Memorial Day Table Topper (Free File)

Hoorah! I am ahead of the game, FOR ONCE! I have been saving bottles for a year, with many project ideas swarming around in my head. There are many different ways to decorate and use glass bottles and jars – and they don’t even have to be Mason jars – lol. For the upcoming season, I wanted to make some table toppers for our family get-togethers. For both Memorial Day and the 4th of July, these will be perfect!

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I filled this bottle with red ‘straw’ gift packaging material, but there are endless possibilities to add more dimension to the decoration.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air + contact paper):

  • f = 21
  • v = 350
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Clean the bottle thoroughly and allow to dry.
  2. Apply glass etch cream and set for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove glass etch cream, wash thoroughly and allow to dry.
  4. Open or create the stencil file. Cut stencils from wall vinyl or contact paper.
  5. Use transfer tape to pick up all of the pieces of the stencil.
  6. Apply stencil to glass bottle/jar.
  7. Using the airbrush system, apply Copic marker colors where desired.
  8. Allow to dry and decorate.

One of my favorite things about this method is that the glass etch process makes the glass ‘cloudy’ but the Copic markers make it very shiny and transparent again. It gives the glass project a wonderful contrast.

Memorial Day Decoration

I have some leftover glass blocks from Christmas projects, and I can’t wait to get started on the next phase of the decorations – which I will fill with white lights! I plan to have a decorated bottle on each of the tables for our Memorial Day gathering. Then I will use the lighted glass blocks for around the patio.

Memorial Day decorations

 

Memorial Day Wishes

Memorial Day, which started after the Civil War in 1868, was created to honor Americans who died while fighting for their country (International Business Times).

I was inspired for today’s project by this American holiday and thoughts of my family members who have served or are serving.

I finally decided to pull out the punch tool and see what I could create. This project was not without challenges. First and foremost, I could not find a single sheet of craft foam in my creative room (I recently cleaned and organized – surprise)!

For my first attempt I tried to use the dashed line style but the lines would not get short enough and I was concerned they would not make a “punch”. However, I did love how it looked with a pen (this may become an embroidery design in the future).

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Next, I tested the monogram using the rhinestone feature and it appeared to be a much better choice.

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I placed a piece of cardboard in the Maxx, since I could not find my craft foam. The problem that subsequently ocurred with the cardboard was that the pinch wheels pressed the corrugated sheet down flat in two channels and as it continued to move it back and forth, it skewed so badly that it was actually weaving back and forth through the machine.

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

I was back to using a mat, instead of cardboard! I looked for my ’embossing’ shelf liner but couldn’t find that either. Not to be discouraged, I combed the room and finally decided to try a piece of craft felt. Eureka! It worked. I used a flag design I made years ago, and added the text.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 15
  • v = 150
  • p = 1

Instructions:

  1. Select or create your design. I used the font Melior for my text. Capture
  2. Enlarge the design 4-6 times the size of the desired final project.   Capture2
  3. Use the rhinestone option in Make-the-Cut to create small, evenly spaced circles.   Capture4    Capture3
  4. Resize the design to your desired project size.   Capture5
  5. Punch away!   20150525_010038 (614x800) 20150525_010058 (603x800)