What to Bring the Hostess

December 9th, 2008 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Junk Market Style Difficulty Meter

Old Glass Jar -I used a square deco model
Glass etching cream- I used Armour Etch
Rub on letters
Rub on stencils
1/4 in ribbon
4 pieces miscellaneous hardware
4 -1/4 in. buttons
Small decorative rock
Paperwhite bulb
Quick Cure Glue
Super Glue

The materials before.

Tool List:
1 in. Paint brush
Masking tape


1. Adhere masking tape around edges of rectangular flat surface on jar.

Running a straight edge firmly along the tape ensures a clean line when the tape is removed.

2. Apply thick coat of Armour Etch inside tape.

Stroke top to bottom, then side to side.

3. Allow etching cream to sit for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water and remove tape.

Easy peazy, lemon squeezy! This is a super easy and super fun treatment for glass or mirror. Try it!

4. Cut around edges of rub-on initial and place on center of rectangle.

5. Press on firmly with stylus and remove plastic backing.

This is one cool tool. But, if you don't have a stylus, you can simply use a reclaimed popcycle stick. A project and a treat... yum-o, as RR would say.

6. Place rub-on decorative stencils on raised portion of glass jar surrounding rectangle, press firmly with stylus, and remove plastic backing.

7. Measure and cut 4 strips of ribbon to surround each edge of rectangle.

I just love the polka... dot!

8. Apply quick cure glue to back of each piece of ribbon, adhere to edges of rectangle, and allow to dry.

This Gorilla Glue product works like a charm.

9. Apply super glue to each piece of miscellaneous hardware and adhere to ribbon at each corner of ribbon.

You may want to use a tweezers here to avoid gluing your fingers to the junk. My bad.

10. Apply super glue to back of each button and place in center of hardware pieces.

Buttons are beautiful!
Sweet details!

11. Fill 1/4 of the jar with decorative rock.

I flipped for these lime rocks, but you could use any color that tickles your fancy.

12. Place paperwhite bulb on rock and surround bulb with sheet moss.

The moss is optional but sure does add that little somethin'.

13. Cover jar and deliver to lucky recipient!

All the giftee need do is remove the lid, add some H2O, and place in a sunny window. I will be adding a little note with directions too.

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Comments (17)

MsJunk writes: Paperwhites are one of my favorites! This project is a great way to show them off! Posted: 1:15 pm on February 26th
suewhitney writes: Your take on it sounds beautiful Gretchen. I can't wait to see images. I know Lani has a camera. Have a fabulously fun time in Florida...get some rest! And P.S. get some extra tanning time in for all of us in the snow! Thanks again.

Take care
Sue Posted: 8:29 am on December 15th
MimiToria writes: Hey Sue-
I did this project and loved it. I made a large and small size of these for Lani as a Hostess gift. We were at her house for a Holiday party last night. I didn't get photos taken of them though, but had to do more of rusty elegance look to go with Lani's house. I added a rusty number on one area that I etched with a square and added ribbon with black wire and a vintage rusty key. On the smaller one it had the etching with the copper wording "Believe" on it, as well as ribbon, mother of pearl button and copper heart detail around the jar top.
I used a mix of polished small rocks that go with the look/colors of her house, the green moss and paperwhite in each.
I didn't think to take a photo and am leaving for Florida on Wednesday. Maybe, Lani could post the photos if she sees this or has the time next week.
Love this project. btw our Michaels' is really low on the small bottles of this etching, and I'm sure your post is the reason. It is great!
Gretchen Posted: 3:50 pm on December 14th
georgiamoon writes: Sue, this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! What a fabulous gift this is. I love the elegance of it. Do you EVER run out of great ideas...I think NOT! Love it, geo Posted: 3:36 pm on December 10th
suewhitney writes: Thanks, everyone! This really is easy. I lined up five jars and completed them all in about 45 minutes. Now that's a quick project! If any of you do make your own, make sure to post your version under this post in the 'did you make this' section. I'd love to see your handy work.

Sue Posted: 10:05 am on December 10th
GroovyGreenDesigns writes: You made this look so easy. I have been looking for a new gift idea for my gal pals, we have a winner! Thanks! Posted: 9:30 am on December 10th
JunkArchitect writes: Sue, what a wonderful gift idea and you did a great job explaining the process of creating it.

Absolutely beautiful!


Posted: 11:31 pm on December 9th
catbishop writes: These are so pretty. I'm going to make some for gifts.


Cat Posted: 9:38 pm on December 9th
suewhitney writes: Hi Diane,

You can find the rocks at Bachmans or many local greenhouses. I think that I have seen them at Target in the candle section too. The stitching is not handpainted, it's a rub-on product as well. So much easier! Ladies...thanks for the tip on frosted paint.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:22 pm on December 9th
junkcollector writes: Sue, This project is great! So nice that it is personalized, any hostess would love it!! I don't think it would be the same if you didn't use the moss or the lime green rocks, they really are great with the paperwhite. Where did you find the rocks, they are awesome? I also noticed the stitching-is that hand painted?
I have used both the etching cream and frosted spray in a can, both work great but the etching cream is permenant and the spray can be removed with paint thinner or a razor blade for a small project. Just something to keep in mind if you are working on a piece that you may someday want to put back to it's orignal state.
Diane Posted: 8:31 pm on December 9th
italianpeasant writes: ok, well, both of those are my initials :) hint, hint....i take the easy way out when it comes to the etch look; i use the frosted spray. Posted: 5:21 pm on December 9th
MimiToria writes: Love it Sue. I have 3 paperwhite bulbs crying out for a project like this. Thanks for sharing!

Hey, still dying to see what you are going to do with all of those fabulous items you posted early on and were going to make projects from. I have them in my stash and are looking for some inspiration. : ) Posted: 1:50 pm on December 9th
suewhitney writes: Jenny,

Thanks...for the compliment and the tip on what miscellaneous hardware is called. Wasn't rolling off the tip of my tounge this morning at 3. Ha!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 1:21 pm on December 9th
writes: Sue,
This is one of your best projects yet. Just beautiful. I remember when we lived in northern WA, forcing bulbs was a way we brought spring into the house when it was cold outside.

And I love your use of the star washers. They are one of my fav hardware items.


JennyK Posted: 1:06 pm on December 9th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: How neat. I would love to receive a gift like this. I too have recently been looking into using a glass etching product. Thanks for giving me the nerve to try it!

Candy Posted: 1:02 pm on December 9th
suewhitney writes: Hi Lani,

It's actually very easy. The only thing you need to be careful about is making sure the tape is on good and tight so the etching cream doesn't bleed underneath. Also, if you get some where you didn't intend it to go (a spontaneous splash for instance) just wipe it off right away and you should be good to go.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 12:46 pm on December 9th
CottageElements writes: Beautiful project once again and I love paperwhites! I was just talking to someone on etching glass and have a couple windows I want to try it on. Do you have to be super careful with it? Love it!

Lani Posted: 12:36 pm on December 9th
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