DIY Stamped Gift Tags

I have been on a kick recently about making stamped gift tags.  
I have all sorts of stamps I have collected over the years and they are now being put to use. 
And if you don’t have the right stamp for the right occasion, 
they are super easy and cheap over on ebay.

Here’s what you need:
-Plain Manilla Tags or Make Your Own 
out of stock paper and a tag punch (which I do a lot!)
I got my punch on ebay.
-Stamp of choice
 
-String 
( I love bakers twine and it comes in all sorts of various colors)

Then simply just get to stamping up your favorite designs! 
String it and you are done!
So super easy and the designs are only limited to your imagination really!
Here’s some of my recent sets.  I tend to make them in sets of 25. 
That amount fits great in my little baggies.

Oh yea, some of them I like to “Grungy” up. 
I think it makes them a bit more primitive looking.
But you must do this before stamping, or so I’ve learned so that the stamped
design doesn’t run.
CLICK HERE FOR MY GRUNGY TAG RECIPE POST
To do so, I just mix a bit of brown craft paint into a small amount of water.
I then dip the tags down into the mix, 
lay them on a baking sheet and back for about 10 minutes in a 400* oven.
Take out, set aside and cool. And then I go back and brush on a bit of Vanilla Extract.
It takes a bit of time, but it is o’so worth it!
Here’s a close up of some of my “grungy” tags:

Whether you choose to make your tags grungy or not, I’m sure they will be super cute.
CLICK HERE FOR MY GRUNGY TAG RECIPE POST 
These are awesome to tie onto gifts or to just decorate your primitives with.
I also even just add them as a “Made by” tag for some of my handmade crafts now and then.
Till next time,
Happy Crafting Ya’ll,
~Lisa
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MASON JAR LID WREATH DIY Craft Tutorial

MASON JAR LID WREATH
Want a cute way to use up all of those extra Mason Jar lid rings you got laying around? I recently saw a  few posts on Pinterest about these and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
I have quite a few…
  And this is how I did it.

Super easy.  Seriously.  Just take some sort of heavy wire,  or in my case, I used a wire clothes hanger.  I used wire cutters and clipped one end open so I can string the rings on them.

 
Then I just bent it to the shape I needed and started sliding them on.
 

 
The number of lids basically depend on how big you want your wreath to be.  Oh, and these ones I was using are Regular mouth, standard lids. So just play with it.  But I’d recommend at least having 30 to 50 rings on hand. More for a larger one or so on. 
 
You could also experiment with “fillers” in between each ring to save on using so many. But for my first one here, I’m just gonna keep it as simple as I can.

And seriously, that is it.  After you have strung enough, just twist up your wire together and if you can, leave the hook for easy hanging. Otherwise you can tie on some sort of fabric hanger if you have to.

You probably will have to go back, once it is hanging and straighten out the rings. They tend to move and shift while working with the wire a lot.
See how they shift. But it’s easy to straighten them up. And after it’s done, they stay even with the door opening and closing.
Super easy and cheap craft that definitely screams country any where you place it.

I’m already thinking of making another one.
But for it, I am thinking of experimenting with those foam floater sticks for swimming. I bet they would hold good, as long as they will fit inside the rings. And I bet with those, I’ll definitely have to use some sort of filler to hide the foam rings. 
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

MASON JAR RING PUMPKINS with FREE LINKUP

MASON JAR RING PUMPKINS
Hey ya’ll!
Time for some more Fall crafts to get us geared to the cooler months a comin’!
Here’s some cute pumpkins I recently made out of some old, leftover Mason Jar Rings.
(Save the lids too because I used them to make some Mason Jar Fridge Magnets!)
It’s a pretty easy craft and all you really need is:
-Mason Jar Rings (save the lids too!)
-Twine
-An acorn
-Glue (I use E-6000 found at Walmart)
-Cinnamon colored paint (optional)
Okay, lets get out our Mason jar rings. 
Here’s my big ole wooden slat, bushel basket full of the ones I save:
If you don’t have any on hand, just grab a few boxes at any Dollar General or Walmart. They have tons in store now because it’s canning season. And they are only about $2.00 a box or so of 24.
Now grab you a roll of some type of twine or wire if you have any. I use this basic jute, twisted twine for about all of my crafts anymore. It is like $2.00 a roll at the Dollar General.

