This is a really great DIY if you're wondering what to do with all those old glass jars and bottles you've kept from jams and sauces for reuse. They make lovely displays and sweet storage options for odds and ends - you can see I've used them to keep some old parcel string and all those 1p and 2p bronze coins that I never know what to do with! The geometric peek-a-boo adds some interest and allows you to instantly see what's inside.
- Some old glass jars and bottles
- Masking tape
- Spray paint (I used Montana Gold)
- Rubber gloves (optional)
Gather your glass jars and bottle and wash them thoroughly in hot water with detergent to remove the sticky label glue. If you need to, scrub with some baking soda to really get it clean. Leave to dry.
Cover the parts of jars that you don't want to paint with masking tape. Use a few layers and tape the edges down thoroughly to make sure no paint seeps in. Lay down the newspaper in an outdoors area where you don't mind messing up with some spray paint.
Spray paint the bottles as directed. Make sure you're not holding the spray can too close to the jars as the paint will drip. You want the paint to cover the jars lightly and evenly. Once the whole surface has been covered with one coat, leave to dry. Wait a few hours, test a corner with your finger and if it's 90% dry, give it another coat with the paint to ensure full coverage.
Wait until the jars are thoroughly dry before carefully removing the masking tape. You can cover them with a clear paint varnish if you'd like to seal them. Then use them to keep whatever you'd like!
What uses do you have for old glass jars and bottles?