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Whenever I place an empty glass jar in the recycling bin, I think to myself, “This would make a cool vase.” This is probably explains why our wedding centerpieces were comprised in part with spray painted glass jars filled with fabric flowers on stems. I just love the look so much more than a regulation store bought vase.
I had my eye on our maple syrup jar for months. We don’t go through it very fast because I have to buy the organic stuff due to my corn intolerance and OMG, expensive. But FINALLY we finished it up and I was able to save it from the recycle bin and instead smother it with glitter. I love the way this DIY glitter vase turned out and now it sits proudly on my desk filled with roses from my garden, shedding glitter particles every time I bump my knee on the underside of my desk (often). This was an easy but messy project, so give yourself a good hour to complete it, including clean up. And prepare for family members to comment about how there’s glitter EVERYWHERE for a couple days after.
- Painter’s tape
- Star paper punch (or shape of your choosing)
- Paint brush
- Mod Podge
- Empty glass jar. I used a well washed maple syrup jar with the label soaked off.
Step 1 – Take a piece of painters tape and wrap it around the glass jar at an angle. Make sure the ends of the tape line up smoothly. Also punch out a star shape by placing a piece of painter’s tape through the punch, holding the sticky side away from the edges so it doesn’t stick while sliding the tape through. Place a punched out star on both sides of the glass jar, in the center.
Step 2 – Shake the Mod Podge well to mix it. Use the brush to apply a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the glass jar, below the paint and around the stars. Cover both sides of the jar (anywhere you want glitter) but work quickly.
Step 3 – Be sure the glass jar is over a paper plate to collect excess glitter. Immediately shake glitter all over the glue applied to the jar. Inspect carefully to make sure all the glue is covered. Put the glitter down and tap the jar to shake off excess glitter. Let dry in an upright position for at least an hour before handling.
Step 4 – Remove the blue tape. For the stars, you may have to scratch at the stars to reveal the edge a little bit. Go slow and be careful when removing the star so you don’t disrupt the glitter around the star. Fill your glitter vase with flowers and enjoy! OOH, SHINY.