PaperCrafting 101

Halloween Mason Jar

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Below is my tutorial on creating a spooky Halloween Mason Jar which I hope you enjoy.


You will need a large Mason Jar, preferably one without etching on the side. Also the following Sizzix die cuts: Ghost die set, Border fence, Haunted House, tree branch. A piece of Styrofoam cut in a circle to fit the bottom of the jar, Halloween themed ribbon, washi tape, black, light and dark brown card stock, white glitter paper.Also a battery powered votive candle and glue dots.

Cut a circle of black paper to fit atop the Styrofoam and using Styrofoam glue attach the paper. Set aside. Die cut the house out of the black paper, the fence of light brown, the tree out of dark brown and the two ghosts out of the glitter paper. Finally, glue a length of ribbon or Washi tape to the base of the votive and neck of jar. Put glue dots on the bottom of the base and slide the base into the jar. Set the fence around the outside of the base with the house and tree on top of the base. Position the ghosts on top of the house. Light the votive candle and enjoy!


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Mason Jar Luminaries

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Most crafters who use Mason Jars in their crafting, use them as holders of something. They may paint the outside of the jar or put decorative 3 D figures on the top side, add faux snow and voila’ it’s a snow globe!

Me, I make Mason Jar luminaries. These are due-cut or rubber stamped images glued inside on the bottom of the jar. I add faux snow AND a battery powdered votive candle. I sell them for $6 or $10 each.

I can make one for you, so email me!


Happy snowman
Snowmen love teddy bears too!
Getting ready for the big ride!
Oh, holy night
Oh, holy night two
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Wood embellishments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Years ago, when I taught rubber stamping at my local Joanne’s, I always tried to incorporate the different departments into the paper crafting section. It boosted sales for the store and crafters liked exploring the different items that they could use for their paper crafting adventures. I would show the stampers how to use tiny bows or ribbon and how to stamp on candles (tissue paper and a heat gun). I also used tiny wooden embellishments. The fad disappeared and I forgot about wood embellishments until I started making my Mason Jar Luminaries. I mostly used wooden ornaments with the lid toppers but was suddenly surprised when I saw a card at my local Hallmark Store with a wooden dove on it.

It seemed that wood was making a comeback – wood was everywhere! Pinterest had cards with wood and Paper Craft magazines featured wood embellishments. So I checked out the wood section of my local craft stores, photographed some cards at Hallmark (for ideas) and scoured Pinterest boards. Some of the ideas are below.

Have fun crafting,


Here are two articles that I found really helpful:




Fun and Easy Mason Jar Crafts

Mason Jar History and some crafting ideas

Dear Fellow Crafters,

A lot of  you have noticed my fascination with Mason Jars and the many ways you can use them in crafting. I thought you might also like to know about the history of this famous jar.

Mason Jar

In 1810, a Frenchman names Nicholas Appert produced a canning jar just in time for Napoleon’s plans for conquering the world. In 1858 an American tinsmith names John Landis Mason patented his own version of the jar. His “Mason Jar” featured a threaded jar mouth, a rubber seal and a reusable screw zinc cover.

The jar became very popular, and in 1886 the Ball Brothers of Buffalo, New York started manufacturing their design.

Alexander Kerr improved the jar sealing mechanism in 1903. He gave it a wider mouth. The Ball Brothers liked the version so much that they adopted it too!

….And that is why you will find different versions of Mason Jars on the shelves of your local craft stores.

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While researching ideas for Mason Jars I came across these. Sorry, no pics.

Washi Tape Utensil jar

Items Needed:  Washi tape in assorted sizes, colors and prints


                             Quart size Mason Jar with smooth sides

  1. Choose your combinations of Washi tapes.
  2. Cut the tapes into 12 1/2″  strips and apply one at a time to the jar. Leave the bottom inch or so of curvy jar and the top few inches free of tape.
  3. Overlap the tape strips at the same spot (the back of the jar).
  4. Place kitchen utensils in the jar.


Mason Magnets

Items needed:  Lids, newspaper, acrylic paint, waxed paper, craft paintbrush, craft glue, Mod Podge, water-colored markers, craft magnets, hot glue gun, spray primer.

  1. Place the lids shiny side up on newspaper. Give then an even coat of spray primer. Do this outside. Dry and repeat if necessary. Dry.
  2. Put acrylic paint on waxed paper and with paint brush, paint the lids.
  3. Punch out circles to cover the lid front.
  4. Stamp image and color or place a die on lid. Cover with Mod Podge. Dry.
  5. Using hot glue , glue the magnet on back of lid.
Reed Diffuser
Items needed: 8 oz jelly jar, baby oil, Essential oil (can be purchased at natural food store), 15 thin bamboo skewers, scissors, rubbing alcohol
1. Pour baby oil into the jar until you fill it about /2 way (1/2 cup)
2. Choose Essential oil and add 45 drops to the jar.
3. Splash a tsp. of alcohol or vodka to help the oils wick up the sticks. Stir to mix.
4. Bamboo skewers should be roughly twice as long as your jar. Most skewers seem to be about 10″ long and the pint jar is 4″ tall so cut off 2″ from the pointy end of the skewers. Adjust as necessary.
Bubble Mason Jar
Items Needed:  8 oz Mason Jar, label (die cut), 1/2 cup of water, 4 table spoons of liquid dish soap, 2 tbl. of light corn syrup (Karo), spoon.
1. Mix the ingredients together in the jar and stir slowly but thoroughly with a spoon.
2. Test the bubbles with a bubble wand. Experiment until you can easily create several bubbles with one blow.
‘Til next time,