A Jar For Every Reason

Recycling isn’t just great for the environment. It is also a great way to exercise your crafty skills. I save interesting shaped containers and store them in a box for just the right occasion. This week it was a hostess gift that I needed and I needed it quickly. I had a plane to catch and I planned to buy some loose chocolates at my favorite shop at the airport, but I wanted something equally delicious to pack them in. Enter this small mason jar.

Now, I love to make things that take time – like knitting sweaters – but I also like to make things quickly and this mason jar was a quick project. It’s easy to make with things from your stash and even easier if you make things to use ahead of time. So, whenever I stamp things for one project – like the owl here – I usually stamp a few extra and tuck them away – just in case. So for this project, I didn’t even have to stamp the owl – but of course, you can do it if you like.

materials & tools

  • Mason jar
  • Light weight fabric, approx. 8″ square edged with pinking shears
  • Stamped image
  • Washi tape or ribbon
  • Scrap patterned paper
  • Decorative pin
  • Punches: circle and scallop
  • Tape runner or glue stick

This project is a simple assembly job. I have a range of circle punches and a large scallop punch so I can always make a quick embellishment with a stamped image and a larger scallop in pattern paper. Start by stamping your image and then punch it out using a circle punch. Punch a larger scallop from scrap patterned paper and adhere – tape is good because you don’t have to wait for it to dry – essential when you have a plane to catch!

Open the mason jar and place the metal insert on your jar. Cover with the fabric and then screw the lid back on carefully.

Adhere ribbon or washi tape to the edge of the jar lid – again tape it rather than glue it – and pin the assembled embellishment to the fabric. Fill the jar with whatever you like. Here I photographed the jar with some fabric flowers but it could be chocolates or other edibles or craft items like beads and baubles or even small toys – the possibilities are endless. You can use the jar yourself as storage or give it filled as a gift.

 by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

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