To capture a Fairy in a Jar . . .

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To capture a Fairy in a Jar ...  you simply have to be gentle and kind, and want to capture her (or him) with all your heart.

I originally found a photograph of a fairy in a jar on Pinterest. I fell in love with it instantly and literally stopped everything I was doing and got all the supplies out on my desk and began to make my own jar ready to capture my fairy, right there and then.

I’ll warn you now that this blog post is photo heavy.  I totally forgot to take pictures at each stage of the make, simply because I was SO into making it.  But I’ve taken a photograph from all angles of the finished fairy in my jar, so that you can see it all around and even on top, and I’ve taken photo’s in sunlight from the window in my craft room,  at dusk in my craftroom and even in the house in the darkness – at night-time, with all the lights off.   So here goes, dear reader.  Get ready for lots of photos ….

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My Captured Fairy in a Jar with the lid off.  But she didn’t want to escape!  She preferred to gaze at her star and make wishes!

JM Barrie quote

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Showing the left hand side of the Fairy in a Jar.  You can see the grass which the Fairy is sitting in.

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The right hand side of the Fairy Jar.

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The back of the Fairy Jar ~ created by Cobwebs.

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looking at the jar with the lid in place, from above.

I chose to keep the lid of the jar, as I wanted to have a choice of how it was displayed (lid on/lid off).  My original idea was to have the lid on during the daytime when the Tea lights weren’t alight, and leave the lid off at night when the lights were switched on.  But I actually love it both ways.

I did, at first, decorate the glass lid with white cotton fabric (like shirt fabric), which I tied on with string around the  knob on the top.  (It was glued in place).  I decorated it with buttons and flowers.  However, when I stood back to look at it, I wondered if I’d like it better if I’d have done the same thing on the lid as I’d done to the jar itself.  I lived with it for a couple of days, then stripped the cotton off, scrubbed it clean again and decorated it to match the jar.  And …. I love it like that!

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The Fairy Jar without the Tea Lights lit and no flash from the camera, just lit by the light from the window.

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Lit only by the light from the window.

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Showing the Tea Lights inside.

You should only use battery operated Tea Lights inside a Fairy Jar.  That’s so important that I’m going to say it again:  YOU SHOULD ONLY USE BATTERY OPERATED TEA LIGHTS IN A FAIRY JAR!  This is because you’ve glued paper and or card to the inside of the jar.  Paper/Card and Candles DON’T MIX WELL  – unless you want to start a FIRE!  We don’t want any accidents … so please don’t even try out a candle inside the jar.  Please, please buy battery operated Tea Lights for your version of a Fairy Jar. You don’t have to put three in if you don’t want to.  One works … Two makes things twinkle brighter, and three, for some reason, makes Fairy Wings seem to flutter just a little.  Why is that, I wonder?  It must be Fairy magic!

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Even with no lights on an only the sunlight from the window to light it in order to take the photos, the Fairy Jar still looks incredible.

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Another view of the Jar from above, so that you can see it without any light other than that from the window.  Still looks lovely, doesn’t it!

My wonderful little Grandson comes to visit at the weekend and we have him for about 5/6 hours to give mum and dad a little free time to do stuff.  When he came last weekend, I introduced him to the “Fairy Shadow I caught in a Jar!”  …  I didn’t want him to hear me say I actually caught a Fairy in a jar, because … well, he knows me to be kind and loving, and anyone who’s kind and loving most certainly doesn’t catch a Fairy and stuff them into a jar!  So I explained that I’d caught a Fairy’s shadow.  That sounded much nicer, more gentle, more kind and loving.

I didn’t think he’d be over-impressed, after all it was just a Fairy, and the big thing in his life was CARS!  – however he was awestruck!  I came in from my craft room, carrying the already lit and lidded jar really carefully, and I whispered to him that he had to:  be very quiet and careful because I’ve captured a Fairy Shadow in a Jar!”  ….  I placed the jar down on the coffee table so that he could see it.  His little face was a picture.  He got down on the floor and perched his chin on the coffee table and gazed, . . .  and his eyes grew to the size of saucers!  There was so much magic showing on his face and in his eyes.  So much ‘awesomeness’ (I don’t think that’s a word,  I think I made it up for the purpose of explaining – lol).  He looked at it for ages.  Then, moving quietly around the coffee table – he examined it carefully from all angles.  All of a sudden  … he slowly lifted his arm,  and with one finger he delicately reached out and  v.e.r.y.  gently  touched  the side of the Fairy  Jar,  almost as if he wasn’t sure if what he thought he was looking at, was actuall really, really there!   Thankfully …  I managed to capture that very moment on my camera . . .

