I love old antique looking jars, but I don’t love the price tag. Genuine antique blue glass jars are usually at least $10 or more per jar at antique shops, so when I saw this technique for making my own, I knew I had just had to try it.
I first got inspired by this post on Camelot Art Creations. The technique she uses there is to take the paint and swirl it around inside the bottle, but I found that this didn’t work out for me.
I ended up with too many dripping spots inside, and too much paint settling in the bottom. Plus, I can’t use these as vases for real flowers with all that paint in there. You can see my dilemma with these photos:
So here’s what I did instead…
- Glass Jars
- Vitrea Glass Paint ($4.99 at Michael’s, and you can use the 50% off one item coupon that comes in the Sunday paper)
- Small Paint Brush
1. Set up your work spaces over some newspaper so that you don’t make a mess on your furniture. Clean and dry your glass jars.
2. Take a bottle of Vitrea glass paint and add about a 1/4 tsp of water to it. Put the top back on and shake the bottle well. This is a water-based paint that is very thick, so this just waters it down a little. The colors I used were Turquoise and Rose.
3. Take a small paint brush and use long even strokes to paint the outside of your bottles. The kids can even help out with this!
3. Let dry.
If you mess up, just wash the paint off with water and start over. That’s the nice thing about this being a water-based paint!
As you can see in the above photo, there’s a striking difference between using a paint brush and using the swirl method. I had used the swirl method on the blue jars, and the paint brush on the rose colored jars.
And here are the end results:
Next time I may water down the paint a little more, as these came out a little too pink for me. These bottles should only be used for decoration once you paint them, and be sure to read all directions and cautions on your materials before starting on your glass.
What do you think of this project? Do you have another method or paint product that you feel works better than what I used? You can leave a comment by clicking here.