Recently I picked up a couple of amber glass jars from the dollar spot at Target. At only $3 a piece they were perfect for fall decorating and for using around the house for stems and grouping in arrangements. But after a while I decided to give the jars a shabby look using some white chalk paint, which would work well for our home all year long. In all I spent $2 to switch up the look of these jars!
- glass jar – this came from the dollar spot in Target for $3
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- craft chalk paint – this little jar came from Hobby Lobby for $2
- paint brush
- newspaper/paper plate/ something for drying
step one | Starting with a clean glass jar add your design to the glass jar. To find easy designs you can search for “flower vectors” on Pinterest. (or click here: I searched for you). To replicate mine start from the bottom of your jar and “draw” out 4 stems.
hint: You can draw this on with chalk first if you are scared about free-handing the image.
After completing the stems I added a series of dots of glue at the end of each stem for the flower.
step 2 | After the glue has cooled it is time to add the paint. If you want a solid finish then you can paint on a thick coat of the chalk paint and allow the jar to dry. Craft paint would also work well, but I personally love the finish from the chalk paint.
For a worn or shabby look you can use a dry brush technique to paint the jar. To do this you can dip your brush into the the paint and then wipe off the brush on a paper plate or newspaper. Then take the brush and paint the jar with what remains on the brush. It will go on thin and spotty. You can always go back over with more paint to create a thicker finish.
hint: Paint the jar in the same direction. Strokes will show up with a dry brush technique and you want them to all be going in the same way.
Allow to dry and your jar is ready for use! Wouldn’t this be a great way to reuse glass jars of different shapes and sizes?