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November 03 2016 @ 06:00 am
Thankful Day 3: Mason Jar Lights  

Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don't but the best part about it now is that you can take the creativity of others online and apply it to your own home. I am not the type to come up with these things on my own so I turn to Pinterest. Maybe I should be grateful for Pinterest but really it is the creativity of people who come up with these simple ideas.

According to Spark and Chemistry's site the things you'll need for this project are as follows:

Leaves (real or fake)
Mason Jar (smooth sides)
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush (optional)

The sponge is optional. You can use your fingers to apply the Mod Podge.

  1. Make sure the jar is clean. You can use rubbing alcohol to make sure there is no great or grim on the outside fo the jar.

  2. If using real leaves and they are stiff trying wetting them a little to loosen them up. If using fabric leaves or fake leaves you can iron them to loosen the fabric.

  3. Dip your brush in the Mod Podge and paint a thin layer on a section of the jar. Once that is becomes sticky place your leaf on the jar.

  4. Paint Mod Podge on top of the leaf in thin layers. Start in the middle of the leaf and push your way out to the edges. It might take a few layers to cover but the leaf should stick even if you have to press it down a few times.

  5. Repeat the process, layering leaves as much or as little as you like.

  6. Once you've gotten all your layers on; let your creation dry for a couple of hours.

  7. You can tie a ribbon around the top or just leave it as is.

  8. Drop a candle into the jar and light it for a beautiful fall effect.

I think my favorite thing about this craft is that it tends to be things I have or are easily obtainable and it is simple to execute.

What are you grateful for today?

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tracyj23: Fall leavestracyj23 on November 3rd, 2016 01:37 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I use mason jars with candles in them already but without the leaves. I'll have to collect leaves from somewhere else for next year though, as the leaves here aren't nearly so pretty as those maples, and our leaves are all down, raked, and already decomposing. *lol* This far north we have to consider "autumn" crafts back in September. :)

Lovely idea though. I'll give it a go for next year.

I'm thankful I don't have to work today. I feel like death warmed over still - had a whopper of a cold for a week already and it's only getting worse and worse every day. :/
Jill aka Jo: Bones: Sweets and Daisysireesanwar on November 3rd, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
*hugs* You poor thing. I'm so sorry you're feeling bad and I hope that you feel better soon. I can't say it will definitely help but when I got sick in January, after exhausting myself with my mom being in the hospital, I used an essential oils diffuser with stuff called OnGuard from doTerra. You can actually get them in pill form too and they are supposed to help your body fight the colds faster and prevent them if you use it regularly or when you've been exposed to germs like kids at school or plane rides.

I thought it worked really well. I typically end up with a sinus infection after a cold and the symptoms linger for weeks but when I used this it went away so fast. It was miraculous.

Anyways, I'm glad you like the idea. Our leaves here tend to not be that big so you really have to go looking which is more involved that I would have thought. But it is worth the effort. And you can use fake craft leaves which makes it easier but makes the cost go up a bit.
tracyj23: Love - kittens huggingtracyj23 on November 6th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm actually feeling quite a bit better now, thank goodness The sinus congestion began to drain around Friday and my lungs don't feel quite so full of gunk anymore. I took the dog for a walk this morning and felt pretty good. Thanks for the tip though - I'll remember it for next time.

I do like the idea. Definitely going to give it a try. :)
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: 1743 Clairesireesanwar on November 14th, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see pictures if you do it. I think they are so pretty and it is neat that you can do such a thing with so little.

I'm so glad you are feeling better.
tracyj23tracyj23 on November 16th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'll see if I can remember to take pictures. :)

Thanks! Me too.
Kaylee Winchesterroguem on November 8th, 2016 10:26 am (UTC)
I love this idea!
Jill aka Jo: 100: Lincoln & Octaviasireesanwar on November 14th, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)