It’s Just Laine has just the way to bring some holiday cheer to your home with her  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars.  

 
These little jars are easy to make and promise to leave plenty of jingle in your wallet for presents!

 

Please click here to visit It’s Just Laine and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create a beautiful Christmas decoration out of jars and salt- I am in!

 

Details:

  • I had a few random Mason Jar and a glass dish/bowl that worked perfectly for this project.
  • I also found mini trees and figurines at the Dollar Store.
  • Epsom Salt can be found anywhere.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Grab your jars, use a small funnel and fill them with salt.

Use a fork or long spoon to place your trees/decorations in the jars.

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Pros:

I just love this! So easy and cheap to create.

Cons:

None!

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Conclusion:

I am sooooo in love with these damn jars. What a brilliant idea!

I have a few of them on my kitchen table and have gotten so many compliments. I wish I used or had more vintage looking jars, but I am happy with how it turned out.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I set out to spread some holiday cheer using just a handful of supplies and a creative eye. Oh and a little salt!

 

Details:

  • I ended up using Coarse Kosher Salt instead of Epsom Salt because that is what I had on hand. I imagine Epsom Salt would have been a little finer and maybe looked a bit more fluffy but the Kosher Salt worked fine.
  • I had a hard time finding really tiny trees so I feel like even the small one I found felt big and took up most of the jar. I found the trees and boy pulling the sled at the local Jo-Ann.
  • I scrounged up a jar which was not as “old” and vintage as I would have liked but it did the trick.
  • I also decided to venture out a little and use a cake stand for an additional mini display for my collectible angels.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Playdough or clay comes in handy with this little project. The inside of my jar and the bottom of my cake stand were not level so I used a little squashed up playdough on the bottom of my figures and trees to help them stay put and level them out a bit too.

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Pros:

QUICK! It was crazy easy and silly fast putting these cute little holiday decorations together and really the possibilities are endless.

Cons:

Finding tiny little figurines was harder than I thought. I did discover ornaments could make a great substitute too however!

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Conclusion:

I will definitely use this idea in my holiday decor for years to come!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: I was excited about this project for months beforehand.  I couldn’t wait to create some tiny chilly scenes with that retro look for our holiday decor!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t pre-assemble your little scene, unless you know it will fit!  I made this mistake not once, but twice.

Speaking of… for the taller jars, I think that a wider mouth works best, unless you happen to build tiny ships in bottles in your spare time.

I used a Needle Nose Pliers to place the tiny items into the jar.

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Pros:

Super easy to make and ridiculously adorable!

Cons:

None, except for the self-inflicted glue gun burns that I give myself  every damn time…

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Conclusion:

I am not sure that I could love these little jars more; I love having them around our home.  They will make great hostess gifts for holiday parties as well as presents for friends and family!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To mimic the Anthropologie Christmas tree jars for far less than the cost of buying it through them!

 

Details:

  • I had one vintage blue quart size Mason Jar at home and acquired a second one from my good friend Amanda of Be Crafty Workshops, as she has a plethora of vintage craft finds! I also had another cool clear glass Atlas quart size jar that we ended up using too.
  • With some direction in my back pocket, I headed to our local Michaels crafts store to pick up the mini Christmas trees, miniature deer and other cute finds. I was super excited to search for the items needed for this project as I am obsessed with anything miniature. I have decided that anything is adorable in a tiny form! The kids and I found the last bag of the miniature deer in the store (score!) and also found some cute miniature sleighs to put in our jars.
  • We then walked next door to the grocery store as we were unable to find Epsom salt at Michaels crafts – who knew?!? Well, we came up short at the grocery store for any unscented Epsom Salt…I was feeling dizzy just smelling the lavender scented version, so that was a no-go! I ended up picking up Coarse Sea Salt for our jars and it worked perfect! It still has the snow look and the extra will come in handy while cooking.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you have young children, use their little silverware to help guide your miniature items in place – I used a child’s spoon.

Know that you can always substitute items within a project – the Coarse Sea Salt worked perfect instead of Epsom Salt.

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Pros:

I spent about $20 total to finish all three jars vs. the $40/large jar that Anthropologie was charging.

Cons:

A little hard to find all of the necessary items for the project, but it was just a matter of making our rounds!

It’s a little putzy to get these together – just do them when you have patience at hand. I would not recommend having your kids help with the actual creation of the project though – it was just too much.

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Conclusion:

An easy to create Christmas decoration project! They look adorable on our shelf and add some vintage cuteness!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: These jars are absolutely adorable but I would never pay $40 for them. Making them myself? Why not?

 

Details:

I couldn’t get over how easy these were to do.

