Have you been dutifully collecting glass jars and bottles, but aren’t quite sure what to do with them? Well, this easy craft idea is one of our favourite ways to upcycle all your old glass jars. Although decorating glass jars and bottles in this way takes quite a lot of time to dry, it’s really easy. And once they’re finished, you can use them over and over again as cute vases or containers. They work for almost any event, and when they’re grouped together they make a wonderful impression.
Decorating glass jars — You will need
- Glass jars and bottles (labels removed)
- Dishwashing liquid
- Bottle brush
- Lots of plastic sheeting
- Wooden strips
- Enamel paint in four pastel shades
- Old cloth
- Craft knife
How to decorate your glass jars
- Lay the plastic sheeting in an open area and place wooden slats or something similar on top of it. This is where you will leave the wet containers to drain and dry, so the slats need to be high enough from the ground to ensure that dripping paint cannot pool in the inside rim of the containers.
- Clean the inside of the containers thoroughly with dishwashing liquid and water. A bottle brush works well. Allow to dry completely.
- Coat the containers one by one. Pour some paint into the jar or bottle (use a funnel if necessary). Twist and turn the glass jar so that the inside is evenly coated.
- Pour the excess paint into the next glass container or back into the tin.
- Wipe the outside rim of the coated glass jar or bottle with an old cloth and then place it upside down on your prepared drying area.
- Continue the process with the rest of your containers and let them dry for at least two weeks. Once the painted glass jars are dry, apply a second coat of paint if necessary, or touch up the inside with a brush. You can cut off any paint from the rims with a craft knife.
Top tip: Avoid containers with thin necks such as champagne bottles, as the paint often collects in the bottle neck.
Extract taken from Vintage Remakes, written by Carla Visser and published by Metz Press.