Friday, April 29, 2011

Fantastic Friday Find - Spoonflower!

I'm so excited to share my love of this Fantastic Friday Find. This is not just love; this is complete, fanatic, ridiculous, over-the-top love! Spoonflower.com allows the everyday Suzy Crafter to design and purchase their own fabric designs! It takes the whole D.I.Y. experience to a whole new level! Not really the graphic designer type? Then just browse the awesome unique work of others. And I'm not talking just cotton either, they have sateen, knit, linen, twill, the list goes on. But my favorite part? They offer two organic fabric options!!! I may have just died and gone to fabric heaven. Could it get any better? Oh yes. If you design and share a print, you get an instant 10% discount on all orders. Amazing.

Prepare yourself for awesomeness.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Earth Day Dare #7

In my brainstorming of the final Earth Day Dare I had about 100 different ideas. It took me FOREVER to narrow it down, which is why I'm running a bit late today, but I think this one will be a hit. That is, unless others aren't as obsessed with burlap as I am. But who doesn't like burlap?

I currently have a burlap bag that once held a couple pounds of rice that's begging me to make a decision as to what it's next incarnation will be. Here are a couple of my favorite options:
1) Looking to bring a little rustic flair into your living space? Burlap pillows would be the perfect accessory! These crafty pillows were a flattering replication of some pillows Mrs DIY found in a Ballard Designs catalog. The end product was clearly a huge success and she documented the process here. 

2) On Earth Day Dare #5 I posted a neat idea for a coffee cozie, but if you're interested in keeping that beer cold, this is the project for you. Strictly Homemade posted this great idea as a way to utilize all the wedding cozie's people might have lying around, but I think this would be a great idea for making wedding cozies! Her easy diy instructions are on her blog here.

3) I have found that the quickest way to change the look in your dining room is to change up the table presentation...which is why I currently own about five tablecloths and three sets of place mats. These quick and easy placemats may soon be set number four. This project, which I found on the Pickles and Cheese blog, couldn't be easier, so check out the instructions here.

4) Of all the burlap bag diy projects out there, this one is by far my favorite. La Maison Reid developed these great step by step instructions on exactly how to make this stylish bag. 

Where to Buy:

Buy #1: Burlap pillows are in no short supply, but I found a seller who stands apart from the rest. BrinandNohl go above and beyond the others in their effort to use recycled burlap and their end products are fantastic. Browse their pillows, as well as their recycled baskets in the shop here

Buy #2: Sorry guys, I came up short on a seller for these cozie's. Though I was able to find someone making burlap coffee cozies, so perhaps you could special order them from Fabricattic.


Buy #3: If you're not into quickly making a few of these placemats for yourself, HarrietsHaven has the perfect option. Her store, which you can browse here, has plenty of placemats to browse will all sorts of patterns. 


Buy #4: I am so excited to share this seller with you! DC Bag Designs makes super cool bags in all sorts of different patterns that come from the recycled coffee burlap bags that they use. Even if you don't want one, you'll want to browse her shop. Click here!


In closing, I'd like to express how much fun this has been! The process of the Earth Dare series has produced a lot of great ideas for me and all of your support has been a real motivator for me. I thank you all for your support and I hope you'll continue to visit as I branch out in to new and varied crafting topics.

Craft on my friends!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Earth Day Dare #6

An Earth Day series about reusing common household goods wouldn't be complete without at least a couple ideas on how to reuse cans! I used fabric covered cans with a bit of twine as hanging flower pots to line the aisle at my wedding, but it appears the possibilities are endless. I have listed here some of my favorites, so start saving those soup cans!
1) Would you believe these fun wood-grain planters are left over dinner, wrapping paper and shellac?! Apartment Therapy posted instructions here on how you too can make these chic little planters.

2) Like tuna? Do any sewing? Then you should have the tools to make this great pin cushion. I see this as the perfect rainy day project for some bored miniature crafters. I, personally, like to use the arm of my couch as a pin cushion, but hubby doesn't really appreciate it so I'm thinking of taking advantage of these instructions from The Dollar Store Crafts on how to make one of my very own.

3) Considering my love affair with mason jars, I'm not in need of any canisters for my pens and scissors, but if I was, I'd be all over these cute cans! This project was created by The Long Thread and this, along with a couple other can covering ideas, are located here. Don't sew? No worries! They also have instructions on how to create a similar project using card stock. 

