Mason Jar Crafts: Quick and Easy Embossed Letter Jars

Mason Jar Craft

In addition to enhancing my sustainable lifestyle in the kitchen, Mason jars truly rock my craft world!

Right now I’m crazy about the new Ball Canning Heritage Collection Purple Mason Jars from their vintage collection series. They are already great on their own merits for canning and use around the home for storing and displaying all kinds of stuff.  But I simply cannot leave well-enough alone, it seems, so I had to see if I could glam it up a bit in anticipation of spring flowers.

In the process, I learned that crafting with the Ball Canning Heritage Collection Purple Mason Jars allows me to make “peace improved.” So, yeh, there’s that! An improvement on peace?  I can live with it!

Glamming up the jars and achieving an embossed letter look is super simple.  Supplies you will need are:

Adhesive foam letters
Spray paint (craft variety that adheres to all surfaces works best)
Painter’s tape (or duct tape, masking tape, etc.)
Scissors
(optional) Decorative scissors
Ribbon
Scrap paper

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First, determine what want to use the jar for. With the frozen tundra we currently have outside,  I was dreaming of spring flowers so decided a lovely vase might encourage Mother Nature to send a little warmth our way.

(Interesting side bar – the next day it warmed up.  Coincidence or the power of Mason jars?  You decide!)

I thought about lettering with “spring” or “joy,” but as my current quest for incorporating a little more peace and serenity into my daily life is high on my goal list, I figured a daily visual reminder would be good to have.

Next, arrange your foam letters on the jar and press them down to secure in place. If you are looking for cut-out letters (meaning you remove them at the end and allow the jar to shine through,) it’s better to use flat stickers to ensure no paint seeps through.  As I wanted to leave them on the jar for an embossed look, foam letters are the way to go.

Once your letters are arranged and secured to the jar, you can tape off the areas of the jar you wish to paint.  Often, I’ll opt to paint the entire jar, but as I already love the gorgeous purple color of the Ball Canning Heritage Collection Purple Mason Jars, I wanted to be sure plenty of it was still visible. I decided just under half the jar would be the perfect portion to paint.

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Using tape and scrap paper, cover the jar areas that will not be painted.  For a little “extra” embellishment, I used decorative scissors to cut the tape.  You can also leave the tape “as is” to create a straight edge for your painted area.

When you have your tape shield in place, move the jar to a well-ventilated area suitable for spray painting.  I typically toss a tarp down on the ground and spray paint items outside.  When painting half of the jar, it’s easy enough to hold the top of the jar with your hand and gently turn it to get an even coat of spray paint on.  If you are doing a full jar, I’ll typically turn the jar upside down and insert a sturdy piece of PVC pipe into the jar to hold the jar slightly off the ground.

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After the paint has fully dried, remove the tape and viola! you’ll have a lovely embossed letter look on the your jar.  If any paint managed to seep under the tape or paper, use a butter knife to gently flake it off the jar.  One of the great things about working with paint and glass is that it’s generally easy to remove errors. One of the drawbacks, of course, is that this is a hand-wash very gently-only item.

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To improve my peace Mason jar vase further, I cut a length of gold mesh wire ribbon to tie a bow at the top.  This added the extra little bit of balance and glam I desired.

Now, if spring will hurry up and offer up some lovely flower clippings to display in my Mason Jar vase, I’ll be all set!

Do you have a favorite Mason jar craft?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Mason Jar Crafts: Easter Bunny Bouquet

Easter Bunny BouquetEvery Easter I look for a fun little spring time gift to bring to my neighbors. After seeing various super-cute Peeps crafts on Pinterest, I was inspired to make a little bouquet with them.  Plus, mason jar crafts are my all-time favorite, so pairing the two makes me a little craft-giddy!

As I’m making many of these bouquets for all my friends, I also didn’t want to break my budget, but still wanted to have something charming to deliver. This is a time when I absolutely love dollar stores for crafting!

I found little mason jars with a chalk paint square. If you cannot find mason jars with the chalk square, you could spray paint your own (chalkboard spray paint is available at most general retail stores or home improvement and craft stores,) or you could use stickers or paper shapes to decorate the jar. I really like the chalk square as the jar can easily be re-purposed for a new holiday, used as a storage container or even serve as a cute planter later on.

 

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The other materials I used were shredded crinkled paper, bunny Peeps, green striped drinking straws and a bag of Sixlets Easter candies. I used 6 bunnies for each Easter Bunny Bouquet, so a 12 pack made two bouquets. I used about 4-6 Sixlet strips for each bouquet, so the bag made 6 bouquets.

As I already had the shredded paper and chalk on hand, each bouquet averaged out to a cost of about $1.90 each. If you had to purchase shredded paper and chalk, the cost would move to around an even $2 per bouquet.

 

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To save the Easter Bunny Bouquets from getting stale or to make transport easier, use a bit of saran wrap around the top or a sandwich bag, secured with a rubber band around the rim of the container.

 

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My only extra word of advice… be careful when you take the bunnies outside to catch a glow for your photos…

…because they soon wonder off!

 

Eating Easter Bunny Bouquet

 

Though the smiles are totally worth making a few extras!

 

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Mezcal White Chocolate Truffles

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Silky melt-on-your tongue ganache cased inside a brittle chocolate shell.  Snap, crackle – pop it in your mouth delight! Mezcal White Chocolate Truffles are not only one of life’s confectionery pleasures, but a splendid addition to your holiday dessert table and a fine gift-giving option.

Each year I embark on a holiday truffle journey that includes old-school favorites like bourbon balls and eggnog creams while incorporating new flavor creations generally inspired by current alcohol trends. In my baking world, alcohol and chocolate are simpatico (in my general cooking world alcohol is simpatico with everything, but I digress…)

This year, Mezcal tops the list of must-have holiday truffle flavorings.  White chocolate allows the Mezcal to flaunt its complexity in this Mezcal White Chocolate Truffle recipe.

Twin kin to Tequila, Mezcal is a pure agave spirit but unlike Tequila, Mezcal may be produced using variant types of agave including varieties found in the wild.  This, along with variant traditional production techniques is what gives each Mezcal an individual personality representative of the region and distiller.

Espadin Marca Negra Mezcal is the guest of honor in my white chocolate truffles, adding smoky, herbal and spicy notes to the ganache.  A gold medal hand-crafted Mezcal, Marca Negra is double-distilled in copper pot stills using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation of master distillers. The complexity of this blend makes it a fabulous choice to savor by the glass but the intensity of deep flavors also makes it a wicked match for a rich, hand-made truffle.

(c) 2014 by Barb Webb, recipe as originally created for CraveLocal.com