Hello again friends!
Fall is upon us! I do hope you are getting to enjoy the season and savor the transition of the weather from Summer to Fall. I am just beginning to see pumpkins for sale and there are days when the temperature outside is cooler than what’s inside…love it!
Have you started getting excited about Fall? If not, get yourself a pumpkin latte or muffin OR just burn a fall-scented candle so you will start feeling it!
Years ago, I wrote a post with a list of things to do for Fall. I pull that list out every year and check off all of the things my family has done…such as having a campfire, going to a Fall festival and carving a pumpkin. If you want to see it, go to my Free Printable Fall Memory List.
I recently became aware of my ever-growing stash of jars and have been trying to use them in crafts as much as I can. I have so many fun ways to reuse the jars and just haven’t had time to share all of them with you yet.
For now, I do have two cute projects that I just finished and used in my Fall tablescape. I will be sharing the tablescape with you later this week as well as another very inexpensive pumpkin idea.
I will need to begin by asking for your forgiveness. I started editing my photos at around midnight last night and realized that in my excitement to make these crafts I totally forgot to photograph all of the steps. What? How could I do that? I was sitting right there with the camera! Seriously, I checked my cell phone pics and my camera and there wasn’t much there. I am really an organized person. (Really.) I guess I am also human and can let things slip. I do apologize. I think that these crafts are so simple that you can easily recreate them without step by step photos. I know you can!
Let’s start with these Halloween Picks I found at Dollar Tree. They are styrofoam jack o’lanterns on a stick.
I began by removing the stick from the bottom and sliced the pumpkin in half so that the face was on one side and a pumpkin shape was on the other. I used a steak knife and sawed through the foam for the best cut. I also sliced off the the foam stem at the top of the pumpkin.
Using black chalk paint I painted the pumpkin.
Speaking of chalk paint, I grabbed one of my more slender jars and painted it with one coat of Dixie Belle’s Cotton chalk paint.
To finish my pumpkin, I used wire clippers to cut a short stem for the top of the pumpkin from some silk flowers. I poked it into the pumpkin and placed a glob of hot glue to keep it in place. I found the very small leaves that were used from some other florals I had on hand. I cut them as close to their stem as I could and hot glued them to the top of the pumpkin.
Using some brown floral wire, I wound the wire tightly around the pumpkin’s original stem to make pumpkin vines.
To finish, just hot glue the back of the pumpkin to the jar.
My Fall Tablescape this year has pink accents so I used some of the yarn I had to wrap around the top of the jar. I sat the jar on my table with some of the leftover silverware poking out of the top.
Now, for the next jar tutorial with very limited photos.
Same beginning. Jar meets chalk paint.
I used my ever-faithful pickle jar and gave it two coats of Dixie Belle Cotton.
For this jar, I wanted to attempt to paint it buffalo plaid. This step could be done freehand if you’re not like me and overthink it. The jar sat at 5 inches before the top begins to curve in. I marked each inch line going up with a ruler and pencil.
See the dots? I marked them all around the jar. Again, not overthinking this process is probably better than how I did it. Just saying…
I mixed Dixie Belle Cotton and Dixie Belle Caviar chalk paint (any chalk paint you choose should work fine or you could mix craft paint and baking soda like I did HERE to make a paint that will stick to glass jars) to make a light grey. I filled in every other line with the grey paint around the jar.
After the three grey going around the jar are dry, paint grey lines of equal distance up and down the jar. Since I don’t have a photo of this particular jar, here’s one I took painting a pumpkin so you can see the best method for getting the lines equal. Spacing the lines from the bottom of the jar may give you more perspective of their distance from each other.
Once all of the grey lines have dried, go around the jar and place black squares to finish.
After all of the paint had dried, I took the jar outside and lightly sprayed it with a matte finish clear spray paint just to give it a little seal. I knew I’d be using this jar for a vase and wanted to protect it from any water that may get on it. The clear spray also made it look a little more finished.
That’s all there is to it!
I love this buffalo plaid jar and would like to try this method using other colors. I do have plenty of pickle jars left in my stash!
(Are you still eating your pickles? These jars are goldmines for crafts!)
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