Wednesday, November 24, 2010

$3 Thursday – Jar of Jolly - Ho Ho Ho

Since most people will be spending tomorrow with family and friends I thought I would post a $3 Thursday craft a day early.
I really struggled with what to call this post.  Santa’s balls – no.  Jar of Balls – no.  Jar of Ho’s – no. 
I settled on the Jar of Jolly – not near as mis-leading as the others I thought of. :)
I haven’t really started decorating for the holidays.   I really can’t bring myself to put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. 
I think Thanksgiving is too often lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas, especially in the retail environment. 
I’m probably partly to blame for this, after all I did lots of Christmas shopping between Halloween and now.  At one time I was thinking that I wish there were more Christmas items out, then I quickly reminded myself that it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet.
My original inspiration for this project came from Courtney @ Red heads craft more fun and this post.  Her alphabet balls were inspired by some she saw at Ballard.  Now that I found an inexpensive supply of small balls I decided to take a more seasonal take on this idea.  And so my Jolly jar was born.
I started with this –
Dollar store ornaments
Craft paint
Letter stamps
Some of the hangers from the ornaments had fallen off.
I gently pulled off the rest of the hangers as I wanted the white balls. 
Sometimes when you pull off the hanger a bit of the Styrofoam comes off  but it isn’t too noticeable on the finished balls.
Next lightly coat the stamps with the paint. 
I sort of rocked the stamp onto the ball.  Be careful to not put too much pressure or you will be a big blob of paint on the ball and won’t be able to see the letters.
I stamped each ball twice.
I made half red and half green as I wanted a good mix in the jar.
I don’t really have a holiday display yet to show it to its full potential but it doesn’t look too bad on my antique  scale.


  Friday or over the weekend I'm sure I'll updated this display from fall to winter and the Jolly Jar will look a bit more at home.

Linking to some of these parties:

CreativeShareWednesdays>Chic on a Shoestring Decorating;Photobucket;The Boardwalk Bragfest>Krafty Kat


  1. Such a cute $3 THRIFTY IDEA...hop over and share it at NTT!!!!


    I’m hosting a CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE on 12/9…would love to have you join in on the FUN!!!

  2. These are so cute. I like the tip of using those inexpensive ornaments for the spheres ;).

  3. So cute and you had me giggling at the beginning! Would love for you to show this off at my Holiday Hookup link party!

  4. These are so darling. I must admit that it was difficult to read through the whole post without bursting out laughing several times. It was your fault because you started your post out NOT naming these lovely little round things, "Santa's Balls"! Totally your fault, girl. I do love them. They're unique, clever, and a cute thrifty project, and I giggled like a school girl throughout the whole post. Thank you so much for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest.

  5. Well done! Those are cute, thanks for saying I inspired you! :o)

    Have a great day!

  6. that's such a great idea, and so cute, too! i love your struggle to name them...too funny!

  7. Too cute! I like it!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  8. Just have to say SUPER CUTE IDEA! Your Jar of Jolly turned out great! And your post was fun to read because of all the times you had to say "balls." Happy holidays!
    Ally @ "A Novice Nelly"


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