Ahhh Fall! As a little girl born and raised in Michigan, but currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. I have always loved, adored, and appreciated Fall. I truly embrace all the beauty of autumn. I look forward to when the temperature changes, and the leaves change into these bright, amazing colors, while they gently fall off the trees. I think that it is a special time to wear fuzzy pajamas and a hot new pair of winter boots!
Not until late September when autumn officially begins, but until than my creative juices have been flowing in the spirit of Fall. I have saved Ragu sauce jars since the beginning of the year. I thought that I would do some container gardening, or create a date jar for me and the hubster, and just let out some of my creative juices into the universe by doing something, “super fabulous,” with the recycled jars.
Than the thought occurred to me to explore my options, and return to my love of painting, and being resourceful for the holidays with some stunning Fall Ragu jar center pieces for my dinner table. Until now! I am super excited about staying within the family budget and making the most of some themed center pieces. I decided that I can either keep them for myself or give as gifts during the season.
My “best go-to place,” for researching Ragu and mason jar creations is Pinterest. I found some super amazing ideas and actually created a new board on my Pinterest page from this new artistic endeavor. I never knew that I can do over 100 different things just with mason jars. I think that I am turning into a mason jar addict lol!
I take this time as a moment of self-care when I am able to do something creative that will enhance my household. The ability to just sit down and paint is so relaxing to my spirit, and brings more life into my soul. I treasure each moment when I get a chance to reach into my “creative wheelhouse,” to dive into a new project and then share it with others in the process.
The first two places that I had to go to grab my items for this project were Home Depot and Dollar General. I knew that Home Depot had to be the place to find the paint that I wanted to utilize to paint the jars. Also, as a frequent shopper in Dollar General, I noticed that they had recently received a large shipment of Fall display pieces on their shelves. Let me tell you! I felt like a “kid in a candy store,” when I saw everything that Dollar General had to offer for Fall!
I could not believe all of my options, and I actually had to stop myself and try to maintain some self-control to stay on budget. However, I will have to return to buy more items, that is beauty of Dollar General I can never get enough LOL!
Items used for the DIY centerpieces
1. 2 Ragu Jars: Compliments from my own kitchen because we are a spaghetti eating family!
2. 2 sample cans of acrylic paint from Home Depot in Fall colors green and orange.
3. Paint brush & Sealant: The sealant is used at the end of the project to add that extra gloss and shine and to protect the jars from damage after painting
4. Clorox Antibacterial wipes to wipe down the jars after cleaning thoroughly with soap and water.
5. Floral Garden center piece items from Dollar General: Consisting of Dahlias, Maple leaves, Maple Leaves & Berries, & Sunflowers
6. Newspapers: I use newspapers to lay down on my paint surface to avoid any messy clean up while painting the jars.
7. Sand paper: I think that it is important to utilize 80 grit no-slip grip sand paper to cut into rectangles and then fold over, giving two sides to work with for the distressing part of the project.
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1. Prep: If you are using a new case of jars whether mason or otherwise you are good! However, I started this project with Ragu sauce jars that I have saved over the course of every spaghetti dinner for my little kingdom. These jars required me to clean them thoroughly with soap and water and to dry with Clorox wipes.
2. Paint: Since I am working with acrylic paint and not chalk paint it is important to apply two coats of paint to the Ragu jars. Wait at least 24 hours between each coat to avoid chipping and peeling of the paint.
3. Distress: Use 80 grit No-slip grip sand paper to cut into rectangles and then fold over, giving two sides to work with as you do the finishing touches on your center pieces
4. Seal: The finishing touch is applying the sealant which is crucial for the life of the Ragu jar that has been transformed into a stunning Fall centerpiece.
5. Have a Blast: Enjoy the moment of creating an awesome project that will welcome the Fall Season into your household