Wintery "Soup" Jar Wrap

By  Vera Collier 

  • Wintery "Soup" Jar Wrap
  • Jar Wrap
  • Friendship Tea Tag
  • Cherry Coves Brownies In a Jar
  • Halloween Jar
  • No-Guilt Hot Chocolate Mix


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Rose, Arbor Green, Baby Blue, Black Green, Black Plum, Burnt Orange, Burnt Umber, Deep Midnight Blue, Gingerbread, Graphite, Heritage Brick, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Light Buttermilk, Midnite Green, True Ochre, Uniform Blue
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Wash/Glaze, Series 7550, 3/4"; Angular Shader, Series 7400, 1/2"; Script Liner, Series 7050, #10/0, #1; Shader, Series 7300, #4, #10; Specialty: Crescent Golden Taklon & Bristle, Series 247, 1/2"; Maxine's Oval Mop Goat Hair, Series 270, 1/2"
  • Old scruffy shaders, #8, #10
  • Fredrix canvas, 12"x16" sheet, available through most craft stores or art supply stores
  • Wooden ball knob, 2-1/2"-3", available through most craft stores
  • DecoArt DuraClear Varnish, Matte
  • Glass quart canning jar
  • Red baby sock
  • Twine or string
  • Shipping tag, 1-1/2"x2-1/2"
  • Rusty wire, 22-gauge
  • Plaid homespun fabric, 7" square
  • Black self-adhesive hook and loop tape dots, 1/2", three


  • Brown ink pad

Pattern - Wintery "Soup" Jar Wrap

  • Preparation
  • 1. Cut a 4"x13-1/2" rectangle from canvas. (Optional: Use Roc-lon fabric in place of canvas.) Base both sides Uniform Blue. Use smooth side of canvas to paint design on; apply second Uniform Blue basecoat; while wet, slip-slap with Baby Blue to lighten and brighten center area of canvas allowing background color to show through. Let dry.
  • 2. Measure and mark 3/8"-wide bands along top and bottom edges of canvas; tape off. Base bands Lt. Buttermilk. Use #4 shader to paint Lamp Black checks. Shade Uniform Blue along right sides of Lt. Buttermilk checks. Use Deep Midnight Blue to shade on background along bottom edge of top band.
  • 3. Print out patterns; transfer basic house and snow bank pattern lines onto canvas. (Transfer details as needed.) Base snow Lt. Buttermilk.
  • Canvas
  • 1. Houses: Base house on left Heritage Brick, center house True Ochre, and house on right Arbor Green. Base all roofs Graphite and chimneys Heritage Brick.
  • 2. Shade all three houses under roof line and along right sides of house sections; shade house on left Black Plum, center house Burnt Umber, and house on right Midnite Green. Use Baby Blue to highlight roofs along left edge. Use Lamp Black to paint windows and doors. For left house, use Lt. Buttermilk to outline windows, doors, roof line, and corner edges of house; repeat same for center house omitting corner edges. For right house, use Heritage Brick to outline windows, doors, roof line, and corner edges of house.
  • 3. Deciduous Trees: Use 10/0 liner to base Lt. Buttermilk; shade Uniform Blue.
  • 4. Evergreens: Load old #8 or #10 shader (one that no longer holds a sharp chisel edge) with Black Green; starting at bottom of tree, set brush down on chisel edge and pull up towards center to form bottom layer. Repeat same for remaining layers working towards top. For snow, double-load brush with Black Green and Lt. Buttermilk; repeat technique keeping Lt. Buttermilk to bottom edge of each layer.
  • 5. Snow Shadows: Load crescent brush with Uniform Blue, blot on paper towel then wipe on clean dry paper towel leaving very little paint on brush. Lightly dry brush shadows under trees and to dry brush front door paths.
  • 6. Finishing Canvas: Use old toothbrush to spatter entire canvas Lt. Buttermilk. Allow paint to cure. Apply several vanish coats.
  • Snowman Tag
  • 1. Cut a 2-1/2" circle from canvas. (Optional: Use 1/16" Birch plywood.) Base front and back Uniform Blue. Use sea sponge to sponge Lt. Buttermilk over entire circle keeping color more solid towards center and allowing slight amount of blue to show through around edges.
  • 2. Use Lamp Black to paint eyebrows, eyes, and mouth. Dry brush cheeks Antique Rose. Base nose Burnt Orange; shade Black Plum along bottom edge and highlight Gingerbread along top. Add Lamp Black detailing lines. Highlight Lt. Buttermilk along top edge.
  • 3. Allow paint to cure. Apply several varnish coats. Punch a small hole through top of snowman for hanger.
  • Recipe Tag
  • 1. Use crescent brush and ink pad to antique shipping tag edges. Use black permanent fine-line marker to loosely outline tag edges and to write "Snowman Soup"; write recipe instructions on back of tag.
  • Snowman Ornament
  • 1. Base wood ball Uniform Blue; sponge Lt. Buttermilk over entire ball. Paint face in same manner as Snowman Tag.
  • 2. For hat, place sock over head; fold end up for cuff and cut off toe. Tie twine in a bow around hat at top of head.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Cut circle from fabric large enough to extend beyond ring when placed over jar lid. Cut small hole in center of fabric. Find center of canning jar lid and drill hole. Center fabric over lid insert and place inside ring; place snowman ornament over fabric and screw pieces together.
  • 2. Wrap wire around lid; twist together to secure. Thread Recipe Tag and Snowman Tag onto wire; coil wire ends.
  • 3. Fill jar with Snowman Soup Mix. Secure lid tightly. Wrap canvas around jar. (Optional: To help secure canvas, apply double-stick tape to back of canvas.)