“Give Thanks” Recycled Painted Jars

If you have some extra glass jars that were headed for the recycling bin, don’t toss them just yet! Use them to create this adorable decoration that can be adapted for any season or occasion! Look for jars of different sizes and shapes  If you have the lids, great! If not, you can still made it work.  🙂

I’m using fall colors to go with my saying “Give Thanks”, but the possibles are endless – Welcome, Happy Birthday or maybe even Happy Holidays! You could use the same jars and just switch the sayings for each season!

Materials:

  • Jars with lids (can be done without a lid) I used 7
  • Acrylic paint (I’m using 7 different colors)
  • Twine
  • Sticker letters to spell out Give Thanks
  • Cardstock paper and/or Kraft paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Double stick tape
  • Optional: Ink pad (brown), 3-D adhesive square or dots, berry pick, wire and pinecone

 

Directions:

Select the jars you like, make sure they are clean inside and out.  (Goo Gone is great for getting off the sticky labels!)  Get out the acrylic paints and find your colors.  Line your jars up in the order you want to display them , and match your paint to the jar. I like to put my paint in front of the jars in order to get a look at how the colors and jar shapes flow.  Now that  you know which color is going into each jar, the fun part begins…here we go!

Pour some paint into the jar – about 3 tablespoons (you can always add more). Put the lid on and roll jar around, letting the paint coat the inside.  If the kids are old enough (we are using glass!) get them to help. After you see the paint has covered the inside, with lid still on, turn jar upside down for just a few minutes, letting the extra paint run into lid.  Take the lid off, throw it away and let the painted jar dry upright.  Repeat for each jar. FYI:  it might take an afternoon for the paint to dry.

While the paint is drying let’s work on the saying, “Give Thanks”.  I’m using stickers (from the scrap booking section of the craft store) – one style  for “give” (which I’m putting all together on one jar),  and different styles of stickers for each letter of “thanks” (which I am going to use a different jar for each letter).

First cut Kraft card stock paper or colored card stock to a size that fits your jars.  The paper that I will stick  “give” on to  is a different size than the others. I cut the papers for “thanks” all the same size  (mine are 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″) and  I inked around the sides.

Cut another piece of card stock, smaller than the first .  I inked around the sides with brown, and add a letter.  Do this for each letter until you have t-h-a-n-k, and a larger one for “give”.

With a punch, make a hole for the twine or ribbon.  I made only one hole for the twine to go through for each letter of “thanks” since the paper is skinner. Since my “give” is larger and different type of sticker, I wanted it tie on a little different.  So I punch 2 holes, bring the twine through one hole and around to the other.  Making a small knot on each end.

I used twine to tie the letters on, but ribbon would work also.  Pull both ends of twine through punched hole, looping around jar.  You can pull it tight or loose to let the letter hang down.  Make a knot to hold in place.

Get creative with recycled jars and paint!

I will be changing my jars to say “welcome” after the Thanksgiving season is over. Half the work will already be done, I can use the jars and just change the letters and the order of the jars for a new look!  So easy and fun! 🙂

Just a reminder, acrylic paint is water based, which means if you were to fill a paint coated jar with water (if you wanted to put fresh flowers in jar) the paint will start to dissolve.

Easy Spider Halloween Decorations

It’s so easy to be invaded by spiders!  Making these little critters is a quick and easy project, perfect to do with the kids!

Materials:

  • Smooth styrofoam balls (any size)
  • Black paint and paint brush
  • Black pipe cleaners –  8 for each spider
  • 2 “googly” eyes for each spider
  • fishing line or strong thread and large long needle
  • hot glue

Paint the balls black (get some help from the kids for this fun step) and let dry.  If you want your spiders to hang from a web, thread the large needle with fishing line or strong thread.  Pull needle through the center of the ball (pliers might help to pull needle through) and tie off end.

That was the hard part.

For the legs I find it easier to make a hole for each pipe cleaner leg with the large needle or a tooth pick.  Hot glue each piper cleaner leg in, and glue two eyes. Bend and shape the legs, and your spider is done!

Hang them from webbed branches,  to make a fun center piece , hang them in the windows or the door ways, add them to a wreath or just have them “walking” on the table.

Halloween Ribbon Wreath

This is the fastest wreath you will ever put together!  This ribbon wrapped wreath can be make for any holiday or special event – I love this because the possibilities are endless. It looks great hanging on the door, also hanging in a window, or the back of the hostess chair, and even as a centerpiece with a glass hurricane and candle in the center of it.

The hardest part of this whole project is picking out which ribbons to use!

Materials:

  • Foam wreath
  • straight pins (I use .75″ sequin pins, you get 300 for $1)
  • Ribbon (a fun mixture of  patterns and solids and in varying widths)

 

Gather up your ribbon and let’s get started! Cut your ribbons into 6 1/2″ pieces (that is the size of my wreath when ribbon is wrapped around, check your size before cutting).  You will need about 40 pieces of ribbon (save some for a bow).  Start wrapping, using pins to hold in place.  I overlapped some and even added ribbon pieces on top of others.

Be creative and have fun.  If you want to add a bow, use the pins to hold it in place.  By adding a ribbon piece to the back again use the to hold you can make a hanger.

Now this is what I love – when you are finished displaying the wreath,  pull the pins out and save, put ribbon pieces (and bow) in bag with label and save for next year.  Your wreath is ready for the next holiday….or birthday….baby shower….like I said, endless possibilities.

 

 

 

Easy Fall Decorations

Decorating for fall is so fun, but with the holidays right around the corner, it’s important that the decorations be easy and inexpensive! Here are 2 super quick (and cheap!) fall decorating ideas:

1. As the weather starts to turn (OK, not so much here in Florida, but surely the weather is getting cooler somewhere!), take advantage of some of those bare branches on your trees by cutting off some of the larger sticks and stick them in a cute vase for a super easy decoration.

2. Next time you’re at the craft store, grab some cloth stem wire (it can be found in the floral section – or maybe you have some left over after making your book pumpkin 🙂 )  and a package of  natural looking decorative filler (the kind used for filling vases & such).

Just hot glue the filler balls onto the ends of the wires, display in a fun vase, and you’ve got a super easy fall “floral” arrangement!

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