Tuesday, December 16, 2008

OCA Tutorial # 6 Gift Jar Decorations by Suzanne of Silver Tree Art

Many give and receive yummy goodess filled in glass jars. We can reuse these jars, and they are a great way of showing off your culinary abilities. So far this year we received a jar of chocolate chip cookie mix and orange spice tea is on the way. I wanted a nice way of topping my homemade strawberry lime preserves and came up with this oilcloth solution in lieu of using fabric. Thus, the tutorial on cupcake toppers was topped with jar toppers! Cupcake Toppers to come early 2009.
1 fat square oilcloth (or more, depending on the number of toppers you wish to make)
pencil or pen
round object for tracing
rik rak, yarn, or ribbon

Step 1: Gather your materials. Remove the lid or outer ring of your jar in preparation of step 2.
Step 2: Using the lid of the jar as a base, make your topper up to a few inches wider all the way around. For the green kiwi dot oilcloth, I used a CD to trace. For the white dot on red oilcloth, I cut my own circle 2 inches wider all the way around. Trace CD or other round object.
Step 3: Cut your circles out of the oilcloth. Using one hand, secure the circle on top of your jar, careful not to spill it's contents. The lid is underneath the oilcloth to keep the food sealed. For a canning jar lid, use the outer ring to secure the oilcloth on top. This takes a little care, as the oilcloth is a little thick. If you go slowly and maintain patience, you'll secure the ring onto the jar. You can also place the oilcloth directly on top of the jar lid & ring and tie off with your ribbon to secure. (I tried using tulle underneath the oilcloth but changed my mind. You see it's not there in the picture below.)

Step 4: Place ribbon around the ring to add a little sparkle. You can add an ornament or candy cane to the ribbon for that extra pizzaz. The project takes little time and adds a lot of color.

In the spirit of sharing and making handmade, here are the cookie jar instructions as given to me. Enjoy, crafters!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix (for a 1 quart glass jar)

Jar Contains:
1 2/3 c. all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. white sugar
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1. To make a jar and share: layer the following: flour, soda, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips. Seal. Attach directions and enjoy!

2. Directions for Cookie Making: Empty contents of jar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 3/4 c. butter, 1 1/2 eggs, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add to dry mixture. Drop by teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet or silpat lined cookie sheet, and bake in a preheated oven of 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes. Serve warm with milk and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

OCA Tutorial #5 Oilcloth Chain by Suzanne

Oh, it's the season to make paper chains. Only this year, use OILCLOTH from your favorite oilcloth vendor, Oilcloth Addict. I've already procured my stash of favorite oilcloth fabrics to create this amazing oilcloth chain which will be used in our family decorations.

4-6 fat quarters oilcloth, coordinating colors or patterns (1 yard per fat quarter*)
scissors or rotary cutter
pencil (or writing utensil to trace/mark)
translucent tape

Step 1: Gather your materials. Decide how you want your chain to look. Do you want your chain to be double or single sided? If double sided, do you want your chain link to match (front & back) or to differ? Once you have decided, you'll roll along the process. [Note: The double sided chain has a wonderful weight to it. If your tree is lightweight, you'll need to decide how you want it to drape.]

Step 2: You'll be cutting material in strips of 1.25 x 5 inches. You can adjust to 1 inch x 6 inches or 1 1/2 inches x 6 inches. You choose what you like and go with it! In a 18 inch x 21 inch fat quarter you can cut up to 60 strips (or 30 chain links front/back) of the 1.25 (1 1/4") x 6 inch strips. Using your ruler, measure your strips. If you're handy using the rotary cutter, mark your 6 inch lines with a pencil and measure & cut your 1.25 inch strips. If using scissors, measure and mark before cutting.

Step 3: Assembly. Place two strips with the back side facing each other.

Loop them around together. I placed one edge between the other two pieces, sandwiching them in so that the chain link looks really clean.
Place a piece of translucent tape horizontally across the edge, securing the tape hanging over to the opposite side of the chain. Place two more pieces together and loop through the first chain. Repeat steps until you have the desired length of your chain.
The transparent tape looks great on the oilcloth. You hardly notice it's there, and it's quite durable if you're overlapping your tape to the back side of each link.

*Measurements: Using the 1.5 x 6 inch strips:
9 chain links = 12 inches loosely hanging.
1 fat quarter makes 1 yard of chain, front and back or 2 yards single sided.

Decorate your tree, your doorway, hang these along your windows, line your table centerpiece, along the edge of a room's ceiling...the possibilities go on and on. As you make these, remember to include the kids! It's a great family night project, as it takes a little time. It's well worth the effort.
Cheers! Enjoy making your chain as I have ours (pictured above). Happy Holidays!

Save your scraps! Suzanne of Silver Tree Art's Next Tutorial: Flag Cupcake Toppers using scraps as small as 1 x 2 inches as part of her focus on Party Planning!

Kelly here... Suzanne of Silver Tree Art had created this tutorial for us here at OCA! I am also very lucky to have her some of her creative energy in my studio here at home. Suzanne if full of great ideas and will be sharing those that are made with oilcloth here on the OCA blog! Thanks girlie, you are the best!

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