Jam Jar DIY Spray Paint and Decopage

I love the simplicity of a jam jar, it has so many uses from holding food, being a pen pot to becoming a snow globe. What makes me love the humble jam jar even more is that there is always one to be found around the house for any project.

Here’s a simple jam jar upcycle using spray paint and Decopage, transforming it into a fabulous vase.

You will need: 

  • Jam jar
  • Spray paint (I used Plastikote Fast Dry Project Enamel in colour crime de la crime l54s)
  • Masking tape
  • Gloves 
  • Mask
  • PVA Glue
  • A picture from a magazine 
  • Scissors 

Step one: 

Clean your jam jar, if it has a label remove it in hot water. 

Next take your masking tape and tape a straight line around the jar about three quarters from the bottom. Then cover the rest of the top of the jar in tape. Make sure to cover the top of the jar too, this will ensure no paint gets inside. 

Step two:

Put on your very glamorous gloves and mask and head out side, NEVER spray paint inside, make sure you are in a well ventilated dry area. 

Step three:

Take your jar and your spray paint, spray from 15cm away in circular motions. It’s best to apply the paint in thin layers to prevent drips. 

Step four: 

Leave to dry, be patient! 

Step five: 

Remove the masking tape, inspect your beautiful spray painting skills. 

Don’t worry if like me your masking tape has not given your the cleanest of lines. It all adds to the charm! 

Step six: 

Cut out your magazine image ready to Decopage, I choose this cheeky giraffe image. Make sure to cut close to the image to get all of the detail.

Step seven:

Put a thin layer of PVA glue onto the jar the size of your cut out image.

Step eight: 

Place your image onto the glued area, ensure that all of the image is stuck down. 

Then cover the image in a thin layer of PVA glue, wipe away any un neat glue patches around the edge of the image.

Step Nine: 

Wait for the glue to dry clear, I’m choosing to fill mine with flowers, but you could always fill it with what ever you want.

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