4) I. Love. These. Luminaries!! Originally posted on 100 Layer Cake  the easy step by step instructions include use of a power tool, which makes this project even better. You can find the instructions on how to make your own recycled night lights here but don't stop at table numbers, sky's the limit!

Where to Buy:

NHWoodscreationsBuy #1: If you love these recycled faux-wood grain canisters you're going to LOVE these real birch wood covered recycled canisters made by NHWoodsCreations! With an offering of many different sizes and styles, you can find a canister for whatever your needs in their great shop here.
RavenscroftStudioBuy #2: If you thought the above pin cushion was cool, you haven't seen the pin cushions offered by Ravenscroft Studio! Though her can of choice is a cat food can, you'll never know that is what's inside these awesome recycled cushions.
artsymomma2Buy #3: If you have use for a nice fabric covered can and are fresh out of soup, don't fear! Artsymomma2 has a couple of great options in her shop here.
KrackleWoodsBuy #4: If you thought the table number idea was fun, you're going to love the options offered by KrackleWoods, but you'll have to move fast because there's only one left! Snag this recycled treat here.  

Monday, April 25, 2011

Earth Day Dare #5

This past weekend, I came to the conclusion that I have too many pairs of jeans in my closet that no longer fit. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that I'm not the only woman in the world who currently owns, and has readily accessible in her closet, an array of jeans in sizes that no longer apply to her. It's not rational, but they're there. They've survived about as many moves as it has been years since they've fit me, but instead of throwing them out, as I should have done numerous times over, I hang on to them. After all, there may come a day when I'm in need of a pair of jeans in one of those sizes. Right? But enough's enough, and I'm done staring at the damn things. So it got me thinking, what do I do with them now?

Being who I am, my first instinct was to try and think of what to craft with them so I went online and searched the net for awesome denim ideas. Surprisingly, most of them were pretty awful (unless you're looking for an apron made out of the butt of your jeans), but I did find a couple that I absolutely MUST share! I also decided that I'd donate the bulk of my old jeans and only keep a pair or two. Hubby works for a wonderful nonprofit (shout out to Miriam's Kitchen!) and I know how much they rely on donations.

Here are a few great ways old jeans can be used:
1) I personally love this pot holder idea. We never seem to have enough pot holders around, and it's not something I ever think to buy for myself when I'm out but I'd love to stitch one together quick! The woman who posted this fun tip has a great blog called The Sassy Crafter, check her out!

2) Cut-off wallet anyone? This is a fun idea for that favorite pair of jeans you just can't bare to part with. This project, developed by littleberry on Instructables has a step by step guide on how to replicate the project here.

3) Being that I'm not a parent, I don't generally pay very close attention to baby accessories, but I fell instantly in love with these bibs! From the blog ThimblyThings, all you need is your old jeans, some coordinating fabric of your choice, and a pretty little ribbon. Get the step-by-step here.

4) The minute I saw these coffee sleeves being sold in coffee shops, I wanted to make one. I mean, why spend $10 on something that would be way more fun to make? WasoCafeNews posted instructions here on how to put this understated cozie together.

Where to Buy:
Buy #1: If denim pot holders are a must have for you and you're not willing to take the scissors to them, check out DenimForever, a new seller on Etsy with some beautiful option. Browse the selection here.



Buy #2: Looking to acquire one of these great denim wallets? Go with CRAP! Not kidding. CRAP (Craft Brewers Re-cyled Art Project) is a vendor from Canada that uses what others would consider trash to create awesome usable items! Check their "CRAP" out here!


Buy #3: It didn't take me long to locate a seller making super cute recycled denim bibs. Dragunflidesignz has a couple of really cute options in her store here. 



Buy #4: While there are a number of denim coffee cozie sellers, one stood out from the others. Claudiascreation1  creates recycled cozies with an extra artistic flair. Check them out here.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Earth Day Dare #4

How blessed are we to have received such beautiful weather on this glorious Easter Day?! After a week of rain and dreariness this sunny respite has me dreaming of plush green trees, chirping birds and gardens. A matter of fact, 'tis the season to be getting those gardens started! Which means you're in luck, because for Earth Day Dare #4 I've provided four fun and useful garden related re-purposing ideas.

1) If you're like me and don't live in a house, or a location where a traditional garden is possible, you've been bound to the world of pots, which honestly take up way more floor space than I care to part with on my already too-small terrace. This little project takes a pallet and turns it into a vertical planter. How cool is that?! The idea was developed by a master gardener named Fern Richardson and it's only one of many ingenious container gardening ideas that she share on her blog Life on the Balcony. You can find instructions on her pallet planter here.

