Make Your Own Mason Jar Mini Album
Today, I’m going to show you how to make a super cute mini album in a mason jar, inspired by the awesome mini made by April Massad on page 53 of the July/August 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.
- Mason jar (Mine has a 2 7/16″ neck opening & is 5″ high)
- Patterned paper
- Chipboard accents
- Shells, coral & sand
- Liquid adhesive
- Hot glue
- Serrated scissors
Cut a selection of 41/4″ x 21/4″ rectangles of various patterned papers for your mini. I used a template to make cutting a bit easier. I suggest patterned paper instead of cardstock because it’s thinner.
Stitch the long sides of the pages. Now cut various 21/4″ x 1/2″ gussets to attach the pages together. Fold each in half.
Next cut 2 slightly wider gussets to adhere to the outer pages of the book. These will be hot glued to the lid of the jar, so they have to be be wider than the inside ones. My dimensions were 21/4″ x 3/8″ x 7/8″.
Attach the book to the middle of the jar lid using a generous dollop of hot glue.
Using the lid as a template, trace a patterned paper circle & cut it out with serrated scissors. Stitch the edges for some texture. Cut in half & trim each side slightly to allow for the thickness of your book.
Adhere to inside of lid to for a neat finish.
Cut another patterned paper circle for the top of the lid & attach shells & coral to the top. Apply a couple of coats of sealer (such as Mod Podge) to seal & protect them. Finish off with some twine & a hanging label.
I also added dry sea sand & more shells to the bottom of the jar for a real seaside experience.
Here are a few of the inside pages. I kept them simple to keep the mini album as flat as possible. Note: Do not have embellishments sticking off the sides of the pages or the mini won’t be able to fit through the neck of the jar.
I loved creating this clever, tactile project. Each time I see it on the shelf in Max’s room, I am reminded of his passion with the ocean & rock pools at this age. It is a super way to capture all your seaside summer memories in a unique way.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this has inspired you to make one of your own too.
Would you like to win a totally awesome summer camp prize? Leave a comment here letting us know a mini album you created that you absolutely love. You could win this prize package sponsored byAmerican Crafts, Hero Arts, Jillibean Soup, Karen Foster Design, Martha Stewart Crafts, Maya Road, My Mind’s Eye, TPC Studio, We R Memory Keepers, and X-acto.
Comments must be received by Monday, July 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Sorry, we cannot ship prizes internationally. If your entry is chosen and you live outside the United States, you will be offered a year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine instead of this prize.
For More Information
Get more ideas for mini albums & mason jars by visiting these links:
- Five mini-albums for summer
- Create teacher gifts from mason jars
- Quick summer mini-albums with grid-designs
Congratulations to our winner!
Irma: I created a mini album for my sister of her kids and it was a hit! I will be trying the mason jar version very soon.
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