CRAFTS WITH AN ATTITUDE

Patriotic jar makes a great storage container


Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.

I love the colors red, white and blue. I can find a spot for them anywhere in the house. And, I like to make sweet and spicy mixed nuts for my friends as gifts, so the two together are great. You also can buy a clear, flared votive holder, and it sits right in the neck of the bottle (if you use a ma­son jar), so you can make it a candle-holder when all the nuts are gobbled up.

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COURTESY OF BRENDA FLYNN

Facts

WHAT YOU NEED:

- One large mason jar (or other jar, such as a mayon­naise or pickle jar, cleaned
- Cream-colored spray paint (for the base)
- Acrylic paints in dark blue, cream and deep red
- Permanent marker in black
- Raffia
- Crackle medium

Patriotic storage jar

Step one: Spray paint the entire jar with the cream-colored spray paint (inside and out). This will be the base color that will show through most of the crackled areas. Paint a thick coat of the crackle medium over the entire jar. Let dry thoroughly.

Step two: Paint the top half of the jar with the deep blue paint. You will see the color begin to break apart. Paint the entire bottom half red.

Step three: When the jar is dry, paint stripes of the crackle medium back over part of the bottom half. Let dry.

Step four: Paint a cream stripe on top of the crackle medium stripes. The red crackle should start to show through. Add some “shadowing” with the black marker along the stripes as shown.

Step five: When the jar is completely dry, paint on some cream-colored stars on the top half of the jar. Add a raffia bow and fill with spiced nuts, or insert a clear votive holder.

Send comments, suggestions or ideas to ahoymatey@rocketmail.com, or write Brenda Flynn, Crafts With An Attitude, 13 Fayette Lane, Palm

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