Thursday, February 09, 2012

Covered Jar Tutorial

Hi Crafty Geeks!  It's been a while since I posted any thing on the blog, but you're in luck, because today I have all the pictures for a tutorial!  My wonderful husband got me a pazzle machine for Valentine's Day this  year (sshh! I know it hasn't past yet, but I got it early!) While trying out all the options and munching some chips for lunch yesterday, I thought about what I could do with the now empty salsa jar.  So, here's what I came up with. . .

What you'll need:
1. One Clean Jar
2. 3 colors of 12x12 paper or as many as you want for the design.
    a) 1 color: 12x6 minus a 3x3 square in the bottom right corner
    b) 2 color: 12x3 strip
    c) 3 color: 12x3 strip plus a 3x3 square (this fits into the missing section of  
                    the 1 color)
3. Glue.  I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive for gluing onto the jar and a Zig 2 way glue pen for paper to paper gluing.

Start with a CLEAN empty salsa or queso jar.  I peeled the labels off this one relatively easy.  It was still sticky, but that's okay, since we're covering it up.

Next, decide on your pattern and style.  I wanted something fun that would hold the buttons in my craft room.  I created a MTC file that can be used with a Pazzle, (The SVG and EPS files are also included to use in the Pazzle software) and you can download it here. After that, decide on your paper and line it up on the cutter. Or print it and you can cut it by hand. Use a hole puncher to get those little circles. This is what the layout looks like before.

Cut your files and pull the large circles and large button outline off the page.  Glue them together and on the lid like so:
Next, pull the title background and the title outline off the sheet and glue them together like this:  Here I used the glue pen to put the paper pieces together.
I put the button pieces together after that.  Sometimes the edges don't cut really well, so I covered the one that messed up with the title section.
You can see that I've put all the pieces together and I'm ready to put the label together.
I've glued my label together and stacked some of the buttons to create a fun little design.  Then I glue it onto the jar, switching back to the scotch quick dry glue.  I laid the label down upside down on the mat and lined up one edge of the label with the center of the jar.  Apply glue to the entire label and gently roll the jar to pick up the label, making sure to push it tight to keep the bubbles out.  Be aware that part of the label with overlap with itself, so make sure your design isn't overlapped.
You can see that I took a sharpie marker and colored over the printed label from the manufacturer on the edges of the lid.  You don't have to do this, but I didn't want MILD everywhere.  You could also cut a slim strip of paper to match your label.

Have fun and be sure to leave me links to your ideas and your version of the jar!


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