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

SHOEBOX LIVING

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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