Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Celebrations: spring fling

Butterfly Feeder Jar (5)A
Welcome to our Spring Fling and welcome Spring!



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I’ve teamed up with Bev from Flamingo Toes for a few days of fun to celebrate the beginning of spring! And we’re really excited that Plaid has joined us for this fun event as our sponsor. You know Plaid, they are the makers of some of your favorite crafting supplies – like Mod Podge, FolkArt Paint and Martha Stewart Crafts.
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To kick off our Spring Fling, we’re having a giveaway for some fantastic Martha Stewart Kits. But first, let me show you what I made to welcome spring.

It’s a Butterfly Feeder Jar. Or in this case, a Butterfly Feeder Wine Jug. I can’t wait for the butterflies to flutter around for a little drink of sugar water.

Here’s how to make a butterfly feeder jar.


  • Start with a clean glass jar or jug. Whatever you use, the lid must fit tightly because in the end, you’ll be hanging your jar upside down.
  • Prep your surface by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol
  • Plan your design using Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils.
  • Dab Martha Stewart Glass Paint in Opaque Gloss onto the stencil.
  • Gently peel the stencil while the paint is wet.
  • Continue until your design is done. 
 Let your paint dry thoroughly. If air drying, the glass paint completely cures in 21 days. To speed things up, you can bake your glass in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. IMPORTANT: Place your glass object in a cool oven then heat to 350 degrees. Let cool completely in the oven.




Once the glass is cooled, you can continue and finish up the feeder.


Drill or nail a hole into the jar lid. I used a nail to make two small holes in my lid since I was planning on using string for the feeder. You can make a larger hole and use a piece of sponge or fabric. Whatever you use, the fit must be really tight. The goal is to have your sponge, fabric or string inside the jar and the rest hanging outside of the jar. When you fill your jar with sugar water and turn it upside down the butterflies will come and drink from the strings.


To hang your jar, make a simple twine or string netting. Tie four pieces of string to the top of your jar. The strings should be at least four times the height of the jar. Knot the strings alternating every other one.
 
Fill your jar with butterfly nectar. To make the nectar, use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. Boil the sugar water for a few minutes, stirring while it’s boiling. Let cool and pour into your jar. Turn your jar upside down and make sure it’s not leaking. The strings will eventually be soaked with sugar water.


Hang your Butterfly Feeder outside and wait for the butterflies to stop by.

I hope you enjoyed my Butterfly Feeder Jar project. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a Martha Stewart Paint Kit. And head on over to Flamingo Toes and see what Bev made to kick off spring. Here’s a little sneak preview of Bev’s project. Isn't it gorgeous!



Now for the giveaway! The prizes in our giveaway are the Martha Stewart Paint Kits with all the supplies you need to make your own painted glass project or botanical silkscreen like Bev did.


Prizes Spring FlingThere will be two winners drawn. One will receive Prize #1 {Left} ~ Martha Stewart Glass Decorating Kit and one will receive Prize #2 {Right} ~ Martha Stewart Botanical Silkscreen Kit.

Please use the Rafflecopter Entry Form below to enter.

This contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only {sorry} and thank you for your understanding.



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37 comments :

  1. Someone is going to be happy to win this great prize!

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  2. Hi Carolyn, I'm crazy about butterflies and this project is absolutely adorable!Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  3. This is simply lovely, Carolyn!

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  4. Love your butterfly feeder! It is so colorful and is bound to draw many happy little winged creatures.

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  5. My first time entering a giveaway. Hope I did it correctly. I also entered @ Flamingo Toes. Not sure how many times a person may enter.
    I really like that butterfly feeder. Maybe they'll share with the hummingbirds. Great tip about putting the jug into a cold oven and then heating it. Might be where I messed up with my baked marbles. I put them in a preheated oven.

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  6. I adore how your butterfly feeder turned out Carolyn!! It is gorgeous!

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  7. That is beautiful! Really so, so pretty :)

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  8. Fantastic idea for the garden, and the jar is so pretty too! Pinning yet again!

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  9. You outdid yourself on this one lady! The butterflies will be too transfixed by your paint job to take a sip!

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  10. I love this idea. Pinning it so that I can make one if spring ever arrives here in Canada.

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  11. Just saw this on Looksi and had to come over and find out what in the world a butterfly feeder jar is! What a neat idea and so perfect to do with kids! Love how you prettied it up too! :)

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  12. What a beautiful way to welcome spring with martha products and a beautiful design.

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  13. Beautiful Fun Crafts= )
    christilynn2622@yahoo.com

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  14. I will be so happy if I won this! Love the butterfly feeder, it's gorgeous!

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  15. love love love the feeder, and ty for the amazing chance of winning these great products

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  16. Carolyn, this is so, so beautiful. You've taken the craft of glass painting and made it into an elegant art with your impeccable sense of color and design.

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  17. Love the butterfly feeder.. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. Sadly I can't enter but the stencils are so pretty. I love Butterflies, this will be a nice project to do for this Spring and Summer :)

    ~Bevolee

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  19. I would love to do this with my 13 yr old... she likes to do this stuff with me!!!

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  20. Great Giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!!
    Artful Blessings,
    Kathryn

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  21. So awesome to be able to enter this great giveaway!! Gracias!!

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  22. Wonderful giveaway and I love your butterfly feeder project!

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  23. I love that! It's beautiful and I love the idea of feeding the butterflies. Do you think it'll attract bees?

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  24. Cute butterfly feeder, would be fun to craft.

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  25. Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win this awesome prize! *hugs*

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  26. Hey Carolyn! I found you on Fox Hollow Cottage & wanted to let you know I am pinning your project to my board! Come check out my blog, Home | Styled anytime and follow me if you see something you like! Also, you can check out the recipe I attached to the link Pinterest Link Party! Have a great day!
    www.home-styled.blogspot.com
    http://home-styled.blogspot.com/2013/03/pepperoni-onion-arugula-wheat-crust.html

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  27. I have a feeling we will be making a lot of butterfly feeders at our house...so pretty!

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  28. Love this. So glad I saw it on one of the link ups.
    Leslie

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  29. Thanks for this tutorial! My girls and I just made our feeder this morning, I'm excited (and hopeful) to start seeing some butterfly activity in our backyard!

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    1. Oh, totally forgot to include the link to our finished project! http://thislemonyogurt.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/flutter-by/

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  30. How do you keep the ants away??

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    1. Hi Amy, Mine hangs over a portion of the garden that doesn't seem to get too many ants. But I also put ant stakes around my garden because once in awhile we do get quite a few.

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