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I have an obsession with pretty, colorful storage for the home. So of course, when I got these glass jars I just couldn’t possibly leave them alone – I HAD to add a bit of color to them! Is it bad, doctor? Here is a super easy DIY for these dipped jars, using spray paint & foam letters as stencils to mark their content. I really love the way they look on my kitchen shelf (I’d been looking for ways to add more coral and green to my home!) – and even better is the fact that as soon as whatever’s in the jar disappears below the line, I know it’s time to buy some more at the grocery store 😉
I left some of the jars dipped, but also had fun adding a little bit of a pattern to some of them with my sharpie pens. Come on, you know me – one of them HAD to have polka dots one way or another 😉
What you need
Masking tape – some readers said that painter’s tape works even better for this.
Letter stickers that can easily unstick ( I used foam ones)
sharpie pens if you want to add patterns
If you want to protect your jars even more: clear Gesso to prime & matte varnish when finished.
What you do
Place masking tape on each jar depending on how much you want to “dip” them.
Use your letter stickers as stencils to paint the words you want on each jar. Quick tip: if you want to align your words right like I did, start with the last letter of each word – spelling your words backwards so you don’t run out of space.
Cover up to top of each jar with a freezer bag and hold in place with extra masking tape so that there is no chance that the spray paint will mess it up.
Spray paint each jar. Quick tip: don’t expect the spray paint to cover up your jars evenly from the first coat. You will need to apply several coats to avoid drips and runs. I had loads of runs on my first coats but after several coast you can’t see them anymore
Once completely dry, remove freezer, masking tape and stencil letters. Quick tips: if too much paint accumulates around the letters, use a knife to break the paint up a bit around the letter so you can remove them easily. In case some paint comes off around the edge of the letters, just use a small brush and paint to touch up.
Want to add a fun pattern to your dipped jars? Use a sharpie pen and let your imagination run wild
PS: I didn’t prime or varnish my jars and they are holding up fine for me, but some readers mentioned the paint scratching off…maybe because I don’t do enough cooking 😉 To protect your jars further from scratches, consider priming them first with clear Gesso right before you paint. You can also apply a coat of matte varnish when finished before removing the tape.