This is actually a present that I made for someone LAST Christmas! I had every intention of showing it to you then but I was disappointed with how it turned out. Then, this year as I was going through some old photos I came across this and fell in love! Not sure why I was disappointed because this is so pretty to me now. Want to make one? They are etched glass Christmas Cookie Jars stenciled with pretty snowflakes:
Simple and pretty! And really, do it in blue and silver and you could use it in dreary January to brighten things up! Or, it make a perfect jar for Christmas-fill it with cookies or treats and your friends will love it!
Christmas Cookie Jars Tutorial:
- Jar-Mine is an actual cookie jar that I got at Target or a craft store. You can do this with any jar though. A large Mason jar would work nicely as well and be smaller if you are looking to make several and take them to neighbors or something.
- Glass etching cream (get it at the craft store)
- Snowflake stencils of some sort (it will help if they are self adhesive and bend easily since the jar will have curves). You can make your own if you have a cutting machine or get them at the craft store.
- Paint-I recommend using either Americana Multi Surface in red or try the DecoArt metallic silver, or both. Also, you can use a metallic writer to add little dots to the centers of the snowflakes.
Start by etching your jar. To do this, I recommend wearing protective gloves. Then coat your jar in a thick coating of the etching cream and wait for several minutes for it to work its magic:
Rinse it thoroughly (still wearing those gloves-this stuff can burn you). Then let it dry completely.
Now, place your stencils were you want them. I found that it was easiest not to put them on the curves of my jar because it had sort of a squarish shape. Get them on so they are nice and flat with no bubbles:
Get it all smooth and then peel it off. Then continue stenciling more until you have enough snowflakes.
Then, like I said earlier, if you want to add little dots to the centers or as decoration, use the metallic writes and go crazy!
Perfect gift idea!