Hi gals (and guys?), in spite of myself I think I have Valentines day on my mind. You see, I think I made a little Valentines vignette. I didn’t plan it, it sort of just happened.
Recently I had a fun afternoon crafting with my sister. We attempted to make some DIY colored glass jars for her and I ended up with some pinkish ones. So I bought some pink flowers to go with them. And then I needed a little background and used an old frame I had up in my guest room. As it reads Amour Discret which you could translate to Secret Love, this became one romantic little vignette.
So I guess I have made a Valentines vignette…..
The pink box of matches was a gift from my sister-in-law at Christmas, we all got one. We are one loving family 🙂
Anyway I came here today to show you my little romantic decoration and to talk about my experiences with coloring glass jars. And to share some tips and tricks and do’s and don’ts when you want to DIY colored glass jars too.
Our crafting adventure was such a fun afternoon. The first time ever I crafted with my big sister, and we made a gigantic, wonderful mess, and I had a smile on my face the whole time. My sister had seen my line of blue mason jars with flowers on my blog, and she felt inspired to add a little decoration like that to her own home. But her color of choice is purple, so she wanted purple jars. I didn’t think you could buy them, but “we can make them”. And so I set out to find out everything there is to know about coloring glass jars.
I searched online for the best tutorials that seemed the most useful. These are the ones I ended up listening to:
They all had slight differences in their approaches. So we just gathered materials and started to see what wouldwork best for us.
I told you we made a big mess 😀
Let me share you some tips and tricks I learned along the way.
How to make DIY colored glass jars : Tips and Tricks
1. Modpodge is the preferred medium to transfer the color. Some tutorials water down the Modpodge with water. We found that that makes it easier to get a nice non-stripy distribution of the color, but the end effect is a more transparent color.
2. This craft involves mixing Modpodge with food coloring. It is a messy process. Cover you work space well with a water resistant sheet.
3. Make sure you have some test pots available to work on first, because the end result is unpredictable and you might have to try several times.
4. Think about how you want to use the pots. If you intend them for flowers you must remember that you can not fill them with water. So you either need a smaller pot inside to contain the water (like I did, study my images and you will see) or work on the outside.
5. Coloring the pots on the inside gives a more true to life look. You can use a brush technique (more likely to give stripes) or a swirl technique (more messy and more waste).
6. When you turn them over to drip out, place them on a drying rack or some super absorbent paper. I placed them on baking paper and ended up with a little ring of extra thick medium on the edge.
7. When you put them right side up again to dry out, they look pastel and not see through at all, don’t worry they are supposed to look like that.
8. Some tutorials use the oven for quicker drying, some advice against it. I did it both ways and saw no difference in the end result. Using the oven obviously goes much faster and you can do multiple coloring sessions in one afternoon.
9. Use super strength food coloring. The ones we used are probably not as strong as the ones available in the US, we could not get a proper strong purple color, even when we added more food coloring than in the tutorials (we went up with a factor 20 and the pots still were too transparent for our liking).
10 You can always start over. When it didn’t turn out the way you want to, soak your jars in water for a few minutes, you can then scrape and peel off the Modpodge, which is actually kind of fun to do and the challenge is to peel it of in one go, without breaking it…..
My little jars are not perfect in any way. But neither am I and that is fine by me.
I like my little Valentines decoration, imperfections and all.
And these pink carnations have stolen my heart. They are so strong and delicate at the same time and all bunched up together they look so lush and beautiful.
And as always.
I love you so much……