I keep buying all this ‘stuff’ and it’s so nice I can’t bring myself to use it … but it’s starting to get out of control and taking over my home!!
So I’m challenging myself on 2 levels – 1) use up my stuff; and 2) try something new.
Well I had some empty candle jars so I thought this would be a good way to use up some stuff and try something new at the same time and this is what I came up with.
I am over the moon with the results as it’s the first time I’ve tried anything like this.
What I used:
· Empty candle jar
· Decoart white gesso
· Starlight paints
· Decoart metallic paints
· Imagination Crafts rice papers
· Imagination Crafts fabric glue
· Paper flowers and embellishments from craft box
Here’s what I did:
Firstly, I applied a coat of white gesso to the jar and allowed it to dry.
I then chose a selection of paints that go together and randomly sponged all over the jar until it was covered. To do this I used a cut up kitchen sponge … no fancy tools here!
I then chose an image from rice paper and traced around it with a wet paint brush and gently tore it from the sheet. I applied a layer of the glue to the back of the image and applied it to the jar, spreading more glue over it to smooth it down and reduce air bubbles. I left a few small creases to add to the effect.
Next I wrapped raffia around the neck of the jar and secured with hot glue. I then tied a length of twine over the raffia and tied a Verdigris key to it.
Using hot glue – I then attached hessian, ribbon, paper flowers and crystals to the jar.
Now you have to be patient and allow things to dry … something I’m not very good at.
I have used fabric glue on here as that is what I have and it worked fine, just takes slightly longer to dry; although you could give it a blast with a heat gun as the glass is heat resistant after all … which I remembered after waiting on all the layers to dry naturally!!!
For next time, I’ll be saving up empty coffee jars so they can be transformed … which means I’ll have more ‘stuff’!
Have a go – it’s really easy – I’d love to see your results.
Thanks for popping by.