On Friday, I mentioned that I had gotten inspired to try a project I’ve often seen on Pintrest and other places-painting the inside of clear glass jars to create a colorful container for flowers, pens, or anything else! I decided that a painted jar would be a perfect accessory to hold pens and pencils, or maybe some flowers on my desk which is sadly in need of some character.
I had a box of old Mason jars that I had found a a garage sale a while ago. All I needed was some paint! I think regular acrylic paint would work, but I decided to use acrylic paint that was especially for glass, so it wouldn’t chip or peel. I picked this sunny yellow.
I used a little over half of the bottle of paint to cover the entire jar. I ended up using a large paintbrush to spread the paint around the entire interior of the jar, since this particular paint just kind of sat where I had squeezed it.
I turned it upside down on a cookie sheet covered in plastic wrap to catch any drips, then I finished up the drying with a hair dryer, since I was impatient.
It turned out very pretty, exactly like I wanted! I was so excited, until I dropped a pencil in to see how it would look.
Oops. My lovely jar is almost too tall for the pencil, and you can see that my marker would completely disappear if I put it in! All I had thought about was the fact that I was so glad that I actually had Mason jars on hand, that I didn’t stop to make sure they were right for the project.
However, the deed was done, so I figured I should find a way to make it work! I cut some pieces of thick cardboard, and stacked them in the bottom. Now, when I put pens and pencils in, I will be able to get them back out!
Overall, I’m very happy with the way it turned out. Although the jar is bigger than I really needed, it still works on my desk. And the painting itself was very easy and quick!
How about you? Have you had any funny crafting mishaps lately?