In today’s Make It Personal series I’m sharing something I made myself. Something simple and cheerful that would make for a nice personalised gift.
A gift for jar lovers
I love jars of all kinds. But I think glass jars are the best because they have so much potential. I see a glass jar and I think of innumerable ways to enhance it. With a little bit of imagination and some colour, you can transform an ordinary glass jar into something cute and fun.
And they can be a good gift for just about anyone…after all there aren’t too many people that don’t use jars! This would make for simple and nice gifts for a housewarming party, mother’s day and as a thank you.
Materials you will need:
- A glass jar
- Gesso primer*
- Acrylic paint and paint brushes
- Pencil and scissors
- A ceramic bowl and aluminum foil
- Scotch tape
- A rag cloth ( to wipe any spills)
*Using primer gives the paint a smooth finish and better hold.
DIY – how to make a fun, cheerful glass jar
First write and cut out a small quote — I used sugar, spice and everything nice — in the shape of a blurb on a piece of paper.
Stick the paper on to the inside of the jar using scotch tape. It will give you an idea of the area and the shape you need to paint.
Coat the blurb area on the outer side of the jar with a coat of primer and allow it to dry.
When dry, paint the blurb a bright shade of blue. I used two coats of paint, allowing for drying time between coats. Remove the paper stuck inside the jar.
For the remaining sides, paint two parallel lines. Convert the upper line into a simple design of flowers and leaves while the lower line becomes the base for cute little birds hanging on a wire.
The process is similar – first a coat of primer followed by two coats of paint, once again allowing for drying time between coats. Choose bright cheerful colours like yellow, red, magenta and green.
Once the rows are done, write out the quote in white paint to contrast against the bright blue of the blurb.
For the lid, cut out any design that goes with the overall theme of your jar. Since this theme has birds and the colours blue and yellow, I cut out a blue and yellow bird from a magazine cover.
Using a glue gun, stick the circular cut out inside the lid. Paint an outline of the bird on the outer side of the lid using primer and then white paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.
For the base of the jar, you should aim for a simple and smooth white look. Fill a ceramic bowl with some white paint and dip the bottom of the jar into it.
Shake out any excess paint and place the jar on a piece of aluminium foil. Replace the first aluminium foil with another piece if there is excess paint dripping from the jar.
When dry, the bottom of the jar should look like this.
Your cheerful jar is ready! Since the paint is on the outside, you can store food in it.