With the exception of Christmas, I’m usually woefully behind on my holiday decorating. But there’s something about the promise of Spring that has prompted me to start my Easter decorating early this year. (It may also be that I didn’t get to decorate for Easter last year because we moved into our house just three days before the holiday!)
Today, I styled the handpainted buffet in the foyer for Easter, and I’m just loving the look.
Aren’t these jars just adorable? And they were so easy to make, too. (OK, two were easy to make, the third took some effort and a lot of second-guessing.)
This project started with a trip to an antique store in a neighboring town, where I scored the little bubble glass jar for $3! (This vendor had lots of glass jars similar to this, priced at around $3. I’m kicking myself for not buying more! Might be worth an Atta Girl road trip soon, because I know Atta Girl Laura wants me to make some of these for her, too! Here’s an Atta Girl shopping tip: If you live in a large or largish town, like I do, make sure to check out the home decor, antique and thrift stores in smaller neighboring towns. The prices are so much better!)
Anyway, my bubble jar was just begging for some adornment. So, one day when I should have been working, I started playing around with my Silhouette Cameo and cut out some green grass and an adorable little pale yellow chick from vinyl. I used transfer tape to place the chick on the glass. (Transfer tape is a must-have if you’re working with vinyl decals!) Then, I layered the green grass over the chick. This was a little tricky, as it can be difficult to keep your decal straight and bubble-free as you’re moving around the jar. Just go slowly and work out any bubbles or wrinkles with your fingers. A blue grosgrain hemstitched ribbon finishes the look.
I was so enamored with how this jar turned out that I immediately took it to school to show my son’s teachers and to our after-school play date at the park. I’m such a craft nerd. But the play date was with the other Atta Girls. And I am the one responsible for getting my son’s teacher hooked on Pinterest. So, it wasn’t like I was showing off to uninterested sorts.
Anyway, I decided I wanted to make more of these as part of my Easter decor. I was lucky enough to score two more glass jars of different styles at my local Goodwill store. These were even cheaper than the first jar, priced at just $1.99.
I used the same vinyl technique on the second jar, but this time I changed the color of the grass to a brighter green and nestled a pastel blue bunny behind it. (It is a very pale blue, almost white in person and in the photos, too.)
For the third jar, I wanted to continue the same “animals in grass” theme, but I wanted to try a different technique.
This time, I created a stencil from vinyl. I wiped my jar down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry well. Then, I applied the bunny stencil decal. Be sure to press firmly around the edges so your paint won’t seep.
I painted him using Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Purpose Paint, which can be used on good, glass, metal, fabric and maybe other surfaces, as well. I didn’t like the effect I got when I used a paint brush over the glass, so I ended up sponging the bunny. It gave him a nice, realistic texture — very important for a blue bunny!
One the bunny had dried sufficiently, I started painting in my grass. The vinyl wasn’t too sticky, so I was able to overlay it on the bunny without damaging the paint. Once I took my grass stencil off, I wasn’t completely happy with the way the jar looked. So, I filled in the grass to the bottom of the jar, using a sponge. I also used a fan brush to extend the blades of grass. If I make another one of these, I will probably freehand my grass, as I had trouble judging where to put the stencil for a realistic look. I’m no artist, by any mean, but I have taken a few painting classes, so I feel comfortable freehanding the grass.
I thought this bunny needed something more than the silhouetted ones, so I added a pink eye and some pink to his ear. As with the others, I finished the jar off with a simple bow in a coordinating color.
Here’s the finished, painted jar. The instructions on the Martha Stewart paints says it must cure 21 days on glass. So, I won’t be washing this before Easter.
Here’s a look at the trio again:
I styled my Easter vignette in front of my antique silver candelabra, and I added a Willow House cloche filled with speckled eggs. (I won a trio of these cloches from the Plate & Pattern blog a few weeks ago, and I already love them. I have one on my nightstand to hold my wedding rings and earrings, and I’m using the third on the other end of the buffet.)
I think these jars would be adorable filled with speckled eggs or jelly beans, but I also like them empty. That way, I don’t have to sorry about my son or husband eating my decor.
Tune in over the next several weeks. The other Atta Girls and I will be sharing lots of Easter crafting and decorating projects, including some fabulous projects made from dollar store materials.
— Atta Girl Amy
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