt ribbon
  • Gifts (see below)

I started off by using two spaghetti sauce jars.  I had to REALLY wash them because they smelled like sauce!

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I decided to buy some fun small things to fit inside like, candy, mints, gum, note pad, pen, lip balm, mini lint roller, hand sanitizer, lotion, and band aides. The possibilities are endless for this gift.  Gift cards and movie tickets are great too.

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Next I designed, printed, and cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the jars. Since they are pre-school teachers I picked little blue mittens and red stockings for my decorative paper.

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I stuffed the jars and everything fit nicely.

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I added them to the jar and painted the lid blue and used a circle craft punch to cover the top with corresponding paper. I love the combo of blue and red.

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Finally, I used felt ribbon to mimic a scarf for the ribbon around the lid. That’s it! I thought they turned out so cute.  I really hope Mrs. Shelly and Mrs. G love them!

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25th Oct2013

How to Make Candy Mason Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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Yet another recycled Mason jar craft project here! I saw this DIY project on the Nate Show a long time ago.  This project was super easy and took little time and money (my favorite combo).  Here is How to Make Candy Mason Jars.

Materials:

  • Clean Mason Jar
  • Drill
  • Knob
  • Sand Paper
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Remove the label from any recycled jar.  For label removal instructions click here.

On the Nate Show, they used sand paper to remove the printed image on the jar lid to give it a distressed industrial look.  I tried this… and gave up.  I tried three types of sand paper and my hand got tired and cramped.  I even tried watching TV to distract me and it didn’t help.

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I decided to use some left over silver metallic spray paint instead.  The sanding wasn’t a complete waste of time because the sanded surface allowed the spray paint to adhere well.

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After the spray paint is dry, drill a hole in the center of the lid.  I suggest putting the lid on the jar and then drill.  You have more control that way.  The drill bit size will depend on the knob you choose.  On a side note, Habitat for Humanity Restore is a GREAT resource for inexpensive knobs.  I have purchased them for as low as fifty cents apiece!

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I found these great knobs on sale for $2.50 each!

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Insert and tighten the knob onto the lid.

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Screw the lid onto the jar.  There you have it! Instant candy (or whatever) jar!  You can also frost your Mason jar for a different look.

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I added a tag, ribbon, and candy to give away as a gift.

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07th Oct2013

Glittered Candy Corn Mason Jar

by Dinah Wulf

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The candy corn was my inspiration for this project.  Even though I don’t care to eat them, I always thought that there was something whimsical about the colors.  It reminds me of Halloween, but it’s not scary or frightening.  So, I decided to make a glittered candy corn Mason jar.

Materials:

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Instructions:

I started with the center orange stripe on purpose to save time.  I knew once that the orange was dry; I would be able to apply both the gold and white without waiting for one to dry.  Using painter’s tape, I taped of my center stripe and then covered the entire center with glue using the paint brush. I sprinkled the glitter all the way around the jar.  Tap off the excess glitter and put it back in your container.

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While the glue was still wet, I pulled off the painter’s tape. I allowed it to dry completely.

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Next, I taped off the lower half of the orange stripe to begin glittering the gold stripe using the same technique above.

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Remove the tape while it is still wet.

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Repeat the process for the final white stripe.

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Once the glue was dry, I gave the vase a light tap over the garbage can to remove any excess glitter. Then, I added water and fresh flowers!

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I loved how it turned out.  I think these would make a great homemade hostess gift during all those parties over the holidays!

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02nd Oct2013

Five Fun Home Décor Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

Did you know that I’m a regular Home Decor contributor over at GMC Trade Secrets? I have had the honor of sharing some fun ideas over there for the last several months and I just wanted to share a round-up of five of the DIY Home Décor Tutorials.

5 Fun Home Decor Tutorials

How to Etch Glass

Etching glass is so simple! What’s great about it is that you can upcycled almost any glass piece like a vase, mug, or wine glass, personalize it, and give it as a unique gift.

How to Update Kitchen Canisters with Chalkboard Paint

These were outdated canisters that just needed a little update.  Chalkboard paint is perfect for something like this so that the label can change as your contents change. Mine are currently labeled, “junk”, “more junk”, and “a lot more junk”!

How to Make a Recycled Candle in a Mason Jar

This one was a lot more fun than I thought it would be (not that I didn’t think it’d be fun!). I’m considering doing this for Christmas gifts because I have a lot of used candles that could use Mason jar face-lift!

DIY Upcycled Book Ends

This is also a great way to personalize a gift.  I made these with some decorative ledges that I had.

How to Make a Decorative Fall Banner

I love this one!  It’s still hanging up in my home.  Before you work with leaves however, make sure you prep them with these tips I wrote for Preparing Branches and Other Natural Elements for Decorating.

