Looking for an EASY and QUICK way to transform glass jars into works of art? Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays not only work great on papercraft projects but they are also permanent on glass, wood and metal, allowing you to make the most of your supplies and stretch your budget! These painted glass jars are perfect for indoors or for outdoor patio decor. They are perfect for giving decorative holdiay “gifts-in-a-jar”. Basically, they jazz up any area and they are SO EASY to create!
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First, preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
Then, cut a circle from cardstock to place over the bottom of the glass jar. The purpose of this important step is to guard the bottom of the jar from spray residue, but keep in mind that you can use the sprayed circle later for a card or scrapbook page accent. NOTE: the circle should be a little larger than the diameter of the jar. I used Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles SM Etched Dies and secured it with Glue Dots – Removable.
Second, prepare the spray area or use a “spray tray”. I used an old medical supply tray, but a plastic paint tray or empty box lid would work just fine. Brutus Monroe also sells a spray tray on its website here – Brutus Monroe Mist Tray. Place your jar upside down on the tray with the cardstock circle on the bottom of the jar facing you.
Third, spray the jar as much as your heart’s desire! Be mindful that wet colors will drip and blend and create new colors. To avoid making “mud”, attempt to make “stripes” with the colors as you spray, and spray one color at a time. I used “Wagon”, “Phone Book”, and “Oz”. Also, don’t TRY to spray they colors so they touch; they will drip and blend and “touch” naturally on their own. RULE OF THUMB: you can always add more color, but it’s much harder to take color AWAY. Less is more!
Glue Dots – Removable – $3.79
When you are satisfied, carefully use your fingers to transfer the wet jar to a cookie sheet or jelly-roll pan. Keep the jar upside down, just as it was when you applied the spray. Carefully slide the cookie sheet with jar in the oven, and set the timer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove the glass jar and let cool before touching.
Place battery-operated tealight candles inside for indoor or outdoor decorative accents. Or, use copper wire to secure around the base of the jar opening and hang the glass jars as desired. Experiment with glass jar shapes and sizes; I used pickle and olive jars for interesting variety. Baby food jars, empty candle “jars”, salsa jars… the possibilities are endless!
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