Holiday How-To Kit: Remembering with light and love…making memory with mason jars!

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I like taping my stencils to the jars before painting so that I can be hands free to hold the jar in place and paint. Otherwise the stencil moves around so much, it just makes a mess. Even with taping the edges like I did here, I could have used some double sided tape around the back of the stencil around the edges of the shape. Because I didn’t do that, there was a gap between the edge and the surface of the jar, so the paint didn’t come out with crisp edge. I ended up using a fine paint brush to hand correct the edges of each shape.

My idea of these was to write the names of our loved ones who have died. Either to ultimate use these for candlelight ceremony or to create center piece for a holiday table. For a table, this seemed a gentle way to invoke our dead loved ones and create an invitation for all who are celebrating with us in person to remember and share stories during the holiday.

The white ink gelly pens do wonderfully writing over acrylic paint. You could also use a chalkboard paint to make these and then chalk the names on and erase off when done. In that way, you could reuse the jars for various remembrances.

Ultimately, when I did the first jar below with the white ink, it worked well enough, but it seemed a little thin and didn’t seem to pop enough for me.

So I decided to play with ways to apply the names. I happened to have several sets of alphabet stickers on hand. These below are mini scrabble tiles. But you could use any that you might have like paper colorful ones or metal embossed stickies. Play with what you have and see what you like.

As you can see in the photo below, they turned out great, but they still didn’t look festive enough for me, so I started digging through all the various ribbons I have on hand, too!

And as you can see below, I think the ribbons really added sparkly love to them. You could use the same ribbon for all the jars or mix it up like I ended up doing.

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