Published on March 6th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Create Lucky Jars for St. Patrick’s Day
I love recycling.
But more than that, I love to create craft items with recycled items.
I feel like I’m getting more value for my money. Using recycled items to decorate or gift, allows me to continue crafting by spending a little less money.
I know, sometimes it’s pennies but to me. That still makes a difference.
How much better are home-crafted items than store-bought?
There is nothing wrong with store-bought, but to use my hands, my mind, and a little skill, I get to create something that I probably can’t find in a store, and it looks so much nicer.
Look at these lucky jars for St. Patrick’s Day.
Not only do they look adorable, they work as gift jars, that then can transform into votives for decor.
I for one, cannot wait to eat my Corned Beef and Cabbage at the table set with these pretty jars lit with candles! How festive and fun.
These take a little time to make, because of drying, but you could easily do them just before St. Pat’s and have them ready in a day or so.
What you need is regular white school glue. You can find it almost any where.
Mix them together in a cup. (I love to use those empty water bottles as spare cups!)
Mix your glue and paint, then use a paint brush and paint the inside of your cleaned jar.
Any jar will do. I love salsa, spaghetti, cheese, etc jars and wash them out. I removed the glue using OOPS product.
With enough, you can remove stamped ink on the jars as well as that awful glue.
Once I had my first jar done, I added more spray ink to the glue to make a second darker color. I did it again for my third jar getting darker and darker as I went.
Once the glue was into the jar, every 10 minutes or so, I turned them over to ensure that no large drips occurred. They will dry within 4-6 hours depending on the thickness of the gluepaint, or the humidity in your house.
For the large dots jar, I used a punched piece of cork. I just took thin cork and punched it with a 1-inch circle punch. I then added it with glue dots to the foil adhesive lid.
I put out a dime-sized dot of adhesive and stamped my cork piece into it.
I then stamped the round onto the jar, and wiggled and twisted the cork piece to try to get as much adhesive on the jar as I could.
For the clover jar, I drew a clover with the fine tip of the adhesive, then filled it in with the glue.
The third jar was created by using a fresh pencil eraser and stamping it into the glue, then onto the jar.
Once the glue is dry, and is no longer opaque, you take the foil and press the back side of the foil to the sticky adhesive.
The foil comes off onto the jar, and you are done.
I used a bone folder for the small dots to ensure I was getting as much foil onto the jar as possible.
To finish the jars off, add a bit of ribbon to cover the jar threads, and a tag or another piece of ribbon.
Wrap the jar in a plastic gift bag, and fill to the brim with gold foil wrapped candy. Include a flameless tea light at the bottom to allow your gift recipient to use the jar as a candle votive when it’s empty!