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My Grandson – aka ‘The Funshine of my Life’ – was incredulous.  He couldn’t believe what he was seeing with his own eyes.

I was totally thrilled to pieces that he liked it.  Everybody else could hate it if they wanted to,  but the fact that he liked it, was so impressed and so awestruck by it meant the absolute world to me.

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I was so engrossed in the making of this Fairy Jar that, as I said previously,  I totally forgot to take photographs of each step of the making.  However …  I’ve got something better than my explanations.  A video, which you’ll find at the end of this post.

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I enjoyed making this so so much.  It was fun from the start to the end.  I was going to give it away,  but, once it was made  …  I fell head over heels in love with it and couldn’t part with it.

In the video which you’re about to watch  …  White tissue is used in the making.  I however used a VERY PALE pink tissue in this project (above)  and as you can see, it worked perfectly – as you can see from the photos.  But it was simply a matter of choice.  I have a selection of tissue colours.  Something about the pale pink called to me, and I found my hands reaching for it.  So … don’t feel you have to follow the instructions to the letter.  If there’s something you want to do which will make a fairy jar yours and yours alone, then do it!  If you want to use  …red tissue then do so!  Blue tissue to make it look icy?  Go ahead!  Oh – and do post some photo’s on your blog, and then come back here and let me know so that I don’t miss your fairy, because I’d love to see more of these.  I’m already planning another one and I’ve just today found a wonderful jar in the shed which will work brilliantly!

Edit 29/6/16 – to Add:-   There is  NEW  FAIRY  JAR,  complete with photographs of how it was made,   here:  https://thecobweboriumemporium.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/a-fairy-captured-in-a-fairy-jar/    . . . .  It will open in another window for you. ~ Cobs.

 

If, after watching the video, there’s anything that you want to ask about the Fairy Jar In the photographs above, which I may have forgotten to mention, then please feel free to ask in a comment here and I’ll answer you within 24 hours.  One thing I think I haven’t mentioned is that the glitter I used on the outside of the jar was a chunky glitter, not the fine stuff, which I mixed a little card makers ‘snow’ into it, just to add that ‘frosted’ look to the whole thing.

So,  that’s me done and dusted for another beautiful day.  It’s been a little windy around here the last few days.  But thankfully we were not ‘hit’, other than a few branches in our garden came tumbling down – but nothing structurally was hit, so I’d call that blessed.

I hope you too have a truly blessed day.  Remember to stop and enjoy life – even for just a moment, and in that moment be thankful for all you too are blessed with.

Sending love ~

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22 thoughts on “To capture a Fairy in a Jar . . .

    • Ohhh you really must Genie! 🙂 It’s far easier than anyone would think and everyone will believe it’s taken you weeks to make, but it really doesn’t. It seems to come together all by itself somehow. Obviously it must be Fairy Magic! 😉
      Sending love and squidges ❤ ~ Cobs. x x x

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  1. What a comeback! No, this warrants capitals: WHAT A COMEBACK!

    You are back with a ‘bang’ and have once again made me grin from ear to ear with another one of your marvelous creations.

    The best photo undoubtedly has to be the one of your cute little grandson gingerly fingering the jar, just where the fairy is sat.

    I imagine God up there looking down and smiling at you because of your tender, childlike ( childLIKE, not childish) heart….because Jesus often warned the pious that, ‘you cannot enter Heaven unless you become like a little child.’

    We have become too cynical, judgemental and proud, all of which hinders our faith and waters our unbelief, but a childlike heart helps one to see things as He sees.

    I’m so glad you have your grandchildren to share your fun with! Like you said, it does not matter who hates your jar, or who thinks it’s silly. **You love it, your grandson loves it and so does the One who made you both. He’s having a good chuckle, I’m sure!

    Thanks for brightening up my morning Cobs. xxx

    **I love it too by the way but my name wasn’t worthy to be added to the above as my opinon doesn’t matter 🙂

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    • Hello fellow ‘child like’ Sharon 🙂
      Thrilled you like the Fairy Jar.
      I think I shall always have a child like heart, because my inner child is still very much alive and I give her free reign to come out and play whenever she likes.

