Recap: Post-Holiday Crafternoon!

Handcrafted candle holders created by party guests!

 Joe doing his part and making candle holder - so crafty!

Joe doing his part and making candle holder - so crafty!

For the last couple of years, I have enjoyed inviting friends over around the holidays to partake in some merriment and holiday-themed crafting.  It has usually been a pre-Christmas tradition, running the Somerville Jingle Bell Run 5k and then gathering together to eat, drink and craft to our hearts' content.  This year, however I had another commitment before the Jingle Bell Run and would be traveling home a little earlier than normal for the holidays so I decided to host the gathering after Christmas.  With that a whole slew of holiday crafts were wiped from the slate and we needed a more neutral project to tackle so I landed on the glittered candle holders.

Here is what you will need to get started.

Below are a few steps to help get you creating:

  1. Remove the metal lid, if there is one and then start to apply tape in patterns around your chosen jar - use stripes, dots, geometric shapes to make a design - remember tape only where you don't want glitter.
  2. Next apply Mod Podge using a sponge brush to all the areas of glass where you want glitter - do your best not to cover the tape because you will eventually want to peel this off.
  3. While the Mod Podge is wet, dip your mason jar in your chosen glitter, making sure to cover all areas - do this liberally and then set the jar to the side to let drive for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have decorated all of your jars.
  5. Once all are dry, peel the tape off of the 
  6. Find a well ventilated area and then apply the spray sealant, covering all surfaces of the jar.  Let dry for 15 minutes and repeat 2-3 times.  This helps keep the glitter in place.

These were particularly festive for the New Year but can be used year round as a way to liven up your home.

Here's a few more snaps from the party! Thanks to everyone for joining!  Especially Gina for her perfect party attendance - hooray!

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