Hello all and welcome to my blog! This is the first post of my third term as a member of the Xyron Design Team! I must like Xyron a lot if I’ve been on the team this long! But if you’re visiting for the first time, my name is Steph, and my blog, The Silly Pearl, is all about craft tutorials that are fun and range from easy to challenging. They also range from paper crafts to sewing to furniture redo’s. I love to pair up with my husband to make DIY furniture and wood accessories for the home. I also have 8 year old twin girls so I do a lot of crafting for them as well as with them! And last but not least, I have a sweet and fuzzy cat who is often my muse, so if you like cat crafts (and cat puns) you’ve in the purrrrfect place (sorry). So today I’m sharing how I made this Pot of Gold Mason Jar, with the help of my Xyron adhesives. I even used my Xyron adhesives for the polka dot stencil! Plus, I’ve included a free printable to make this Pot of Gold Mason Jar a gift for a friend or teacher.
Pot of Gold Mason Jar
Supplies (contains affiliate links to my favorites)
- Xyron 1.5-inch Create-A-Sticker with Repositionable Adhesive Cartridge
- Xyron Creative Station with 9-inch Permanent Adhesive Cartridge
- Printer-weight paper in rainbow colors
- 1-inch round hole punch (1/2 inch would work too)
- 1-pint mason jar
- Black acrylic paint and/or black chalk-based paint
- Gold glitter paper
- Paper trimmer
- Hot glue
- “So Lucky You’re My Friend” or “Teacher” Printable (print on white cardstock)
- 1.5-inch round hole punch
- Candy wrapped in gold foil
The Mason Jar serves as our pot of gold, but I wanted to be able to see some of the gold candy through clear glass. So I used my Xyron Repositionable Adhesive on some paper circles to create reverse polka-dot stenciling on the glass. Xyron Repositionable Adhesive has a green sticker (permanent, which is what is most often used, is pink). Since my circles are small, I’m using my 1.5-inch Xyron.
So punch out a bunch of circles from printer weight paper. Don’t use paper that’s too thick or else it will have trouble adhering to the curved surface of the jar. If your paper punch is having trouble cutting such thin paper, just fold it in half and cut two layers at a time. Then, feed the circles one at a time through the Xyron.
Adhere the circles to the jar, pressing down firmly. Then, apply two coats of black paint. I like to first apply chalk-based paint as a primer, then acrylic paint over it. But you can just do acrylic paint for both coats. Allow to dry in between each coat.
Carefully peel off the circles. If you smudge the paint into the circles, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to wipe it away. I couldn’t wait to add my gold candies into the jar. Looks so cute.
If you have rainbow paper, you can skip this step, but you’ll still want to layer it over another piece of paper to make it two-sided and also to give it some stiffness. I didn’t have rainbow paper but I did have a variety pack of printer-weight paper, which will allow the rainbow pieces to bend easily. If we used all cardstock, it would be way too stiff. So first, I cut a 1×11-inch strip of paper for each color, plus one more 2×11 inch piece which will serve as the base. Set the 2 inch piece aside for now, and apply adhesive to the 1-inch strips. It was easy to feed them all through my Xyron Creative Station with the 9-inch cartridge. Now I’m using permanent adhesive.
Layer the 1-inch strips over the 2-inch strip (mine is green), exposing about 1/8 inch for each color.
Trim off the ends so they’re even, and trim the width down so it’s 1-inch. The purple strip on top will be about 1/8 inch as well. Then, make another one. This time, I layered my rainbow strips on top of a gold glittery piece of paper.
I took the rainbow/gold strip and used that as my “handle” for the pot of gold. I trimmed it down to about 6 inches and hot glued the ends to the sides of the mason jar lid.
Oh I almost forgot about my printable! I created a “So Lucky You’re My Friend” and “So Lucky You’re My Teacher” printable gift tags. Save the images below and resize them as you wish.
Or you can download it here in PDF format, already resized to 2 inches to use with a 2-inch round hole punch.
Wrap the longer rainbow strip around the mason jar and use hot glue to secure it. Then hot glue the printable to the front, on the strip. I also adhered a glitter gold heart to the shamrock on the printable. Note: I meant to have my Pot of Gold Mason Jar overflowing with candies but…I ate some of my blog props, as usual.
All done! I’ve never used my Xyron Repositionable Adhesive as a stencil before. I’m happy with the result! It’s great to use in place of vinyl. And I love that my Xyron also helped me to easily create my rainbow paper that I did not have on hand.
Thank you Xyron for having me for another term! Have you met the rest of the 2016 Xyron Design Team? Visit the Xyron website to get to know everyone, plus browse around to see all of Xyron’s innovative and fun-to-use products. And be sure to follow Xyron on Facebook to see all of the Xyron Design Team’s projects throughout the year!