One advantage I had in making all these creations is that the jars were free thanks to several generations of thrifty women in my family that saved them all. I'm talking peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars, old canning jars....every kind of old jar you can think of I found in my dad's basement. However, you can find jars like this in a lot of places. Don't bother looking at the local antique stores though...you will pay a pretty penny for jars there because up-cyling has became so popular. However, you can find jars, vases, and bottles cheap at garage sales, junk stores and flea markets. Also, another great way to repurpose is by using jars (like spaghetti sauce jars) and cans that you use at home now. We've used a combination of both in creating these.
To make these jars, here are some items you'll need:
1. Jars, Cans, Vases, and/or bottles
2. Spray paint & primer (you can find spray paint in any color imaginable at our local building supply stores, or on amazon)
3. Scrap pieces of lace, scrapbook paper, burlap, ribbon, buttons, and anything else you can get your hands on. My mother in law is a huge crafter, so luckily I was able to swipe most of this stuff from here, but I also found a lot of these items at our local thrift store.
4. Hot glue gun - This was my least favorite part of the crafting, but it's necessary if you want lace, burlap, or anything else to stick permanently.
5. Temporary tape - You'll need some tape if you're going to do the jars that look like they're covered in lace, but the lace was actually taped on the jar, and then we sprayed the paint over the lace. We let the paint dry, and then removed the lace. It creates a see through lace effect that's really pretty.
When spray painting any of these items, just keep in mind you'll need to use primer first or else the color you want to stick on the jar will scratch off. After the primer is dry, you can use any type of other paint you want...chalk paint is fun too! After the paint is all dry, you can glue on anything else you want on them. We stuck with simple stuff like burlap, lace, and ribbon, simply because I'm not real creative, but you could really do a lot of simple added touches here that would look really neat. Let us know if you have any questions, or how your DIY décor project went!