I’d love it if you checked out all my Home Décor articles and tips over at GMC Trade Secrets!

25th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower

by Dinah Wulf

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FINALLY! I get to share the vintage themed baby shower that I have had the honor of working on for my best friend’s brother and sister-in-law.  It was a beautiful day and my friend had the perfect back yard for it.

I know I already shared:

I had such a great time decorating for this party.  I bought some flowers and arranged them all before I left.  I loaded the car and brought all my decorations including the thrift store shelf I made over.  I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to decorate because I had no idea how the venue would be set up.  There were five tables, so I needed five centerpieces.  I brought some toys, vintage books, small decorative suitcases, several handkerchiefs I bought while antique shopping, and of course the flowers.

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I also had the food table to decorate.  I layered the table with boxes to create some height.  I also brought some cupcake stands I made. The table was quite the hodge-podge, but I think I made too many decorations!

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I ended up using my thrift store shelf to place the favors on.  I brought my DIY pedestal trays, some antique books, and more handkerchiefs. I c small flower boxes from the craft store and put chocolates inside.

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I wish I took more pictures of the backyard in total but I forgot!  There was too much going on and I was trying to enjoy myself.  Oh well!

21st Mar2013

10 Mason Jar Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Glass jars are one of my most favorite things to hoard.  I mean repurpose.  First, because they are free, and secondly, because they’re pretty!  There is some sort of classic vintage aesthetic that comes with mason jars that I love.  I have done quite a few Mason jar crafts in the last two years so I thought I’d put together a round-up of 10 Mason Jar Craft Ideas.

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Mason Jar Tea Light {Tutorial}

This Mason jar tea light is a fun and easy stenciled burlap tutorial that makes a perfect DIY gift.

Mason Jar Craft Storage

A run-down of craft storage and organization ideas including Mason jars for easy access see-through display.

Colored Mason Jar {Tutorial}

Color your own glass jars with food coloring and glue and curing them in the oven.

Easy Mason Jar Centerpiece

Always have clean Mason jars ready for simple holiday displays.

Burlap Mason Jar Vases

Burlap covered jar vases embellished with sea shells, ribbon, and pearls for a Baptism reception party.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser {Tutorial}

This one is a complete step-by-step tutorial by guest Blogger, Barbara from Chase the Star.

Macramé Mason Jar Hanging Lantern {Tutorial}

Learn how to make macramé hanging lanterns perfect for a wedding or outdoor lighting.

Candy Mason Jar {Tutorial}

A personalized gift idea with decorative knobs and Mason jars.

Frosted Mason Jars {Tutorial}

How to frost Mason jars.

Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

Lastly, here is a fun idea using Mason jars and colorful straws for parties and entertaining.

I hope you enjoyed my round up!  What do YOU do with your Mason jars?

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10th Jan2013

Craft Room Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Craft Room Makeover

We moved into this house in February of this year and we never used the office.  I housed all my craft supplies in the closet, and had an old desk, filing cabinet, and office chair in it but that was it. So this year when my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to turn the office into a craft room.   I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my reveal and put together some helpful craft room ideas.

Here is the room before with a picture of the closet.

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Eventually, I would like to do some more garage sale and thrift store shopping and refurbish some furniture to add (that’s why you can’t see the right side of the room…. Ha!), however to start the organization process, IKEA had an explosion in this room.  We bought the shelving and craft table there, as well as the blue metal kitchen cart I used for my sewing machine and fabric. If you look at the first picture above you can see the bar stools I upcycled as well.  Here’s a close up of the kitchen cart.

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I loved this table because it had extra storage in the legs.

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I also organized the drawers according to materials.

Craft Room Drawers

I added wire baskets from the dollar bins at Target for added storage as well.

Craft Room Organization

The DIY colored glass Mason Jars I made were perfect to organize the items I use all the time and made them easily accessible.

Craft Room Organization Recycled Jars

I hung a magnetic board on the side of the shelving unit and added little magnets to small plastic bottles to store some notions and small beads.

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On the top of my shelving unit, I displayed my white frame, a free curb side score.

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I also placed my repurposed spice rack up there…

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And I used some glass containers and made some recycled craft jars filled with DIY necessities to display on top (both pretty and useful).

Glass Jar Craft Storage

On the unfinished side of the room I hung my craft organization board I made from a free, unwanted, and ugly painting I found.

DIY Organization Board

Lastly, I hung a little inspiration from a Blogger Socal Social I attended.  It was part of my swag bag!  It says, “Your spark can be a flame and change everything” by E.D. Nixon.

