With a little paint and ribbon, transform any glass jars in painted leprechaun jars! Bring a touch of St. Patrick’s Day – and get an early jump on spring – by filling these painted jars with real or silk flowers.
I’m SO ready to start sharing spring crafts, and I want to kick it off with an easy project I originally shared last year for my friend, Claire, at A Little Claireification. I always save empty glass jars and I guess you could say I’m a bit of a jar hoarder. Ok, my family would probably say I’m a hoarder, period! 🙂 All those jars come in handy for crafting. You can use any jars you might have in YOUR stash – I used marachino cherry jars.
To get started, remove the labels from the jars, wash and dry them. Rub the entire outer surface of the jar with isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and let dry.
I used DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface paint in Turf Green and Cottonball. This paint will dry to a pretty, satin finish. We do need a wee bit of gold for St. Paddy’s Day, so I also used Americana Gloss Enamels paint in Glorious Gold.
You can paint a patter on your glass by using Frog Tape. Place the tape on the glass and press firmly. I sectioned off two stripes for the green & white jar, and for the green & gold one. If a little bit of paint happens to leak under the tape, it’s easy to touch up any crooked lines with a small paint brush. For the green jar with white polka dots, just add the dots by dipping the end of a paint brush in white paint and touching the end to the jar.
It’s really pretty easy to paint glass, and the Americana multi-surface paint gives it a great finish. Just use a light touch and thin coats of paint, rather than one or two thick coats. Don’t be worried if the first coat doesn’t cover well. By the third coat, you’ll have perfect coverage!
Your painted jars can be washed by taking a few little steps once they’re finished. Let your painted jars air dry, or “cure” for four days. Put the jars on a baking sheet, place in a cold oven and bake the piece at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Now the paint is set!
Give the jars a little Irish touch with some ribbon tied around the rims. You could use them to decorate the house or give them as favors or gifts for friends to share a little luck! Fill the jars with real or silk flowers.
Putting these pretty little leprechaun jars out is bringing a little touch of spring and the happy thought of better weather, especially since it’s damp, rainy, and gray right now.
Thank for visiting and think spring!
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