DIY Repurposed Glass Jar Vase ~ Make a gorgeous vase from a repurposed glass jar or mason jar with just some masking tape, acrylic paint and modge podge!
I love crafting. I particularly love making crafts that are so easy to do, don’t take a lot of time and create a really nice end result!
I got the idea for this project out of one of my art idea books from when I worked as a teacher. I just changed it a bit. This craft is really easy for children to make too.
Isn’t this pretty! It’s made from a glass jar, masking tape, acrylic paint or varnish and modge podge. I used mason jars because I have a lot of them in the house and I wanted to use some up. But you can use any kind of glass jar. Pickle jars, pasta sauce jars and even wine bottles work really well too. This example is made from a pasta sauce glass jar, chocolate brown varnish embellished with bright lime green ribbon!
Here is one more thing to consider when choosing your glass jar. It’s OK if it has a bit of embossed writing or a pattern on the glass because the masking tape will cover it. The jars I used had writing on the jar in the glass but you don’t really see it. But I do recommend making sure you cleaned off the label before getting started.
Materials For Making A DIY Repurposed Glass Jar Vase
- glass jar
- brown masking tape
- acrylic paint or varnish
- modge podge
Instructions For Making A DIY Repurposed Glass Jar Vase
Step 1: Taping
Rip pieces of masking tape and place horizontally along the bottom edge of the glass jar to make your first row. If it is a curved part of the jar make the pieces a bit smaller. Where the jar is less curvy you can make the pieces a bit bigger. For example, my smaller pieces were about 1 inch and my larger pieces were 1-1/2 to 2 inches long.
Overlap the pieces of tape as you complete the first row. When you start your second row overlap each piece over top of the previous row. It doesn’t have to be exact but try to line each row as you continue to work up toward the top of the jar.
When you get near the top, this is a good time to cover the rim of the jar with the masking tape. Tear off a piece of tape and place it vertically on the outside starting where the rim begins. This is the part that will have the ridges for the lid to be screwed on the jar. Smooth the tape over the ridges and loop the tape over the top rim into the inside of the jar about 1/2 to 1 inch. Again, overlap each piece of tape as you work around this top row covering the top of the jar.
Finish your last row by horizontally placing the tape around the jar. This row will cover the edge of the vertical row you just made and finish off the taping quite nicely.
As you place the masking tape on the jar, smooth out any wrinkles and make sure the edges are pressed down securely. But again, it doesn’t have to be perfect. The beauty of the vase also comes form the texture created by the masking tape.
Step 2: Painting
Paint over top of the masking tape. I found if I used acrylic paint I had to give it two coats of paint. When I covered the jar with varnish it only required one coat of paint. I let each coat dry before adding a new coat. If you use varnish, it will take a good 24 hours to dry.
Step 3: Modge Podge
Apply one or two coats of modge podge.
That’s it! Isn’t that easy. I made several different kinds to show you the possibilities.
I used dark blue paint on this one and then added peach coloured ribbon to match the peachy coloured tulips.
I used white paint and added teal coloured ribbon. This looks so pretty with yellow tulips.
Here I used red paint and added a dark blue ribbon. Along with the white tulips it reminds me of an American, British or French flag!
As you can see the possibilities are endless. You can create all kinds of looks by using different glass jar shapes and sizes, paint or varnish colours and ribbon. The possibilities are even greater by what flowers you put in each repurposed glass jar vase.
A DIY Repurposed Glass Jar Vase would make a great Mother’s Day gift or hostess gift. When I bring flowers as a hostess gift I prefer to have them already cut and arranged in a vase because I know the hostess doesn’t need another distraction by dealing with flowers while she is trying to take care of last minute dinner or party preparations. You can just make for yourself. These are great to have around to use for flowers that you picked up at the store or even picked from the garden.
Here are some other ideas using mason jars you might be interested in…
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