Sometimes the simple things are the best things. I have a Silhouette Cameo and I LOVE it. It’s been such a wonderful tool to help me get my crafty on in a way that looks more polished and takes less time. But I’ve gotten to where it’s been kind of a crafty crutch.
I don’t know how many times I’ve sat at my computer and worked up a cut file for something simple, like strips of paper that I could have just cut out of paper with scissors more quickly. So when I didn’t have access to my cutting machine but wanted to make some vinyl shapes for Halloween mason jar characters, I first thought that it would have to wait until next year.
But then I realized that was ridiculous. Not everybody has one of these machines and not everybody even wants one. And guess what? They do stuff like this all of the time! So I busted out my scissors and X-acto knife and made some of the cutest dang Halloween mason jars you’ve ever seen!
For this project you will need:
- Adhesive vinyl
- Mason jars
- Spray paint
- Scissors, craft knife, etc.
Using the guidelines on the back side of your adhesive vinyl plan out your shapes. For a jack-o-lantern you’ll need basic triangles and a mouth. Your drawn lines don’t have to be perfect. A single snip with a pair of sharp scissors will have your lines super crisp.
The mouth will be a bit more freehand, but again you can use the guidelines on the back to help keep things straight if desired.
Stick your pieces to a mason jar that has been cleaned with alcohol and allowed to dry.
For more interesting shapes, like cat eyes, draw and cut out one. Once you like what you’ve created use that one as a template to make others. Simply trace the piece twice, flipping on the second so that the two pieces are mirrored.
Whiskers can be made from straight cuts, ears and nose from triangles and the mouth another fancy cut.
Be sure that the vinyl adheres very well to the glass without any bubbles for the paint to sneak under.
Poles or stick coming out of the ground make an excellent holder to spray paint your glass. You can purchase thicker dowels from the craft store or hardware store inexpensively to reuse over and over for your crafts like this. Alternatively rebar works very well also but can cost a bit more.
Spray paint your jars with a paint that includes primer in it. Spray lightly in several coats rather than heavily in a few. This will help to prevent paint from bubbling underneath your vinyl and keep your lines nice and crisp.
Remove the vinyl taking care not to scratch the paint (as I did on the nose of my jack-o-lantern mason jar).
Back-lit these jars are pretty awesome looking in the daylight. With a flickering battery operated votive, the look at night is equally awesome.
Now look at all of that awesome you can craft with basic tools! I love how they turned out and I love that I have been reminded that sometimes fancy tools are just what a project calls for, but it doesn’t have to be used every time all of the time!
Oh, and my kitty mason jar was totally inspired by Max, hence the less than brilliant look on his face :) I love that cat but dang if he isn’t as smart as a bag of rocks sometimes :)