Painting pastel glass jars

by on Apr.07, 2011, under DIY

DIY painted glass jars

This week has been a whirlwind with so many things happening I haven’t had time to blog. Very exciting but also busy. However, here is the DIY project I promised you. Since I got a new working space I’ve been trying to organize it the best I can. I bookmarked these instructions ages ago and now found use for them. I also found use for our leftover paints and glass jars that tend to pile up in cupboards.

Painting glass jars

The project was pretty straight-forward and simple, it took mostly patience. What you need is:

  • paint
  • glass jars
  • lids
  • old newspapers (to cover the working surface)
  • spray paint (optional)

We have a large(ish) collection of jam and jalopeno jars from which it was easy to choose matching jars. The paint should be thick enough so it’ll stick to glass, but not too thick. I used Uula Into in different colors. The yellow Into was too thick, I should have diluted it with water (Uula Into is water-thinnable). The others were fine.

Painting glass jars

And this is what you do. Clean and dry the jar thoroughly. Pour in some paint.

Painting glass jars
Painting glass jars

Swirl and shake. Twist and turn. It helps if you close the lid, that way you don’t get paint all over.

Painting glass jars

Pour the most excess paint back in the paint can.

Painting glass jars

Leave the jar upside down to drip (lid on!) I left mine overnight.

Painting glass jars

Pour out the remaining excess paint.

Painting glass jars

This is what happens when your paint is too thick. It stays like that. You can try to wipe it, but be careful not to remove too much. You don’t want clear glass to show.

Painting glass jars

Wipe the rim clean before the paint dries. If the paint does dry, you may need to scratch it with your finger nails. Leave the jar to dry. This will take quite long. Normally Uula Into dries in 2 hours, but now it took 2-3 days.

DIY painted glass jars

Now you have a pretty place to stuff your pens and pencils (for example). I’m happy because the jars have freed up more space on my drawing table AND they look nice.

DIY painted glass jars

You can also spray paint the lid and use the jar to store little trinkets. I labeled mine with old school Dymo. At least here you can get them from Clas Ohlson. If your paint is not water-soluble (like mine was) you could use the jars also as flower vases.

In Finnish / Suomeksi

Tämä viikko on mennyt kauheassa kiireessä melkein ohi. Tässä kuitenkin lupaamani tee-se-itse projekti. Nyt kun minulla on uusi työtila, olen yrittänyt järkkäillä sitä mahdollisuuksien mukaan. Tämän ohjeen tallensin kirjanmerkkeihin aikoja sitten ja nyt sille tuli käyttöä. Samalla tuli käyttöä myös ylijäämämaaleille ja lasipurkeille. Meillä on kaapeissa iso kasa hillo- ja jalopenopurkkeja, niistä oli helppo valita sopivat.

Tähän projektiin tarvitset:

  • maalia
  • lasipurkkeja
  • kansia
  • vanhoja sanomalehtiä (suojaamaan työtason)
  • spray-maalia (jos haluat maalata purkkien kannet)

Purkkien maalaaminen on tosi yksinkertaista, lähinnä tarvitaan kärsivällisyyttä. Näin se tapahtuu.

1. Pese ja kuivaa lasipurkki huolella. Kaada maalia purkin pohjalle.

2. Kääntele, vääntele ja ravistele purkkia, että maali levittyy. Sulje kansi ettei maalia lennä joka paikkaan.

3. Kaada enimmät ylimäärämaalit takaisin maaliämpäriin.

4. Jätä purkki valumaan ylösalaisin (kansi päällä!) Itse jätin omani valumaan yön yli.

5. Kaada loput irtoavat maalit pois. Tämä on aika hidasta hommaa, varsinkin jos maali on liian paksua. Paksumpi maali saattaa myös jäädä epämääräisiksi klönteiksi purkin seinille (viimeistään tässä vaiheessa huomaat, että sitä olisi kannattanut ohentaa). Liian ohut maali taas ei tartu seiniin kunnolla.

6. Putsaa purkin reunat kostealla pyyhkeellä ennen kuin maali kuivuu. Saatat joutua hieman rapsuttelemaan jos maali ehtii kuivua.