2) Speaking of planters, #2 isn't just another tired old planter idea. Get it? TIREd? I couldn't resist. While these little planters would look silly on my little patio, they would look great on the bare side of a house or, like they have here, on the side of a garage. This project comes to us via Recaptured Charm and though I am certain, being the intelligent individuals that you are, you don't need step by step instructions, you can find them here should you need them.

3) This little idea comes directly from my kitchen. I have a keurig, and while I love it's convenience, I hate the waste, so I started saving them. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them (other than annoy my husband), but early last year it dawned on me that they would make perfect little seed planters! Used pods already have a little hole at the bottom of the cup, which is perfect for drainage, so I just clean out the pods, fill them with soil, put in the little seeds, stick the pods in a 11 x 7 rectangular pan and set it in the window. Et Viola! A couple weeks later I've got little seedlings ready for planting.

I thought for sure there would be at least one person on the internet that had had this same idea and had taken pictures of their finished product, but they hadn't and I don't have any sprouting seedings yet so, please excuse the generic photo above.

4) These beautiful re-purposed vintage spoons have definitely gone viral and you've possibly seen them a couple times over now, but I couldn't leave them out of this garden inspired post. They're just too pretty! Crafting a Green World has posted a simple and sweet tutorial on how to make these garden accents and it can be found here.

Where to Buy:
Buy #1: Again, I remind you that the purpose of the Earth Day posts are not to buy, but to reuse, still there are options available for those that want to have someone else reuse for you. I've found a brand new seller on Etsy that re-purposes pallets into planters, though they're different than the one I've shared here. You can find Brittford's shop here.

Buy #2: Old tires are probably dirt cheap if you're willing to trek out to a junk yard or negotiate with the auto body shop down the road, but if you're looking for something a bit more...fun, I've found a seller who makes awesome hanging tire planters in the shape of toucan's and parrots! RecycledCreationsLLC has figured out how to work magic with old tires! Check them out here.

Buy #3: Unfortunately, you guys are on your own with this one. If you're starting seedlings and don't have a keurig, I encourage you to use egg shells, or an egg carton, or even cut up paper towel rolls!

Buy #4: If you're looking to buy some beautiful vintage silver spoon markets for your garden, you need to see the Hammerman. With a shop full of beautiful spoons with all sorts of herb labels, you're bound to find what you're looking for, and if you don't, message him! Browse his goodies here. 

It's my hope that this post will inspire you to look around the kitchen, garage, or cutlery drawer and think green. If you come up with any great ideas that you'd like to share, visit the "Submit Your Project" page and tell me about it. Now, go forth and garden!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earth Day Dare #3

Raise your hand if you have old towels and sheets kicking around your linen closet. Now put your hand back down, you look silly. Today's Earth Day Dare has some fantastic ideas on how to upcycle old towels, tired old sheets, T-shirts you no longer wear and random socks you can't find the matches to. These ideas are so fun, and so simple, you'll wonder why you hadn't tried them ages ago!
1) Take a look at these cute little pots. Now look closer. These pots have been adorned with last seasons patterned socks! When's the last time you saw anything this adorable?! Labeled the "Orphan Sock" project, this fun idea is from the Orla Kiely and was featured on Everyday Mag.

2) This chic little bathmat may look like it would cost $30, but it's made from old towels and gridded mat. Designer Michelle Kaufmann came up with this great little project and has kindly provided a printable PDF here.

3) How soft does this rug look? Would you believe that it's made of old white T-shirts? I love this project, I can totally see this in the middle of my living room floor. Don't have any old T-shirts? Try using old jersey sheets. You can find detailed instructions on how to replicate this project here.

4) You've seen this pillow before right? They're all over the shelves right now, but this one is special... it's made from a T-shirt! What a great idea!! I have about three old t-shirts that will meet this fate. You can find the to-do for this fun project on Floral Shower Crafts site here. 

Where to Buy:
Buy #1: While there doesn't appear to be anyone out there selling single used socks, I recommend the sock site www.joyofsocks.com for some fun knee sock options. The terra cotta pots are available at your local hardware store or www.terracottastore.com

Buy #2: West Elm sells some beautiful recycled rugs that look very similar to these diy rugs. For $29 you can take home one of these great rugs here.

