One of my very first blog posts was a mason jar box Herman made me for spring. You can see the tutorial for building it here.
For this blog post I am sharing how I updated it for fall. I purchased some dollar store moss, a length of burlap ribbon and grey paint. The rest of the items I gathered from shopping at home. I prefer reusing items when I can as it saves on both cost and storage.
I replaced the coral with grey paint. I purchased the silhouette pattern for Gather and using freezer paper I made a stencil.
I outlined the word first using a pencil and then hand painted the letters with acrylic paint and a small brush.
If you don’t have a cutter you can still do this project. I use to transfer letters using Word and chalk.
Create your word however you like. Flip the letters horizontally so they are backwards and print.
Place the printout up against a window, backside towards you. This helps you see the letters. Carefully fill in the letters using chalk. Once it is covered in chalk, place it chalk side down on your wood and rub.
You will have enough of an outline that you can outline the letters and then paint.
I have used this one several projects, it takes longer but it works very well.
Now the fun easy part.
Instead of using the antique jars for vases this time I used them as candle holders.
Place styrofoam at 2″, 3″ and 4″ heights, this will stagger the jar heights. You can use any styrofoam you have available, or small bits of wood. The measurements don’t have to be exact as long as the height differences are the same. Place the styrofoam at one end of the box right next to each other.
Fill each jar with three inches of salt, then add little tea lights. Place the jars on top of the styrofoam.
Tie a bow around the end of the box . I used burlap, but a pretty muslin bow would work as well.
To play on the word Gather, gather a bunch of little fall items, cones, nuts, mini pumpkins, acorns, cotton bolls. I had a little basket so I used it as well.
To save on the amount of moss you need, fill the box with crumbled tissue paper, parchment paper, tea towels whatever you can think of that you have on hand.
Place the moss on top making sure to cover all the tissue paper. Decorate with your gathered items.
I placed this by the front door in the entry foyer. It matches the key cabinet pretty well.
I know that a lot of the things I make are white. Seeing as my car is white as well, I guess I have to admit it’s my favorite colour.