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A Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar (and a winner announced)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

This morning I posted a giveaway from The Paperdashery, a UK online store selling washi tape, twine, and more – you can see that and enter to win a £10 gift voucher to spend in their Christmas category HERE {NOW CLOSED}. At the end of this post I’m also announcing the winner of the ‘Announcing Frosty Festivities 2015 Giveaway‘!

Now I’m sharing a project I made with some twine and washi tape that I purchased from them – a twine-wrapped gift jar:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

I went for a non-traditional colour scheme for this project, seeing as there’s been a lot of blue, white, and red so far in the Frosty Festivities 2015 event! You can see I’ve filled my gift jar with nail polishes, but it could be used for all kinds of things, like sweets, mini biscuits, small toys, golf balls and tees… anything small that you want to gift in a unique way!

Here’s how to twine-wrap your own jars…

Step 1: Thoroughly clean an old jar with hot soapy water. You might need to use white spirit or similar to remove any really sticky areas – if you do wash your jar again afterwards. If you are planning to put anything edible in your jar you need to sterilise it too – you can see a video from Jamie Oliver on how to do that HERE. Basically clean it until it’s free of any residue or dirt:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use Mod Podge to paint a thick ring of glue near the base of your jar. If you don’t have Mod Podge a strong tacky glue will work, or you could just dot a bit of hot glue where you are going to start the wrapping, and keep adding more dots as you go up the jar. Here’s my Mod Podge line:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Start wrapping your twine around the jar (I used the Bakers Twine in Metallic Gold), pulling it tight as you go:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Every 4 – 5 times around you should push the top layer down with your finger, to make sure there aren’t big gaps in between the rows:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: When you get as high as you want to wrap, put a bigger blob of glue and push the end of twine into it:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Push that end down so there’s no gap between it and the top row of twine. Then clean any glue which is outside the areas of your twine, using a baby-wipe (or damp paper towel) and a dry paper towel to dry it until it’s nice and shiny:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: To make a tag just wrap a bit of washi tape (I used Maste Washi Tape Geometric) around the base of a tag, and stamp a sentiment and any other details you want at the top:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: You could outline some details to help them stand out – I also added a pink gem:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: To decorate your jar lid just stick a few rows of washi tape onto a piece of white card:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Then punch out a circle or other shape, big enough to stick onto the jar lid and cover up any writing on top:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Fill your jar, pop the lid on, and tie the tag on using more twine:

Twine-Wrapped Gift Jar at Jennifer Grace Creates

Gift it to someone you love this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Wrap twine around a large part of a project

Put washi tape on white card then punch a shape from it

Stamp an image then outline it with black pen

What would you put in your gift jar?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

Do you want to know who won the ‘Announcing Frosty Festivities 2015 Giveaway’? It was… Nancy Bradford! Nancy please email me at jennifergrace(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk with your mailing details so I can post out your prize. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and helped to spread the news about the event!

I’ll be back again tomorrow morning at 8am GMT, see you then!

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

For the last project of the day I’ve got another way you can focus your crafting – by gathering some inspirational items and putting them into a pretty box or pot, to be opened whenever your mojo is low!

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Who wouldn’t want a diamond pattern pot of inspiration?!

I could have just stuck some bits and pieces in an old shoe box or something, but it’s much more fun, and much less likely to get lost, when the items are in such a lovely container!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Find a pot or box to keep your items in:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Paint with grey paint (I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints). Once it’s dry repeat with another coat if necessary (mine only needed one coat but it depends on your surface, and paint type):

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Use washi tape to mark off your triangles and diamonds, by criss-crossing it all around the pot. They don’t need to all be the same size, just go with the flow:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Paint the triangles and diamonds with various colours of paint – I used mint, white, and coral-pink. I added a couple of triangles to the lid too – if you’re clever you can make sure they match up with the sides but I didn’t think to do that!:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

I painted the handle on the top of the pot too.

Step 5: Wait for the paint to dry thoroughly, then peel off the washi tape:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Use a gold pen to draw borders around the painted shapes (I used a Cricut Explore metallic pen):

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add a few triangle stickers (Crate Paper Journey Puffy Stickers) to the lid, and fill the pot with inspirational things!

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

In mine I’ve got: a small photo, an old rubber stamp I should use again, some washi tape, a gold flower, a glass nugget, a fossil, a wooden cotton reel, a postage stamp with a wizard on, a badge with a penguin and a panda bear on, and a few sequins. Next time my mojo is low I will pull out an item or two to help focus my crafting!

What would you put in yours?

Be Inspired:

Alter a box or pot and fill in with inspiring things

Use triangles and/or diamonds outlined with gold

Use washi tape to create a mask for mist, paint, or ink

That’s it for tonight, I’ll see you again in the morning at 10am!

Goodnight,

Jennifer x