Painted Jars

I love jars and paint so this post is my dream come true. I found a way to paint jars on Pinterest (from http://www.ohgoodiedesigns.com/2012/08/i-tried-my-own-diy-post-success.html).  They were similar to the orange and pink flower jars in inspiration pictures for the blog reblogged above and inspired me.  So… I tried it myself!  I think the striped bottles will be next on my list.

I have a ton of jars of all sizes that I collected for my wedding.  We tied ribbons around them and used them as vases on the tables.  (Photo by Brian Hale, http://www.halechannel.com)

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I put them through the dishwasher to make sure they were nice and clean.  After they had dried, I just took some acrylic paint and just poured it in.  I turned the jar all around to make sure the paint covered the whole inside.  I put the jars upside down on paper to dry and made sure to move them around periodically so they wouldn’t stick to the paper.  (I kept the papers with all the rings to maybe use in a future project).  I’m going to spray the insides of the jars with a clear-coat to make the paint more durable so it doesn’t scratch off when I put things in them.

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A couple of the paints covered better than others (maybe depending on their age or brand).  The blue needed a second coat because it didn’t all stick and left some blank spots.  I think that one seemed a little more watery when I was pouring it.  I would have also loved to use a baker’s cooling rack or something do dry them on (but my wife would have killed me if I’d used hers).  The paint kind of puddled around the mouths of the jars as they were drying and made them a little bumpy, but that wouldn’t have happened if it was able to drip all the way out.  I love the green because it has a little metallic sheen and the purple is a little pearlized, which looks beautiful.

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Being a crafter, I have tons of brushes and markers and pens, etc., and at this point they’re  just in random mugs and cups and containers. So… this is the perfect way to use my jar collection AND decorate my craft room.  I’ll post pictures when they’re all set up!

Update:

And here they are, in use!  (With a glimpse of me from a wedding photo- also compliments of http://www.halechannel.com- in the background.)

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And… if you want some for yourself (but don’t want to make them yourself), here they are in my Etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/130379318/painted-jars?ref=v1_other_1

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Let me present Hong Kong’s own challenger to the Mason Jar – the Kowloon Dairy Milk Bottle! I have always liked this cute retro bottle + the chocolate milk is absolutely delicious ! Getting a good drink and a pretty bottle at the same time is pure double happiness and I love the fact that there still are companies out there using glass bottles – who doesn’t think it’s tastier to drink coke out of a glass bottle instead of a can? I have stockpiled these bottles and with a little bit of spray paint and masking tape, I created a striped golden version.

Time: Approx 1 hours (super easy & fast!)

You need:

  • Glass Bottles
  • Spray Paint – need to hold for glass
  • Masking tape – different widths

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How to:
1. Create-the-stripes: use the masking tape and create your own breton version. What you cover with the tape will not…

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Birdhouses

I love birdhouses! They can be so unique and creative and the only requirement is that they have a hole to let the bird in. The “bones” can also be purchased at Michael’s or similar craft stores and are like a blank pallet.

I saw a collection with books used as roofs at a local artisan’s gallery (Pinch, in Northampton, MA). I though they were amazing. It prompted me to try my own. I love decoupage, so it was only logical to use pages from the book to decorate it. I painted my own little designs, as well. I made two as raffle prizes for our Jill and Jill. My niece won one of them, so I can visit it whenever I want.

This one was just painted and decorated. I made it to match my son’s playroom and then screwed it to the wall with a screw through the hole.

My favorite birdhouse was made for my wife by her father. It’s made out of a tree branch, primarily, with a knot for the hole. It’s so organic and rustic, but amazingly beautiful. We actually put this one outside on our fence. I hesitated because I didn’t want it to get ruined by the weather but it would have felt like a crime not to give it back to a family of birds.

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I recently found these metal birdhouses at Market Imports in Raleigh, NC and fell in LOVE.  They make me want to learn how to use the welder my wife got me for my birthday last June.  (I’ve been too scared to take out of the box- I’m afraid I’ll either kill myself or become addicted to welding and not want to stop.)

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I keep adding to this post!  These are the coolest birdhouses I’ve found so far.  They were outside “Ross’ Grill” in the Provincetown mall.  I love the combination of found items/objects.

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UPDATE: I my eternal quest for interesting birdhouses, I just came across this blog. She’s making a whole collection for a craft fair. It’s like birdhouse Heaven!
http://crazytraylorcreations.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/trail-market/

Glass bottle edger

ImageWe got married in our backyard last September and had a ton of wine, beer, root beer, and Mexi-Coke bottles (my favorites).  I couldn’t bear to recycle them and knew I’d find something to do with them if I kept them for a while.  Now that it’s Spring and the snow’s finally melted and the ground unfrozen, I decided to “plant them” and use them as edgers.

I made circle of them, buried upside down, around our peach tree.  It was really easy.  I picked a distance from the tree, just outside the mulch and weed barrier I currently had down and used my “tools” to measure out the radius from the tree trunk.  I loosened the ground with a sharp spade, pushed them in as far as I could with my hands, and then used a rubber mallet to pound them in the rest of the way.  Believe it or not, none of them broke in the process!  Unfortunately, there was one casualty:Image

My spade broke soon after I started in on the wine bottle edger for around the fire pit.  I was starting to get a blister on my palm, so I guess it was a good time to take a break, anyway.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised when the pattern matched up perfectly at the end.  Sheer luck!

Now, we have a pretty and inexpensive edger (about 15 cents a foot) that reminds us of our special day.

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