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Glass Jar Luminary

My fondness for jars is growing and growing since I did so much more canning this summer.  I’m blessed to live in a house that has old jars in every nook and cranny of the cellar and attic.  I believe the jar I used for this is actually not a Mason jar, but rather, is an old Jif Peanut Butter jar. There are really no limits to what you can do with these…cover with cloth, with tissue paper, etc. etc…… fill with pencils, candy, plop in a tea light and use as a luminary, etc., etc.

Here’s what I used for mine:

  • glass jar
  • tissue paper cut in squares
  • Mod Podge
  • small brush
  • glitter glue

Here’s what I did:

  1. Paint sections of the outside of the jar with Mod Podge.
  2. Arrange tissue paper squares over the glued area.  Overlapping is fine and gives a nifty look. Continue until covered (you may choose to skip the bottom or cover it).
  3. When completely covered, go over entire jar again with a gentle coating of Mod Podge – this helps any corners or overlapped areas stick better.
  4. I set my jar upside down to dry.
  5. When dry, I applied a thick bead of glitter glue around the top.

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Snowy Epsom Salts Textured Jar

I’m blogging tub-side while my kids are playing in the bath.  I’ve let my latest craft sit a few days while I pondered what else it needed.  It was just so stark naked without the ribbon.  At first I thought a bow would be nice, but bow-making and I are not friends.  This was super simple and the end result can be used as a pencil holder, a luminary with a battery-operated tealight, a vase, or can hold any other little odds and ends you might be needing a home for.  A set of these could be used at a winter-time party to hold the plastic ware or silver ware!

You will need:

  • a clean jar of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • brush
  • Epsom Salts
  • a shallow dish or tray that is as long as your jar is tall (I used a styrofoam meat tray)
  • spray paint in the color of your choice
  • ribbon or other decorations of your choice

Directions:

  1. Fill the shallow dish with Epsom Salts (you will have a glue-covered jar in your hands, so it is best to have this ready ahead of time).
  2. Paint the entire outside of the jar with Mod Podge.
  3. Roll the jar generously in Epsom Salts.
  4. You can use the brush to retouch any areas with Mod Podge that did not get covered with salts as much as you would like.  Re-roll these areas in Epsom Salts.
  5. Allow to dry overnight.
  6. Spray paint the jar in a well ventilated area such as outside.
  7. Allow to dry.
  8. Decorate as you wish.  You will need a double-sided adhesive if attaching the ribbon.  I used Sticky Strip from Stampin’ Up!Image
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Dried Apple Wreaths

I have had the itch to make some crafts for months now, but have not taken the time to do so. My cousins were visiting recently (whom, because of their age, are referred to by my children as Papa Craig and Papa Tom, and fulfill those roles extremely well indeed). This visit provided much entertainment for my kids and allowed me to sneak in a few minutes here and there for crafting, while still being within earshot. I made an ornament, experimented with some Mason jar crafts, and fiddled with this wreath.

Apples are a sure sign of fall! This wreath was easy and smells oh so yummy!!!
1. I used 4 to 5 apples for a small wreath. Cut from top to bottom in 1/4 inch slices. No need to remove core or peel.
2. Soak slices in a mixture of 1 cup lemon juice to 1 quart water for 10 minutes.
3. Remove from liquid and lay slices on paper towel, patting dry.
4. Sprinkle both sides with some cinnamon.
5. Time to dry the apples! I read that an oven could be used, but I used my food dehydrator, which I received as a Christmas gift. I placed the slices on the bottom 2 racks and rotated the racks throughout the drying time. A total of 6 to 7 hours seemed to work well. Be sure to flip the each slice over a few times throughout the drying process. Note: They will not be dry like apple chips, but rather will be kind of leathery and bendy.
6. You can use yarn, ribbon, twine, etc. to string your apple slices on. I used what is readily on hand here: baling twine. I tied a knot at the end of a length of twine and began sliding the apples on. The bigger slices with holes in the center near the seeds go on easily, while smaller slices may need a hole poked in them. I had a kids paintbrush nearby, the end of which worked well for poking the holes.
7. When all of the slices are on, bring up the end of the string and tie to the knot you first created. Be sure you are leaving some excess string at the top. Bring this excess down to make a loop for hanging. Tie this loop off with the other 2 knots. No rules really. If it works however you do it, then you did it right!
8. I covered up the plenitude of knots with a Christmas-ish strip of fabric. You can tie the fabric in a bow, but I was not having much success getting it to look nice, so I left it in a more rustic knot, ends hanging down.
9. Enjoy! This could be hung on a cabinet knob, like mine currently is, or on a door, or given as a gift. A very small version of sorts could be made and used as an ornament. Possibilities, possibilities !

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