Glamorous Glass Jar Upcycle

Mason Jar CraftsValentine’s is inching it’s way around the corner, so why not make yourself a “HIS” or “HERS” vase in the spirit of love (for yourself!). I made the female version, pictured above, here’s how…

How to paint a mason jar

What You’ll Need: 

  • Craft paint in desired color(s)
  • Glass mason jars (washed spaghetti sauce jars work well)
  • Foil tray or plastic disposable plate
  • A small paint brush
  • A small plastic or paper cup

First, wash and dry your glass jars if you are using recycling. After a week of everybody being sick, I accumulated a few good mason jars from serving up my spaghetti sauce tomato soup over and over. If you have any trouble getting the labels and glue gunk off, simply soak glass bottles in the sink in hot soapy water for a few minutes then scrub lightly with a scouring sponge.

Next, pour a generous amount of craft paint into your jar. Lift up and hold at a 45 degree angle so that you can see into the jar. Begin swirling slowly, moving the paint around and around until the whole interior of the bottle is coated. Note: Before you get too close to the rim, get out that foil tray and place below while you’re swirling to catch any drips.

After you’re satisfied with the interior coat, you can use your secondary color to paint the outside. All you need is your small brush. I did mine freehand because I don’t mind a little bit of a rugged edge.

Lisa Shao HERS mason jar on editglobal

Also, you can always streamline the lettering afterwords by outlining the edges with this.

After your freehand work is complete on the outside, empty out and discard (or save for the next bottle) the excess paint from inside the container and then turn the bottle upside down in your tray or plastic plate. Let the bottle drip dry like that for a hour or two. Once most of the extra paint has drained out, you can turn your bottle right side up to finish drying.

If you’re putting flowers in your new glam jar, just be sure to place the paper or plastic cup inside first. That will ensure it’s water-safe :)

Have extra paint? Have at it haphazardly and see what wonders emerge.
Easy crafts for kids
My little one helped here. Can you guess which one I did?

2 Responses to Glamorous Glass Jar Upcycle

  1. shaz January 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    could you paint the lettering on the inside , let dry and then apply the glass acrylic over it to give a lovely smooth finish?

    • Lis February 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I think that is a good suggestion Shaz. I would need a jar big enough that I can fit my hand inside but am going to give it a try when I do have one on hand. Thanks!

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