My Mama's Memories Jar was easy to make.
- Clear glass container with top
- Printed wording on paper
- Printed flower silhouette
- Sharpie paint pen
- American 3D Gloss Enamel Transparent Glass Writer
- Crafsmart Fine Line Paint Pen
- Nail Polish Remover
For the note paper:
- Paper (cut from inner envelopes)
- Flower Stamp
- Ink Pad
First make sure the glass container is clean and free of any oil or residue by wiping it down with alcohol.
Next, tape the printed wording(made in MS Word - Amazone BT font), in this case, Mama's Memories, to the inside of the glass.
Using the sharpie paint pen, follow the outline of the words. If you make a mistake, use a lightly saturated with nail polish remover (acetone) piece of paper towel to remove and start over.
I messed up the "a" on the end so I
just wiped off the a, ', & s and rewrote them.
The sharpie paint marker dries quickly so you can move on to the next part.
Tape the printed flower silhouette next and again follow the outline of the flower using the 3D (dimensional) enamel transparent glass writer.
Once you have completed outlining the flower, according to the directions on the bottle, you need to wait at least 48 hours for the enamel to dry.
This was my first time using the American Enamel paint writer on glass and I love the results. I like it better than the Martha Stewart glass paint. It flows better and is easier to use. And it's a little bit cheaper, too. After drying, the paint is raised (dimensional) and transparent, giving off a stain glass effect, which I love.
I also used a crafsmart fine line paint pen to draw the stem and leaves of the flower.
I thought the glass needed more flowers so I added one in the center, shown later.
Once the enamel transparent glass writer paint is allowed to dry for 48 hours, put the glass container in a non-preheated oven for 30 minutes at 200 degrees F. After 30 minutes, allow the glass to cool with the oven door open. That's it!
So that it would be easy for relatives to write down their thoughts, I cut out (with a paper cutter) note paper using a stack of "inner envelopes" I had accumulated over the years, and made them decorative by stamping a purple flower on the front.
I think my mama or any mother would have loved receiving something like this for Mother's Day. Now the whole family can have fun writing, reading and remembering Mama.
I asked my sister, Sandra, what memories would she write down on the slips. She brought back silly but wonderful ones - here's her short list: cats and dogs mama raised, corn stalks and chickens in the backyard, Sears/ Montgomery Wards/Avon catalogs she ordered from, Miss Piggy doll and other toys for the dogs, grapevines for wine, and perfume ( anything loud) she wore.
What a great way to honor the memory of a mother who has passed on.
This is truly a thoughtful and sentimental item!
Take a little time to enjoy!