Monday, November 14, 2011

{ Handmade Christmas - #2 }

So you love mason jars just as much as I do.

You have tons, you've either bought or collected, or reused, and you're wondering what to do with them.

I have another great idea for an inexpensive and yet adorable Christmas gift, that just like my previous one with the Personalized Candles, opens up a whole world of possibilities.

This one comes from Arrow and Apple.

First here's some homemade Mod Podge.  So easy. 

Mod Podge

A jar
Elmers Glue

Empty the glue bottle into the jar, add water.  It has to be a 50% glue, 50% water solution.  Close the lid tight and shake really well.  That's it :)


Bookpage Jars
Credit:  Arrow & Apple

Mod Podge
Old book pages, newspaper, anything paper

Step 1 - Rinse out your jars and remove labels. A good way to get labels off is to first fill the jars with hot water, let them soak a few minutes, and while the hot water is in the jar, just peel the label off. Brilliant.


Step 2 - Pick out your pages and glue them with mod-podge onto the jars.


Step 3 - Let your jars dry on wax paper for a few hours.

Step 4 - Do extra decorating if you like - tie ribbon or string around for a little more color!


Step 5 - Put candles in and you're done.

OR pop in a flower :)


I think there are so many ways to do this. I'm thinking for someone who loves cooking, maybe an old recipe?

For someone who loves music, print out some music sheets and use those?

Photos, pictures, text. You name it :)

I think that's another Christmas gift figured out for me.


Karen said...

LOVE this idea, Sandra! A page from a good romance novel, with red ribbon -- great for Valentine's day:)

Amy @ Heritage Homemaker said...

Oh wow!! Love this idea! Off to thrift store tomorrow to look for an old book or two for pages !

carla said...

Saw it on pinterest - am always on the lookout for more bookpage crafting ideas.

I love the way it looks, especially with the candle burning.

Nice project!

Shari said...

very beautiful, very well done! my family is finally moving out of our townhome and getting our 'dream home' There is a lovely spot on the fireplace for these!! Thanks for sharing your creativity, I will be following your blog. Yes, btw, found you on Pinterest :-)

Sondra Owens said...

what kind of candle should u put in the jar?