Buy #3: This recycled rug can be found from a bunch of mainstream vendors but I found a great shop on Etsy you may want to check out. TrilliumsArtisans, based out of Portland Oregon, makes rugs in different shapes, colors and sizes. Check out their awesome collection here.

Buy #4:  If you're fresh out of old T-shirts and want to purchase these beautiful pillows, I have the shop for you. TheHomeCentric has more pillows in more colors with more ruffles than you could dream of, so good luck choosing! You can find their beautiful shop here.

So there you are folks, four great reasons why you'll never have to toss out another item from your linen closet. And who knows? You might be asking friends and family to donate theirs!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Dare #2

As I sit here, about to share Earth Day Dare #2 with you, I am working on adding a seventh empty wine bottle to my growing collection; which is PERFECT because after scouring the sites of the web's craftiest minds, I can barely keep myself from breaking out the bottle cutter right now! You guys are going to love this!

1 & 3) I'm lumping these two beautiful examples of wine bottle re-purposing because they are both examples of "simple" bottle cutting. Picture 1 is an example of some beautiful flower vases and picture 3 is a trio of super cute water glasses that have been sandblasted to add a unique design to them. For complete instructions and more great photos on cutting and sandblasting see this ingenious tutorial from Plastolux on Curbly here.

2) These amazing wine bottle hanging lights will not be easy to reproduce but there will come a day when I attempt to duplicate these beautiful pieces of art. Though I was unable to find diy instructions online, I'm guessing it will require a bottle cutter, gorilla glue (because that stuff is A-MAZing), frosting spray, a socket cord set and a perfectionist's patience. I'm totally game.

4) These pretty little bottles were used as bud vases at my wedding. We used large water bottles, hot glue, cotton fabric in our wedding colors and ribbon. Each one was unique and it added both color and height to the tables.

5) How cool are these little wine bottle oil lamps?! With summer around the corner, I'm in danger of having my HOA start writing me nasty letters for installing a bunch of these on our terrace. In. Love! And what's even better is that the creater Erik put together a great step by step guide on how to duplicate the project here.

Where to Buy:
Buy #1: Perhaps my favorite part about this post is the ability to share with you one of the coolest sellers on Etsy. Bottlehood, a maker of these great bottle vases, has a great story. Based out of San Diego, CA they realized that restaurants use a lot of bottles and they decided to capitalize on it. One man's trash is another man's treasure! They have a great shop full of bottle related goodies. Even if you're not interested in buying, you must check them out here.

Buy #2: You won't find these pretty lights on Etsy, but the artist is selling his work. Jerry Knot can be reached at his website here, be prepared to spend at least $130 for the small ones and over $400 for the big ones.

Buy #3: I love these little glasses. Aside from being beautiful, I'm guessing they're damn near impossible to break, which in my house is a major plus. Julie Neatherlin has a great little shop on Etsy where she's selling these upcycled pieces at $30 for 4. You can find her shop here.

Buy #4: Not surprisingly, I was unable to find any sellers of fabric and ribbon covered wine bottles. If you're looking to acquire these pretty little bud vases you have two options: make them yourself, or message me. I've got lots of practice:)

Buy #5: In my search for someone who sells these awesome wine bottle oil lamps I stumbled across a seller who not only sells kits for them, but takes the whole concept to the next level with indoor versions. You have to check out this store. Shaw Kopp shares his goods here.

So, my friends, in closing of day two of the Earth Day Dare I leave you with two words: Drink up!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day Dare #1

So, for those of you who don't already know, today is Earth Day! Yay! Go Green! Personally, I think it's lame that we have to give Earth a day in order for people to help people remember the importance of taking care of this habitat we're borrowing from future generations. I mean, a day? One freaking day?!? French Fries have a day (July 13th), Underwear have a day (August 5th), even Hats have a day (January 15th). I'm baffled that something as significant and, well, AMAZING as the Earth is dedicated only 24 hours while "poetry" gets the whole month of April. Seriously? Poetry month?! So, in protest of Earth "Day," I'm giving the Earth a WEEK on my blog in hopes that something I share may inspire some sustainably crafty love that will last forever. Or at least longer than it would have if you just threw the items out.

Each day for the next 7 day's I'll challenge you to stop short of throwing out common household items and to give them new life by using them to create beautiful and/or useful crafts. You don't have to do them all, just pick one, or better yet, use them as inspiration to dream up one of your own!