Alrighty, now on to the stringing of the lids.
Just basically just take a bunch of lids, facing the same way, and string them onto your twine.  Don’t cut your twine yet until you know how big you want to make your pumpkin.  
For one of my pumpkins I used the Large mouth rings and for the other smaller one, I used the regular size rings.
Here’s my sister holding it up for a pic.
It will probably take more than you are thinking of in your mind. Mine did. But the fuller it is, the better it looks.
After you get a bunch strung on it and rounded up how you like, just kinda tie the twine together to give it a strong hold.

Be sure to leave enough twine hanging out, before you cut it, to make as a cute looking vines!
And then just take you a pine cone and glue it in place right in the center top. 
 Make like a good stem.
You can buy a bag of pine cones and plastic pumpkins at the Dollar Mart right now for a $1.00. A cute variety bag!
And then just go and sort of dry brush you on some streaks of cinnamon colored craft paint to about every other ring.  Not too much color, just enough to give it a bit of something.  Kind of rub the brush off on some paper before using it.  Because you really don’t want too thick of a coat. Just kind of streak it on.
After this pic, I took my finger and rubbed off some of the orange to give it a more worn look.
And that is about all there is to this cute Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin craft!
Here’s a few more pics of them:

Hope ya’ll liked this cute little Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin idea. I wish I could take the credit for it, but I can’t. I first saw it on Pinterest.  But whoever did come up with it first was a genius!
Have a craft related post you’d like to share in my linkup below? Share away! & See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

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MASON JAR LID MAGNETS

MASON JAR LID MAGNETS

These are some cute ideas that I had from having lots of extra Mason Jar lids.
(The rings I am going to also use on an upcoming post, so stay tuned!)
If you don’t have any lids laying around, don’t worry. You can find a box of 24 (both lids-12 and rings-12) at Walmart for around $2.50.
I had some left over from trying my first ever Bread N’ Butter Pickels
First I simply just laid them out on and gave them a base coat of red in Rustoleum spray paint. 
Let it dry and sometimes if it didn’t cover totally, I went back and did a second coat. (I’m not a great spray painter.)
And then I took a can of white spray paint and did the speckle effect.  
I do this by just barely putting any pressure at all on the spray nozzle and just holding it there. 
It will finally start to spit and spray and soon little specks of white paint will fly out like snow.  Just hold the can over what you want to spray and let it spit.  It looks cool!
Some of them, I just sprayed them white and then re-speckled the white again. Leaving out all red.
Just to make some different.
Then I took out my large Mason Jar stamp I got from eBay.
Dabbed it in black ink and while holding the lid in my hand, stamped it on.
I had to keep it in my hand so that I could apply the pressure evenly from the back of the lid.
Laying them on hard surfaces didn’t work too good for me.
Notice not all of the center was stamping great on them. So that’s where I started pressing harder from the back.
And after letting them sit and dry for about a good hour, because of the ink.
I went and attached a round magnet, size 3/4″ (19mm diameter) that I got from Walmart. A package of 52 costed like $3 or so.  They have a really good strong hold. I do not recommend those peel and stick strips for things like this.
The glue I used is called E-6000 and it forms a very strong hold!
I use if for most everything.
 Here are some more pics of them done.

 These were the large mouth lids, if I forgot to mention that. That’s why I used such a large stamp.
I also have a smaller stamp that I am going to make the regular mouth lid magnets with also.
I just have to go find it now. lol.
(I am a stamp collector also!)
(Here is the link to make the bottle labels, if you are interested.)
If you like these but don’t want to try making them, 
I listed a few “buy it now’s” on eBay here  for $9.99 with free shipping.
Hope ya’ll give this cool Mason Jar Lid Magnet craft a try.  I figured they will look cute in about any kitchen!
I’m trying something new and linking up with Made by You Mondays to share in a linky linkup.