  • My only mistake was taking my 4-year old with me to the craft store to pick out some trees. He wanted every little animal there. We ended up getting a few deer, although I truly wanted the squirrels. Luckily all the figures were 40% off at my local Michaels craft store.
  • I already had Mason Jars on hand, so this was inexpensive project compared to those jars offered from Anthropologie.
  • I poured in my Epsom Salt first. Make sure you put a good ¾” to 1” in there so you can bed your figures in there well.

Place your figures, top the jar, and it’s done. It’s really that simple.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used a pencil to reach down to the bottom and place my tree and deer just so.

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Pros:

Adorable and inexpensive.

Cons:

None, except cleaning up some spilled Epsom Salt.

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Conclusion:

I’ve already gotten wonderful compliments on my little tree jars. They’re wonderful. My kids are already asking to make more. They fit my décor perfectly.

 

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Striped Vases

52 Projects has shown us the magic of spray paint!

Simple glass vases are easily transformed into lovely Striped Vases, perfect for a glowing tea light candle.

Rachel, of 52 Projects, was inspired to create these beauties after seeing a charming upcycled centerpiece created by Mark Montano.

 

Please click here to visit 52 Projects and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: When I first saw this project I thought it was a cute way to vamp up your décor. It would also make a great centerpiece of a bridal shower or something similar. An easy way to incorporate your wedding colors.

Our pin brought me to 52 Projects, which then led me to Mike Montano’s Big-Ass Blog. Mike used yarn and Rachel of 52 Projects used twine. Either way, I think this one will be easy enough to pull off.

Details:

  • I used twine like Rachel did because that was what I had on hand. I taped one end of the twine to the inside of the vase and then wrapped it all the way down the vase and taped the end to the bottom.
  • Then I brought it outside (we finally had a night without crazy winds) and used Krylon spray-paint. I picked a metallic caramel color. Loved it! A great thing about the Krylon paint is that it only takes 10 minutes to dry.
  • After the paint dried I removed the twine (see tips).
  • A little tea light and voila!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

A little tip – DON’T use twine. The twine completely ruined the project. Little pieces are stuck in the paint. I have a feeling that yarn would do something similar. Try cooking string.

Pros:

It is really an easy and quick project to do.

Cons:

The smell of the Krylon paint. Definitely make sure you do it outdoors.

Conclusion:

I’m really disappointed that this didn’t come out how I envisioned it. That damn twine! It would have come out beautiful if I had used something else.

I loved the Krylon paint. It was super easy to use and comes in a great variety of colors which would be great for this project. Get some orange paint and really brighten up a room with some new/recycled décor.

This project seriously took me 15 minutes to do. You could definitely bang a bunch of them out for a party very quickly.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Mandy

Mission: Make some cute new vases or “junk holders” without spending a ton of money.

 

 

Details:

  • I found a cute shaped vase for $3 at the grocery store and took a cheap champagne glass I had in my cupboard.
  • I used spray paint I had around but think it would be fun to get “wild” with bright, fun, trendy colors!
  • I also tried to get creative and spray with two different colors on one vase. Fun idea, but read below for tips!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t overspray. I tend to go overboard with painting and started getting crazy.

On the vase I tried to spray with two colors, I started spraying too much, then had to fix (aka. Spray more of the other color) it. I went downstairs the following day to check out my creations and the vase was totally all chipped and the paint had fallen off.

Pros:

A cheap and easy way to use up those old, boring vases laying around and add a bit of color to your décor.

Cons:

Drippy paint that falls/chips off right away. Also, once you remove the rubber bands, the lines weren’t as clean as I had anticipated.

Conclusion:

Not for me. I love the idea, but it just didn’t work out the way I thought it would. I ended up with two things I’m not sure to do with… maybe it will wash off and I can try another craft. (Yay!)

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission:  To utilize clear glass votives and make them even cuter.

 

Details:

  • Glass votives (in place of vases)
  • Twine
  • Spray paint
  • Surface/environment for spray painting
  • Patience

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure the link you go to has the full directions and follow them!

Pros:

My completed painted striped votives are pretty cute in their own right, even though they don’t look as intended…they do give off a darling glow 🙂

Cons:

I did not follow directions.

The smell of spray paint is never fun…especially when pregnant.

Conclusion:

Well, first of all – I did these ALL WRONG!!! I’m usually a good follower of directions, but with this project I had major issues! I believe I was supposed to paint the vases on the inside and use another type of spray paint on the outside (a frost), which is not at all what I did. I instead wrapped the outside with twine and then painted them with white spray paint on the outside. The end result was a similar effect, but definitely not as crisp and pretty.

Was super pumped for these as I was doing the project, then once I determined I did them all wrong, was a bit disappointed. The end result was a reflection of my poor direction following 😉

 

The gorgeous shot of the Striped Tea Light Luminaries taken by 52 Projects


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