Monday, February 11, 2013

Upcycled Plastic Jar





My friend Shelly, who is a 10th grade English teacher at the school where I work, has a clear plastic jar that she uses for her "Weekly Wisdom" project in her classes each Friday. A while back she brought the jar to the library during the week that she and her classes were were doing research and I asked her if I could decorate her jar because, well, it was just so darn plain - LOL! Shelly, (who is an AMAZING teacher and one of the absolute nicest ladies that you will ever meet!), was happy to let me borrow her jar this past weekend to work some magic on it! Above is a photo of the finished project, but below is a photo of the "Plain Jane" jar and information on how I transformed it.

See...it started out as just a plain 'ole plastic jar that cookies came in:


I started out by removing the cookie label and then attaching a strip of torn denim around the jar using spray adhesive:


I then proceeded to add a layer of burlap, some lace and a torn strip of gingham. I used another strip of the torn gingham to decorate the rim of the jar, attaching it securely to the rim using Mod Podge. I stitched up a felt flower and attached it and some buttons to the front of the jar. Lastly, I tied on a tag which has a quote by Longfellow that reads: "The secret of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do." Here is another look at the finished jar...I'm really pleased at how it turned out! I am giving it back to Shelly today, and I hope she likes it too!


I am entering this project in Scrap-It-Girl's February Challenge, which is to use fabric in a crafty creation. I think that my upcycled jar fits the bill nicely, since I used denim, burlap, lace, gingham and felt! LOTS of fabric types in this crafty creation!!

On a final note, in case you didn't know, this week is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Below you'll find a link to the RAK website, which gives lots and lots of simple ideas on how to spread a little kindness everyday to help make the world a better place. I hope you'll take a moment to check out the RAK website, and that you'll take their ideas/suggestions to heart to spread a little kindness this week!
 
Wishing you a blessed week!

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11 comments:

  1. Adorable!!! Cute little flower!

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    1. Thank you, Tammy! Shelly LOVED it!! :)

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  2. I love what you did with this jar, Becky! You are SO creative!

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  3. Love the jar w/ the layers of fabric, great idea. I am sure any teacher would love this. Great recycling project too. Thank you for entering our Scrap It Girl, "Material" challenge... we miss you~

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly!! Love seeing all of the great projects/challenges over at Scrap-It-Girl! AWESOME stuff!! :)

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  4. Fantastic project. Awesome. Thanks for joining the Scrap It Girl challenge. Hope to see you again soon.
    Thanks
    Rachelle DT
    xxx

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  5. What an amazing idea! Thanks for playing along at Scrap It Girl!

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  6. "not so darn plain" anymore...love it! Thanks for taking the February Scrap It Girl Challenge!

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  7. This is so darn cute! Great job on the upcycling. Thanks for joining in at Scrap It Girl.

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I truly value your thoughts, ideas and opinions! Have a blessed day! Becky B.