Sometimes I get an idea in my head and it just won’t go away until its executed. This little craft was one of those things. Before I tell you the how to’s, do’s and don’ts, I have to give credit to my two year old who behaved so well while mommy “played”. Alas, those brief moments of calm in motherhood are short lived, but lasted long enough for me to finish this!
So, back to these jars. I have to say that they are the perfect Christmas touch to my entry way, with out screaming Christmas. They were fun, and simple too. I recommend doing these on a day you plan on staying home and catching up on laundry or any other house chores. They’re simple, but take a bit of time. I think they would be a great craft to do for a little DIY gift. Especially for a musician! Technically, they’re just music sheets, so they don’t have to be for Christmas. Something connects the two in my mind but really, music is music. It’s celebrated on a daily basis, through every holiday and season. Let’s start crafting!…
You will need:
- Mason Jar
- Mod Podge
- Sponge Brush
- Sand Paper (40 or 60 grit)
- Music Sheet
- Dark Wax
- Wax Brush
- Cloth (lint free)
- Rubber Band
- Nail Polish Remover (Not Pictured)
- Cotton Balls (Not Pictured)
- Paper Plate (Or any other surface you can paint and pour Mod Podge on)
First things first, let’s get that Mod Podge open and pour a little on a paper plate. A little goes a long way with this stuff, and we can always add more if we need to. Then dip your sponge brush and just start painting the jar. This will allow the music sheet to stick to the jar.
I stopped painting at the top of the jar, so the lid part does not have any Mod Podge on it. To be honest, I’m a little messy so some Mod Podge did get onto it, but I’ll share my trick to get it off later. Once the jar was fully covered, I placed it upside down on a paper plate, and painted the bottom of the jar with Mod Podge.
Now that we are fully covered we can get ready to place the music sheet over the jar. For me, this was the trickiest part. I’m a little impatient with this sort of stuff so I had to take some deep breaths before tackling the beast. Simply hold the paper horizontally in front of the jar and smooth it so it reaches all the way around the jar.
I secured the top two different ways. On the jar pictured above I sort of let it do its thing, and as I smoothed the paper out around the jar I allowed the top to fold over itself naturally. See the folds in the picture? On another jar I actually tied a rubber band around it so it pushed the paper up above the band and looked a bit smoother. I like both finished looks but the one with the rubber band is cleaner. In the picture below you can see where I placed the rubber band. The rest of the jar in the picture below is a few steps ahead, so just check out the rubber band placement, for now.
After we get the paper onto the jar we need to cut the extra length. I left about an inch from the bottom of the jar to fold over. Rub your hands from the top of the jar to the bottom to continue smoothing the music sheet out as best you can. If it’s not completely smooth, don’t worry. We can fix that later.
So, leaving the jar upside down, smoothed as best you can, cut and fitted around the bottom; the next step is to apply more Mod Podge over top of the music sheet. Apply a coat, let dry, approximately 45 minutes, repeat at least 3 times.
Just paint with the sponge brush to cover the entire paper. Be sure to get the bottom as well, this is why I left it upside down. Repeating this will help the paper to get more of a gloss look after it dries. Almost as if the paper is part of the glass.
Once this step is repeated at least 3 times and the glue is all dried, we get to mess it all up!!! Now would be a good time to take the rubber band off if you went that route. Even when I paint furniture, sanding is always my favorite part. This is how each jar will be unique and you can make it your own. One thing I would do differently here is use a more coarse sand paper. I only had 80 at home, but if I made these again I would make sure I had 40 or 60 grit. I had to really put some elbow power into getting the look I wanted.
So, just start sanding making little tears into the music sheet, wherever your crafting lovin’ heart desires.
On the jar pictured above, I didn’t use the rubber band so I spent some time sanding down the creases of where the music sheet folds over. I also payed special attention to sand any bubbles or bumps in the paper I didn’t like.
On the rubber band jar (above) the paper went above the lip of the jar. So I sanded that all down. The picture above is after I sanded it down and the picture below is where the paper comes up a little too high. As you can see above, I lost a chunk of the music sheet while sanding, just go with it. Wait until you see how awesome it looks once the wax is on.
Once you are done sanding and you get the look you want, we will begin to wax.
I used Annie Sloan Dark Wax, but any dark wax will be just fine. Same for the brush. Any paint brush will work. Be sure that your cloth is lint free. Old t – shirts work great if you don’t have anything else. Now, wax on, wax off! I didn’t spend much time wiping the wax off once it was on, but I also made sure it wasn’t clumped anywhere.
In the picture below you can see the creases towards the top. I went back with the sand paper and tried to decrease the crease, if that makes sense. It did work but as I said before, a more coarse sand paper would have been helpful.
Once you wax the entire jar and wipe off any clumps, we are almost ready for styling! I mentioned before, I’m pretty sloppy with some things, I wanted the top of the jar to remain clear but I got a lot of Mod Podge on it when I was covering the jar in it. Simply get some nail polish remover on a cotton ball and wipe around the jar on the glass only. Takes it right off! Nail polish is also great to get those price tags off of vases or any other glass items you might buy. I love this trick!
After you wax, if you notice you want to go back and sand a bit more or in another spot, you definitely can. After you sand on top of the wax, blow any dust off then apply more wax. Once this is all done, we are ready for styling!
I put some tea lights inside of them, and let them glow. I think they turned out so pretty.
Even during the day, they add a feel of warmth. Each day since I placed these finished jars on my entry way table, they looked better and better as the wax cured onto the paper.
I hope you love this little craft as much as I do. If you go ahead and make some Music Sheet Jars, please share them with me!
Thanks for stopping by and crafting with me!
xo – K