      You too have an inner child and I see her in lots of your posts on your blog, which always gives me a little tickle inside when I can see that she’s been in evidence as you’ve been busy typing. 🙂
      Thank you for your comment dear one. I love hearing from you.
      Sending much love to you and yours ❤ ~ Cobs. x

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    • LOL! Awww, hard act to follow no such thing. That fairy jar practically made itself. It was so SO amazingly easy. If you do decide to make one (or two), do blog about it as I’d love to see them. Before you buy or save empty coffee jars etc, check the size of your fairy so that you can make sure that she will fit your jar – rather than save/buy a jar and then hope your fairy fits. The height is the thing rather than the width. Do you have a fairy die? xxx

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      • Good advice. I have started two. Using plastic mustard jars so they can’t be broken.. The girls are almost 4 and 3 yrs.I did order die cuts from the web to simplify. Will get my act together and post soon.

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        • Ohhhh, they’re going to LOVE these Beverly. My little Grandson walks into our cottage and as soon as he sees the jar, he instantly says (with glee) “MY Fairy!”.

          I’ve made up a ‘Once Upon a Time’ fairy story about the fairy, and his little face lights up when I tell him the story, anyone watching can actually see his imagination working as he listens. It’s the most wonderous thing.

          I’m thrilled you’re having a go at making these for your little ones. They’ll love them.
          Heaps of love & crafty hugs ~ Cobs. x

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  2. This is wonderful! It’s full of magic (the good kind) and springtime, and baby smiles and wonder. It might be my favorite thing you’ve ever made. I need to make one with the Grandgirls. Julia woul love it! Merry Christmas dear Cobs!

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    • Hello Kathy!
      Ohhh what an absolute treat to see you. I’m thrilled you like this Fairy Captured in a Jar. Little Cobs still loves his two, which I made (there’s another one which is different from this one which I also blogged about), and we have both of them on top of our fire, just waiting for him to come and visit. He knows how to turn the lights on and get them going, and is SO careful with them that it’s a joy to watch him.

      Wishing you a very happy Christmas Kathy. Sending all good wishes your way, and hoping that the New Year finds you fighting fit, healthy and ready to craft up a storm.
      Also sending Warm Winter Wishes your way ~ Cobs. x

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  3. Hi, these are gorgeous!! My little girl is right into fairies at the moment so will fall in love with these. My only question is how long do you find the battery lights last?

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    • Hello R Hastings, great to ‘meet’ you.

      Thrilled you like the Fairy Jars and yes, your daughter really would enjoy one (or more) of these. They have a truly magical quality about them.

      The battery T-Lights … well .. it depends upon how long you leave them on – is the short answer. If you left them on all day and all night – maybe they might run out of power, or perhaps after a couple of days …maybe.

      I’m still using both of the original T-Lights in both of my jars! I put them on for (roughly) a couple of hours (or so) at a time.

      However – I’ve noticed that if you leave a t-light somewhere cold, then the batteries seem to run out way quicker. So keep your spare battery T-Lights in a drawer in the house, rather than in the shed or a cold room/conservatory.

      Hope that helps!
      Thanks for visiting. ~ Cobs. 🙂

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    • Hello Barbara. 🙂
      I have both the Fairy Jars which I made, here in the house with me. One on the fire, and one on the coffee table. They’re just so sweet, and everyone who comes into the house comments on them.

      Go on … make yourself one. I bet you never make anything for yourself. 😉
      Have a truly blessed rest of your day Barbara. (oh .. and once I’d seen your blog I just HAD to follow! I HAD to! lol.)
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Laundrybaby, lovely to meet you! 🙂

      Thrilled you like the Fairy in a Jar. If you like this one then you might also like another one I made which you can find by looking along the categories – (along the top of the page, but under the heading picture of the cat and cobwebs and pink flowers). Look for ‘Fariy Atelier’ and hover your mouse over it. A little menu box will open up and you’ll find the Fairy Jars there. You just click on it, and magic will happen …. and you’ll suddenly find yourself there as if you waved your wand!

      It’s really lovely to have met you. Don’t stay away too long now, because you may miss something you’d like.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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