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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Upcycled Glass Sweetie Jar

Back in the Summer, a friend and I developed a bit of a glass obsession.  It all started when I saw a tutorial on glass etching a beautiful trifle bowl.  Well I knew I needed one, but was loath to pay almost £40 for a similar one - especially as I was worried that I would mess up the etching process.  We decided to scour the local car boot sales in search of one.  Sadly we never found the trifle bowl (although my wonderful bestie brought me one for our wedding anniversary, I am still too scared to etch it!) but we did manage to find a tall retro glass sweetie jar.

At the time I didn't really pay much attention to my purchase.  I loosely discussed etching it with cute little gingerbread motifs, but never got round to it (I will be more organised next year!).  When I was pulling out my glass jars for jam making last week, I suddenly remembered I had it.  Unfortunately it was too late to try out something elaborate with glass etching as I currently have a gazillion other Christmas present crafts that I am rushing to complete.  I planned to just give it a thorough scrub and fill it with an edible gift.

A few weeks ago, I planned to make some vinyl snowflake nail decals to accompany some pretty Gosh nail varnish and a file, a sweet mini nail set for some of my girly friends.  The snowflakes cut beautifully, and I excitedly set my cameo to cut out 12 sets.  Stupidly I didn't check the snowflake size against my own nails, trying them, I realized they were ever so slightly too big!  A huge waste of expensive vinyl and time.  I do hate to throw anything away (secret hoarder tendencies) and so they were chucked back in the drawer with the idea that they would come in handy for something.

Well, I had the brain wave of combining the two and I am very happy with the results!

I used this jar in my Nan and Grandads foodie hampers.  I will be posting about this on a separate post, fingers crossed I will remember to link it in here!

I think I paid £2.50 for the jar, I remember grumbling that it was more expensive then the other glassware I was buying at the time.  A quick look on ebay has revealed that similar ones on ebay sell for over £14, so it would appear I definitely got a bargain!

I will be dragging my friend along next year too, I was so pleased with how this one turned out that I will definitely be on the look-out for more.  I also have a glass hurricane lamp and tall vase with absolutely no idea how to transform them - fingers crossed inspiration will strike!

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