Beach Party

Summer has been hot, hot, hot here in Idaho and I know that all of you around the country are experiencing heat waves as well. Since I don’t live next to a beach anymore, I thought I might just cool off by creating my own little beach party.

Nothing makes a table more festive than candles, but in this summer heat, I enjoy using the battery operated kind. I am thrilled to share the new Transform MasonTM Tea Light Lid Inserts that fit into the top of your well-loved Ball® mason jars. Since I was using the battery-operated tea lights, I felt free to decorate the tea lights by spraying the light units with a transparent dye in a jade color. I used a light mist of the transparent spray dye to tint the outside of my jars-creating a vintage appeal.  The lids and bands were spray-painted with ivory.

I am in love with the new battery operated Transform MasonTM LED lid featured here. I love how it shows through the tint and makes it glow. The Transform MasonTM LED lid is great way to showcase small treasures inside mason jars. They will be wonderful to show off air plants, a tiny fairy garden, etc.  A couple of AAA batteries and you won’t have to think about relighting for the night!

I am an avid Pinterest participant, and I noticed the ideas that I am drawn to are not always layered and difficult. This month, as I was decorating the jars, I decided to stay super simple so that you could whip these up quickly and maybe even have the kids create some fun beach take home projects.

The “mosaic” look on the Transform MasonTM wood tags are first painted with a coat of antique white and spread with a thin layer of glue. Break up a clean, dry eggshell into pieces. Tip a Woodsies® Craft Stick into the glue and lightly touch the eggshell chips, then place where you want them on the tag. Using the craft stick made the process go by quickly that you might create the shell and octopus in the same fashion. When dry, lightly wash a little antique white over the edges of the shells to darken viagra 100 mg posologie.

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Everywhere you look there are great patterns for shells, octopus and other nautical items. An oar, life preserver, shark, beach ball, seahorse… the ideas are limitless.

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I adapted a couple of copyright-free patterns to the tags so feel free to use these in your own decorating.  The background of the octopus was painted in teal green and the octopus is light buttermilk.

Since most beach parties require sun protection, I am planning to fill a Ball® mason jar with sunscreen, then top it off with the Transform MasonTM Pump Lid Insert. I sprayed the lid insert with a couple layers of ivory paint and am looking forward to stenciling a scroll design on the insert to match my bathroom. The shell tag was coated in antique white and used a light buttermilk color to paint the shell.  I added divider lines with thinned antique white and a liner brush.

The starfish and sailboats are also decorated with a background of antique white and light buttermilk detail.

Another Ball® Mason jar product I love is the Sip & Straw lid insert.  It features a plastic insert and hard plastic straw.  I think I will kick up my feet, sit back and enjoy a little lemonade and enjoy my own private little beach party!

Happy Summer – be sure to post any fun you have using these great new products on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/LoewCornell!

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