Friday, May 27, 2016

Etch a DIY gift of coffee from a recycled jar!

Recycle a jar and lid to create this special etched jar for the coffee lover!  I think it is perfect for a friend or as a daily reminder for yourself!  It was a quick and easy project with the help of etchall pre-made stencils!

You can find the vinyl stencils here:

You will need:

etchall tools:  Detail Pick Tool  
etchall vinyl stencil:  "You are Brew-tiful"

recycled jar with lid
painters tape
ribbon:  black and white grosgrain with chevron design (1-1/2")
tacky glue
glue gun  *optional
clothespins:  spring action


Remove the release paper to expose the sticky side of the vinyl stencil.  Adhere to the jar; smoothing out all of the air bubbles.  Use the etchall pick to remove all of the letters as that is where you will be putting the etching creme.  This is a good time to watch Barbee's video if you have never etched or used etchall's stencils to etch.  Here is the video:

Apply the painter's tape around the stencil and make a lip so the creme won't go past the stencil onto the glass.  Use a couple of heavier objects to hold your jar in place by setting them on either side of the jar as shown.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions and apply the etching creme.  I use the squeegee and a craft stick for this step.  Notice that luscious chocolaty look of the etching creme?  It starts out a light color and over time will turn dark.  This doesn't affect the etching power of the product; so use it over and over.  Return the creme to the container using the squeegee after the 15 minute waiting period is up.

Remove the tape and stencil, then wash and dry your jar.  See the etch?  Isn't that cool?? 

Cut 3 pieces of the ribbon slightly longer than the edges of the jar lid.  Match the pattern with the middle piece of ribbon on the top.  Apply tacky glue to the top of the lid and adhere the ribbons as shown.

Trim the excess ribbon off around the edges of the jar lid.  Use your finger to gently apply a little tacky glue around the raw edges of the ribbon to keep it from fraying.

Measure around the circumference of the jar lid.  cut a piece of the ribbon the same length.  Fold the ribbon in two, wrong sides facing and adhere the sides together.

 I used tacky glue for this step so needed to clip the sides together until the glue dried.  You can use a glue gun if you want the process to go faster.

Once the glue is dry; adhere the folded ribbon around the edges of the jar lid with the fold facing up.  Tuck in any frayed edges of the ribbons on the top of the lid.  You can further embellish the jar by tying a tag around the neck of the jar, etc.

Fill the jar with coffee beans, Keurig cups or your choice of coffee.  Maybe your friend is a tea drinker!

I hope you got a little inspiration here today to make life better for someone; maybe for yourself!
I would love for you to leave me a comment or question.  I enjoy getting feedback!

Take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way, and,

Live Life with a Flourish!


*Designer tip:  If the etch doesn't show up as much as you would like; use a permanent white inkpad and tissue to deepen the etched design.  

I have rec'd a small stipend
for showcasing etchall products
in this design.

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