Monday, December 9, 2013

Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar

I have so much to share with you today PLUS a giveaway for $155 Amazon Gift Card.  So be sure to stick around all the way until the end to find the entries for your chances to win!

So let's get to my Silhouette project, first! 

I have this obsession for collecting empty jars from spaghetti sauce, sauerkraut, salsa, you name it!  Not often, but every once in a while, I come up with a use for these jars collecting in the bottom of my craft closet.  I used silver spray paint to give all of my clear jars a coat of color and left my perrier sparkling water bottles green.

Once dry, I simply cut out different sized numbers out of Silhouette Vinyl with my "magical machine" to turn ordinary glass jars into an Advent Calendar!

Each day, the kiddos are so excited to find what I was able to tuck inside each jar. My little monsters are still young (three and a half & one and a half) so I basically just replaced one of their special "snacks" they may receive during the day and plopped it into a jar.  I'm not against candy, but even one piece of candy for the next 25 days adds up...

Some ideas for Advent treats to stuff inside (that's not chocolate):
  • Mini Raisin Boxes
  • Granola Bars
  • Baby Food Pouches
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Yogurt Covered Dried Fruit Snacks
  • Clif Kid Fruit Rope
  • Annie's Bunny Graham Friends
  • or any other single-serve snack!
For the days that are "flower vases" I like to do a larger surprise that I keep on hand like a oatmeal raisin cookie or let them have their favorite lunch.

So far, it has been a lot of fun and definitely a statement piece in our kitchen that makes me smile because I finally found a unique use for my recycled jars!

If you're looking for more creative Silhouette projects (and I know that you are!), check out these amazing ideas below in this beautiful collage for your convenience.  Be sure to leave them some comment love and have fun discovering some new (to you) blogs!

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink
Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we'd love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.

Are you still with me after all of that information? I sure hope so because we have a great giveaway for you!  Starting today, December 9th, until December 16th, we are hosting a giveaway for a $155 Amazon Gift Card!  Yup!  $155 that you could spend toward a Silhouette machine of your very own or even some fancy new supplies.  Just in time for Santa to deliver a little special something... just for you!

A few details:
  • Giveaway runs from Monday, December 9th until Monday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST.
  • You must be 18 years or older to enter and this giveaway IS international so everyone can play along!
  • You have 31 possible entries so if you complete all of them, so that's a lot of potential winning power!
  • The winner will be contacted by Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email and you will have 48 hour to respond.
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Good Luck and have a wonderful week!



  1. What a great re-use for your glass jars! It must be so much fun to pick out treats for your little ones and see the excitement when the look inside!

  2. I save jars too, and this is a great way to use them, plus they can be used for other purposes too! I can see them at other festive events, birthday parties, and sooo much more! I love that you involve the littles by putting their treats in the jars.

  3. Very Creative!! What a great way to repurpose! I love recycled projects.

  4. Your mantel is awesome!! I LOVE the jar advent calendar, very unique and functional :) - Dee@Fromwinetowhine

  5. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who hoards bottles! I agree about chocolate and candy, and having to balance them out with healthy treats!

  6. This is so cute! I love countdowns of all kinds!

  7. This project makes me want to go and rummage through my recycling bin looking for glass jars. Love it!

  8. I love this non-traditional advent calendar! Very cute!

  9. (I think my last comment may have gotten eaten...but if this is a double-comment, feel free to delete.) I absolutely LOVE this, Janice! Everything from the combination of the green glass and silver bottles to the chunky black font you chose for your numbers to the idea that there are little healthy treats hidden within's just such a top notch project top to bottom. Heck, I'd even leave those jars out year-round - - they make great decor. Thanks for participating in our Special December Challenge & Giveaway! And I'm so glad to have you in our FB group!


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