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Monday, October 5, 2015

ALTERED COFFEE JAR tutorial by Carol

Hi there! Carol here with my tutorial for October. I love altering things and today I'll show how I turned a humble coffee jar into a Christmas light holder.

Starting with a clean jar...any size will do, so long as it matches up with your stencil.

I scrunched and tore up lots of tissue (Shery always wraps her orders in tissue so I have a ready supply!), then I used Mod Podge to glue it all over and left it overnight to dry. I then gave it a coat of paint....I used an opaque one but I think a translucent would probably work better.

While the paint was drying I stencilled the Christmas Trees onto tissue using Sparkle Medium and once dry painted the back of the tissue with the same paint as the jar.

The jar looked a bit dull so I gave it a wash with some very watered down white gesso...this found it's way into all the creases of tissue and gave a lovely effect. I dusted the whole of the jar with Glamour Dust then left it to dry.

More Modgepodge was used to attach the trees and I added some tinsel and lace to finish.

This could easily be adapted to make something Halloween themed...or any other occasion for that matter! Unfortunately I didn't have a candle light big enough to show how this looks lighted...but all the sparkle really shimmers. The finished project could also be used as a vase.

I hope you've enjoyed this month's tutorial, I'll see you again next month.

Carol x

Items used:
ARTplorations - Christmas Trees stencil

Glamour Dust
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint


  1. Great way to alter a jar...stunning project! :)
    Suchi xx

  2. Fabulous! The transformation is amazing! xxx


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