Monday, October 4, 2010
Altered Jar Craft
My husband has a sweet tooth. He loves hard candies the most. (In this Jar RootBeer Hard Candies) Most of his favorite candies come in a bag and they are not individually wrapped. His only option is to put them in a zip-lock bag, because a candy dish on his desk isn't going to happen.
So I came up with a solution. I altered a jar with chalk board paint to make a jar for candy. I also made one to store loose tea.
This is what you will need.
*A mason jar with lid, or a Jar that has been sterilized. (remove the label and any leftover residue)
*Chalkboard paint. (I found a small tube in the acrylic paint section at walmart it was only $1.47)
*blue painters tape
*a sponge brush
Here is how you do it.
1. Clean your jar.
2. Tape off the section where you want the label to go.
3. Apply the chalkboard paint, I use one stroke at a time and let it dry. If you don't just do one stroke at a time with the 2nd stroke you will wipe off the paint. (it annoyed me at 1st) Repeat this step ever hour. It took several coats. This was a counter top project. Overall it wasn't hard at all....It just took a long time for each layer to dry before I applied another.
I use this for Tea and Candy. BUT this would make an awesome gift. You could write your message on the Jar. ie....Happy Birthday, Get Well Soon, Congrats, and I don't think men would mind receiving it.
For Halloween it would be neat for a spooky label....if you can find candy eyeballs make a jar of eyeballs.....label your jars so that they to resemble a Witches potion ingrediants. (eye of newt, mom's poison) Also it is the easiest recycling or repurpose craft EVER.
It is also great for the "gift in a jar" crafts, cookies, soups and more.
The chalkboard is more about decor. A plain empty jar is boring. I have chalk but if you can't find one it can be a pain. I have put this in the dishwasher 3 times and the chalkboard label is still holding strong It is really fun. If you make one please post on our Flicker page or post a link to your blog with the project.