It’s summer, which means mason jars and fireflies, right? Mason jars are the quintessential summer party gear. Now you can create individual dinner party menu cards to match your mason jar decor!
- Mason Jar Embossing Folder
- Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
- Ranger Aquamarine Ink Pad
- Crafter’s Companion Premium White Cardstock
- Twine, Yarn or Fabric Scraps
- Hole Punch
- Mini Glue Dots
- Mini Butterflies
Step 1: Use a word processing or image editing software to create a dinner party menu that’s about 4.5 inches tall and 2.10 inches wide. Print the dinner party menu on neutral card stock and cut it to fit in the embossing folder. (PS I used Matchmaker and Ostrich Sans fonts.) Step 2: Firmly tap the aqua ink pad onto the raised portion of the mason jar embossing folder. I found it looks best if you are kind of messy with it. Swipe some ink into the center of the folder. Step 3: Place the printed dinner party menu into the embossing folder so that it is centered inside the mason jar image. Due to the ink, you have to get this right the first time you place the paper on the ink. In the photo, you can see how I lined it up correctly. Step 4: Following the Cuttlebug directions, send the embossing folder through the machine. Step 5: After removing the embossed paper, cut around the edges of the mason jar image. At this point, I was so thrilled with how it was turning out that I ran through the house to show my husband. He’s been with me long enough to know the acceptable response is, “Cute! Great job!” 🙂Step 6: If you want to add a bit of twine or ribbon to the top, punch two holes in the ‘lid’ of the mason jar. For years, I’ve had a smaller-than-traditional hole punch and it sure does come in handy for crafting. Slide the twine through the holes and tie in a bow. Step 7: Use mini glue dots to attach butterflies inside the mason jar. Ta-da! That’s it! To mix it up a bit, I also braided small strips of vintage fabric and glued that in place of the twine. I love how it turned out.
Having been a crafter for many years, there are two types of joy I get from a finished craft. For me, the most frequent type comes when I’m just playing it by ear, trying new things and something accidentally turns out great. The other kind of satisfaction comes from having an exact idea and plan and being able to execute as planned. The latter doesn’t happen very often for me so I was pretty excited when this dinner party menu turned out just as I hoped.