I love fall and everything that comes with it…the pretty trees, Halloween candy, fall walks with the dogs and black cats! I have been doing a ton of dog walking and enjoying the cooler weather, the changing trees and the calm before the holiday storm. I made these fun jars to go on one of the seven fireplace mantles in our new home in Kentucky. This was a quick and easy project that cost me less than $10 to finish (excluding the candy in the jars).
Here is my supply list: Mason Jars, Black Cat Craft Paper (see pic and link), Mod Podge, black tissues paper, sponge brush, glitter, burlap ribbon, black tule
I found the black cat craft paper at Archivers (when it was still open). I just love these vintage looking cat pictures and the card stock is a weight that is perfect for craft projects. Unfortunately this particular paper is no longer available. I did a quick search on ebay though and found a variety of black cat vintage card stock that would work just as well.
The first step is to cut a piece of black tissue paper roughly the size of your jar. It is easiest to set your jar on the paper and roll the paper around it. It is ok for the paper you cut to be bigger than the jar but not smaller.
Using Mod Podge and your sponge brush completely cover your jar with Mod Podge. Don’t over do it with the Mod Podge or your paper will tear.
Wrap your tissue paper around your jar. Do this carefully so that your paper will not tear. It is ok for your paper to look wrinkled but a tear will make for a poor finished look. If you paper does tear try to position it back in place such that you can no longer see the tear. Don’t try to patch a tear. Let your jar dry (I would let it dry for a few hours).
Add your vintage pictures by applying Mod Podge to the back of the picture and carefully smoothing it out. The heavier card stock will take some effort to smooth out when applying it to a rounded jar. I would go over the front of your picture (once its positioned and smoothed out) with a light layer of Mod Podge. Let the project dry for at least a few hours.
Finally go over your jar (with the exception of the vintage picture with another layer of Mod Podge. Hold your wet jar over a paper plate and sprinkle it with glitter. Set upside down and let dry for several hours.
When your glittered jar is dry you can either leave it very sparkly (but you will always have some glitter flaking off) or you can go back over it with another layer of Mod Podge to secure your glitter but it will not be as sparkly. For this project, because it was going to remain in my home I left it sparkly. If I were giving it as a gift I would have gone over the glitter with Mod Podge so I wasn’t giving a messy gift.
I embellished the rims of my jars with some burlap ribbon and black tule that were in my scrap baskets but you could use any kind of ribbon you wanted. I filled my jars with candy and some flowers I had in my supplies. If you are looking for more Pet Crafts check out my Craft Page.
Below is a picture of Turnip’s first bath. Turnip is our foster dog who is as sweet as he is cute. He is afraid of pretty much everything and this bath was not his idea of a good time but he was a trooper. Turnip continues to adjust to life in a comfy home with a big family. He has been working on his leash manners (he is doing great) and is growing more comfortable with us everyday. He continues to get more rambunctious each day too which can only mean his Hyptoplasmosis is continuing to heal. This week he has finally started to bark! Turnip was rescued from his chain of horror in January…no one has heard him bark since he was rescued. This week he barked and howled in the backyard a couple of times…we clapped and cheered for him. There really isn’t anything more lovely than watching this dog heal socially and emotionally from the years of abuse and neglect.
Taking care of our first foster has been a great experience. He is reminding us how important the simple things in life are…like the taking the time to appreciate the loved one’s around us who make life so good. For more about Turnip’s story read his first post.
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