Everyone has to begin somewhere, and so, that's what I did. At first, try to start off easy. Save jars from jams, pickles etc and wash off the packaging.
Another tip is heading off to charity shops- you get some great finds there! Be sure that your jars are not made from thick glass that distort and disrupt the view. You want something nice and clear. Once you have your jars set, start creating!
Don't worry about how your pieces will look, or being a 'pro' or fully satisfied with the finish. You just want to warm up and get passionate about this!
Start by thinking about how to fill up the jars. I will show you some of my first time pieces in this post, and you'll see how I developed on future posts, so you will improve within time and with practice.
I'll list some ideas on what you may want to put in the jars; many are everyday things you already have at home- great bonus on saving money. DIY crafts could be something you pursue alone, or as a family project with your children or even together as a spouse!
So let's begin!
- Jars, tea cups and saucers, and wine glasses (charity shop, or from the kitchen when jams, pickles etc finish.) Wash off labels with hot water and soap. Ensure no thick glass jars.
- Items to put in the jars:
- Bath salts - A great way of also making your jar smell fantastic!
- Potpourri - You can also decorate the jar lids with this.
- Figures- Great way to reuse old children's figures!
- Moss & nature- Grab some from the garden, or head out on an adventure to the park and pick as many natural things as possible. Stones, pebbles, moss, twigs, bamboo, sand, shells etc. Be creative and use what ever you have available, plus it's free and also makes awesome authentic and natural pieces!
- Plants- You can use artificial ones too. Sometimes it is better using artificial plants, just to ensure it always stays as it is, sometimes plants can die, mold, or wither and affect the piece when this happens. It is safer to go with an artificial type, but it is your choice! I have used both variations depending on the project. You can compare the two on my blog and see what you prefer, or even make both types and judge for yourself. You can of course, constantly use both types- real and artificial throughout your works. Sometimes one piece would suit one over the other.
Now for some photos of my first ever craft attempts!