Over the weekend I went to see Les Mis with my sister and cousin. It was my cousin’s third time seeing it! I thought it was good, but not sure I would go a second time (or third). The thing that bothered me is that that sing everything, even small conversations. I enjoy musicals, but I guess I like them better with song numbers mixed in with normal conversations. We made our way back to my apartment and started working on a mason jar project. Well really it’s an any kind of jar project. We used mason, spaghetti, candle, and relish jars. It really doesn’t matter as long as you like the shape of it. After making sure the jars were clean we gathered the rest of the supplies: Polyurethane, glitter, scissors, painters tape, writing utensils, rubber bands, plastic wrap, and tops to the jars if you have them.
We were going to make glitter votives for Valentine’s Day! I found this project on Pinterest and then found that it linked to Jen’s blog: Tatertots & Jello. I loved her idea and the girls agreed to try it with me. Below you’ll find the steps we took mixed with some tips we learned for ourselves along the way!
Choose one jar to start with. Jen suggested using vinyl to cut out heart shapes and stick in the jars. We forgot vinyl. Oops! But out of that forgetful moment came a brilliant idea (thanks Karla)! Painters tape. Most people have it around their houses and it’s pretty inexpensive to use. Cut out shapes and stick it to the inside of your jar. We got a bit creative with our shapes. Besides the traditional hearts we had initials, arrows, and stripes! I will say this is what we spent the most time on. It’s really up to you and your cutting skills.
Tip- Remember that whatever you cut out needs to be stuck inside the jar meaning you’ll have to flip it over so the sticky side is against the glass. Sounds simple, but we forgot a few times and had some backwards heart halves and even letters.
Pour a bit of polyurethane in the jar and screw the top on or if there is no top, place a piece of plastic wrap secured with a rubber band over the opening. Once the opening is covered, you can swirl the polyurethane around in the jar until the whole inside is coated.
Remove the top and pour the excess polyurethane back into the can.
Tip- We learned on one of our first jars that if you do not pour out all the excess then once you add the glitter it will run down the sides of the jar. Patience my dears!
Pour a good amount of glitter into the bottom of the jar. Secure the top back on the jar or have a dry piece of plastic wrap ready to rubber band on your jar. Shake that jar like a Polaroid picture! Seriously shake the jar vigorously. It’s the best way to get an even coat of glitter on the insides of the jar.
Remove the covering on the jar so it can dry. Move on to the next jar until you’ve completed them all.
Tip- We mixed some of our glitters to make multicolored jars. I wasn’t sure how this would look, but these ended up being our favorite jars.
We waited a few hours for our jars to dry and right before the girls left we checked to see how they were doing. They were dry so we started peeling the tape from the jars to reveal the final product. I would say this is the hardest part. It will seem like you’ll never be able to get it out. You have to use your fingernail to scratch glitter off the tape and find an edge you can peel. I would say the hearts were the easiest to remove.
All in all it was a pretty easy project that was also inexpensive to do. We already had almost everything. In our case we only had to buy glitter. Oh and Jen’s post does advise people to use flameless candles. Someone commented and noted that when polyurethane dries it loses its flammable-ness. I tried real candles and didn’t have a problem, but as always with candles, make sure they stay attended by an adult.