3.28.2012

Re-using food jars for Spring decor...



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So I am officially creating a series on re-using food jars and turning them into spring decor! So far, I have used a pickle jar (view HERE) and a Prego Pizza sauce jar (view HERE).  Today, I'm doing a Ragu spaghetti sauce jar. Each kind of jar definitely gives a different look, depending on the shape of the jar.

So after I got my spaghetti sauce cooking for lunch, I got started fixing up my jars! (Two regular sized jars of Ragu flavored with meat, add cooked ground beef, let simmer on low for 3 hours, comes out really good!!) I rinsed the jars out good with dish soap and hot water. Then let them completely dry.  


After that comes the fun part of getting the labels off the jars.  Most of it peels right off, except the edge where it's glued on (as seen in the above pic). So that's my jar and the paint I used (pic above).  The paint brand is craft smart, the color is Light Pink... 59 cents at Michael's!! For one jar, it uses just about 1 oz of paint, maybe slightly more. 

Just squirt in some paint, and start turning and rolling the jar, to cover all of the glass inside.  Tapping the edge of the jar helps the paint to move also. To avoid using more paint than needed, don't squirt in too much at once.  Cover what you can with what you've put in there, then add more.

I got ahead of myself this time and added the paint before getting my hubby to help me get the rest of the label off...

There's a view of the inside, and rolling the paint around in there!


After all of your glass is covered inside, all the way to the top, turn it upside down on a paper cup that it fits into, to let your excess paint drip out.  The top edge of the jar will need a little cleaning up afterwards
Add some twine, and you're finished!

Now here's my comparison!

And here it is on display! Perfect for spring decorating, easy and super-inexpensive!


Once the inside is completely dry, I can add my flowers!  If you do add flowers, just be careful when putting the flowers into the jar, the stems can scratch the paint.  I'm trying to figure out some kind of top coat I could add into the inside of the jar that's clear. Any ideas??

Stay tuned for another food jar re-do (hint...it's the white jar in the pics above)!!

And stay tuned for more crafty tutorials!
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25 comments:

  1. So cool! Love reusing stuff! For the inside I wonder if you could put a little epoxy in there and twirl it around?

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  2. These look beautiful. I love using jars from food or drinks to decorate with. I did some last year that I painted white and they were so fun. Love yours! I hope you'll link up to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop if you haven't already.

    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  3. Gorgeous! What a great idea!! I would love to invite you to share this over on my Taylor House Link party.
    http://www.thetaylor-house.com/2012/03/taylor-house-thursdays-linky-party-1.html

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  4. How cool is that?! I have been saving jars like that thinking I will find something to make with them someday. Now I know. I would like to invite you to come to my blog and check it out. I have a linky party here... http://www.arosiesweethome.com/2012/03/sunday-round-up-2.html You can share anything you like and I'm hosting a photo challenge http://www.arosiesweethome.com/2012/03/picture-is-worth-thousand-words-photo.html I hope it will be a fun project.
    hope to see you there
    Rose

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  5. These are super cute!! I love the colors! Thank you for a great project!!

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  6. Very pretty! This has turned into one my new favourite ways to decorate. It's amazing how different the look is depending on whether the paint is on the inside or the outside. Sometimes I even wander the grocery looking more for the package than the food that's inside!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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  7. Love this. I am always looking for news ways to reuse/recycle stuff like this. Found your blog on the Bloghop. Am your newest follower.

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  8. cute! i would love for you to link this post up to the spread the love weekend wrap up party i host on my blog. http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/03/spread-love-4-elissa-hudson-giveaway.html
    there is also an AMAZING elissa hudson print giveaway going on right now as well.
    hope to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  9. What a wonderful idea!!! I LOVE that pink color. Makes me think of strawberry milk! Lovely! xoxo- Rachel Thanks for linking this up at the party!

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  10. I love this idea! My daughter is always picking flowers, and they'll look lovely displayed in these!

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  11. Stopping by from Show and Tell Saturday blog hop. What a great upcycling idea! http://craftyandcookingmomma.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love this idea!! I always throw out my jars like this- I'll be saving them now:)

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  13. I love reusing household items, so green. I just made vases from drink bottles myself. I did it a little different. I spray painted the outside of them. I like your idea to!
    Sarah@budgetfriendlydecorating

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  14. Wrapping the twine on top really makes the look. Great idea.

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  15. Looks great! The pink is such a pretty color, too. I save all my jars and have painted a few of them. It is fun!

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  16. I just featured these!!! Great job! http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/04/project-party-weekend-wrap-up-fun-finds.html

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  17. I am looooving it! I am definitely going to be doing this soon! I am absolutely going to be following you!

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  18. Adding twine to the top is such a great idea!

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  19. HI there -- thanks so much for sharing at Craft Junkie Too last week -- I like it so much that I have it as part of my Friday Features on this week's linky party. :) I hope you can stop by, check it out and maybe grab the featured me button for your blog (if you'd like).
    http://www.craftjunkietoo.com/2012/04/good-friday-tgif-linky-party-52.html

    Tracy

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  20. This is a craft I can do and I love it!

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  21. I'm loving this idea...I have some jars that I've been saving, and this is a cheap and cute idea!! LOVE! As a co-host with Ginger @ Ginger Snap Crafts, I'm doing a post of features of my faves from the party...and I'm featuring your post as one of my faves!!! Feel free to check it out @ http://chronicchristiancrafter.blogspot.com.

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  22. I love how these turned out! Thanks for sharing at my link party. I featured this project here - http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=6975

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  23. I love this! I definitely want to try this out. I'll have so much fun doing this. Thanks for following Rock Me Fabulous

    http://www.rockmefabulous.com/

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  24. Instead of putting fake flowers inside it, try putting real flowers into a tubular glass that fits inside of your painted jar, filled with water. Works Great!!! Been doing this for quite a while!

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