June 29, 2012

Are you looking for a way to enhance your tablescape without breaking the bank? Well, here is your solution… cheap glassware, a little paint, plus fancy frosted glass finish and tada, you have a perfectly personalized glass jar… great for any occasion! Fit for a candle, flower arrangement or anything your heart desires… get your gear and let’s diy…

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  • Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit
  • your choice in color of Martha Stewart’s Craft Paint
  • Krylon Frosted Glass Finish Spray Paint
  • cheap glass jars of any kind
  • regular tape and/or stenciling tape
  • different stickers or labels of any kind!

diy frosted hurricane Pin

Clean your paintable glass surface with rubbing alcohol before you start taping and painting! Tape off the area of your glass that won’t be painted with your colored paint…

diy frosted hurricane Pin

…using any type of tape, sticker or label that you choose. Press firmly to create a cute relief design!

diy frosted hurricane Pin

Get creative with your placement! These jars feel nautical… but yours could be modern or shabby chic!

diy frosted hurricane Pin

Using the Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit, mix the paint and spray medium as directed on the package. Of course you can always use a regular type of spray paint, but this technique is just so much fun! Spray your glassware as desired… in a safe area, like my backyard!

diy frosted hurricane Pin

If you need to turn, touch the taped areas…

diy frosted hurricane Pin

Wait only like 5 to 10 minutes before carefully removing the tape. Removing it before the paint dries completely will help prevent paint from lifting off the glass.

diy frosted hurricane Pin

If your paint does lift off… use a paintbrush to touch up before you add the frosted layer.

diy frosted hurricane Pin

After the first coat of colored paint is completely dry, then spray on the Frosted Glass Finish… this is my favorite part! I sprayed three light coats onto the jars. When this paint is wet, it looks wet – it takes like a minute to fog up and then just looks amazing!

diy frosted hurricane Pin

So fun… and gives off such a romantic light!!! The frosted look will go perfectly with any color scheme!

diy frosted hurricane Pin

As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 // this wedding DIY by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit, Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Blueberry, Martha Stewart Blue Patterning Tape, Krylon Frosted Glass Finish in White, three cheap glass jars: all from Michaels // circle labels in Pool: Paper-Source // nail polish: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips in Crowed Surfer

35 Responses to “DIY | painted + frosted glass jars”

  1. Val says:

    I truly love crafts like this, especially when you can get so many glass vases at the Dollar Store. I also spray painted some empty wine bottles (sigh) and stuck stars all over the bottle, then I added a string of white Christmas lights inside the wine bottle and it lit up the stars! Here is the post about the wine bottles: http://nikitaland.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/fourth-of-july-crafts/

    Keep your ideas coming, I love em! I have also been experimenting with cement too and have made some great cement hand tealight candle holders too! (it’s amazing what you can do with a latex glove and cement!) Have a great day!

  2. Abril says:

    Love this! I’m going to do this to coordinate with my patio furniture

  3. Katie says:

    These are awesome! This will be a perfect little weekend project to decorate our new house!

  4. Jo Ann says:

    This is way cool… thinking of doing this for the 4th of July and using stars as the stickers!

  5. Dean in Denver says:

    When finished are these dishwasher safe, and can you use them as drinking glasses?

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      Hi Dean. If you use only the Martha Stewart Paint, yes. With the addition of the frosted glass paint, no. This tutorial was not meant for drinking glasses.

  6. Thank you for a wonderful idea!

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  8. It’s wonderful! I loved it!

  9. Cali says:

    I don’t own a dishwasher :) If one chose to use these for drinking ware would you suggest not to put the frosting paint on the rim of the glasses where one would place their lips to drink? Would hand washing suffice! Or would using these at all in any manner for consuming beverages totally a BAD IDEA! I would like to know your opinion, thanks in advance. Great tutorial!

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      Hi Cali, neither paint is ‘food safe’ – meaning your food and lips shouldn’t touch the paint. The frosted glass paint is not dishwasher or hand wash safe – it will come right off. Hope this helps!

  10. Mary Wallis says:

    Love the idea thanks for sharing.

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  12. CopperTopper says:

    Love this craft idea, and LOVE your nail polish – any tutorial on those nails?? LOL

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      Hi CopperTopper! Haha! Aren’t they fun! They are just Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Stickers – you must try them, they are fabulous!

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  14. Great idea thanks for sharing.

  15. How do you keep the paint from coming up with the tape or the sticker? I have tried but particularly with the scotch tape it is messy.

  16. Berennisse says:

    So cute! I love how you combined the paint and frosted glass. Such a lovely effect.

  17. Teresa Huey says:

    These look wonderful! I want to make these for my wedding… is the color of the blue you used called Wild Blueberry?

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  22. These are going to make perfect candle holders for one of my tables. Thank you for sharing your creativity! Time to get my creative mojo flowing!

  23. Jennifer says:

    These are great! I want to use this idea for my jars I hand pour Soy Candles in. Is it safe to use this idea for hand poured candles, since spray paint is usually flammable?

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  25. It’s wonderful! I loved it!

  26. Denise says:

    I loved this tutorial! What a great idea! I wanted to ask though, is it safe to put a candle in the jar? Isn’t the paint flammable?

    • Jen | Something Turquoise says:

      Well… the candles will be on the inside of the glass and the flame shouldn’t touch the paint- so it’s all good!

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