Craft Room Inspiration

 

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12th Dec2012

DIY Colored Glass Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Since I have done so many mason jar crafts, I have always wanted to try DIY Colored Glass.  I searched the web and found some great tutorials, but as always found my favorite one and tweaked it a little. I love these jars because they are so pretty and useful at the same time.  You can use them for craft, kitchen, or bathroom storage.  You can also use them as centerpieces with flowers.  Here is my version of the DIY Colored Glass Tutorial with some tips and tricks along the way.

Step One:

Gather your materials.

You will need:

  • Recycled glass jars (sauces, pickles, dressings, etc)
  • Water
  • Craft glue
  • Food coloring (I used neon because that is what I had, but regular food coloring works well too)
  • Glass ramekins
  • Spoons
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towel
  • Oven

Step Two:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line your cookie sheet with wax paper.

Step Three:

Add the ingredients to the ramikins (approximately)

  • 2 tablespoons of glue
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Step Four:

Mix your ingredients thoroughly.  You don’t want the mixture too thick because it will be too hard to cover the glass, and you don’t want it too watery because it will create streaks.  The consistency is similar to Alfredo sauce (that’s the best way for me to describe it)!  Also, because you are using such a small amount of glue and water, you only need one or two drops of food coloring depending on the desired color.

Step Five:

Pour the mixture into your glass and slowly tilt and twirl the jar until the entire jar is covered.

Step Six:

Allow the excess to drip back into the ramekin.  I was able to color two jars with each mixture.

Step Seven:

Place the jars upside down on a wax lined cookie sheet and allow the liquid to drain.  If you notice streaks, your mixture was too thin.  You can start over at this point (without rinsing) and cover the glass again with a new and thicker mixture (I know this from experience)!

Step Eight:

Once your jars are drained, remove the wax paper and wipe the edge of the rim with a wet paper towel.  Be careful not to wipe off the inside of the rim.

Step Nine:

Place the jars upright onto the cookie sheet and place them in the oven.  Let them cure for 45 minutes to one hour.

Handle with care when removing them from the oven.  Once they are cool you can use mason jars for so many things including craft storage or flower vases.

Note: The tutorials that I read said that you can put water in them for flowers, however I found this not to be the case!  Flowers with no water? No problem.   I personally use them for craft storage such as paint brushes, colored pencils, scissors, rulers, markers, etc. Here are some fabulous suggestions from DIY Inspired Facebook friends!

” I just created a girls gift, and put in the jar an entire nail polish kit.” –  Manon Roderick

“Christmas lights make a cute night lite.” - Nicki Etheridge

“Colored hanging tea lights, centerpieces, and potpourri pedal holders. My wife suggested filling them with Jewels, stones, seashells and making them into a lamp base.” – Chris Carl

“Pad the top to make it a pin cushion and inside the jar could be a sewing kit. You can use them as candle holders (attach a glass taper candle holder to the bottom so it has a base). Use them as a vase with coordinating colored flowers in them. Put a slot in the top and make it a pretty bank.” - Frugal Sally

“My momma just converted several of her “old blue glass” ones into functioning oil lamps…they’re great!!!” - Heather Mueller

“We are putting bath salts in them.” - Hope E Barker, Photos Of Hope

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12th Nov2012

Easy Fall Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t usually have a ton of Fall decorations at my house.  I always jump from Halloween to Christmas.  I have no idea what happens in between!  I have seen so many inspiring ideas out there too.  I thought I’d better get a move on it.  So, this year I decided to take on some simple decorations.  I’m hoping to have people over for Thanksgiving this year, AKA good excuse to make the house look pretty.  I like this centerpiece idea is because it’s inexpensive, easy, and requires no storage because it’s made from real pumpkins and greenery from my back yard. I already have too many boxes of Halloween and Christmas in my garage…hmmm…maybe that’s why I don’t decorate for Fall!  Here is how I made my Easy Fall Centerpiece.

For this project you will need:

  • small pumpkins
  • spray paint
  • newspaper
  • greenery
  • recycled jars
  • vintage tool box or other container
  • tea lights

I bought a bag of small pumpkins at the grocery store.  These are typically about $5.00 or less (at least around here).

I spray painted them with metallic silver spray paint in a well-ventilated area.

Next I cut some greenery from my back yard.

I used a vintage toolbox I bought from one of my flea market trips months ago.  I filled it with the greenery and recycled mason jars.

Finally, I added the spray painted pumpkins and tea lights.

That’s it!  Easy peasey!! Here are some after pictures.

 

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01st Nov2012

Baptism for Twins Sneak Peek

by Dinah Wulf

Guess what?? I’m a Godmother!  Guess what else?  OF TWINS!! I am so excited and truly honored to be the Godmother of my best friend’s daughters.  Needless to say, I wanted to help with the decorations for the Baptism reception.  So, here is a Baptism for Twins Sneak Peek!

