How To – DIY Upcycled Glass Candle Jars

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, little upcycling project to share with you today! IMG_2817Supplies:

  • Cleaned out candle jars (or any clean glass jars)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Coordinating decorative trim
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint

  • Frost Translucent – Wedding Cake
  • Gloss Transparent – Pink Hyacinth

IMG_2826 We’re going to start by cleaning our jars with rubbing alcohol.

I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol, so I dug through my first aid kit and found this alcohol wipe to clean my jars with.

The rubbing alcohol is supposed to make the paint adhere better to the glass. IMG_2830I have two different size candle jars.

I’m going to paint the smaller one pink and the larger one white. IMG_2837Now, we’re going to start painting.

Like I said above, I’m going to paint this jar pink. IMG_2850 After two or three coats of paint, I still wasn’t satisfied with the color, so I added a bunch more! IMG_2857I believe this is after seven or eight coats of paint.

I’d never used glass paint before, so I wasn’t sure what the final product was supposed to look like.

I wasn’t exactly satisfied with my painting at this point, but I decided to stop and let the paint dry. IMG_2866While the pink paint was drying, I started on my white, beach glass jar.

I only gave the white jar two coats of paint.

The gloss and frost paints are quite different, so I didn’t feel like I needed to add as many coats to the white jar. IMG_2894I set my jars aside to dry and noticed the pink jar becoming more transparent and quite a bit prettier! YAY!

At this point, I decided to add some fun decorative trim to each jar.  I dug through all my craft supplies and came up with some great options! IMG_2974This hot pink, crochet trim will be added to the pink jar.

I got this pack of scraps from Hobby Lobby several years ago, and as you can tell, most of the pretty colors have been used up! IMG_2970I bought these adorable, little trim packs from the dollar section at Michael’s several years ago, and now I’m finally getting some use out of them!

All of these colors are great and would be perfect for my white jar.

I decided to go with the aqua/mint set because I thought it would complement my pink jar quite nicely! IMG_2981For the pink jar, we’re just going to hot glue a small piece of trim around the top edge.

I tried to be as precise as possible when lining up the ends of the trim. The picture makes the ends look all jumbled, but I promise they look pretty good in person! IMG_2977The white jar is a little more involved.

We’re going to start by adding a piece of the aqua, velvet ribbon around the top edge of the jar. IMG_2984Next, we’re going to make a bow.

Cut a short piece of velvet ribbon to make the bow.  I think my piece is 4 inches or so.

Cut an even smaller piece for the center of the bow.  I think mine is 1.5 inches long. IMG_2986Fold the longer of the two pieces in thirds and glue in the center. This will form the body of the bow. IMG_2989Now, we’re going to glue the center ribbon around the bow. IMG_2992Flip the bow over (the seam should be facing you) and glue one side of the smaller ribbon to the center of the bow. IMG_2993Now, wrap the ribbon completely around the bow and glue on the back right next to where you glued it in the previous step. IMG_2995Here’s the finished bow! So little and cute! IMG_2999Put a small dot of hot glue over the ribbon seam on the jar.

The bow should be glued right where to two edges of the ribbon meet, covering the seam completely. IMG_3005Once the bow is glued on, our upcycled jars are complete! IMG_3013I LOVE LOVE LOVE how these turned out!

My lip products look adorable in them!

The colors pop fantastically!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Betsy the Butterfly

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, springy embroidery project for you! IMG_9400Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_9399DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – dark yellow
  • 744 – light yellow
  • 958 – dark aqua
  • 964 – light aqua
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the butterfly motif we will be using. IMG_9408We’re going to start by printing out the motif and tracing it with a Sharpie. IMG_9409Use your pencil to trace Betsy onto your fabric.

IMG_9416 Begin with the light yellow thread.

This project is made (almost) entirely with the Split Stitch.

This was my first time using the Split Stitch, and I’m not so sure about it. IMG_9418Continue with the light yellow and finish stitching the antennae. IMG_9424Continue with the light yellow thread.

Part of why I don’t like this stitch is that it’s not clean.  The threads were going everywhere and I wasn’t pleased. IMG_9428Use the light aqua thread to stitch Betsy’s head and body. IMG_9435Continue with the light aqua thread. IMG_9438Now, were going to move on to the dark aqua thread. IMG_9440Do you see what I mean about the stitch not being clean? The loose threads drive me crazy! IMG_9442I apologize for the blurry picture.  My camera wouldn’t focus.

We’re going to Satin Stitch the dots on each wing.  Before we do that though, we’re going to outline the dot first. IMG_9446Now, Satin Stitch over the outline. IMG_9448Do the same for the other dot. IMG_9450Now, use the dark yellow for the larger wing section. IMG_9454Continue on with the dark yellow thread and finish up the wings. IMG_9461Betsy the Butterfly is complete!

I love this motif but not the Split Stitch!  I won’t be using it again for quite some time!

What do you think about the Split Stitch?

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink