I don’t know why, but that always seems to be me at this time of year. It doesn’t seem to matter that I had all my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving just for the purpose of avoiding the last minute chaos. I didn’t count on being asked to work lots of extra shifts (I did end up working Saturday, after all), which has eaten into my getting stuff done time. Oh well, the best laid plans….
I had planned on making little etched treat jars for my brother’s cats and dog for Christmas. I saw a similar project on Pinterest, and it was just too cute not to do. I had bought all the supplies, but today I realized I’d better get cracking. I think maybe I procrastinated on them because I was afraid they’d be really difficult to get right.
It turns out, they were so easy. I think they probably took 5 minutes apiece, start to finish. I cut my stencil out of sheet vinyl. I actually found it was easiest to trace the design onto the vinyl, and then apply the vinyl to the jar before cutting out the shape. It kept the inside and outside of the shape nicely aligned.
The little jar was from Dollar Tree (!) and the larger jar was from Michael’s (with a coupon, of course).
You’ll just have to trust me that in person, these are really cute (and you can see the design). I will definitely be doing more projects with etching creme in the future – you can’t beat a 5 minute gift! In fact, I was so happy with the way they turned out, that I went to the dollar store and grabbed another of the small jars to make a gift for Kona’s trainer. Lots quicker than the homemade dog biscuits I (he) was going to give her!