7. Jätä purkki kuivumaan. Normaalisti Uula Into kuivuu kahdessa tunnissa, mutta nyt siihen meni pari kolme päivää.

8. Nyt sinulla on paikka jossa säilyttää kynät ja siveltimet (esimerkiksi). Voit myös spray-maalata purkin kannen ja säilyttää siellä pikkutavaroita. Minä dymotin etiketin vanhanaikaisella Dymolla. Niitä saa ainakin Clas Ohlsonilta eikä maksa mitenkään paljon. Jos käyttää ei-vesiohenteista maalia (toisin kuin minä), purkista saa myös kukkamaljakon.

129 Comments April 07, 2011

60 Comments for this entry

  1. Heidi

    Jestas kuin ihanat purkit!!! Tuota täytyy kyllä ehdottomasti kokeilla. Nään jo kuinka ihanan vaaleanpunaiset ruusut on rennosti noissa purkeissa ♥♥

  2. Juliette

    Painting old jars has actually been on my to-do list as well, I’m just going to have to pick up some paint first! =)

    ps- totally want to reach into the screen and add a band of pretty washi tape to one of your jars to see what it looks like, lol!

  3. bubble

    Superihania!! Näitä on pakko tehdä :)

  4. Nonna

    Aivan ihania! Helppo, nopea tapa! Kiitos ja mukavaa viikonloppua!

  5. Tiia

    Mä pohdiskelin tätä ja joku aika sitten, oisko ollut DesignSpongessa juttua. Tai itse asiassa TOSI pitkään mun on pitäny vaan spreijata tyhjien säilyketölkkien kannet, kun musta purkit on kauniita läpinäkyvinäkin :)

  6. miss b

    what a wonderful idea! i recently discovered myself that jars can be recolored, reinvented and reused in many may ways but never thought of this.

    love the shades of your freshly colored jars, so light and adorable! make prettier the time you spent on the drawing table, i’m sure! : )

  7. Susanna

    Dymot on nyt niin POP. Mahdankohan minäkin jossain vaiheessa ihastua niihin…
    Kiva idea maalata lasipurkit sisältäpäin!

  8. Pauliina

    Ihania! Kivan yksinkertainen idea ja mahtava lopputulos!

  9. Ninette

    Åh, så fina! Jättefina! vilka underbara färger och vad fint det blev med Dymon – todella upea! :)

  10. madhu

    Brilliant!!! Clever you!!

  11. kaylovesvintage

    the look is very fifties,love it

  12. Koo

    Ihania keväisiä purkkeja!
    Edelliseen työhuonepostaukseesi liittyen, kävin katsastamassa sen Ikean lipaston joka sinullakin oli mielessä, enkä usko että se sopii piirustuslipastoksi. Laatikot eivät ole tarpeeksi syviä jotta sinne mahtuisi A4 leveämpi paperi..

    Täällä on myös noita laatikostoja, mutta huh mitkä hinnat ja ALV0% koska tarkoitettu yritysmyyntiin :(
    http://www.ajtuotteet.fi/fi/Tuotteet/Konttori/Piirustuskaappi/461973.wf

  13. Jutta

    Hei, kiitos ihanista kommenteista!!! :)

    Koo, olikohan se sama lipasto, kun ainakin Ikean sivuilla mainostetaan että sopii A2-papereille? Nuo oikeat piirustuskaapit olisi tietenkin kaikkein parhaita, mutta hirveän hintaisia… Haaveissa on että kohtuuhintainen käytetty osuu vielä kohdalle.

  14. Jutta

    Hey you all, thanks for your lovely comments!

    Juliette, I was thinking about washi tapes too! :D

    • LeAnn

      The best thing about this craft is the colors you used. Do you still have the paint color/brand names? I would so appreciate you sharing that! Thanx!=>

  15. Rema

    Hi Jutta,

    Awesome idea!! It inspired me to try it as well, see it here – thecolourmilldesigns.blogspot.com. Love your pastel colours.. I used acrylic paints..

  16. Jutta

    Rema, your bottles look great! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Kiki

    Mielettömän upeita!

  18. saara

    hienot!pitääpä kokeilla :)

  19. Jaclyn

    These are fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial, I just had to share it!
    http://impressedinc.com/?p=2917

  20. Mervi

    Tämä on muuten tosi mahtava idea. En olekaan tullut ajatelleeksi, että purkit voisi maalata sisältä päin. Tyhmä olo, myönnetään. ;) Kiitos, pitää kokeilla!

  21. Michelle

    I absolutely love these! And I have lots of old paint lying around.

  22. Polly

    These look gorgeous! I can’t wait to give it a try x

  23. Jill V. / TerraSavvy.com

    So simple yet super smart. I will be painting jars shortly!