First of all, I have to explain that the twins are identical.  I still can’t tell them apart and I see them several times a week.  The only way I can tell them apart is that Jaime wears a pink ribbon on her tiny wrist and Brooklyn wears a purple one.   Therefore, the color scheme for the reception is pink and purple.  Also, we decided on shells since shells are symbolic of a Catholic Baptism.

Here are five easy party decorating projects suited for a Baptism, shower, or beach themed party.

Baptism Signs

If you have a good photo printer like I do, signs are a simple way to add a personal touch to any party.  I made these four signs simply by finding an image on Google Images, Googling some Baptism poems and sayings, and merging them together with a free program called iPiccy.com. Here is what they say in case you can’t read them!

Precious angels from heaven above are welcomed into God’s family with love

Brooklyn and Jaime little blessings from up above!

All of God’s graces in two little faces

Twinkle, twinkle tiny light, little eyes that shine so bright, precious babies from heaven above, fills our hearts with so much love

Baptism Monograms

I bought each of the girl’s initials and added a ribbon, raffia, and shells.

Baptism Crosses

 

I bought wooden crosses for a dollar, painted them, and added ribbon, raffia, and shells to match the initials.

Flower Vases

I decided to do flower arrangements similar to the ones I did for the golf themed baby shower I did recently.  These are the vases I made out of recycled food jars.  I hot glued burlap and a shell and added white ribbon and a string of plastic pearls.

Food Shell Toothpicks

These are fun an easy to make using toothpicks, hot glue, and small sea shells.  It’s a great way to add the theme into the food table.  You can use them for appetizers or desserts.

Can’t wait to show you pictures of the actual reception decorations! Until tomorrow!

 

 

 

19th Sep2012

Summer 2012 Project Round Up

by Dinah Wulf

September 22nd is the first day of fall!  I wanted to end the summer with a recap of some of my favorite DIY Inspired’s summer projects and party inspiration.  Here is my top eight summer 2012 Project Round Up.

  1. Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath – Full step by step photo tutorial for a wreath I made out of an old book, a coat hanger, and branches from my back yard.
  2. DIY Cake Stand – Make your own cupcake stand or party serving tray with thrift store finds.
  3. Owl Themed Invitations – A detailed step by step tutorial and YouTube video on how to make these adorable invitations with moving wings for an owl themed party. This is perfect for a baby shower or kid’s birthday party.
  4. Summer Birthday Party – A butterfly and garden inspired birthday party complete with a cupcake decorating station and stacked hot dog bar and hot dog recipe suggestions.  Also check out a short three minute YouTube video of the complete party details.
  5. Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art – An easy way to upcycle an old unwanted painting with burlap, stencils, and butterflies perfect for a little girls bedroom.
  6. Junk Drawer Crafts – Make magnets out of bottle caps, paint color swatches, Scrabble tiles, and old plastic gift cards, perfect for stocking stuffers or a fundraising event.
  7. Repurposed Plant Hanger – A whimsical butterfly inspired chandelier made out of a unwanted plant hanger.
  8. Recycled Jar Tea Light – Make your own tea light lanterns out of recycled jars and burlap for less than $1.

I had so much fun this summer creating these projects.  These were just eight of my favorites.  I’m looking forward to the fall and the upcoming Holidays!

 

11th Sep2012

DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light

by Dinah Wulf

I’m pretty sure I save every single jar after it’s empty.  Pickle, spaghetti sauce, salsa… I don’t discriminate.  The Mason jar is beautiful but I think it gets too much credit (don’t get me wrong, I’ve done several Mason jar crafts in the past and I still LOVE them).  For this DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light, I decided to use a pickled beet jar.  Yes, I eat pickled beets…yum!!!

Materials:

  • Jar
  • Burlap scraps
  • Scissors
  • Wire or a wire coat hanger (I used 20 gauge because it’s easy to work with)
  • Spouncer
  • Craft paint in the color of your choice
  • Stencil of your choice
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Hot glue
  • Tea Light

First, cut your burlap so that it fits nicely around your jar.  Next, stencil your burlap and set aside.  Wrap your wire around the mouth of the jar several (4-5) times depending on the desired thickness.  Cut another piece of wire for the handle wrapping each end securely around your wire circle as shown.  Place the wire circle with handle around the mouth of the jar.  Locate the ends of the wire circle and pull taught.  Pliers may help.  You may have to massage the circle accordingly.  Tuck in the ends of the wire.  Finally, hot glue the burlap around your jar and insert and light your tea light.

I thought six of these spelling out “boo” and “eek” would be really cute on the mantel for Halloween.  Hope you try it out!

 

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