Hello! My name is Veronica and this is my very first post for By The Stand! If you have been to our Meet The Team page, you will have seen me there. I am Holly’s sister. I am super excited to share my first post with you guys!
If you don’t know, I have a son named Logan. He is going to be one year in January. We are at such a fun stage right now and he has been on solids for a little while. Like any mom knows, being on solids means lots and lots of baby food jars. I thought to myself that I should start saving all these jars. A couple weeks ago, I came up with the idea to upcycle the jars into an advent calendar.
Take a look and see how I did it!
First, I removed all the labels and cleaned and washed the jars.
Before we go any further, I just want to let you know that I made this project with the stuff that I already had kickin’ around the house. So this is a perfect example of go with what you got. If you decide to recreate this project, I am sure that you will do things differently, but that is what is so great about DIY. YOU do what works for you!
So… this is where I went with what I had. I didn’t have any green paint and Logan was napping… I have learnt that you NEVER wake a sleeping baby! So I mixed up colors that I had.
I mixed the paint into glossy Mod Podge because I wanted the jars to look really shiny.
I have painted glass before and I can’t stand the streaky look and I don’t like how you have to do multiple coats to get a full finish, so I used a sponge to make a cool effect on the jars.Well I was waiting for the jars to dry, I worked on the lids.
Rather than paint multiple coats, I dipped the lids in the paint and plus I wanted the paint to be thick on the lids.
I got this stamping set from Micheal’s a while ago. It was on sale for dirt cheap. I think I paid like $4 for it. I used the stamps to stamp pieces of burlap style fabric sheets that I got from the dollar store. Notice the three brown lids for the base of the tree.
I attached tiny pieces of red and white fabric to resemble boys. I thought the lids needed a little color.
I used E6000 to attach all the jars together in a tree formation.
Here is a side view — you will notice that some of the jars are larger. This doesn’t bother me because it is only noticeable from the side.
From the front you can’t even tell! The star I picked up from the dollar store and used the E6000 to glue it to the top.
What do you think? Those little reindeer are from the dollar store, too. I tell you, you just can’t beat the dollar store these days!
I can’t wait to fill these jars with all kinds of goodies for Logan!
Comment below and let me know what you think of this project!
Hope to be back soon!