Baby Jar Advent Calendar

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My sister was guest posting over on my blog the other day and I thought I would share her post with you all! Here it is :
Hello! My name is Veronica and this is my very first post for By The Stand! If you have been to our Meet The Team page, you will have seen me there. I am Holly’s sister. I am super excited to share my first post with you guys!
If you don’t know, I have a son named Logan. He is going to be one year in January. We are at such a fun stage right now and he has been on solids for a little while. Like any mom knows, being on solids means lots and lots of baby food jars. I thought to myself that I should start saving all these jars. A couple weeks ago, I came up with the idea to upcycle the jars into an advent calendar.
Take a look and see how I did it!
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First, I removed all the labels and cleaned and washed the jars.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
Before we go any further, I just want to let you know that I made this project with the stuff that I already had kickin’ around the house. So this is a perfect example of go with what you got. If you decide to recreate this project, I am sure that you will do things differently, but that is what is so great about DIY. YOU do what works for you!
So… this is where I went with what I had. I didn’t have any green paint and Logan was napping… I have learnt that you NEVER wake a sleeping baby! So I mixed up colors that I had.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
I mixed the paint into glossy Mod Podge because I wanted the jars to look really shiny.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
I have painted glass before and I can’t stand the streaky look and I don’t like how you have to do multiple coats to get a full finish, so I used a sponge to make a cool effect on the jars.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
Well I was waiting for the jars to dry, I worked on the lids.
Rather than paint multiple coats, I dipped the lids in the paint and plus I wanted the paint to be thick on the lids.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
I got this stamping set from Micheal’s a while ago. It was on sale for dirt cheap. I think I paid like $4 for it. I used the stamps to stamp pieces of burlap style fabric sheets that I got from the dollar store.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
Notice the three brown lids for the base of the tree.
I attached tiny pieces of red and white fabric to resemble boys. I thought the lids needed a little color.
I used E6000 to attach all the jars together in a tree formation.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
Here is a side view — you will notice that some of the jars are larger. This doesn’t bother me because it is only noticeable from the side.
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
From the front you can’t even tell!
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
The star I picked up from the dollar store and used the E6000 to glue it to the top.
What do you think?
  • baby jar advent calendar, bedroom ideas
Those little reindeer are from the dollar store, too. I tell you, you just can’t beat the dollar store these days!
I can’t wait to fill these jars with all kinds of goodies for Logan!
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