Upcycled Jam Jar Vase

Make use of your old Jam/Coffee Jars and turn them into flower vase.

You need a good quality paint brush, a clean empty glass jar, glass paint, stickers/masking tape (optional).

A few things to note before starting: Glass paint is quite runny so you need to take care that you don’t apply it to thickly. Because it’s thin it also has a tendency to bleed under masking tape/stickers. The thinness is also why good quality brushes are better to use than cheaper coarse bristled brushes. If you use cheaper brushes you will see a lot more brush strokes in the glass paint. On the plus side you can wipe wet glass paint off with some kitchen towel or an old rag if you go wrong and depending on how intricate your image is.

So on to the vase …

1. Soak a glass jar to get all the labels off.

Plain Glass Jar

2. Cover your Jar with circle stickers making sure they are pressed firmly down. We decided to only put stickers on the sides and front for this vase.

Stickers on Jar

3. Turn your glass upside down and paint you main colour over the exposed glass. Try not to paint the base like we did as water based glass paint will come off when it gets wet. If you do paint the base glue some felt over it when it’s dry or seal over it with a tough varnish.

Paint exposed glass

4. Peel off the stickers (this needs an adult or older child as it can be tricky) carefully before the glass paint dries. Take care not to peel the paint with the sticker. You may find some glass paint has leaked under the stickers. Don’t worry as this will be covered with the next colour of glass paint.

Stickers off

5. Carefully fill in the circles with a different colour glass paint.

Add the spots

6. Add a bow around the top of the jar (we used felt scraps to make ours) and add your flowers.

Finished Vase

I love getting presents like this from my girls!

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12 Responses to Upcycled Jam Jar Vase

  1. Pingback: Glass Jar Flower Vase | Trabalhos Manuais no Jardim de Infância | Scoop.it

  2. myhomelifemag says:

    This is very cute, a perfect craft for kids!

  3. That is fab! I love it. Very pretty. x

  4. sunnymama says:

    Stopping by from Britmums. It looks great! It would be lovely if you’d like to share this craft with our spring carnival. 🙂

  5. This is really cute. I love how bright and cheery it is.
    I would love it if you would come link it up at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party.

  6. Ria says:

    This is really creative! I have a couple of interestingly-shaped jars that I might do this with, to add some colour to my kitchen!

  7. actuallymummy says:

    Wow! That is impressive! I would never have thought of that!

  8. Mary at Keynko says:

    I love this! at last a reason to have stored all those old jam jars!!

  9. Kristen Shaw says:

    Hi Zing Zing:
    These decorative jars make this Spring very cheery!
    Thank you for sharing and keep it coming.


  10. sunnymama says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this with our Spring Carnival. 🙂 I featured your post here: http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/all-year-round-week-eight-7-spring.html

  11. Maria @ Feisty Tapas says:

    Love it, it’s the kind of thing we used to do as kids but nowadays I havent got the imagination!

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