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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ribbons and Ribbons

One surefire way to know your coworkers read your blog?
They drop off garbage on your desk.
Bridget figured there was SOMETHING I could do with her empty snack jars.
25 ounce sturdy plastic jars with a screw on lid? Yeah, I have some ideas.
It just took a couple of months to get to it...
 First, a good washing and some Goo Gone to get all of the glue off from the label.
Then we'll take a scrap of decorative paper and draw a circle large enough to cover the lid top and sides.
Cut it out, obviously
Smear some Mod Podge on the lid and smooth the paper over it, folding it down over the sides.
Slather more Mod Podge over the paper and pleat the sides while they're wet. Cut a lttle ribbon the circumference of the lid.
Put the ribbon around the lid and Mod Podge over it. Don't worry about any excess paper overhang; We'll trim that down later.
My jar had a freshness date on it, so I opted to take some thicker aqua ribbon and  wrap it around to hide it.
Then we'll made a quick bow by hot gluing a loop and flattening it...
 ...and gluing a smaller loop around that.Slide some thinner ribbon through that, attach a tag, and knot. The knot will slip right out of sight.
Hot glue that on top of the band of ribbon on the jar.
 Now we're ready to fill it! I use really pretty ribbons for my packages. I have a serious crush on wire edged in fact. And once the gift is opened, believe me, I snag that ribbon and put it right back in the craft cabinet. But they were a jumbled mess and just jammed in a coffee can.
So we're going to sit down and fold all of those shimmering little lengths and paper clip them neatly.
Now I know what I've got to work with.
 Yes, those are my Christmas colors too. Would you have expected anything else?
Upcycled, organized, and all stuff from my craft stash.
Because here at Rehab, we're participating in The T-Shirt Diaries Stashbusting September!
We aren't buying any more supplies for the month, and everything will done with whatever is on hand!
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Katie said...

great DIY storage!

Sherri B. said...

Another good idea! I have often wondered what to do with those. Perfect for the ribbons so they are there at a glance to use instead of in the spare closet.

tina said...

Peanut butter gets the sticky off of jars :)

Not sure where I read that, but it works! Smear some on, let it sit for a while, and then wipe it off. I use it to get the sticky off of baby food jars (I keep buttons in them)

Life in Rehab said...

Peanut butter you say? Now if I can just get Thom to lick it off the jars as a snack...

McKell said...

such a good idea! i love turning trash into something fabulous :) love it! that ribbons tag is darling.

thanks for your sweet comment on my leaf tray :)

Brandy said...

So now I need to get people to drop off their trash with me, cause I serious love this jar! Won't my hubs be pleased.....
Ok, I've been in the car all day and drove over three hundred miles. So admittedly I'm not at my sharpest, but award?!?!?

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Love it! Okay, is that blue color your FAVORITE color! I feel like I always see it on your blog! It's one of my favs too!

Michelle L. said...

Excellent! I also save little scraps of wired ribbon, so that made me laugh. What a great idea to take them out of a coffee can and into a clear pretty container - now they are decor! But my favorite line is, "Cut it out, obviously." No, YOU cut it out! Wait, that's not what you meant, is it?

Lee Ann said...

I have some of those jars in my shed, waiting for a makeover! Great job! x

A Little Bit of Everything! said...

Great idea! Thanks for checking out my toilet paper Pumpkins over at A Little Bit of Everything!