Today, for Earth Day Dare #1, I'm daring you all to refrain from throwing out those newspapers and books that you've been kicking around and instead, breathe new life into them with some of the following crafty ideas.

1) This adorable little gift bag idea was developed by Jessica Jones, a talented graphic and textile designer. She laid out super easy to follow instructions on her web page here. I can't wait to put together a bunch of these and set them aside for gift giving season!

2) These wonderfully romantic wall flowers made from vintage music sheets was inspired by Merriment Events in Richmond, VA for a wedding they organized. They didn't include instructions but it looks simple enough. For each flower cut out 6 pointed ellipses of the same size and glue them together at the bottom. Make many of them of varying different sizes and you have a wonderful focal point for any large empty wall!

3) This wreath is perhaps one of my favorite projects yet. I love how casual yet elegant it looks! A fellow crafter by the name of Lindsay came up with this project after seeing something similar at a garage sale. She laid out wonderfully detailed instructions on her site here. I must make one of these, maybe two.

4) These beautiful little flowers would be perfect adornments to gifts, ornaments on a tree, or scattered about on a table for a special event. For instructions on how to make these, along with a bunch of other little crafts made from book pages, visit Alisa Burke's page here.

Where to Buy
An important part of this blog for me is to provide an option for those that "don't" want to craft the projects. Although the  purpose of this particular entry is to not buy something new but to reuse what you have, I feel it necessary to stick to my mission.

Buy #1: I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to find someone selling gift bags made from old newspapers, but I was wrong. Mindimade has a nice little shop on Etsy selling these crafty little bags $10 for 2. You can find them here.

Buy #2: For those of you who don't have any sheet music laying around, there is luckily a paper folding ninja (danamazing) on Etsy who makes delicate, beautiful little flowers like the ones above. You can browse her stock here.

Buy #3: Those beautiful little wreaths are currently being made and sold by prettygraybench on Etsy for $30 each. You can find the listings here.

Buy #4: Though not identical to the ones in the picture above, thepapergirl on Etsy has a variety of different paper flowers for use as anything from centerpieces to boutinnerres at a wedding. Pick your favorite here.

So what do you think? Will you ever look at a book the same way again?!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Crafts and Cocktails

Those of you who know me well enough to be updated on my current events know that my free time as of recently has been consumed by refinishing our recently purchased home. In the last couple of months we've added a new tile back-splash to the kitchen, repainted the common areas, and replaced some of the furniture that had survived both a kitty who loves to claw and a puppy that loves to chew. When we purchased the new sofa, the salesman kindly threw in two lovely new lamps, both adorned with perfectly ugly gold lampshades.

Initially I attempted to swap out the outdated shades with the ones from the old lamps, but they were too small 't and looked ridiculous. As far as I was concerned, that left me with only 1 option: Crafts and Cocktails.

Looking through what I affectionately refer to as my "Hobby Closet" I searched for inspiration on how to freshen up these shades. I had twine, a bunch of paint, tons of fabrics and about 15 spools of ribbon. One of those spools of ribbon was a white satin that I had purchased for my wedding and ever ended up using. And there was tons of it. Bingo.

I had my "craft", so I gathered the few items I would need to complete the project and then headed to the kitchen for my "cocktail". It didn't take long for me to decide what I was in the mood for. It's my experience that everyone has a go-to item on the bar. Some have their favorite scotch, a brand of vodka, a cordial, etc. I, being the connoisseur (a.k.a. snobby, pretentious bar snot) that I am, love St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. I put that sh*t in everything. Well, not really, but it does make for a stellar addition to margaritas and martinis!

What followed was a damn fine martini, 2 blistered fingers, many versions of known, and unknown swear words and a classy new lampshade even my oblivious husband complimented. I've included both my beverage recipe and the project instructions here. Cheers!

Elderflower Martini

Materials Needed:
-2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
-1.5 oz Pear vodka
-.25 oz Lemon Juice
-1 Martini Glass
-1 Shaker
-Ice

Instructions:
1. Fill the shaker with ice
2. Add all liquid ingredients
3. Shake, with vigor.
4. Strain into martini glass
5. Drink and repeat.

