Hello friends! Lately, I have been crazily working on different projects using jars. I have a million jars of various sizes and shapes. Like Bubba and his shrimp, I have jars…big jars, fat jars, tall jars, canning jars, plastic jars, pickle jars, pimento jars… (I will stop now. You get the picture.) I just can’t throw them away! Today is probably one of many posts that fall under Jar Upcycle DIYs.
Do you have a lot of unused jars? Do you, too, have this manic personality where you just cannot for the life of you toss a good jar? Well, you’ve stopped in at the right place! We can go through this dilemma together and just find a purpose for all of these jars.
Today, we’re going to focus on those super-darling Oui yogurt containers. To begin, I have eaten the yogurt many times but tossed the jars. I found it very hard to remove the label and didn’t want to fight with them. The best way I have discovered to get off any stuck on label is to remove as much as possible by hand then use a product such as Goof-Off or Goo-Gone and finish up with Blue Dawn liquid dish detergent. It may take a little elbow grease to remove the label but this process usually works.
Today’s project was inspired by Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living. She shared her DIY Modern TeraCotta Vases at the recent Haven Conference I attended. I really liked the idea and then found several used (and labels removed clean) Oui jars at my local thrift store…I took it as a sign that I was meant to try her project!
Do you remember seeing these little blue place card holders from my Faux Potted Geranium post? Here’s how I made them!
I started by choosing the color I wanted to paint my jars. I found some pretty blue chalk paint (but plain craft paint is fine…this is just what I had) and poured about one-third to one-half of the bottle in a plastic cup. The trick that adds texture to the paint is that you mix it with baking powder! I spooned one teaspoon of baking powder into the craft paint and stirred it until mixed. If it bubbles a little, don’t worry, you’re good.
Using a paintbrush or paint sponge, cover the outside of the Oui jar with paint. To make the jar look finished, we also painted a small amount of the inside of the jar. Let dry and repeat.
I wanted bright gold accents on the jars and just couldn’t find the right craft paint to do what I wanted it to do. So, I improvised by using metallic spray paint! How? I took a plastic bowl, walked outside my house and carefully sprayed a small amount of gold spray paint in the bowl. I then quickly went back inside and took a scrunched-up plastic shopping bag, dipped the bag into the spray paint and gently applied the paint where I wanted it.
Start by adding the gold lightly and then go back over the jar if you prefer more.
When the spray paint had dried, I simply filled a small amount of floral styrofoam inside the jar and covered the top with moss that I bought at Dollar Tree.
I gave Mary a piece of thick copier paper and asked her to write the names of our family members on each paper. I then took 22 gauge floral wire and cut it to the height I needed and poked it through the paper to make a stand. I then gently pressed the bottom of the wire into the floral styrofoam.
That’s it! How easy was that? The paint and baking powder is a new discovery for me. I can think of many other things I could paint using this mixture! What’s so great is that you probably have everything you need at your house right now! So, no excuses…get to crafting!
Thank you so much for stopping by Mulch and Paint today! I hope you will visit again soon or explore the blog and check out some of the other crafts and DIYs I have!
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Until next time,