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Decorative Jar August 4, 2014


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We had a very special bachelorette party to attend for a very special dear friend. Rather than giving her a useless gag gift, we wanted to give her something she could actually use. (Don’t get us wrong – we are ALL about gag gifts, we just wanted to do something a little more special this time). That’s how this craft came about.

 

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We gave her a suggestion with the gift – we mentioned she could keep her wedding jewelry in the jar.

 

 

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You will need:

  • Jar with lid – porcelain, ceramic, glass, wood, metal, etc. (We found our jar at an estate sale. It was an older porcelain piece. We knew the previous owner, she would have loved the idea of this going to a future bride.)
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Tweezers
  • Beads (we purchased a string of beads at a sale – they were imitation pearls)
  • Bowl to place pearls in
  • Vintage broach (we found our broach in a free box at a garage sale, the clasp was broken)

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1. Prepping for the project – Wipe down the surface of your lid with a dry cloth. Place pearls into bowl (if pearls are on a string, separate them from string). Squirt a dollop of E-6000 onto a smaller piece of wax paper. Be sure to cover your work surface area.

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2. With a popsicle stick, apply adhesive to top of lid. Lay pearls onto the adhesive – tweezers and another, clean, popsicle stick will come in handy when positioning the pearls. Pearls may need to be held in place a while to allow the adhesive to take hold. Depending on the curvature of the lid, the pearls may have a tendency to slip around a bit, so be sure to check on the pearl placement periodically. Adhesive will start to set within 10-20 minutes, so you DO have SOME time to move the pearls back into their places before the adhesive fully sets. Cover entire lid with pearls. We found it best to work in rows. Allow adhesive to set overnight.

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3. Attach a few pearls to the back of the broach (we attached 4, 1 in each corner) – this gave us a good base so we could attach the pearls onto the lid of the jar.

Allow to fully dry.

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Don’t limit yourself to just pearls – decorative beads, rhinestones, sequins, etc would work well too.

 

A Spoon Full Of Sweet Sentiments July 19, 2012

A grade-school friend of ours was having a bridal shower. Katie mentioned we should come up with a craft to give her. We brainstormed and came up with a collage magnet spoon. We went through magazines to find words that spelled out the date of the wedding, embellished the spoon with scrapbooking elements and added magnets to the back.

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You will need:

  • Older spoon (check garage sales, resale shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc)
  • Pour-on, 2-part epoxy (We used Parks Super Glaze Pour-On Finish & Preservative. Purchased at Home Depot: www.homedepot.com this will last you a looooong time. We’ve been trying to come up with craft projects that would entail this product. Follow the manufacturers instructions, carefully. We do have 2 tips – measure EXACTLY and stir, stir, stir. When measuring, we use 2 of the exact same measuring containers. Medicine cups work well, just be sure they are the exact same style. Setting them next to eachother when pouring the 2 solutions, can ensure that you will have exact measurements. Also when you mix the 2 solutions together, be sure to scrape all sides and bottom of the container when stirring.)
  • 2 medicine cups (for the epoxy – the epoxy will ruin your containers, so use something that you’re alright with discarding after the project)
  • Mixing container (for the epoxy)
  • Gloves (when mixing the epoxy)
  • Timer (mixing the epoxy)
  • Craft stick (mixing epoxy)
  • Wax paper
  • Discarded magazines
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnets (we used button style magnets)
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Safety pin or toothpick (pop bubbles in epoxy)
  • Scrapbooking embellishments
  • Scrapbooking mounting squares
  • Mod Podge (optional)

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  1. Cover work surface with wax paper. Go through magazines to find the words you’re looking for. We wanted the piece to have a ransom note-style. Trim out words, adhere them to the bowl of the spoon with scrapbooking mounting squares. We used tweezers to help with placement. Add scrapbooking embellishments. We had adhesive pearls that were gray and light blue. At this point you could paint the piece with Mod Podge (allow to fully dry before adding epoxy). We opted out of this step. We wanted a more rustic look. The epoxy got under the edges of the words, adding to the rustic feel of the piece.
  2. Prop up spoon so the bowl is level. We propped up the handle with the button magnets.
  3. Following manufacturer’s instructions, mix up the 2-part epoxy and pour into bowl of spoon. Be careful NOT to over fill the spoon. Bubbles will appear in the epoxy, this is the cool part, blow over the epoxy with a heavy breath. You will notice the bubbles will begin to disappear. Repeat this process, until all the bubbles are gone. A toothpick or safety pin can come in handy to help get rid of the bubbles as well.
  4. Let epoxy fully dry.
  5. Attach button magnets to the underside of the bowl and handle of the spoon. Making sure the magnets are level so they both will adhere to the magnetic surface.

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A birthday spoon would be a neat gift to give. The word ‘day’ is hard to find. ‘Birth’ is even harder, so opt for the letter ‘B’ – ‘Happy B Day’.

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