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DIY of the Week – Jar of Love Notes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Tis the season of love, and as such, how can we not take part! This week’s DIY is all about putting thought and effort into making your significant other feel special and loved. And the best part about it? It’s especially perfect for those of who forgot that it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and need to put together a romantic gift on the fly! Why? Because you can keep jotting notes all throughout the day, and just decorate a mason jar once home and you’re done! So let’s get started

 

What You Need:

1. Mason Jar

2. Strips of paper (colored paper works best, but plain is fine too)

3. A few colored pens

4. Paint and paintbrush, or sharpies, to decorate the mason jar

5. Ribbon

 

What To Do:

Step 1

If you don’t have paper strips, cut regular size A4 paper into strips (If you have a paper slicer, this will be really quick work).

Image source - Ahem, it's Emme

Image source – Ahem, it’s Emme

 

Step 2

Jot down a different reason why you love your partner on each strip. Do as many of these as you possibly can. And no reason is too small or silly. Remember, this is about the two of you. Everything from they way their hair smells after a shampoo, to their bad off-tune singing, to how they watch your favourite sport with you (even though they hate it), counts!

Image source - Paper and Landscapes

Image source – Paper and Landscapes

 

Step 3

Fold the paper strips into little chits. And remember, try to make as many as you can! Even the smallest of reasons, and silliest of reasons, is a reason.

Image source - About What Blog

Image source – About What Blog

 

Step 4

Decorate the mason jar. You can paint it over with designs, or keep it plain with a label reading “Reasons Why I Love You”. Finish off with a ribbon along the neck, pop in all the chits of reasons, and close it off.

Image source - Etsy

Image source – Etsy

 

While this is simple to assemble, the thought you put into each of those notes is what will be the real gift, and a truly thoughtful one. Don’t be surprised if you get a few happy tears in response! (We’ll agree to blame it on onions).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY of the Week – Glass Jar Snow Globes

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Another week brings with it another chance to change things up, smile some more, meet more people, and create some more. Well, we’re here to help you out with that last one, though honestly speaking, you might just get a few smiles out of this week’s DIY too.  Especially if you were into snow globes as a kid. Oh no! Did we just give away the plot? Oh well, since you already know now, we might as well cop to it – this week we’re making snow globes! And the best part is that you aren’t going to be stuck with a snowman as your center show piece. You can pick and choose what you want to showcase in your globe. So let’s get this party started, shall we?

 

What you need:

  1.  A medium-sized glass or mason jar
  2. Gold paint (or whatever color you want your globe’s base to be)
  3. Glitter, preferably medium sized (finer glitter might now shine and catch the eye as much)
  4. A figurine or plastic mini-tree (or whatever plastic toy/piece takes your fancy) as long as it’s not taller than 3/4ths of the jar
  5. Industrial grade glue
  6. Glycerin (or uncolored, clear glue if you want the glitter to settle much more slowly)
  7. Distilled water
Image source - GoodsHomeDesign

Image source – GoodsHomeDesign

 

What you need to do:

Step 1

Remove the lid from the clean and dry jar, and paint the outside and rim of it in the color of your preference. Leave to dry completely.

 

Step 2

Take the industrial glue and place a dot (or sufficient amount) in the center of the inside of the lid, and gently press on and hold your chosen figurine/center piece. Remember, there are no right or wrong choices, just go with whatever your aesthetic is, even if it’s a couple of Lego figurines. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.

Image source - MollyMoo

Image source – MollyMoo

 

Step 3

Now, take the glass jar and put about a teaspoon or teaspoon and half (depending on the size of the jar) of glitter in it. Add about 5 drops of glycerin (or four times that if you’re using the clear glue instead). Top this up with the distilled water.

 

Step 4

Take the lid and slowly inserting the center piece in (upside down of course), screw the lid on tightly and firmly. Insert a rubber ring, or put some glue on the inside of the lid, before screwing it on, to ensure that it remains nice and tight, and sealed. Otherwise, it might start leaking after the first few shakes. Leave to dry for 24 hours (make sure you don’t invert it until it dries).

Image source - My Kid Craft

Image source – My Kid Craft

 

Step 5

Ta-da! Just turn it upside down and shake, and your very own, completely personalized snow globe is ready!

Image source - p-ject.com

Image source – p-ject.com

 

 

You can use these at home, at the office, and they even make great handmade gifts for friends and family. So go ahead, shake shake!