Jan 19, 2019



I've seen the adorable photos in a jar posts on Pinterest and I just had to give it a try.
The only thing different I did was make it into a cute keychain.

I know it's glass and all, but these jars are pretty thick and could take a bit of handling in my opinion.

Another alternative would be to make it hang from a necklace. 
But for the person, my Aunt, I have in mind for this gift, she doesn't wear necklaces but does carry her door keys with her when she leaves.  
And the photo in the jar is of her late son lost tragically in a car accident. 
So I am pretty sure she will enjoy it whether she wants to use it or put it up as a memento.

This would also make a great, one of a kind Valentines Day gift!

Here's what you will need:

Well this, plus the Keychain key ring that I left out of photo.

-Glass jar with cork top 
(found at craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby)

-Yard or String of some sort
(I use twine)

-1 Eyescrew

-A safety pin 
(for pushing out the hole in the cork)

-E6000 glue
(for dabbing the twine at tip of eyescrew so it dont unravel

-Printout of a tiny photo
(must be small enough to fit down inside the jar you choose)

Okay, so very easy craft here that has a great meaning.
First off, I took off the cork and inserted the safety pen through it carefully.
It slides in pretty easy but then you just have to woller (move) it back and forth to make the
hole bigger.

Then it was time to use the safety pin to push the twine through.
It was easy as soon as I realized I needed to make a knot in the twine for something to push!

Then hold onto the bottom of twine and pull the safety pin back out.
Bam! There's your string in cork, ready to go!

Just tie a knot in the top, outter side so it don't slip through.
I also put a dab of E6000 glue on both sides by the hole and twine.
Just to reinforce it.  E6000 is strong, I love it. It's found at Walmart, btw.

Next, trim up your string to size needed to hang about halfway down in your jar.
The bottom will be covered at the bottom by the photo later.

And now time to cut your tiny photo.
I cut it to look like a vintage Polaroid picture.
You will also need a second piece of plain paper that will act as the back of the photo, the
same size.

I stuck them together, with a tiny piece of packaging tape INSIDE both photos and a tiny 
dab of E6000 glue in the twine.  You can't see it in the pic, I am talking about inside the two pieces of paper. The front and back. This is how it sticks to the hanging twine.

Then I took some clear packaging tape, stuck it to the top and folded it around to the back.
Covering both the front and back with one piece. 
Made the tape touch at all edges and then just cut around the photo, leaving a bit of tape to hold all intact. 
It makes for a glossy photo finish kinda like the old Polaroid photos were back in the day.

Screw in your eye screw while the glue it wet, so it will get a strong hold.
Back of photo with tape trimmed.

Then just bend your Polaroid looking photo slightly enough to slide it down in the jar.
And stick back in your cork.

Next just slide on your key ring and you are finished!

And that's it.
Seems way more complicated than it really is.
Just gather all the stuff you need to begin and it goes pretty fast.
Don't forget to print your photo very tiny!

 Happy Crafting, see ya'll next time, ~Lisa

Jan 2, 2019

EASY Christmas Tree Display


This is a very simple design, so don't worry. Even though it looks complicated, you'll see it's definitely not.

I started out with some plain pieces of pine boards from our local home goods department store, Lowes. Here's what they looked like. I grabbed a few in different sizes.

They come in various widths and lengths.

Then I just free handed, in pencil, some tree edges right on the board where I'd cut them out with a jigsaw.

 This is the shape of the edges you want to create.

Painted it a forest green all over and then dry rubbed on some black streaks for contrast.

The box I had found was perfect for a base. So I sit the base inside the box and screwed on the flat piece of lumber to the bottom. Just to make sure it had enough weight to hold it down in place while standing.
It was just an old rough piece I had on hand. It worked great. I didn't mind the previous existing nail holes to the right.

And to make a hanging spot for hooked items,
I just tapped in some small steeples, or some call them large staples.
They are just U shaped and strong enough to hammer in with ease.
Leave them sticking out far enough so you can hang items though!

And that was it!

Don't let the thought of it being complicated keep you from trying it.
It was really a simple cut out.  The hardest part was finding a box for the bottom and then screwing on an extra flat piece of wood for the base to stand strong.

See ya'll next time,

Jan 1, 2019

Personalized Glass Cutting Board

Personalized Glass Cutting Board

Here's a cute idea for a one of a kind kitchen gift.  
My cousin first asked me to make this for her and since then I've made a few more.  It's a very simple but really cute idea  and makes for a great, unique gift.

Simply print out the name you need on a Cricut if you have one, if not you can do a personalized order from eBay or Etsy.  Just make sure you tell them, or make it "mirrored" and the size board you need it for.  This will keep you from making the same mistake I did, lol.

And just simply apply underneath the glass, going in the correct direction.  I had to flip and flop the glass cutting board over so many times, you would not believe.  But once I realized, it was super easy.

Here it is all finished.

Hope ya'll like this. And if you look around in about any Home Goods store, in the kitchen area, you can find the clear glass cutting boards.