Fall Mason Jar Luminaries

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I’m getting ready to celebrate my daughter’s 1st birthday!  She was born in early October (2 months early) and with an early Fall birthday comes the endless opportunities for fun Fall crafts.  We have a Fall themed birthday (as you may have already guessed) and being the crafty family we are, the majority of decorations will be homemade.

Today’s craft is the Fall Mason Jar Luminaries.  I am going to be using these as table decorations.  Since I will be making quite a few them, I will be encouraging the adult guests at her birthday to take them home.  It took a while to get the process right, but after a few hours and a few jars, I got it right.  So lets get started

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What You’ll need:
Mason Jars
Modpodge (I used the original Matte finish)
Small Foam Brush
Fake Fall Leaves
Tealight Candles (I used the battery operated kind)

Step 1 – Prepping
Before starting, you should clean your mason jars.  Wipe them down to get rid of any dust, oils, etc.. this will make the application process much easier.

If you purchased leaves with the plastic stems, now is the time to remove the plastic.  The easiest way to do this is to slowly peel the leaf away from the stem starting at the bottom of the leaf.  Once you have that main piece going, it should just lift right off (see below)

Once you have removed the leaves, you should pick out the ones that you want to use for the jar.  Try them out, wrap them around the jar for size, see which ones look best next to to others.  Put those aside.  If you are going to be layering leaves on top of each other,  you don’t have to pick those now, there’s an extra step later.

Step 2:
With the small foam brush, lay a thin even layer of Modpodge around the entire jar.  Set aside.  Next, lay a thin even layer of Modpodge around the inside of the chosen leaves, making sure to pay extra attention to the tips.  Set them aside.

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The key here is to make sure that the glue is very tacky on all items before sticking them together.  If the glue is too wet, the edges will not stick and the leaves will move around.. alot!  For me, it took about 10 minutes before it reached a semi translucent, tacky consistency.  It may be a bit harder to tell on the leaves, so touch the glue to see how tacky it is.

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Step 3:
Once the jar and leaves are tacky, it’s time to stick the leaves on.  Once positioned, press down on the leaves from the middle out in order to get rid of any air bubbles.  If you are having trouble keeping the points of the leaves down, just press and hold with your fingers for a few seconds.  Repeat for all the leaves.  If some of them end up overlapping, depending on the type of leaf you bought, you may be able to just stick it down.  If that’s not possible, dab a very tiny amount of modpodge on the bottom of leave, wait a minute or two and press and hold the top leaf down.

(If you want to add another layer of leaves, repeat the process from step one.  Except that you will also be applying Modpodge to the leaves you have attached. Continue below )

Step 4:
Once all the leaves  have been attached to the jar, set aside and let the rest of the glue dry (about 10 more minutes).

With the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Modpodge over the entire jar.  Allow to fully dry.  You made add more layers if you wish but it’s not necessary.

Step 5:
When fully dried, wrap some jute or twine around the lip and decorate with a bow or leaves, anything works!  Stick a tealight candle inside and makes a beautiful day or night time decoration for your home.

Try it with different types and colors of leaves.  As you can see, I used glittery leaves for a little extra pizazz.  Show me your finished projects and become featured on the blog!

Happy Crafting

Flamingo Sleep Masks

Good Morning Bauble Heads!  Two weeks ago, I received a request for custom flamingo masks.  Most of you already know that I have a variety of masks, including sheep and pandas.  Making a flamingo one never even crossed my mind.  But you know me, I aim to please.  So I quickly agreed and with the help of my lovely wife, who sketched it out for me, I was able to create this pattern.  Enjoy and if you happen to make one, share your pics with me!

Flamingo Sleep Masks

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MATERIALS
Size J Crochet Hook
Size H Crochet Hook
I skein of yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Pink)
Black yarn for the eyes, tip of beak and straps
White yarn for the eyes
White Cotton Fabric
Stitch Marker (or safety pin)
Yarn Needle
Sewing Needle
White thread
Disappearing Ink Fabric Marker

INSTRUCTIONS
MASK (with J hook)
R1:      Ch 6.  2 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Sc in next 3.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R2:      Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R3:      2 sc in first.  Sc  in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R4-8:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (9)
R9:     Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R10:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R11:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (6)
R12:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (6)
R13:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R14:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R15:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R16-20:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R21:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R22:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R23:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 3.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (5)
R24:  Sc in each st across.  DO NOT TURN.  Continue to sc around the entire mask.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

EYES (With H hook, make 2)
Rnd1:  With black, 4 sc in magic ring.  Join and change color to white.
Rnd2:  In back loops, dc in same st.  2 dc in next 2 sts.  2 sc in next.  Join.  fasten off, leaving a long tail for weaving in

BEAK (with H hook)
NOTE:  leave a long tail for sewing in the beginning (round 1, before chaining 12) because this is the row that will be attached to the mask)
Rnd1:  With Pink.  Ch 12.  Making sure to keep chain straight, join with sl st to first ch.  Place stitch marker (you will be moving it up as you complete each round)
Rnd2-3:  Sc in each st across.
Rnd4-5:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across.
CHANGE TO BLACK
Rnd6:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across
Rnd7:  Sc 2tog twice.  Sc in each st across
Rnd8:  Sc in each st across
Rnd9-10:  Sc 2tog across.  Finish off.  weave in ends.

