Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Pretty Storage Solutions

Welcome back to Tutorial Tuesday! 
I hope you all have your projects ready to link up... 
I can't wait to see them! :)

Today's tutorial is an organizational/storage solution. But, it's pretty! 
Because who wants a craft/work/play space that's not pretty? I don't! :)

First things first!

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There are plenty of ways to win, so don't miss out!

Now... on to the reason you're really here today! 
It's Tutorial Time!

I don't know about you all, but I think baby food jars are just perfect for storing things in. There are always plenty of those little tiny bits and pieces that are difficult to wrangle, especially when you have so many other things occupying your craft play space. But let's face it, not so pretty. So I took a few baby food jars, some pretty scrap paper, some ribbon scraps and the trusty old Mod Podge and went to town!

What you need:
baby food jars
scraps of pretty paper
scraps of coordinating ribbon
scissors or exacto knife
mod podge
rubbing alcohol
soft cloth

First we're going to take the rubbing alcohol and your soft cloth and clean these babies up. No matter how much you picked at that label, there is bound to be leftover goo... and well, that's not pretty. But with a little rubbing alcohol and some elbow grease it will come right off, as well as any printing that may also be on the jar.

See? Nice and clean and ready to dress up!

Next, flip your jar over onto the backside of your paper. Trace the shape of the lid. 

Now, I don't know if any of you have one of these, but it is amazing! I picked up this little teeny tiny exacto knife with a swiveling head one day while I was at Hobby Lobby, and I llllllllllllove it! It makes cutting out circles a snap because it moves with your hand. Genius, I tell you!

OK, so cut out your circles by whatever means suits you. Be sure to leave about 1/4 inch or so around the outside of the circle so you have plenty of room to fold it down on the sides of the lid.

Next, slap a thin layer of mod podge onto your lid for sticking power. 
Careful not to overdo it, as too much will make the paper slide all around and, well, not stick.

Place your paper print side up over your lid and mod podge over the right side of the paper. 
{I did this upside down so it was easier to center.} 

As you're pressing it down, make little pleats around the edges to keep things nice and smooth.
{I should warn you- you're going to get dirty. Have some paper towels handy!}

Let this dry completely before doing anything else. If it's still tacky, that pretty paper will rip. 
Sadly, I know this from experience. Do over! haha!

Once it's dry, cut your coordinating ribbon scrap to fit around the edge of the lid and mod podge that bad boy in place too. {Don't you just love mod podge? It's like Super Goo or something.}

TA-DA! Pretty little jars to adorn your space and store all your little tidbits.

They look so cute on my shelf!

Now it's YOUR turn! 
Link up your projects below and be sure to go and visit each other's project posts so everyone feels loved. 

If we ever get more than 2 or 3 people linking up 
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Lauren @ YoungNester said...

Great idea! I definitely need something to put all my odds and ends in! Thanks for linking up at Ten Buck Tuesday!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love this! Thanks for the tutorial and for linking up!

Erin said...

Super cute!! :)

The Thrifty Homemaker Team said...

Great idea. I shared it on my Thrifty Homemaker FB page.


Naturally Me Creations said...

I love the little jars! You made them so cute...and yes, modge podge is cool! :D

I'd love it if you could link these up at my party this coming weekend! :)

PressedDownShakenTogether said...

Just found you from Night Owl Crafting - super cute way to store all sorts of odds and ends! And I linked up my upcycled Altoid tins :)


Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

@ Angela- thanks!! :)

@ Naturally Me- I added you to the linky party list! See you this weekend!

@ Keri- Thanks for popping by, I'm going to check out your link now! :)

Robin said...

So Cute! I would love if you would link this project up to my weekly linky party Upcycled Awesome! http://tinyurl.com/upcycled36

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

I love this! I was just going to spray paint the lids on my jars, but this is so much cuter!

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