Guest Post | Lauren Elise Crafted

Hello everyone. My name is Lauren Donaldson of Lauren Elise Crafted and Cottage Journal and I was just thrilled when Amy asked me to craft something special to share with all of you. What I find beautiful about Amy’s designs is that unique, personal touches abound in all of her work. She is constantly encouraging all of us to get more hands-on with our creativity. So I wanted to share a DIY that spoke to that same spirit. And I know just how much we love the charm of Fujifilm Instax Cameras! Instax card diy6I designed these Mason jar cards that start with a template but then leave a lot of room for customization. Your own personal touches will only add to the charm of this project.

And why Mason jars you ask? Well the classic appeal and charm of a Mason jar is definitely undeniable. I have been quite smitten with them for a long time. But recently I had the opportunity to write my very first craft book that was inspired by my love for these jars. Mason Jar Crafts is just getting released and it offers 30+ unique DIY ideas that will encourage you to see canning jars in a whole new light. Amy will share more about the book with you in a separate post but for today I wanted to give you an idea of the types of projects my book has to offer. Here is what you need to get started:


- Kraft cardstock

- Mason jar template

- Metal ruler

- Pencils

- X-Acto knife

- Inkpad

- Fujifilm Instax Camera + film


1. Load film into the Instax Camera. Pose with props and have someone snap pictures of you or capture friends and family yourself. For this example, messages of love were printed out to give the cards a graphic element and a personal touch. Instax film works like a polaroid, it takes a few minutes for the photo to expose properly.

2. Print out the Mason jar template onto kraft cardstock. For this example, the card was sized to 4.5” x 6.25”. Use an x-acto knife and metal ruler to cut the cards down to size.mason jar card template

Instax card diy13. Position your Instax picture in the center of the Mason jar card. Hold it in place while you mark the location of two opposite corners. Remove the Instax picture. At each of the marked corners, position your ruler at a 45 degree angle and cut a small slit with your knife. Repeat this for all of your cards.Instax card diy24. Tuck your Instax pictures into the cards. The two corners of the picture should slip into the slits you cut in the previous step and hold the photo in place.

5. Make a mini heart stamp out of a pencil. Draw a small heart on the surface of the pencil’s eraser. Use the x-acto knife to cut around the heart, defining the stamp. Press the eraser into an inkpad and stamp your heart onto the cards around your Instax pictures.Instax card diy36. Tie up cards with twine, slip them into glassine bags, add confetti, or adorn them with some of your favorite notions. These cards would be sweet to slip into lunch boxes, purses, or bags to remind loved ones how much you care. They would also make for great Valentine’s cards for children and adults alike. Love is sweet and these cards would be a great way to share!Instax card diy4 Instax card diy5And now that we’re all exciting about crafting with Mason jars, I have something even more special to share. I am giving away a free copy of my book to one lucky Amy Tangerine reader! The book is full of ideas that will keep you inspired and busy this summer. And with a crafty bunch like this, I know you all will come up with some spectacular creations. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you love Mason jars and what you’d like to craft with them.

2. Follow @cottagejournal on Instagram. I will be sharing more Mason jar inspiration and other giveaways in the weeks to come. Leave me a comment, say hello, and let me know you came over from Amy Tangerine.

Extra Entry:

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Giveaway closes Saturday, July 6 at 9am PST and a winner will be announced on this post shortly after. Good luck!

The winner is #21: Kristin Tweedale says:

Oh! I love mason jars for canning and then using them as glassware for fancy cocktails! Love your project :)


36 Responses to Guest Post | Lauren Elise Crafted

  1. Jenny-Lynn Gilbert says:

    I love that there are creative souls who dream up new and inspiring ideas for mason jars. I have crates of them in my pantry and always seem to be pulling them for one idea or another. They are readily available and cheap enough (even on a limited budget) that I never feel bad about creating something fabulous and giving them away either.

  2. ilissa says:

    I have only had dreams of how to use mason jars and seeing others use them. id love to use them in a birthday themed for a dear friend and this project you posted seems to be a great addition to my idea. i used them for storing my brewed tea and buttons. thanks for a chance.

  3. Carla Hundley says:

    Cute project. I’d like to
    use a jar o make a little
    garden in, using scrap
    Carla from Utah

  4. joanne p says:

    i love mason jar crafts, its so fun to see them pop up all over. I want to organize all my sequins in a jar, perhaps decorate one too:)

  5. Dogmatix says:

    Love the mason jars. I fill mine with ribbons but I have previously decorated them and filled them with sweets for my nieces and nephews

  6. Rachel says:

    I love that mason jars are so versatile. I’ve used them to fill with candies, homemade soap, ribbon, and so many other things. I love that you’ve come up with so many more uses for them. It seems the possibilities are endless!

  7. Michelle @ yagottahaveahobby says:

    I am obsessed with mason jars! I drink out of them (I even have a whole set of mason jar wine glasses), use them for storage, and even built a garden out of them. For my next project I’d like to build a bathroom organizer and a lighting fixture. Or maybe a string of outdoor mason jar lanterns!


  8. Beth says:

    What I love about Mason jars is that they are timeless. Although they have been updated over the years, the oldest ones are still entirely functional, and the new ones serve the same purpose as the oldest ones. It’s gives my projects a sort of timeless appeal. My cousin used them in her table center pieces at her wedding last week, and they will be appropriate on kitchen table any day of the year! My thing is stamping. I have 3 mason jar stamps, and I love how they look together, or used alone, filled, or empty. Just so classic.

  9. Beth says:

    Oh, and I would love to make those mason jar candleholders that you hang with wire outside. Love the look!

  10. ARC says:

    Wow, I love the little cards with photos! They’d make a great mini album. I’ll admit it’s never occurred to me to do crafts with those jars. Even the idea of making salads in them blows my mind :) Can’t wait to take a peek at your book!

  11. Kristie Shreffler says:

    I think I love mason jars so much because they take me back to childhood… My grandma’s preserves, catching lightning bugs, good memories. Tanks for the chance to win your book!

  12. Michelle Bradtke says:

    Mason jars always bring me back to canning tomatoes with my grandmother – her flowered apron, vinyl tablecloth, and the steamy kitchen (no AC!).
    Thanks for the opportunity to win your book – I haven’t been able to find it around here.

  13. Liz says:

    What a cute idea! Although I do have a love for mason jars, I would like to win this book for my sweet neighbor, Meghan. Meg is 15 years old and just the best kid ever. Currently, she has a love for mason jars and loves to purchase different colors and sizes and hoard them in her bedroom from her family, brother & sisters. I think it is awesome a high school kid is spending her babysitting money on and hoarding a jar when there are so many temptations out there for young kids, she is just making really great choices. I would love to give her this book, thank you for the opportunity!

  14. ileana says:

    just getting caught up and saw this – LOVE it! Where did you get the template for the mason jar card? some of us, me that is, are not equipped to draw such things on our own :) would love to know where to get the template – thanks a bunch!!

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