I have a hard time letting go of shapely, glass containers, so I'm always looking for ways to decorate and reuse them around the home. For this tutorial, I've chosen to reuse fancy glass yogurt containers because, if I'm being honest, it's the only way I can justify spending over $5 on a (very delicious) jar of perishable food!
While covering old glass in traditional spray paint or glass paint could do just fine, I like the idea of being able to see what I'm storing in my jars. Thus, I decided to try a more transparent option using Sea Glass Aerosol Paint.
So, next time you're in the grocery store, or about to take your recycling out, take a second to look and make sure you don't miss out on the plethora of opportunities to create something more mindful with your waste.
What You NeedMaterials
- Assorted glass jars*
- Washi tape
- Sea Glass Aerosol Paint (in the color of your choice)
- Paper towels, newspaper, or plastic bags
Step 1. Remove labels and clean your jars. Once they are completely clean, make sure to dry them thoroughly. Having trouble with larger labels? Check out this post on how to remove labels from jars.
Step 2. Cut washi tape into different sizes and apply your desired pattern to the surface of the glass. The washi tape represents the area that will remain transparent. I used a different pattern for each jar. Press each piece of tape to ensure the spray paint doesn't seep underneath.
Step 3. Stuff your jars with paper towels, old newspaper, or leftover plastic grocery bags. This will keep the spray paint from getting inside the jar.
Step 4. Carefully spray paint each jar, one light layer at a time until you build the coverage you prefer. I noticed that too much paint resulted in drips and blotches, so start light, and rotate frequently. Once you're done, you can set the jars on top of your washi tape rolls or on some newspaper to dry. Dripping may occur during the drying process, so be aware that newspaper might stick to the bottom.
Step 5. Allow ample time to dry, and then carefully and slowly remove each piece of washi tape. You can easily clean up the taped off areas by scratching off any areas that bled.
Fill your new coordinating jars with cotton puffs, makeup brushes, lipsticks — you name it.
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