DIY Decorated Valentines Jar

I love thinking back to Valentine's Day in elementary school when everyone gave out Valentines and candy. I loved it when the teachers would decorate the classrooms for V-day and throw a little party... I am definitely one who relies on holidays to get me through the winter! That's another reason why I love crafting so much!

This jar was from Great Value coffee and I just felt like I had to try some sort of Valentine’s decor experiment with it; So I washed it out and removed the label and residue from the glue, and thought about what I could use it for... I decided to paint the jar and leave an area unpainted in the shape of a heart. My first plan was to leave the heart shape completely clear, and use it as a candle holder, or as a dish to put something decorative in like Potpourri or Valentines candy <3
I started out by printing off an outline of a heart to cut out and use as the stencil for the section to be left unpainted. I used scotch tape to keep the stencil stuck to the jar while I painted the rest of it.


The paint I used was from the dollar store. I started out with one coat, trying to be consistent with the direction I was brushing in, and then I let it dry for an hour or so before deciding to do another coat. I did a total of three full coats of paint, and a couple touch-ups at the end.


Once the paint was fully dry, I carefully pulled off the heart stencil. At that point, I decided I wanted to use the jar as a vase for some branches, and I filled in the clear heart-shaped section with white glitter instead of leaving it clear. I used a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the inside of the jar, focusing mainly on the clear heart section. I then sprinkled the glitter inside of the jar onto the Mod Podge. I dumped the excess glitter out onto a piece of paper, and then re-used that glitter to fill in the spots that were missed. The edges of the heart on the outside of the jar were a little messy, so I took a Q-Tip and some nail polish remover and gently cleaned it up at the end.

After letting the glitter and Mod Podge dry overnight, I used some twine and wrapped it around the rim of the jar a couple times and finished it off with a bow. I had saved these branches from the hedge in my front yard for crafting, so I placed them into the jar to hang the heart-shaped ornaments that I made.


Overall, there was a bit of trial and error with this little project, but I am happy with the outcome! The decorated jar can be used for numerous different things such as a candy jar, a candle holder, potpourri and other decorative filler. Hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s Day crafts!
Thanks for reading 🙂

Nicole

DIY Yarn & Twine Wrapped Hearts

Valentines Day is coming up, so I wanted to work on some DIY valentines decor. My first thought with these hearts was to use them for a valentines garland, but I got some other ideas as I was making them so I just decided to see where I would end up with the craft supplies I had on hand.

To make these wrapped hearts you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper (optional for stencil)
  • Pen/pencil (if using stencil)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Yarn, twine, or something of the sort

 

I started out by hand drawing a heart shape on a piece of paper and then cutting it out to use it as a stencil. I didn't worry too much about the symmetry of the stencil because it wouldn't be very noticeable in the end anyways.

Next, I traced the stencil onto the cardboard, and cut out the first cardboard heart.

I then took the end of the yarn and taped it to the cardboard heart with a small piece of scotch tape so that it would hold while I wrapped it around the cardboard. Try to make sure the tape is small enough that it doesn't need to wrap around the edges of the cardboard heart - I found it was harder to wrap when the tape was on the edges because of the slippery surface.

On the first heart, I was really focusing on making sure no cardboard was peaking through, but I toned that down a bit on the rest of them because it seemed like a bit much.

To finish it off and secure the end of the yarn, I just tucked the end piece under another a couple of times.

After I had already finished the first one, I decided I wanted to add a little piece of twine for it to hang from, so I just tucked it under one of the pieces near the top crease of the heart, and then pulled it through and tied the ends together to make a loop.

After making a couple of the yarn wrapped hearts, I decided to make a couple using twine instead of yarn to change it up a little.  As you can see, I didn't worry as much about the cardboard peeking through on these ones.

These were super easy to make, and they can be used for so many different things! Here are some ideas of things to use them for:

  • Filler for a decorative dish
  • Garland
  • Hanging mobile
  • Ornaments on a tree
  • Wall hanging
  • Wreath

 

In my next blog post, you will get to see what I ended up using these for so stay tuned! 

 

Nicole

DIY Sleep Masks

These sleep masks were a fun little DIY project that I decided to make for a couple friends for Christmas. I bought the fabric used on the front sides from Walmart, and I used some leftover fabric that I had which is a little fuzzier on the back sides.

I purchased the black elastic from Walmart specifically to use on these. I measured my head and then decided to cut the elastic a bit smaller because I figured my head is a bit bigger than my friends that I would be making these for. I used some batting that I had on hand and split it so that it wasn’t quite as thick, and it added a slight cushion to the masks.

After cutting all of the materials, I basted the elastic on to the right side of the front piece of fabric. I then placed the two pieces of fabric right sides together with the batting on the other side of the fabric for the back of the mask. I used a couple pins to hold it all together before beginning to sew.

I sewed the mask leaving an open hole at the top where the elastic was coming through, and then after flipping the mask the right way, I hand sewed the rest of the mask closed.

These were an easy little sewing project and great as a small gift. Next time I may try covering the elastic in fabric as well, to perfect the look a little more.

Thanks for reading!

Nicole