School is out for the summer, and that means loads of down time. Need a kids craft idea to keep little hands busy? Making a mini fish tank is inexpensive and fun (even if you’re a grown up!). I actually pulled the idea for this project from my own childhood. When I was a kid, I made one of these mini fish tanks for my dollhouse. I remember being so pleased with myself, because it looked so real with the tinted water, and the fish could actually float! Continue Reading
I always stop by the little Christmas village displays in craft stores and look at them for a while, wondering how I could use bits and pieces of it in my holiday decorating without being tacky. It turns out I wasn’t thinking creatively enough, because this simple solution is absolutely perfect for me. Rebekah of A Bit of Sunshine displayed her little pieces in a collection of apothecary jars, which now has me looking everywhere for fun shaped jars. Continue Reading
So you LOVE blue Mason jars, but don’t have the cash to run to your nearest antique store to buy any. OR you LOVE the idea of colored glass but just not blue glass. No worries. Craftberry Bush teaches us how to dye any old clear glass jar rescued from the recycling into any color we desire. The cool thing is, we probably have everything we need to make some already on hand. Here’s the supply list:
- clean jar/s
- Mod Podge or white Elmer’s glue
- paint brush
- food coloring
Go to any yard sale or secondhand shop and one thing is apparently clear: there is no lack of goofy vases in the world. Kim turned her thrift store vases (purchased for 50 cents a piece) into something quite lovely using nothing but craft paint. (Here’s the tute.)
This next one is the same idea using jars & bottles that were rescued from the recycling bin.
Speaking of the recycling bin, these bottles were given new lives with nothing but labels. Continue Reading
Lauren and her electrician husband determined to make a jar pendant chandelier modeled after Pottery Barn’s Exeter light fixture (pictured below), which retails for $399. Lauren & Co. pulled their homemade version together for less than a hundred bucks. Not exactly a how-to, per se, but Lauren does cover some of the details explaining the process at Our Hiding Place.
So how did Lauren and her boo do???
Kristy assures us we can whip up one of these lovely lacy lights in 5 minutes. The supplies? Minimal, just like we like it!
- large jar(s)
- an old lace table cloth (or lace yardage from the fabric store)
- measuring tape
- LED battery operated light(s)
- sewing machine, thread, etc.
To see the entire tute (she has a great slideshow version posted) head on over to kootoyoo.com.
These sweet hanging jar lanterns come to us from Crafty Nest, who tells us they are not only easy but cheap to make! Supplies you’ll need to make some include….
- a few glass jars (canning or food jars from the recycle bin)
- wire (the maker suggests using 16 gauge galvanized steel)
- wire cutters
- long matches or a lighter with a long handle
- votives or small pillar candles (tea lights would work too)
- tape measure
- needle-nosed plier
To see the entire tutorial, scamper on over to this post on Crafty Nest.
Got jars? Need frames? Do this.
It’s a chair. Made out of jars. See more examples of how Johnny’s brain works by visiting his website.(His Nickel Couch, made out of approximately 7,000 nickels, is definitely worth a gander. It’s lovely.)
Martha shows us how to easily turn ordinary glass jars into pretty storage containers using glass etching and stick-on letters.
To make them, you’ll need:
- painter’s tape
- vinyl stick-on letters & decorative tape
- etching cream
- gloves, an old long-sleeved shirt
- paint brush
To read the rest of the tut, visit this page at Martha’s place.