I love these little jars, especially when painted & distressed. The Americans have Mason jars, we have these!
Here’s some I recently did ……
So if you want to try your hand here’s how …..
- Jars of course!, doesn’t have to be the Kilner ones by the way, but try & get some that have a bit of detail on them. I like using the Bonne Maman jam jars too.
- Paint; I use chalk paint, it’s easy to distress but you can use acrylic or some people use paint specifically for glass.
- Foam brush, I prefer to use these as they don’t leave brush marks.
- Sealer; I used Americana Decor Creme Wax, it’s a lovely creamy wax varnish, great to work with & gives great results, but you can use regular varnish too.
- Fine sandpaper or try a nail file
- Napkins & glue if you want to try some decoupage on the jars.
Ok, let’s get started.
- First up make sure your jars are cleaned thoroughly, maybe run through the dishwasher first and remove any stickers. Some people rub them with spirits first but I don’t and they work out just fine.
- Choose your paint & give the jar about 3 coats of paint, let it dry in between the coats. Paint in one direction. On one of the jars, I originally painted it pink and then gave it 2 coats of grey and sanded it to bring out the pink.
- If you are going to decoupage then match the paint to your napkin, click here to read more on trying out decoupage on your projects or try a bit of painting on the jars, I did a small bit of folk art painting on one.
- If you are happy with the coverage then you can begin to distress. Using your fine sandpaper or nail file , lightly sand over the detail on the jar, I worked on the name & the tag bit to the front. You don’t have to distress, you can leave it as is too. I just love distressing things!
- Once you are happy with the look, it’s time to seal the jar , I gave the jars 2 coats & let them dry in between. It gives the paint a nice finish & brings out the colour more.
Remember these jars are only for display purposes & you can’t put them in the dishwasher. Just a wipe of a damp cloth should do, if needed.
You can use these for so many things & try different techniques ….. Here’s a few more I did a while back. Works great on tin cans too.
Have you tried to do these ? Did it work out?
I have a Pinterest board on upcycling your Jars/Tins here, have a peek for some inspiration.
Till next time ..!