Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lucky Leprechaun Light

When Irish eyes are smiling, you know St. Patrick's day is coming up and it's time to put on the green and pull out the shamrocks because it's an opportunity to be creative, decorate and celebrate!


This lucky leprechaun was created from a green mason jar. I love working with glass and this makes the perfect party light.  Read on, and you'll see why.  Hint: he's keeping a secret under his hat.

You'll need the following supplies:


Green Mason Jar
etchall® dip'n etch (glass etching liquid)
Smoothfoam™ Cupcake shape
DecoArt® Gloss Enamels - Burnt Orange & Black
DecoArt Black Paint Marker
Paint daubers 1/2" round
Beacon 3 in 1 Glue
Wiggle Eyes
Button (nose)
Empty soda bottle (1 liter) or plastic container for dip
Sponge brush
Puck Light (optional)

1.  Remove the mason jar lid then fill the jar with glass pebbles/coins, etc (so it won't float when placed in dip'n etch glass etching liquid).

2.  Place the jar inside a plastic container. An empty soda bottle works well. Cut off the top part of the bottle. The top can be used as a funnel and the base is large enough to hold the mason jar. I used a container from the deli store this time since it is just a little larger in diameter than the jar.

3. Fill the plastic container with WATER up to the rim of the jar. (This step will show us how much dip'n etch we will need.)

4. Remove the jar and the water level will sink. Mark the water level on the outside of the container then empty and dry thoroughly. Dry the jar with a soft cloth.

5. Fill the container with dip'n etch up to the water level mark then replace the jar.  Leave for 15 minutes then remove the jar. Dry with a paper towel, remove the glass pebbles then rinse thoroughly. Use the funnel to pour the dip'n etch back into its container.  Don't forget, etchall dip'n etch is REUSABLE! Do NOT discard

6. Paint the Smoothfoam cupcake shape and the metal rim with black gloss enamel paint. You will achieve better coverage on both surfaces by dabbing the paint on, not stroking. Let dry, then glue the metal disc to the underside of the metal ring and the base of the cupcake to the top.

7. Use the round dauber to dab Burnt Orange circles in a "U" shape on the smooth side of the jar for the beard (see photo), then glue wiggle eyes and button in place. Draw a smile with the black paint marker. 


Option:  Glue a puck light to the underside of the lid to light up his smile!  He'll be sure to put a smile on your face too! 

Here's another St. Patrick's day project being featured on the When Creativity Knocks Winter series. It also features dip'n etch, Smoothfoam, DecoArt and Beacon products, but you'll have to tune in to find out why there's a pig involved.

Enjoy!  Y'all come back now.....

Yours truly,
Julie :)