Food Jars into Spring Decor...

Here's another post for my series "Re-use jars for spring decor"!!

This time I'm using a Bertolli Alfredo Sauce jar.

 If you remember in my last post from this series, I was looking for something that I could spray into the jar so that the paint would not scratch inside the jar when using flowers in the jar. One of my readers who was super-helpful contacted me with some great suggestions. Her knowledge comes from 12 years of teaching experience. Here's her advice... 

 "You wanted to know a top coat that stays clear for paint inside the jar.  I think that any sealer/finishing coat that is water based would work.  The best thing is to stay with the same brand that you put into the jar. 
     If you want them to last longer you can spray first with Krylon Matte spray.  Then your paint, don't use one that says Craft in the name but one like Ceramcoat or Americana the ones that are used for tole/decorative painting and then finish with the sealer in that brand.  I think that you will find that it lasts better it will of course take longer to do but if you want it to last this will work for you."

Thanks so much to my reader for their advice!

This time I'm using a Folk Art brand acrylic paint, and the color is Sky Blue. 

I will admit that this paint did not spread in the jar nearly as easily as my blue paint by Apple Barrel.  This paint did not roll around in the jar, so it took a little extra tapping on the jar to move it to cover all of the glass.

But I got it all covered, and once it was completely dry I took it outside to spray it with finishing spray.  My reader had a great reminder for using finishing spray...to make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area (such as outside!).

Then I added one strand of twine around the top and tied a bow.
Here it is ready to display! 

Thanks again to my reader for her advice!

Just in case you missed any of the other posts from this series...

Pickle Jar Re-do

These are a great way to upcycle jars that would normally be tossed.  And they're super-inexpensive, you already have the jar! I love re-using my food jars.  They make the perfect Spring decor.

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