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I'm sure many of us have summer memories as children of going out into the yard to catch butterflies, dragonflies, and at night- fireflies (the most fun!). Mom would give us used mayonnaise or spaghetti sauce jars put our new little pets" in. We'd spend hours collecting stuff to make them a little home" by adding a twig, some leaves, and a little gravel in the bottom. Then we would cover the top of the jar with some netting and tie it with string so they could breathe. We'd stare at the jar for hours, marveling at how amazing our little creatures were!
Making an etched bug jar is an easy and fun project to make with your children during the long, hot, summer months. And for those of you who are a little squeamish but want to relive the nostalgia, you can even make one with fake butterflies and bugs using scrapbook 3-D stickers, as we did here. You can also personalize each child's jar, etched with their name so there's no dispute's!
- #15-0150 Armour Etch Cream
- #21-1617 Over N Over Wedding Alphabet stencils
- #12-7016 Designer Series - Dragonfly designs
- #20-0443 Rub N Etch Butterflies (Optional-not used on our jar, but a great idea!)
- #15-0315 Glass cleaner
- #08-9606 Brushes
- #08-9415 Masking tape
- Large glass spaghetti sauce, mayonnaise or fruit jar with no embossed writing on the sides
- Netting or tulle
- Twig, fish tank gravel or tiny rocks from outdoors, etc
Creating a "home" for your bugs:
- Wash jar with hot, soapy water. Remove all labels and glue residue. Dry well, the clean with glass cleaner.
- Gently peel the letters one at a time for the word "BUG" from the carrier sheet of the Over N Over stencil sheet and apply to the middle of the jar, overlapping edges right to left.
- Repeat with the word "JAR" but placing the letters on the next line under the word bug, starting in between the "U" and the "G". Overlap edges of the stencil top to bottom and side to side.
- Cover all exposed glass with masking tape, overlapping all edges of stencil and tape
- Apply Armour Etch glass etching cream to the stencils. View the directions and How To video HERE
- Wash off all Etch cream and the stencils with running water. Dry jar well. Pat letters well on paper towel and return to carrier sheet
- Repeat if you plan on personalizing jar with a child's name
- Cut apart some of the dragonfly stencils.
- Determine where you would like to place your dragonflies and how many. Hold them in place with small pieces of masking tape around the jar. You can add as many bugs as you like, just make sure you cluster some of them around the etched words. Have some tilted up, some down, some facing away from each other, to look more natural.
- Rub each stencil down onto the glass using the popsicle stick that came in your package. Cover all exposed glass with masking tape, overlapping all edges of tape and stencil
- Apply Armour Etch glass etching cream to the stencils.
- Wash off all Etch cream and the stencils with running water. Dry well
- Place some of the fish tank gravel or tiny rocks from outdoors to the bottom of the jar, add a twig and some small fresh leaves.
- Add bugs and cover opening of jar with netting and tie with string. Pull ends of netting down to make the top smooth and snug. Trim excess around the edges