In an effort to replace our plastic food containers with glass, I started saving all of the jars from sauces, jelly, pickles, etc. It’s a cheap (well, free) way to get started rather than buy a bunch of new glassware all at once. They are a great, non-toxic alternative to plastics, especially if you like to heat your leftovers up right in the container.
I decided to play around with them using paint, Mod Podge, and some printouts from the computer just to see what would happen, especially on ones with stubborn labels that just will not come off.
After sanitizing the jar really well (dishwasher with hot cycle is enough), I painted directly on the outside of the jar with acrylic paint, which I think I bought in the craft section of Wal-Mart. You can paint the whole jar or just a section, whatever you want.
Don’t forget to paint the lid, too.
Once that dries (usually 12-24 hours) you’ll need to do another coat. You may have to do several coats to get the coverage you want.
Once it’s painted how you want, spread a layer of Mod Podge over the painted jar with a sponge brush (or paintbrush-whatever you have). You now have a layer of glue on your jar and you can place whatever cutouts you want on it. I went with a veggie theme.
Place your cutouts wherever you like painting on top of them with the Mod Podge, which acts as a glue and a sealant so it goes under and over everything. Be sure to paint Mod Podge on your lid, too. It will look white-ish and goopy, but don’t worry, it dries clear.
Let that dry (again 12-24 hours) and repeat so you have several coats of Mod Podge. You want the paint and the cutouts to be completely sealed. Let dry at least 48 hours before washing.
After washing, they are ready to be used!
Note: Hand wash only. The dishwasher will melt the paint right off in one big clump.
Note: If you mess up or don’t like how it turned out, put it in the dishwasher. It will melt the paint right off in one big clump and you can start over 🙂
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