See Ya’ll next time!
~Lisa

UPDATE:
Maggie from EyeballsbyDayCraftsbyNight asked me below, if these smear.
With regular handling mine don’t. 
But after she asked, I went back and took my thumb and kept rubbing into it and yes, they started to smooth out on the sharp lines.
So, if you want to take this a step farther, you can finish them off with some type of sealer or spray clear coat even. 
I think I will give mine a coat to be safe.
Thanks Maggie, for thinking of this! 

MINI WOODEN MASON JARS

Hey ya’ll!
I usually don’t do these type of posts, but here are some miniature, dollhouse mason jars I’ve recently been tinkering with.
When I ran across a listing on ebay for these plain, unfinished, adorable little wooden mason jars, I knew I wanted them.  I just didn’t know what for.
Well, today, about a year later, I got them out and thought it’d be cute to make some tiny little dollhouse type food for the cupboards.  I know that dollhouse miniatures are a very popular thing, I just haven’t really ever gotten into them.  
But give me tiny mason jars and I’m there!
So here was my idea.
I just went into Word and Paint on my pc and tinkered around and made some tiny little word labels.
I couldn’t get them to print out small enough, so I eventually had to copy them on my printer/scanner/fax and then resize them.  I think I tried a 75% first and then eventually had to go down to a 49% to get a good fit.
 I gathered up some supplies:
-Mod Podge
-Scissors
-A Paintbrush
And then I just cut each one out. They were tiny! And I use some Mod Podge to glue them on and an extra coat to seal the outside.
 
And then just let them sit and dry. And wa~la!
Here they are.
 
If you look pretty dang close, you can see I tried to make some green beans, carrots and tomatoes in the right hand corner.  To kind of give them a different look to make a set of 4. The fourth one, I just left plain to say Ball.
I am not sure my usual, craft peeps will be interested in these, but hey, maybe take this label idea and use it on larger items?
I  listed these in my CraftBooth555 on eBay.  I hope a set of 4 of these for $12.99 is reasonable with free shipping?  I am not really sure, as I haven’t really tinkered with anything like this before.  But with little jars, I’ll do something with them or burst!
Happy Crafting ya’ll!
See ya next time,
~Lisa

MASON JAR Stamped Hang Tags (Gift Tags & Price Tags)

I’m loving all these Mason Jar ideas I’ve seen lately. So thought I’d share a really popular one I like to do.
 (If you want them without making them, they are available in my Etsy shop, hint hint 🙂
Yesterday I made up a bunch of new tags for my craft Booth #555.  I made both some plain ones and some primitive & grubby ones also. And of course, a lot of the Mason jar styles! These are really simple and require very little supplies.

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Here is what you will need:
-I use Avery manilla, blank labels with re-enforced eyelet

but you can easily pick up a package of 100 white, Avery blank labels from Walmart for around $2.00
-1 bottle of brown craft paint from Walmart.  They run about .88 cents a bottle.
-1 paint brush
-A Stamp of your choice: Mason JAR (I bought mine on eBay around $11.00)
-blank ink stamp pad ($1.00 from Dollar Tree)
-String if you don’t have any or don’t want to use the white that comes with the Walmart ones, you can purchase bakers twine on eBay or from me on etsy 🙂
OPTIONAL: 
First thing I did was to turn the plain, out of the box tags into the grubby, primitive type that we are seeing everywhere.  I DID DO THIS TO THE MIDDLE PHOTO AT THE TOP, but I like them both GRUBBY AND PLAIN!
 I used the most simple way I could think of to do this.  Not involving the coffee, tea or other mixtures that I’ve read about out there. 
I did this process in an earlier blog post, so I won’t bore you again here. But if you need the details, here’s the link:

Grungy Tags Recipe Without Tea or Coffee

Then I just got out my mason jar stamp and black in pad and hand stamped each one of them. 

Then all that was left to do was to attach some baker’s twine to each one.  This was the hardest part. lol. I hate tedious things like this, but it must be done! lol

And BAM! They are done.

Wouldn’t these be awesome attached to a cute, country gift. Maybe packaged in that plain ole’ brown paper wrapping?  Or use them as gift tags on mason jar goodies in summer?  And best of all, wouldn’t they be a cute little accessory in a country themed wedding?  As for me, I use them as price tags in my craft booth. 

I mean the uses could be endless.

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