Bless You Jars

I’ve seen Bless You Jars at craft shows and on Pinterest and I’ve had them on my to do list for awhile. I finally got around to attempting to make them and they turned out great – so great I gave most of them away.

To make a Bless You jar – you will need a one quart mason jar the ring but not the lid, a small piece of felt, some vinyl letters, chalk paint, spray paint or any acrylic paint that will adhere to glass and metal, mod podge and some twine or raffia, if you decide to add a little embellishment.  I used my Cricut die cutting machine and designed the “Bless You” and scroll using images from my Cricut Design Space program.

For a few of the jars I painted them using chalk paint in various colors, and although not shown in the picture above I did paint the rings black. I would have preferred to spray paint them as it would have been quicker but the evening I decided to start the jars the weather wasn’t cooperating to allow me to spray paint them outside and of course I wanted to do them right away and not wait…lol apparently I have no patience. The black one pictured at the beginning I did spray paint  (in half the time it took me to hand paint the others ~sigh).

Each jar required three coats of paint and one coat of mod podge before adhering the vinyl letters.

I cut rounds of felt and cut an X in each piece in the middle before gluing to the inside of the metal ring. This enables the tissue to pull through one piece at a time. I was a little confused at first on how to fold the tissue to make it come out the top of the jar but after I did it once it clicked and was pretty easy to do for the rest of the jars. Here is a quick tutorial https://youtu.be/ZHgs0phpdqk On how to fold the tissue to fit in the jar, if you don’t figure it out on your own.

I kept the white one for myself and it just so happens it was my favorite one…lol

Which one is your favorite? What other colors do you think would make a wandaful bless you jar?

Bless you jars are A Wandaful Thing.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #3

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you the second item I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

This laundry basket was my most expensive purchase on my IKEA trip – it was $8.99. It is the perfect size for not only laundry but could easily be used to hold or display towels in a guest bathroom or to hold extra blankets or pillows. The shoe mat was the least expensive item I bought on my IKEA trip and it was $0.99.

I used the same Chalk Couture transfer on the basket and the mat – with much better results on the basket as the surface was flat. These transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I used chalk paste in a deep blue on the basket and a lighter blue on the mat. I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the paste.

I really like how easy it is to use the Chalk Couture transfers on so many household surfaces.

 

Although the mat had deep ridges, I still like the worn look it took on. I did spray seal both of these projects so the paste will not come off it they get wet.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #2

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you the first item I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

I purchased these really cute fake succulent plants and decided to cheer them up a bit with some simple words – gather, welcome, hello. I was on a roll and decided to add the hello transfer to the real succulent I bought as well.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture

I hope you caught my post on Sunday regarding Coffee Share (if not click the link).

I made a trip to IKEA to look for items I could use my Chalk Couture products on. I purchased 10 items in total for just under $50.00 – $48.22 to be exact.

I love the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can see all the products if you check out my chalk couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

Here are the products I bought. A real succulent plant, a package of three fake succulents, a laundry basket, 2 blank pillow cases, a soap dispenser and a wooden crate – yet to be assembled, and a small mat for boots or shoes.

 

The first item I revamped from IKEA was the matte black soap dispenser.

It was really easy to transform this into a customized shampoo dispenser for my bathroom.

I used one of the smaller Chalk Couture transfers. They have a sticky side and a side that you put the chalk paste or ink. I used chalk paste in white for this project. I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth, white chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the paste.

Once I removed the transfer and the paste was dry I sealed the paste with a spray matte laquer, just to make sure it didn’t wash off it it gets wet in the shower.

I really like how it turned out.  It matches the other nautical decor in my bathroom.

I love the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can see all the products if you check out my chalk couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

Stayed tuned. I will be posting on all of the items I bought and how they turned out and how I plan to use them.

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Primitive Cabinet – Reloved

It’s garage and yard sale season. Those words are music to my ears. Most Saturdays I spend scouring garage and yard sales looking for my next “projects”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not into revamping or reloving vintage items and selling them for the money. I have great appreciation and admiration for those that do make a living doing this. I do it mostly for the satisfaction of keeping a beloved vintage or antique item out of the landfill. It fills me with joy when someone purchases an item I’ve saved or reloved and I must admit I get a little giddy when it happens. I like to recoup the money I spent on the item and the supplies – I never charge for the hours I put into a piece. I know some people aren’t going to be thrilled to read this but this is my hobby more so than a business.

If I can find out a little bit of the history of an item, I’m more motivated than ever to make sure someone else loves it too. Take this primitive cabinet for example (one door was off in this picture).

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Revamped Thrift Store Frame

I almost can’t even call this one an upcycle because I am still using it as it was meant to be used. I only added a little twist.

Here is a picture frame I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I paid a whopping 50 cents for it.  I liked the fact it wasn’t smooth and that it looked like wood tiles (the frame is not wood).

I bought the Martha Stewart Nautical layering stencils # 17635 from Michael’s and got the idea to stencil the glass part of the frame.

I used part of the tall ship stencil (it wouldn’t all fit on the glass).

The light blue paint color is called Pale Blue by Craft Smart, I bought it from Michael’s and the dark blue – Navy is from my stash by Dixie Belle – I used it on the upcycled thrift store tray – check that out here.

I didn’t bother to seal the imagine in case I decide to change or reuse the frame for something else.  It’s not perfect but I like it.

Did you notice the difference in the frame from the first picture? I found the dark brown too stark against the ship so I decided to whitewash the frame. I literally took a really small dab of white acrylic craft paint on a damp stencil brush and scrubbed it into the little blocks. On a few spots it was too much so I wet distressed it before the paint even dried. I used a wet paper towel and literally wiped the areas I thought had too much paint.

After it’s photo shoot I put it on my bookcase where it is eagerly awaiting me to finish upcycling a floating shelf. I have a few more thrifted nautical things I will add along with this frame – stay tuned.

Enhancing what you already have on hand – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Upcycled Thrift Store Tray

I scored this cute tray with wood handles in the Goodwill Bins last week. I threw it in my cart with the hope I’d get around to painting it the next day and posting about it the next day.  Well that didn’t happen….insert life..lol

(Fast forward one week). The pattern on the tray is cute but I decided I wanted to paint it a solid color and then use my Cricut to make a stencil so I could customize it the way I wanted it.

I bought some Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint called In The Navy, I really love this color, it’s so very rich looking. I also love the Dixie Belle paint line, it covers well, has no odor and comes in 64 colors.

I gave the tray a quick wipe down, then painted it with two coats of paint and let it dry. While it was drying I designed and printed out my stencil. Did I take a picture of the stencil?- NO – I am so bad at taking pictures as I go, especially when I’m creating. Is anyone else like me in that respect?  I used Rust-oleum Chalked paint in linen white on the stencil as that is what I had in my stash.

I decided not to wet distress this tray because I like the crisp look of the white on the navy. I will give it a few coats of wax and a good buff before using it outside on the deck this summer for serving Lemonade. I will share my favorite homemade lemonade recipe in another post.

A recycled thrift store tray with Chalk paint…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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