A stolen pickle jar results in assault.

Okay, another half truth.  I did, in fact, steal the pickle jar from my husband.  He is hoarding them to put his plethora of screws in.  Not only pickle jars but any other glass food jar that I deem fit for the recycling bin gets claimed by my husband.  The only assault was on the poor jar by the use of a hot glue gun.

I have a granddaughter who will be 16 (I think) the first week of February.  In my attempt to get birthday presents out to my family members, in a timely manner, this year I am trying to get ahead of the game.

I searched on Pinterest for things a teen girl would like.  Aside from too tight clothing, necklines that leave little to the imagination, and jewelry pieces I would not be able to even begin to create, I had to search elsewhere for some kind of idea.

My granddaughter has a favorite color.  Black.

I’ve made  her a mini album, covered a balsa wood box with flowers and other festoonery, and a few other things over the years.  What to do this year?  I was in a pickle….Ah Ha!  Why not make use of a pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

The paper, featured inside the jar, is from DCWV Street Lace.  The black trim is from a length of scrap trim, the white ruffly lace is also from a length of scrap trim.  The pearl string is from a spool that is being steadily reduced.  The half back pearls on the black lace is from the Michaels dollar bin.  The tag is from a box of 500 I purchased from the office supply store about five or six years ago and hardly touched.

I’ve used two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that have been wasting away for several years.  One is titled “Favorite Thoughts” and the other is “Tiny Tags”.  I’ve used some turquoise chalk ink from VersaMark that I’ve had since the early 2000’s to color the tag.  And I’ve used some clear embossing powder, the NOT fine stuff, I’ve had since 2004 on the tag to give it some much needed sparkle and shine.

Decorative tag.

Decorative tag.

The lid of the jar was painted with Lamp Black acrylic paint from Americana and sprayed with a Krylon Clear Glaze to make that shiny as well.  Flowers on the lid are from the Michaels dollar bin.  The beautiful butterfly is from Dollar Tree.  Both of these items were a more recent purchase…..last year.  The rhinestones for the butterfly trail are from Stampin’ Up! and have been knocked around in my room since Stampin’ Up! first brought them out to the general public…..way back in about 2009 I think it was.  The glue I used, still wet in the photo, is Glossy Accents to ensure the rhinestones will stay where I put them.

Decorative lid.

Decorative lid.

The turquoise lace trim around the lid edge, attached to the tag, and the little bow is from my stash.  I have no idea when I bought the ribbon or where I bought it.

I hope you enjoy this idea of altering a glass jar.  Possibly find a way to use these cast offs in your home organization needs or for your craft supplies.  If you would like to see the creation of this jar I have the video below for your convenience.  Also, as an added bonus I have a video that shows  how to remove a label from a glass jar that won’t budge from the normal soaking in hot soapy water for an hour or more.  That video is included in this post.

Now you go “Show someone how special they are”.







6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 12:21:47

    A very pretty gift Leslie but you did make me laugh with your talk about tight clothing, plunging neck lines, etc. Could you hear your mother or aunts in those words?????? Isn’t this what countless generations of older people have said about youngsters today 😀 What a hoot!
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 13, 2015 @ 14:40:04

      Nooooo! Please say it isn’t so! I’ve turned into an old fuddy duddy! I don’t, as a general rule, criticize or be judgmental, but the celebrities over here have gone over the bend. I don’t know why they just don’t make nudity the new fashion.

      Thank you, Lynn, for your very kind comment on my altered pickle jar for my granddaughter. I always worry that my gifts will go over like a lead balloon. :/

      I’ve got to sit down and send you an email. I think about you and Rod everyday and do nothing about it.

      Love you – Leslie


  2. healthfulsave
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 20:40:09

    Love the word “festoonery”!!! That’s a new one to me. DD’s teacher used the word “fancifying”.
    Did you ever enjoy the magazine “Mary Englebreit Home” back in the day? One of the few magazines I kept and I still do look at them. Had a great focus on all kinds of artistic pursuits.
    Love the blue and black paper you selected!


    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 14, 2015 @ 06:18:42

      “Festoonery” is, most likely, not even a proper word but it made it out of the cobwebbery of my brain. 😀 You like that, another most likely not even a proper word – cobwebbery. 😀

      I did not know there was a magazine series of Mary Englebreit. I’ve seen many stickers with the bright primary color flowers tended by a bespeckled girl with a hat. I really like the message on the sticker sheet….”Bloom where you grow”.

      Thank you, Jen. I enjoy our little conversations. 😀


  3. Jack Flacco
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 21:25:14

    As always, love your creative genius with everyday items. In this case, the perfect result. Who said no bad deed goes unpunished? Or is that the other way around?


    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 14, 2015 @ 06:21:13

      Okay, you pulled one over on me. I read your comment and thought “what bad deed is he talking about?”….DUH. Please forgive an old woman. I’ll blame it on the lingering pickle aroma wafting from the jar. 😀

      Thank you, Jack, for your always kind comments on my craft projects.


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