Jen Causey
Jen Causey June 29, 2012

DIY | painted + frosted glass jars

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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…

DIY painted and frosted jars


  • 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 painted and frosted jars

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 painted and frosted jars

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

DIY painted and frosted jars

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

DIY painted and frosted jars

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 painted and frosted jars

If you need to turn, touch the taped areas…

DIY painted and frosted jars

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 painted and frosted jars

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

DIY painted and frosted jars

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 painted and frosted jars

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

DIY frosted hurricane jars

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!


Photography: Something Turquoise Photography // 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


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June 29, 2012

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:

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!

June 29, 2012

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

June 29, 2012

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

Jo Ann
June 30, 2012

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

Dean in Denver
August 3, 2012

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

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    August 3, 2012

    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.

Nora Elsheikh
October 14, 2012

Thank you for a wonderful idea!

Erika Cristiane
December 29, 2012

boa ideia

Marcia Regina Frogel
December 29, 2012

legal mesmo

Rita De Cassia Martin
December 29, 2012

It's wonderful! I loved it!

February 22, 2013

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
    February 22, 2013

    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!

Mary Wallis
February 27, 2013

Love the idea thanks for sharing.

March 10, 2013

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

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    March 11, 2013

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

Diy Craft Projects
April 14, 2013

Great idea thanks for sharing.

Maureen Foust
April 18, 2013

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.

April 27, 2013

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

Teresa Huey
May 9, 2013

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

Hurricane Candle Decor
July 26, 2013

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!

October 12, 2013

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?

Rita De Cassia Martin
January 28, 2014

It's wonderful! I loved it!

February 7, 2014

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
    February 9, 2014

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