Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs out there. I know of which I speak. Why not give mom a gift that keeps on giving with our DIY Mother’s Day Wish Jar? She’ll get six wishes she can request any time over the coming year in a whimsical, colorful, never wilt bouquet and you’ll get the pleasure of giving her a gift she LOVES!
If this color palette isn’t her thing, change this up to suit her style. I remarked to my husband when I finished this project and looked around our colorful little apartment that my current aesthetic is best described as Gnome Sweet Gnome! This project could be elegant in silver and gold or sophisticated in jewel tones or understated in whitewashed vintage tones with clear glitter. This would also be fun for a wedding table centerpiece, a baby shower, or a birthday celebration depending on how you style it. I’m just sayin’.
(Disclosure: I purchased everything I needed to make this project at AC Moore Stores and they provided me with the star wands. The FolkArt paints, brushes, painter’s tape, and the Mod Podge were provided to me by Plaid Crafts, but I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.)
Materials (You can find everything you need to make this at AC Moore Stores. If you don’t have an AC Moore store, we have provided affiliate based links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we get a small percentage of the sale, that’s how we make the crafty magic happen, folks!)
Glass Mason Jar
Plastic Filler Beads
6 Unfinished Wood Star Wands
Patterned Scrapbook Paper
Glass or Plastic Glitter in Coordinating Colors
FolkArt Paints in: Bright Pink, Citrus Green, and Aqua
Mod Podge Glossy Formula
1/8″ wide Painter’s Tape (I used Martha Stewart Patterning Tape)
1/8″ wide satin ribbon in coordinating colors
Step one: Trace backside paper for one side of your star, with about 1/2″ of overlap. Remember that the paper is going to be on the front of your star, so use the back side of the star and paper to trace so it fits the front properly.
Step two: Cut out star shape and an embellishment from your patterned papers.
Step three: Paint one side of your star and the stick. Let this dry.
Step four: Wrap tape from top of stick to bottom twirling the stick as you wrap. Keep the spacing even as you twirl the tape around the stick. Burnish tape down to be sure it’s in full contact and there are no gaps.
Step five: Paint a second color of paint over the entire stick. Remove the tape by twirling it off, you can do this before it is dry. If you have any overlap of paint, you can use the small paintbrush to fix that. Let this dry completely before the next step.
Step six: Brush Mod Podge on the front of the star and on the back of the star shaped paper. Brush a layer of Mod Podge on top. While this is still wet, brush Mod Podge on the back of your second element, press on star. Paint a layer of Mod Podge on top. Use scissors to trim paper to edges of star. Let this dry completely before the next step.
Step seven: Brush Mod Podge along edge of star, one section at a time. Be generous! Overlap the Mod Podge on the front edges of the star as you work. We LOVE using Mod Podge for adding glitter to our craft projects.
Step eight: Place a folded piece of paper underneath as you add the glitter. Pour glitter over Mod Podge, tap off excess. Work your way around the star edges.
Step nine: Brush Mod Podge on the painted side of the star, being generous again. Repeat the glitter process.
Step ten: Use your folded paper to easily dump the excess glitter back into the jar.
Step eleven: I poked holes in a cardboard mailing box and inserted the glittered stars into the holes while they dried.
Step twelve: Add plastic filler into jar, tie with coordinating ribbon. Make a matching card using the same paper, our card says: “Your wish…is our command.”
Step thirteen: Make mom’s wishes come true!
Hooray for Mom!