Craft Fail? Blue Mason Jars

I hesitated sharing this project with you because I am not sure I loved how it turned out in the end.  But maybe you can learn from my mistakes and use some of the information I give you.

I had seen many tutorials online about creating your own antique blue tinted mason jars, so I thought I would try and make my own for more organization in my office.

I bought some glass paint at my local craft store.  (With a 50% off coupon it was only a couple dollars.) I then painted some mason jars that I had lying around.  At first the paint was too thick and I was not achieving the opaque look I was going for.  So I added some water to the paint and the brush and gave it a more tinted look, instead of the painted affect.

The paint bottle then says to put the glass in the oven, on your lowest setting for 30 minutes or so.  This supposedly sets the paint color.  While they were in the oven I spray painted the rings black.  There are not many things I like that are gold.  I do have a pair of gold sandals and one gold necklace and earrings to go with my sandals when I wear them.  But, other than that not much gold around here.

The jars turned out pretty well.  The paint did pool in a couple places and it looks like dry drops of paint in other spots instead of the blue tint I was going for.  But hey only a few dollars for something that is going for $25.00 on ebay.

I then took them down to my office to adhere them under the shelf for more storage.  I have quickly realized that hot glue is not as permanent as I thought it would be.  One jar has already fallen down, but it did not break.

I quickly found some crafting supplies to fill the jars and voila, More organization for the office!

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Organizing toys so the kids know how to clean up!

I do not know why, but my kids toys need to be organized!  I guess I figure if they can’t find the pieces and toys are all over the place they will not go play with them.  Or maybe I just do not function well in chaos…

I am sure some of you are OK with just throwing all the toys into the same toy chest, out of sight out of mind right?  Not for me I have nightmares about those toys coming to life, like in Toy Story.

So the first thing I did was clean up and go through all the toys.  I do not keep toys that come from McDonald’s or that are broken.  I figure there are enough toys around that I do  not need to keep the random broken toys around.

I then went around and took over 50 pictures of the toys in their nice and organized bins and shelves.

Next I added words to the pictures using Picnic.  Like “blocks”, “Babies”, “Play Food” etc… to help my kids start to recognize words and learn to read.

I then printed the photos off at Costco for only a few dollars.

I brought the pictures home and taped them up around the room, on the shelves and coordinating boxes.

I have mentioned before how I run a preschool out of my home.  You would be amazed at how messy 15 preschoolers can make a room in a 45 minute play time (or maybe you would not!)  But I know you would be impressed to see how quickly these same preschoolers clean up.

On the first day of preschool I explained to them about matching the toys with the pictures and the first clean up time went amazingly well.  I was so impressed!

So if you are looking for a way to save a lot of your time and alleviate all of your frustrations, label and organize your toys.  I am so glad I did!