May 15, 2012

DIY Painted Glass Jar

Pictures of painted jars have been popping up (yay for alliteration!) all over the internet, and I had been itching to make one. When I found this neat little jar at a thrift store for 25 cents, I knew exactly what I had in store for it.

See the bottle of paint looming up behind the unsuspecting jar? Poor little guy didn’t stand a chance. After I brought the jar home I did some researching and discovered that it is an Italian yogurt jar (Spega). From what people are saying, not only are the jars perfect for upcycling, the yogurt is quite delicious as well!

This is a very simple and inexpensive way to add some color to your home. You probably have everything you need already laying around the house!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a glass jar
  • acrylic craft paint (I used PLAID Apple Barrel acrylic craft paint in ‘Regency Blue’)
  • something to catch dripping paint (paper towels, newspaper, cardboard)
  • optional: ribbon or jute twine

 

Step 1: Pour a generous amount of paint into your jar.

Step 2: Rotate and tilt the jar so the paint swirls around and coats the inside completely.

Step 3: Set your jar upside down for about 1 hour to allow the excess paint to drip down. Wipe the paint off the rim every now and then, and make sure it doesn’t stick to what it’s sitting on (if it does, no biggie, the paint can be scraped off fairly easily). Turn your jar right side up and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 4:  Decorate! You can tie a ribbon around it . . .

. . . or wrap some jute twine around it a few times. The possibilities are endless.

I decided to use mine to hold cotton swabs I dedicate for crafting purposes.

And here is the little jar on my desk. I think he fits in quite nicely!

Acrylic paint isn’t waterproof so if you’d like to use your jar as a vase I would recommend applying a layer of sealant before you put water in it. The paint also scratches easily so choose your jar innards wisely.

Wasn’t that easy? Go paint a jar! Or two or seven . . . it’s quite addicting!

 

~Christine

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May 2, 2012

Gumballs for a Penny

Gumball machines first made their appearance in 1907 and a gumball only cost one penny! I could have bought a pretty penny’s worth (sorry, I just had to) with the change jingling around in the bottom of my purse.


 

This gumball machine magnet set is the newest addition to my shop. The bright and shiny gumballs look almost good enough to pop in your mouth (but you must refrain)!

 

Sweet dreams =)

 

~Christine


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