It’s time for round 2 of the Iron Craft Challenge--and this time, it’s “Orange.” Using either the color orange or actual oranges--out task was to have a finished orangey craft project.
I chose what I think is one of the easiest crafts I’ve ever done--making colored mason jars. With just three common items, you can make the most uncommon jewel toned jar! All you need is a glass jar, some Mod Podge (I used the Gloss-Lustre one), and some food coloring. That’s it!
I loved this challenge because orange isn’t a color I normally gravitate to, but man, it’s just gorgeous. These jars remind me of sweet orange hard candy. Or that big ball in the sky we call the sun, and let’s face it--in drab gray January, who couldn’t use a little sun in the house?
I added little battery powered votives that have been hanging around since the holidays, but you can use these jars for whatever want--except maybe for food. I wouldn’t put food in these, ok?*
Use them on your make-up table, your desk, outside on the patio this summer with candles--anywhere you want a nice splash of color. Sunny windowsills come to mind. And let’s not forget--you can make these in any color (holidays!), so choose your favorites and get ready for this simple project!
I found this tutorial at Lilyshop. She used some pretty jewels and puffy paints to decorate a couple of her jars. If I hadn’t been pressed for time, I’d have really gone all out on the crystals, but I actually made these yesterday morning. Can we say last minute? I picked up these little rhinestones that came stuck together like stickers. Pretty, but I feel like they could be improved. Next time--because I’ll be making more of these, for sure!
One thing I did was after the jars had drained and before I set them upright to drain, I took a bamboo skewer and made sure that the top rim of the jar was covered with the Mod Podge mixture--just so it looked evenly covered. Also, since my jars have corners, I mixed the Mod Podge and food coloring in a small glass ramekin before pouring it into the jars. Clean up is easy since it’s water based. Thought the food coloring isn’t, so be careful of your work surface.
I hope you’ll check out what the other Iron Crafters have done, too! You can see all of them in the Flickr Group. There’s so much inspiration to be found there!
*Mod Podge is non-toxic, non-flammable and water based. There is an Outdoor Mod Podge available that is water resistant and is most durable when used on projects that are in a sheltered area.