    They make a great gift too. Fill with pretty pencils and tie with a ribbon around the neck.

    Love it!

  24. Marte

    Hello! I just discoverd your blog and I’m so exited!! I have read one post and I almost can’t wait to read more and to look at all the pictures! :)

    Thank you:)

    Marte from Norway

  25. duermeveland

    this is a very good and creative idea!!

  26. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings

    Clever! AND beautiful! I love repurposing jars and cans, and you have inspired me here.

  27. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse

    Wow – great tutorial! I LOVE your blog, it is so gorgeous. I am a fellow (Canadian) Finn – I am a Hirvasoja/Niemi. But now I’m married so my last name hides my family ethnicity. I am going to start following your blog – I cannot wait to read more!

  28. Vshirazawa

    I love the idea of painting the lids too! So simple, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first! they look beautiful :)

  29. Jessica

    These are beautiful! I need to do this for the jars I store my art supplies in.

  30. Julia @ Mélanger

    Hyvää päivää!
    I just found your blog via one of my favourite blogs, and so glad I did! I’ve prompted subscribed and can’t wait to read more.
    This project looks so fun. Definitely want to give it a try!
    Kiitos!

  31. Emreen

    This is incredible…. Love the colors that you have used…. Amazing makeover…!!

  32. Sara

    This is so wonderful and inspiring! & I’m really grateful for such honest tips on how it went… so I wont feel like a total failure if mine go wrong!

  33. Yelena (Colorful Childhood)

    Painting glass jars is such a wonderful idea I wonder how come I never thought of it. Now I can have a beautiful flower vase in any color I like!

  34. Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor

    This is my first time to your blog. I’m sure glad I found you because this sounds like a easy craft for me and my 2 1/2 yr. old grandson. We can make them together when I’m with him alone, and save them as gifts for his mom and dad for Christmas. Thanks for sharing, and I’m anxious to see what you have next. Great blog!!

  35. blanc

    aivan loistava idea ja niin kaunis lopputulos!

  36. kaymie

    what kind of paint did you use? I WANNA TRY IT TOO:)

  37. pinkcaffeination

    Great tutorial. Love the colors you’ve chosen too. I’ll have to try this with all the jars I’ve collected.

  38. Andrea B

    Lovely! I found you through Pinterest. I’ll definitely be back for more. Does the paint peel off after awhile?

  39. Jutta

    Andrea B, I’ve used the jars since painting them for storing pens, paint brushes, scissors atc. and the paint hasn’t peeled off.

  40. Denise

    I really love the idea <3 many thanks and I'll shared …

  41. Mary

    Really lovely and simple tutorial! Thank you! :)

  42. Kathryn Cole

    I LOVE THIS PROJECT! Thank you! I’m going to try this soon and make flower vase!

    Have a beautiful night! Kathryn

  43. sere

    very useful tutorial, thanks ; )

  44. Mallory

    Does it need to be wall paint? Can I use acrylic or anything at a craft store?

    Happy to find your blog. I am of Finnish descent, so that especially intrigued me!

  45. Ashley

    Great tutorial! I love the pretty colours your painted your jars in. The ones with the spray-painted lids are too awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Julia

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in my roundup of mason jar craft tutorials on the FaveCrafts Blog! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-mason-jar-craft-ideas/

    Have a great day!

  47. Omziin

    Tosi ihanat purkit ja muutenkin ihana blogi :)

  48. Jen

    Wow! Fantastic idea and super simple!

  49. Mona

    I absolutely adore this idea, and I’ll save it in my heart for the day I have a home of my own. Then I’ll keep my nail brushes in them, and make a collection of vases for my pine tree branches. Can’t wait!

  50. Kalle

    Kiitos Jutta, can’t wait to try this.

  51. Julia @ FaveCrafts

    Hi Jutta,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of pastel crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecrafts.com/blog/fc/pastel-crafts/

    Have a great day!

  52. Esmeralda

    Is there a specific type of paint to use, for flower vases? I don’t want the color to fade. Would like to keep for future use.
    Any suggestions. Would appreciate any help or ideas.
    Thank you,

    • Jutta

      Hi Esmeralda, I haven’t tried it for flower vases, but I would suggest trying with non water-soluble paint and letting the paint dry thoroughly before using it.

  53. Sara

    This is a very good and creative idea! I like DIY to recycling. Jars really look great and the idea is simple :)

  54. Sachoza

    Can u put a candle in it aswell, or is it not safe?

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