D.I.Y Ribbon Lampshades

Lampshade Before
Makes: 1 lampshade, 2 blistered fingers
Time: 1.5 hours (2 with martini)

Materials Needed:
-A lampshade
-Hot glue gun with extra glue sticks-Ribbon. Lots and lots of ribbon.
-Sissors

Instructions:
1. Pick a spot on the lamp to start. I recommend gluing the first piece just inside the top of the lamp, pulling the ribbon straight down and cutting it just slightly beyond the bottom of the shade. Glue the end of the ribbon under and inside the bottom of the shade.

2. Repeat step 1. Over and over again. If you have a cone shaped lamp shade like I did you’ll notice that the ribbon doesn’t stay straight for long, as you have to angle the ribbon from the top in order to cover an equal amount of the shade at the bottom. That’s OK! Try creating different patterns, or even using ribbons with different thicknesses and colors.

3. When you get bored, run out of ribbon, or cover the entire lamp, stop gluing. Screw the thing back on the lamp base, and enjoy…the rest of your martini.

Where to Buy:
I found a wonderful seller on Etsy by the name of Isabel Stanley. Her shades are bright and beautiful. Far more exciting than my simple white shade, though in my defense, I wanted to add color but hubby made me stop. "Put down the gun...the glue gun," were his exact words I believe.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

For the love of all things...

If you think about it, the word "Love" is such a wonderfully versatile word. I say it probably 100 times a day. "Oh, I love that/him/her!" or "I would love it if..." or "Don't you love it when...?" Then of course there is the many "I love you" and "I love you too's" that occur in a given day. The word can depict a state of passion, great happiness, affection or contentedness so I count myself lucky to have so many things/people in my life that can be tagged with the word "love."

A longtime favorite phrase of mine is "Do what you love, love what you do." It's my go-to phrase when I'm stuck in a situation where I'm trying to make a tough decision. So, when trying to decide what I wanted to share with you all on this little blog of mine I asked myself, "What do I love?" Aside from my friends, family, pets and job my list of "loves" turned out to be fairly short and simple. I love nature, food, and crafts. From there it was simple. I've decided to "do what I love" by "sharing what I love."

The goal is this: share fun ideas/projects that are accompanied by easy to follow and print instructions on how to replicate the project, information on where to buy the materials necessary to execute the project, AND whenever possible, provide at least one option on where to buy the finished product should you find that you love the project but don't want to make the item yourself.

As my first expression of love I'd like to share with you my love for mason jars.
Photo courtesy of Weddingbee
"Vintage" Blue Mason Jars
Perhaps the most sought-after type of mason jar, the precious vintage blue jars usually carry a hefty price tag. Luckily there are creative souls out there that have developed easy and fun ways of transforming new (less expensive) mason jars into beautiful blue replicas.
This project was created by Heather from Like a Cup of Tea. I found a number of DIY methods of creating your own blue jars, but I liked the results from this one the best.

Materials Needed:
Newspaper or cardboard for protecting workspace
Water
Mason Jars
Mod Podge
Blue Food Coloring
Container for mixing dye (will stain so pick something you’re not concerned about ruining)

Instructions:
1. Put down newspaper or cardboard to protect your workspace (You’ll be turning the jars over to drain and won’t want to stain your surface).
2. Get your mason jars and pour about an 1/4 to 1/2 of a cup of Luster Mod Podge into one of them.
3. In your container put in about two teaspoons of water. Add desired food coloring and mix well until dissolved.
4. Pour into Mod Podge and mix well.
5. Swirl until completely coated and then pour into your next jar.
6. Repeat on all jars. Once completed and drained well, turn upside down on to the newspaper or cardboard you’ve lined your workspace with so you don’t end up with a puddle in the bottom.
Photo courtesy of Likeacupoftea
7. Once fully drained, place jars in the cold oven upside down and heat to the lowest setting. This will reduce chance of breakage. Bake for about 20 minutes to set the MP mixture. As long as your MP mixture was thick enough, you should turn out with a nice evenly coated jar. If you’re cautious, let them dry about 50% and then place in the oven.
8. When you remove them from the oven, turn them right side up to dry or they will stick to your draining surface.
Photo courtesy of Likeacupoftea
Where to Buy:
I wasn't able to find anyone that is out there selling these blue mason reproductions, but should you like to buy the genuine vintage blue jars I recommend Etsy.

Notes about this project:
-Please do not use the finished product for the consumption of food or drink. Once you've colored your jars, they are no longer suitable for food or beverage contact.
-I encourage you to stretch your creativity by trying colors other than blue! Try pink, green, purple, etc. They even have some neat neon colored food dye out there that could make for a great twist!



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