Flamingo Sleep Mask - Bobbles & Baubles

Attach eyes and beak to  mask as shown in picture above.

STRAPS (make 2)
Cut two 22″ strips of black yarn and two 22″ strips of pink yarn.
With yarn needle, thread them evenly through side of mask.  Braid and knot at the bottom.
Repeat for other side.  Trim.

TUFT
Cut a small amount of yarn (at least 4 pieces).  Thread through top of mask (see picture for placement) and tie in a knot.  trim as necessary.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

LINING 
With fabric Marker, place mask over fabric and trace around it.  Cut fabric just below tracing. Place it on the back of mask and trim if necessary.  Using a blanket stitch, sew around the edges of fabric.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

*Whew*  That was a long one!  I hope you enjoy making these masks.  Try them with different shades of pink as I did or go a little crazy and use other fun colors!   Happy Hooking!

The Russian Join

By now most of you know that there are many many ways to join your yarn and/or change colors.  Some are not as stable as others.

For many years, I would join my yarn, or change colors by tying two end pieces together and then weaving in the excess.  That is a fairly stable method as the knot keeps the ends from separating.  It was not until recently that I changed my method to a more secure one.  Who knew that was even possible?

This method is called the Russian Join.  There are absolutely no ends to weave in and the join is seamless!  I learned by watching the video below, and I will never go back to my old method.  Enjoy!

Scrapbook Sanctuary.. or decoupage birdhouse

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Yesterday, wifey decided that it was time for another family craft day.  I get out of work at noon on Fridays, so she picked me up and we headed to Michael’s.  It seems the whole store is on sale!  We got these great birdhouses for $4 each and the scrapbook paper was 12 cents a piece.. great deal!  We went home, set everything up and headed off to pick up our girls from school.  We got started as soon as we got home.  It was great fun.  My wife and I finished ours in about an hour or so, the kids took a little longer.  We can’t wait to get our garden Spring ready so that we can place them.

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You will also need:

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Follow these steps:

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TIPS:

  • If you do not plan on placing the finished piece outside, regular mod podge will do just fine
  • Using a  foam brush will eliminate the brush strokes you get with a regular brush
  • Instead of leaving the edges plain, paint them!
  • Try other mediums instead of paper, such as fabric

Stained Glass Mason Jars

My wife’s cousin makes her own delicious homemade salsa and every time we see her, she gives us a jar or two.  We love the salsa (especially over eggs).  After a while, I’ve noticed that we have amassed a sizeable collection of the mason jars she puts the salsa in.   We have used them for everything from piggy banks to change jars.  However, I felt that we could probably make better use of them.  Today, my daughter and I started a new project – making stained glass mason jars.  It was all trial and error, but the results were amazing!

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As you can tell, the bottom hasn’t fully dried yet, but I’ll give it a few hours.  It was a great couple of hours spent on this project.  They are currently sitting on my kitchen window sills.  Once fully dried, my wife (the decorator extraordinaire)  added some pretty spring flowers.  Here is how we did it:

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Give the bottom of the jars a couple of hours to fully dry.   I tried sticking them back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so, but they were still a little opaque.  We used a couple of combinations for the colors, and they are:

Green Jar: 15 drops of food coloring

Blueish Jar: 20 drops green + 20 drops blue

Purple Jar: 20 drops blue + 20 drops red

Yellow Jar: 20 drops yellow

Orange Jar: 20 drops yellow + 25 drops red

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  1. The longer you let the jar dry, the least likely it will be to peel
  2. Add less food coloring to make it more transluscent.  The more you add, the darker the results
  3. This is not suitable for consumption, so please do not put foods or liquids that will be ingested in the jars
  4. try to avoid putting liquids in the jar all together, as it will increase the chance the inside will peel off
  5. You can also do this on the outside and use the jars as pots, vases, candle holders… the possibilities are unlimited
  6. If you paint the outside instead of the inside, use a sponge brush to reduce the likelihood of streakiness

I hope you all have as much fun as we had making these lovely jars!!  Let me know how they turn out for you… or if you have any other tips or tricks to share.

 

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