Monday, November 30, 2009
day 21 repurposing a jar :: jar cozy
dress up jars with a jar cozies ! they can be really fun to make & can be for your own storage or for gift giving... the one in the above photo is made from a vintage pillowcase trim, with a few vintage buttons sew on
these jar cozies are super simple, can you guess what they are?
shirt cuffs ! just cut off the cuff of a shirt & slide it on a jar --- instant jar cozy !
almost any coffee cup cozy could work... this is a knitted coffee cup cozy --- a free knitting pattern called Knit Coffee Sleeve
well, this is the last day of the repurposing a jar challenge, but there are many more ways to reuse a jar, including:
:: snow globe
:: picture frame
:: sand art
:: moss terranium
:: storing kitchen utensils near stove top - tongs, chop sticks, etc.
:: displaying a beach (sand, shells) souvenir collection
:: storing paints
:: planter - put pebbles at the bottom of a jar, fill with potting soil, plant herb of flower seeds, keep in windowsill
see you here tomorrow for a Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway !
Friday, November 27, 2009
day 20 repurposing a jar :: advent calendar 3
this advent calendar is a table centerpiece in the shape of a Christmas tree, with a star on top (the star of Bethlehem), but if you wanted, all 24 of these little baby food jars could be lined up on a fireplace mantle, wouldn't that be cute !?!
24 baby food jars
with the decorative papers cut out 24 pieces (these are about 1.25" X 7.5")
with mod podge & sponge brush adhere the paper pieces to the glass jars
paint the lids with chalkboard paint, then with chalk write the numbers 1-24 on the lids
see you one Monday for day 21 ! (the last day of this month's repurposing a jar challenge) have a happy weekend !
Thursday, November 26, 2009
day 19 repurposing a jar :: advent calendar 2
this advent calendar uses the PLAYMOBIL nativity & wise kings set ($20) ---- and it's an advent calendar that turns into a nativity scene. i took all the PLAYMOBIL pieces from the set & divided them into 24 parts, placed into 24 different jars. i painted the jar lids with chalkboard paint, using chalk i wrote the numbers 1-24 on the lids (number 24 has baby Jesus inside). each day a jar is opened those PLAYMOBIL pieces are added to the nativity scene & on December 24th the nativity scene is complete.
see you tomorrow for day 20 !
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
day 17 repurposing a jar :: advent calendar 1
this advent calendar is a centerpiece at the table. for this i collected 24 baby food & smaller jars, painted the lids with chalkboard paint, then with chalk wrote the numbers 1-24, with 24 having a star - the star of Bethlehem. since the color of advent is purple, i tied a big purple bow around all the jars, holding them all together on top of a cake stand. each jar could be filled with little things: candy, little toys, pieces of paper folded up (with activities to do each day, messages, prayers, whatever you can think up...)
see you tomorrow for day 18 !
Monday, November 23, 2009
day 16 repurposing a jar :: craft storage
i use lots & lots of jars for my craft storage, it's a fun challenge to find the perfect jar for a specific craft supply or crafting tool... that's a HUGE pickle jar (in the above photo) filled with vintage craft goodies. a few weeks ago i went to a vintage shop i'd never been to before & i bought almost all their vintage ric rac, so now all this vintage ric rac is sharing the pickle jar with bits & pieces of vintage lace & tatting (i added a lavender sachet to help with the pickle smell)
on one of the IKEA shelves in my studio: one jar for vintage knitting needles, one jar for little balls of vintage thread, one jar for vintage wooden spools, & one jar for vintage crochet hooks
in a small white cabinet: 3 shelves with 3 different sizes of Bonne Maman jars all filled with craft goodies
these 2 smaller sizes of Bonne Maman jars are just adorable ! they are the perfect size for teeny tiny craft goodies... one small ball of thread, small buttons, one small spool of thread, small safety pins and surprise ! yes, those are googly eyes - my kids like to craft, too :-)
more vintage craft goodies...
and even more vintage craft goodies
oh, wow ! these are really old... i made the tops of these jars back in 4th & 5th grade summer school ! (where all of my crafting began - look for a future post all about that)
lots of ribbon, button, & prima flower storage
tons & tons of vintage buttons !
see you tomorrow for day 17 !
Friday, November 20, 2009
day 15 repurposing a jar :: forcing bulb
this one is an avocado pit: rinse pit gently (no soap), poke 3 toothpicks around, fill jar with clean, warm water, place pit wide side down, put in a sunny windowsill & wait (few days up to 6 weeks)
see you Monday for day 16 --- have a great weekend !
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
day 13 repurposing a jar :: kitchen
jars are great for storing dried food items, especially the ones bought in bulk. around here 2 of the 5 of us are gluten-free, so this method works great for gluten-free flours. having the jars labeled with measurements gives you an idea of how much ingredient is left in the jar. for labeling with chalkboard painted lids, see day 5.
using a measuring cup, measure & pour the ingredient into jar. at that height, wrap a rubber band around jar, use this as a guide to draw a straight line with a permanent marker
Bonne Maman chestnut spread - gotta love the brown gingham lid !
Bonne Maman jars are the perfect size for storing cinnamon sticks
see you tomorrow for day 14 !
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
day 12 repurposing a jar :: picnic
picnic foods work great in jars because they don't leak, they can be used for fruit salad, trail mix, snacks, use small jars for dips...
canning & Bonne Maman jars make great drinking glasses
make sun tea in a large jar
see you tomorrow for day 13 !
Monday, November 16, 2009
day 11 repurposing a jar :: kids
check out & print this Coloring Packet: Reusing an Old Jar
it's for kids to color in & it gives several examples of how to reuse a jar
kids bank - cut a slit in the lid
this is the halfway point --- see you tomorrow for day 12 !
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
day 9 repurposing a jar :: terranium
to make this terrarium jar: paint lid, adhere rhinestone button on top of lid with glue gun, attach self-adhesive rhinestones 'sweet' to glass jar, inside jar add shredded paper (packing material) for the nest, then add bird & other nature decorations
see you tomorrow for day 10 !
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
day 8 repurposing a jar :: kid's art caddy
this is a toteable organizer for jars filled with art supplies: colored pencils, markers, crayons, paint brushes, & also jars for water color painting
supplies needed: cardboard beverage carton, packing tape, paper cutter, 2 sheets decorative paper, double-sided adhesive & scissors.
use packing tape to secure the collapsible bottom of the cardboard beverage container, decorate the carton with decorative paper adhering it with double-sided adhesive, fill the compartments with jars & art supplies
let the art begin !
see you tomorrow for day 9 !