Friday, November 12, 2010

A Handmade Christmas: Day 12 with All Things Related

Hey everyone! Rebekah, here, from All Thingz Related! I'm so happy to be here for A Handmade Christmas!
I have 3 kids which means a whole bunch of teachers! School teachers, teacher's aides, bus drivers, Sunday School teachers...with all these teachers, gifts can get expensive! Here is an inexpensive gift that I'm sure they all will appreciate!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. empty jars- widemouth works best. ex: pickle jars, salsa jars, dip jar OR you can use small glass vases from Dollar Tree
  2. cheap decorative napkins with large detail (found mine at Wal-Mart)
  3. Mod Podge
  4. glitter. my picture shows regular glitter but, tried & tested, it didn't work. You will need FINE glitter (found mine at Michael's)
  5. very sharp scissors
  6. paint brush
Using your sharp scissors, cut around your image. You may need to exclude parts of your image, depending on the size of your jar.

Paint a layer of Mod Podge inside the jar where you want your image.

Carefully insert your image and smooth out best you can. There will be wrinkles but they will smooth out as they dry.

Because napkins have 2 layers, you will need to separate them. (NOTE: Only do this if your glitter is light colored. If your glitter is dark, leave the layers together or else your image will be to thin, the glitter will show through too much and you won't be able to see your image!)
Carefully remove the back layer of the napkin:

Smooth your image again. I found it easier to smooth with a clean paint brush.
Now, add another coat of Mod Podge over the image and the whole inside of the jar, including the bottom, being careful not to tear your image.

Quickly cover the inside of the with glitter.

Set aside and allow it to dry completely!  It will take awhile, possibly even overnight. Here it is drying:

Once completely dry, tap your jar and dump out any loose glitter. You may need to repeat the step of layering Mod Podge and glitter if there are thin spots. I did. When it's dry, seal it with another layer of Mod Podge.

Once again, dry completely. If you plan on making several of these, it would probably be a good idea to do them all at once since the drying time is so long.

Now for the finishing touches! I hot glued twine around the rim of my jar.

Then I added ribbon and a little bow and packaged it up with a candle for giving!
**If you are going to burn a candle in your new holders, I highly suggest that you use votives that come in small glasses. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.**

You could even include a tiny box of matches in the package! Have fun!

Thank you Rebekah.  I am just loving this idea!  So simple and cute.  Love it.  Rebekah and her sister in law Bridgette are always sharing fabulous ideas and tutorials on their blog All Things Related.  Go check it out and see what fun things they are up to. 


Alison said...

This is so darling!! Tasha, I am really loving this series!!!

Maridith said...

That is super cute!!

Tasha- you know I love homemade gifts. These are all great ideas.

Chris said...

Very sweet.

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