Saturday, 12 May 2012

British Enlightenment

This year is a biggie for Britain.

The 2012 Olympics in London and our Queen's Diamond Jubilee. 

I have decided to do a few (eek! few is more than 2, best get some ideas... fast!!!) patriotic craft creations over the next month. 

Now being a lover of pickled onions and gherkins, I always have glass jars destined for the bi-weekly recycle collection. Surely they have a life post pickle??!

After the success of my crochet tealight cosies, I thought the jars could be used to light up our Jubilee celebrations.

Union Jack merchandise is everywhere and the cheapest is the paper napkin.

And so this tale begins...

Pickle jar, Union Jack napkins and some garden twine
I cut the napkin to size (enough to wrap around the jar) and split the printed area of the napkin from the plain piece.
Then the fun began! PVA! Lashings of it!!!
I gradually rolled the jar across the napkin, dabbing gently as I went along, to make sure all parts of the napkin stuck. (I didn't worry about the creases... they add to the textured effect)
I then let it dry - the napkin wet with PVA was delicate, so best to let it set before moving on to the next step.
The finishing touch; Garden twine, wrapped around the top of the jar to hide the lid thread.
I'm sure our Queen Liz and Prince Phil are busy making some already ;)


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