Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Penny Jar with FolkArt® Enamels

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the trip I'm planning to take to England this fall.  I'm going on a Jane Austen/costuming tour and I'm so excited!  I'm trying to save all the pennies I can, so when I received a box of FolkArt Enamels supplies to try out, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them.

I thought it would be fun to decorate a penny jar and set it out somewhere handy so our family can start tossing our loose change into it.  Spare change adds up quick, and I'm sure I can save up at least enough pennies to buy my dad that Sherlock Holmes hat he's wanting!

Plaid® sent me an alphabet stencil set so I just had to decide what phrase I wanted to paint on the jar.  With so many people in our home, there's always a coin or two dropped---and found---so the "finders keepers" rule really comes into play a lot around here.  I figured if they're going to drop their coins somewhere, they might as well drop them in my England jar!  So, I decided on the phrase, "Drop Your Penny Here!"
Supplies Needed:

1 glass jar with metal lid
Dremel® tool or other metal-cutting tool
Folk Art® Enamel Acrylic Paint (I used Purple Lilac, Turquoise, Lemon Custard and Lime Green)

How You Do It

Step 1:  Prepare the painting surface on the jar by wiping it down with alcohol.  
Step 2:  Position Peel and Stick Stencils on glass as desired.
Step 3:  Use daubers to apply paint in a daubing or circular motion.
Step 4:  Peel off stencils while paint is wet.  Wash them and return them to the plastic stencil sheet.
Step 5:  Air dry 1 hour, then bake at 350 for 30 min.  Let the jar cool in the oven.
Step 6:  Using a metal-cutting tool, cut a slit in the top of the jar lid big enough to drop money through.

What I Liked
I really liked using these peel-and-stick stencils because I could reposition them, until I got exactly the look I wanted, before ever applying paint.  I had originally spelled out "drop" in a straight line.  Then I decided I wanted to make the letters "drop" down.  I also liked that I could apply paint around the curve of the jar because the stencils are flexible and sticky.  

I liked that I could easily wipe up my mistakes with a wet napkin while the paint was still wet.

I like the smooth and shiny surface of the paint after it's been baked and cooled.

What I Didn't Like
I didn't like that there was so much space between the edge of the letter and the edge of the stencil.  This made it hard to position letters close together when spelling out a word.  If I wanted to put them on one at a time, it would smear the paint.  I ended up having my letters positioned further apart than I would have liked.

I'm excited to see how full I can get this before September hits!  Hopefully, having it out and visible will encourage us to save that pop and coffee money for British souvenirs instead!

This project was created for a campaign with Plaid® and Blueprint Social.  I was given complimentary supplies in exchange for posting a project idea.  All opinions are honest and are my own.


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  1. Hope you have fun on your trip!!! Save those pennys...cute project!!!

  2. What a cute jar! I have a big container for change but it isn't as cute as this!


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