Secret Santa Exchange! Ball® Brand Jar Winter VasesDecember 07, 2017 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized
This post is in partnership with Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products.
I’ve always enjoyed a good Secret Santa gift exchange, but this may be the best one yet because it involves crafting! When the folks at Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products asked if I wanted to participate in a gift exchange incorporating their jars, I couldn’t resist. The possibilities for mason jar crafts are endless and I welcomed the opportunity to push my creativity to create a one-of-a-kind gift. These DIY winter floral vases are what I came up with, and I must admit, I’m in love!Read on for all the project details, as well as a reveal of my Secret Santa recipient and the awesome Ball® jar gift I received in the mail!
I bet if you’re reading this blog post, you’re a craft lover who has made at least one craft with a Ball® jar. Transforming these simple canning jars that have been around for 130 years into awesome pieces of home decor has been a huge trend recently. I’ve painted the inside of the jars before to use them as vases, but this time I used chalk paint on the outside and glued on some pretty faux winter foliage from the craft store.
Adding the flowers to the outside is an unexpected touch and I think the added textural element makes them so chic – I sure hope my Secret Santa recipient thinks so too!
Speaking of my Secret Santa recipient, I was fortunate to be paired with Linda Ly – cookbook author and writer of Garden Betty blog. I am so happy to have discovered her blog, because her writing and her photos are just beautiful. Linda savors the simple things in life, and I can totally get on board with that mentality. She and her family just moved to Oregon from California – be sure to check out their adventures. You can even see what she thought of the gift I sent her here! Want to make your own Ball® jar winter vases? Here’s how!
Supplies for Winter Floral Ball Jar Vases
How to Make Winter Floral Ball Jar Vases
1. Paint the outside of the jar with 2-3 coats of chalk paint, letting dry between coats.
2. If your faux greenery or blooms came in bunches, clip them from their stems using wire cutters.
3. Add small pieces of greenery and flowers to the front of the jar with hot glue. Get creative in how you arrange them!
4. Finish with a coat of spray sealant to protect the paint if you like. Repeat to create a variety of jars to display as a vignette or give as gifts.
As for the Ball® jar gift I received from my Secret Santa, I got this magical snow globe in the mail from Katherine Adams of The Crafty Blog Stalker. Isn’t that little candy cane tree the sweetest?
It was so much fun participating in the Ball® brand Secret Santa gift exchange! Here are a few of the other gifts made by bloggers for the exchange: