Monday, November 21, 2011

Cleaning Out Your Refrigerator for Craft Ideas...More Snow Jars

Since cleaning out my refrigerator the other day kept me from playing in my craft room, there had to be SOME upside right? Pickle jars!!
Snowman and Flocked Tree Jars
I had so much fun with my Snowman in a jam jar ( I’ve named him Marcel ) that once I had more jars to play with, I knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t take step by step pics but the process is basically the same. This time I added trees ( I picked up a couple of packs of bottle brush trees at Dollar Tree…$1 for a pack of 2) and used some wood thread spools I had in my stash.
Snowman Spool
I’m sticking with plain white glue with my Epsom salt. I tried Diamond Glaze just to see what would happen. Not so good! So the process is:
  • Coat the bottom of your jar with glue ( remember bottom will become the top) and invert to let a few drips run down wherever).
  • Pour in some salt
  • Swirl / shake ( cover your opening!) until coated
  • Spray some spray adhesive ( I used Elmers )
  • Sprinkle coarse glitter, spritz a little more sprinkle fine glitter
  • While that’s drying, paint your lids
Once everything was dry, I glued the snowman to the spool and the spool and tree to the lid. For one of these, I wrapped a spool in a scrapbook border:
K&Co Spool

Flocked Tree Jar Spool
Spritzed the inside of the lids with some spray adhesive and sprinkled some more Epsom Salt, then lowered the jar onto the lid ( you want to make sure and keep the salt out of the rim of the lid so your jar screws on correctly) . I dribbled a little glue in the rim too.
Flocked Tree Jar
On these, I went around the neck with plain twine. Start and end with a dab of hot glue.
Snowman Spool Jar (2)
Finished by adding a glittered snowflake from a pack of ornaments ( $1.49 or $1.99 for a pack of 12 @ Michaels, by Darice) to the top ( formerly the bottom!) of the jar.
Snowman Spool Jar Top

Tree and Snowman Jars

Now I’m craving a pickle.
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Rhissanna said...

*hands you a pickle*

These are seriously sweet. I need bottle brush tress!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Marcel! Bwahahahaha! I love it!

Carolyn said...

These are just so freakin adorable! Love them.

Christine said...

I love them! Marcel...ooh la la. Btw, my family runs every empty glass jar by me before heading to the recycling bin...hmmm...

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

CUTE! Love that you named your first Marcel. ♥

malia said...

super cool! i have never thought of that ( -:

Marilyn said...

WOW, that is SUPER creative.. I LOVE the tray and the globe's.. So beautiful.. You did a fantastic job : )) LOVE it..

annies home said...

very cute I just ordered my mother the lover of snowmen a musica globe mad out of a mason jar come and I love your idea as well may use this to provide myself with some decor see me at

Jenn Erickson said...

Oh my goodness, Carol...this is absolutely, positively charming!

Love it!

Athena said...

These are so cute. I would love it if you linked them up to the Success U - Wednesday Linkup Party at

Jocelyn said...

These are absolutely adorable!!! I think this means I am heading to my dollar tree tomorrow to find bottle brush trees:-) Thank you for inspiring me to clean out jars and go shopping all in one post:-) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!!!

Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! PINNING THIS TO MAKE!! These are adorable! Great job! :0

Unknown said...

love love love!!!

I have a ton of mason jars and I need to make some of these with them.

Unknown said...

Awesomesauce! I gotta try this now. Wanna pickle?

Unknown said...

These are sooooo adorable. I just threw away some jars too :( Guess I need to start looking through my stash. Great project!

Unknown said...

Very impressive! I love all your touches!!! You and I put Anthropologie to shame!!!

Aimee from

Katie said...

Great idea to use pickle jars, always have some of those! Thank you for linking up to A Crafty Soiree, I've featured you in tomorrow's new one.

Heather said...

These are on our Christmas to do list.=)