19th January 2015

It’s a well-known fact that I love a jam jar. And I love a painted jam jar even more. They add a little zing of colour & creativity to any wedding and the best thing; they are so easy to do…

You will need:
- a selection of glass jam jars or bottles
- paint samples in your chosen colours (matt emulsion is sufficient)
- a paint brush
- some cling film
- a can of spray varnish

Step 1
Ensure the jam jars are clean by soaking in hot soapy water and scrubbing off any label or glue residue. 

Step 2
For each jar, pour a small dollop of paint into the bottom and use your paint brush to spread the paint out evenly, eventually covering the whole jar. If you've got the patience, slowly rolling the paint around the jar creates the same effect. Holding the jar up into a light will highlight any areas that require a little more coverage.

Step 3
Place each jar upside down on to a layer of cling film. This will enable any excess paint to drip down on to the cling film surface. Leave the jars in this position for 24 hours.

Step 4
After around 24 hours, carefully remove the jars from the cling film surface and place upright. Depending on the thickness of the paint and the size of your jars, they could take up to another week to dry fully.

Step 5
Once the jars are completely dry, they are ready to be used. If you plan to use the jars for floral displays, either place a plastic cup inside to hold the water – or get a can of spray varnish and apply a few thin coats to create a waterproof layer.

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       Image via Martha Stewart; Image Via Ruffled; Image via One Good Thing by Jillee

And voila, you have a gorgeous selection of painted jars! For my own wedding last year, I collected a range of jars in different shapes and sizes which we (I drafted in help from my mum & then husband to be) painted in different pastel shades that matched the table runners & reams of bunting we'd had made. They looked awesome (if I do say so myself) and added the perfect finishing touch to our tables.

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      Images by Daniela K. Photography

Enjoy getting your DIY on! We'd love to see some photos of your crafty painted jars!


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