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Paper Poinsettias and Recycled Glass Jars

by Amy Bowerman

This week at The Octopode Factory Friday our challenge is “Flourishes/Swirls”.  When I think of flourishes and swirls I immediately think of butterflies in flight.  I used these fun butterflies from the Octopode factory to create paper flower pots for co-worker Christmas gifts.  The jars were pulled from my recycling bin and made pretty with a myriad of techniques and if I’m being honest a LOT of fail…but it all worked out in the end.

I’ll show you the finished flowers and jars first and then I’ll take you through the steps to create one of your own…including what NOT to do.

Pretty little Poinsettias all in a row

I was lucky enough to find 4 different style jars in the recycling bin…variety is the spice of life you know.  Ok so maybe I only found 3 but fear not I snagged one from the fridge that was taking up space.  It was kind of like grocery shopping only in reverse.

green paper poinsettia and octopode factory butterfly

Here you can see the detail on the flower and the Octopode Factory butterfly.  I didn’t have a proper poinsettia Sizzix die cut so I grabbed my sketch book and cozied up next to my real live poinsettia which I have kept alive since last Christmas…just keep watering it.

green poinsettia detail

After sketching, scanning and printing I colored the image with Copic Markers and topped it off with a clear sparkle button so the detail in the middle would show through.  Stickles were added to the edges of the underpetals and crystals dyed with alcohol inks to match the flower.  The butterflies were also colored with Copic Markers.  I mounted them on Grunge Paper and sealed with Mod Podge.  For extra sparkle I gave the butterflies a coat of Mod Podge Sparkle and added coordinating crystals to the lower wings and antennae.

paper poinsettia blue

I alternated between glass gems and buttons on the rims of the jars….all about variety.  I think the blue poinsettia is my favorite.  It looks like an ice flower.  That and I am quite partial to blue.

blue paper poinsettia and octopode factory butterfly

I really love the color of the Alcohol ink dyed crystals on this one.  The baby blue stickles are the perfect accent.

pink paper poinsettia and octopode factory butterfly

I tried to mix up the colors on the Octopode Factory butterflies.  I think this guy looks fab in green and lavender.  These butterflies were just what the doctor ordered for the paper Poinsettias.  They just didn’t look right until I added the butterflies on their swirling, beaded wire stems.  They flutter like the real thing with just the slightest breeze too :)

pink paper poinsettia and octopode factory butterfly

The under petals were die cut with a Sizzix flower die from scraps I had left over from the DCWV Lemon Flower Stack.  You can see the paper flower arrangement I made with this paper here.  If you don’t have a die cutting machine check out my tutorial on creating Paper Flowers with Punches.

perfect pearls and distress stickles on vellum

This is my FAVORITE flourish stamp ever!  It’s from Indigo Blu Alice II set.   I love how a lighter shade of the alcohol inks used to color the glass shows through.


Ok so now that you’ve seen the finished piece I’ll go back to the beginning and show you how I made plain old pickle jars pretty after failing and fixing.  Here’s how it all began…

How to Alter Glass Jars

up-cycled glass jars

plain old pickle jars and such

STEP 1– Raid Your Recycling bin (or your fridge).

STEP 2– Spray paint! I gave the jars a coat of Valspar Krystal flat (I like my glass frosty!)  and then a coat of my all time favorite spray paint…Valspar Pearl!  Can you see why I love it so much?

Valspar on up-cycled glass jars

Valspar on Glass

STEP 3– Color Glass with Alcohol ink .  *Alcohol inks from the Brights collection were used to color the glass.  Once it was dry I gave the jars a second coat of Valspar pearl to mute the tones a bit.

alcohol ink on up cycled glass jars

Alcohol ink on glass

STEP 4-  Adhere embellishments with Mosaic Adhesive.

*One of my fails was using the wrong adhesive.  Because of the ridges on the jars even E600 would not hold the stones in place.  After nearly tearing my hair out I managed to find a bottle of Mosaic adhesive buried in my studio.  I slathered it on the rim like I was frosting a cake and at long last achieved the bond I was after.

alcohol ink and embossing on glass

Fail turned fab!

STEP 5- Stamp and Emboss Glass.  *I stamped in white colorbox ink and embossed with Stampendous star-dust embossing powder. The embossing was sealed with Krylon Glitterblast sealer.

perfect pearls and distress stickles on vellum

Lesson in Fail DO NOT Mod Podge vellum!!

STEP 6-  Add Embellished Vellum Quote with Xyron adhesive .  *The butterfly stamp is a dollar bin find from Michael’s that you might recognize from this project.  The stamp was embossed on vellum with Black soot distress ink and Ranger clear embossing powder.  I colored the front and back with perfect pearls heirloom gold, and gold using an aqua brush.

Once the image was adhered to the glass Distress stickles in spiced marmalade and scattered straw were added to the wings.  The coloring of the glass jars and the technique used for the flourishes and butterfly stamp were inspired by Grungy Monday and this Tim Holtz technique which I modified slightly to fit into my project.

What NOT to do:

First attempt…packing tape transfer…Fail.  Second attempt using vellum.  This worked out…until I tried to adhere the image with Mod Podge.  Not only did the vellum wrinkle like a dress shirt at the bottom of the laundry pile, it removed the alcohol ink and paint when I peeled it off.  After re-inking the glass and contemplating throwing in the towel I broke out my Xyron machine and ran the image through…SUCCESS!  What have I learned from this experience?    1. Embossing on glass takes a LOOOONG time.  2. Mod Podge works on everything EXCEPT vellum (I’m not mad at the Mod Podge….I blame the vellum) and most importantly  3. If at first you don’t succeed, try, TRY AGAIN!

The Butterflies I used in this project are available at the Octopode Factory and if you are getting a jump-start on Christmas projects Lily just released some new Christmas Digis that are beyond adorable (Santa and Baby Rudy = <3) so be sure to stop by her Etsy Shop

Have a creative day!


Linking to:

LESSology “Jars of Cuteness”    Simon says Stamp and Show “Recycling”

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Andrea C November 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

These are totaly gorgeous, you are one talented little artist xx


2 Kirsty Vittetoe November 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Wow wow wow, this just blew me away, thanks for playing along with us at LESSology!


3 ~amy~ November 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

How fun are your upcycled jars! Very fabulous! Thanks for playing with us at LESSology!


4 Dora November 14, 2011 at 2:50 am

This is stunning, love those flowers!
thanks for playing!


5 Julie Tucker-Wolek November 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

WOW WOW WOW WOWWWWWWWWWWW! These are all amazing! I loveeeeeeee the flowers! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology! :):):):):):):):):):):)


6 Nancy Wethington November 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

What cute recycled jars! Love the flowers you made as well. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.


7 yyam November 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

These are amazing Amy! Just love the whimsical magical feel to them! :)

Thanks for playing along with us at LESSology! :)


8 Sandi T November 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

Your jars are neat looking…so pretty, so fairytale like!


9 Audrey Pettit November 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

Eeeek, I left you a big old comment, but it’s not saving for some reason………….
I was just going on and on about how fabulous this project is, Amy! Your flowers are just amazing……..so vivid and detailed. LOVE the sprayed jars, too.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at LESSology.


10 Candy Colwell November 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Your poinsettias and your recycled jars are so cute! I love the colors you used on your flowers. I love your blue flowers as well! And your jars are embellished so adorably. Great job! Thanks door joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. XO, Candy


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