Friday, October 16, 2015

Make Autumn a little brighter

 I love Autumn. It's not too hot and not too cold and there's no pollen to make me sneeze. However the evenings are getting darker a little earlier so in just a few hours I decorated an empty baby food jar and made something that is pretty and useful. I just can't seem to be able to throw away jars and tins you never know when they can come in handy and a whole collection of these would look delightful.
I started off by thoroughly cleaning the jar and removing the label. I then painted the outside with gesso and a couple of layers of a neutral coloured acrylic paint. Whilst the paint was drying I stamped the charming Tumbleweed Houses stamps on white card. Coloured and cut out including window details. The colours I chose the houses I also splattered over the jar.
When the paint and splats were dry I decided where to put my house and scrapped the paint away from underneath allowing light to shine through the jar. A little twine around the top finished it off.
I added the clouds and sun and used some glitter to make the sun sparkle. It was important to me that this was pretty during daylight too.
In the evenings I put a tea light candle inside and the whole thing just comes alive.
Every time I look at it I smile and as it gets darker and darker it becomes more dramatic.
I hope you make some tea light holders to make your Autumn brighter I really enjoyed making this and I hope you do too.
These are the stamps I used and you can find them here

Wishing you a lovely day.
Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member


  1. How amazing that it goes from being so bright and cheery to looking like there is a family inside with the lights on and then the lights almost go white - like they closed their blinds and said goodnight. What a fabulous little creation j

  2. So darn cute, Sam! Love how the light shines through.

  3. Samantha... this is WONDERFUL! I love everything about it... and I cannot wait to make one of my own!

  4. Beautiful idea Samantha ... love...looove. ..looooove it ♡♡♡♡

  5. Absolutely darling! Fabulous tutorial. You make it sound easy enough for me to try!

  6. Absolutely darling! Fabulous tutorial. You make it sound easy enough for me to try!

  7. So clever and beautiful Sam, love those little houses! xxx

  8. What a brilliant way to showcase these cute houses, Samantha. Love your new decorative piece of art.


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