Sunday, September 2, 2012

DIY Mason Jar Votives

Here's my Pinterest philosophy: 

I only like to pin things I think I will actually do. 
I have huge guilt issues if I have no intention of making/doing it, because I feel like a 'poser.' 
For example, I won't pin an awesome garage re-do, because we don't even have a garage!
In pinning 85 pins of different living rooms, it's all because I have a living room, and I intend on looking through my pins for inspiration to continuously improve said living room. 

I know, that's not what most people are doing on Pinterest. But, it's just my Type A personality at it's best. 

Anyway... At my parents' garage sale a few weekends ago, they had a box of mason jars. I scooped it up. I almost didn't because they were the jars with cheesy berries and such on it. But, we actually store knick-knacks and stuff in them (paint brushes, screws, nails, etc.) Once i saw the above DIY votives from Fellow Fellow's site, I knew I wanted to make some. So I did.

I looked up the original blog post. It's from
The whole tutorial is here. I don't want to take credit for the tutorial, but I'm just simply telling you what I did after reading their tutorial. 

First, I cut strips of fabric a little longer than the height of the jar. 

Then I mixed modge podge and a little bit of water. The Fellow Fellow tutorial used glue and water. The Modge Podge/water worked fine for me. You dip your strip of fabric in the mixture, then use your fingers to take off any excess modge podge/water.

Then place the fabric on the inside of the jar, right side facing out.

One issue I came across was bubbles. Looking from the outside of the jar, you can see little air pockets, and you want to flatten those out. 

I made two of them. Someone once told me items look best clustered in odd numbers (3s, 5s, etc), but I didn't know what I'd do with 3 of these, and didn't want to use all my mason jars! Have you ever heard of this odd number philosophy? I think it's makes sense. 

 You should have seen Kit and I photographing these things. First off, he was wary of putting candles in them. Don't get me wrong, I knew it could catch on fire, but we were right next to the sink. 
Well, I'm no good at using a lighter, so I needed his help. With much coaxing, our fire extinguisher nearby, and a pair of tongs, we got both of them illuminated and photographed. 

Since taking these photographs, I went to ACE Hardware and picked up battery operated tea lights for $7.99, just so using these things would not burn the house down. 
demand encourage you to do the same. 

Aren't they cute? 
They're currently sitting on our "new" grey corner shelf
In looking at these, and comparing them to the ones at Fellow Fellow, I like how her jars went in at the top. If I did it again, I may try using those kinds of jars. 

Thanks for looking! 

Aloha, Rebecca

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  1. Great project. Bless you for doing tea lights--yes I could see you setting the place on fire!

  2. Those are cute Rebecca! I love that you can use any pretty fabric!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  3. Cute jars! Thanks for linking up at Super Sweet Sunday

  4. So cute, love the fabrics you choose. It also is an easy project which I love, just realized you could make these seasonally! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

    1. yes! maybe some Halloween ones? I've seen some great black and white Halloween decor lately.

  5. These turned out so cute! They'd look great in a guest room :)

    Thanks for linking up with up at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! We're excited to see what you've been up to this week!!

  6. Very cute! We'd love for you to link this up at our party!

    1. Thanks Paula! I'll to your party if you link to mine... wink wink :)

  7. Regarding the placement of odd number of items, the reason you do this is because with only two items, your eyes don't know which item to settle on. The odd numbers are most pleasing. This is what has been taught to all artists. Next time you look at a drawing, painting, etc. you will notice this.

    1. That makes total sense! Great explanation!

  8. These turned out so cute. I love the striped one! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

    1. I like the striped one best too. Thanks!

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