I have a confession; I’ve been on a hot, sandy beach surrounded by palm trees and avoiding this wintery Spring that we’re having in the Northeast. Good news is I brought home a DIY recycled craft project with me!
My husband actually won a trip to an all-inclusive resort (a new experience for me). While I was there, I was served mini pastries with a very mini jar of jam (30g). These jars were as cute as a button and had to be repurposed. So before I left, I cleaned out the jar and filled it with white, Tropic sand.
Reduction Rebels, you may agree that souvenirs are just over-priced junk. But at the same time, it’s nice to have a little reminder of your trip, other than a sunburn in March. One thing I like to get on trips is a Christmas ornament. That way, I know I’ll set it out temporarily and have a once-a-year reminder of my great trip. You see where I’m going with this, right?
Mini Jam Jar Christmas Ornament
Supplies: recycled mini jar, multi surface paints (perfect for glass), sand sample from vacation destination, small spiral shells, hot glue and furniture polish.
Step 1: Soak the jar in warm water to remove the label
Step 2: Turn the jar upside down and paint the name of your vacation destination and the year
Step 3: Paint a spiral shell to look like a Christmas tree. Give it a mist of furniture polish so the sand doesn’t stick to it.
Step 4: Drop a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the jar and lower the sea shell down onto it – tip first. It will be like the Christmas tree is hanging from the star on top.
Note: Be sure the paint on the shell is completely dry so the sand doesn’t stick to it too much. A little sand is OK because it kind of looks like snow.
Here are some more DIY vacation souvenir tutorials from Eve of Reduction
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