Hi everyone it’s me, Cindy, from Little Miss Celebration. Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? It’s been a brutal winter for so many of us and I’ll bet we’re all looking forward to sunshine, green and flowers!
Some Lucky Green Painted Jars will brighten things up for St. Patrick’s Day and with a quick change of ribbon, we can fill these cute little jars with spring and summer flowers.
Do you save glass jars? I am a bit of a jar hoarder – though they always come in handy when I want to make something. 🙂
I never realized how many jars of maraschino cherries I’ve actually used since I started blogging until I checked my jar stash. Yikes, there are a lot! I used a few of them for today’s project but you can use any sized jars you have.
Once any labels are removed from the jars, wash and dry them. Rub the entire outer surface of the jar with isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and let dry.
I used Americana Multi-Surface paint in Turf Green and Cottonball. This paint will dry to a pretty, satin finish. Since we need a wee bit of gold for St. Paddy’s Day, I also used Americana Gloss Enamels paint in Glorious Gold.
You can use Frog Tape to paint a pattern on your glass.
Place the tape on the glass and press firmly. I sectioned off two stripes for the green & white jar, and for the green & gold one. If a little bit of paint happens to leak under the tape, it’s easy to touch it up any crooked lines with a small paint brush.
For the green jar with white polka dots, just add the dots by dipping the end of a paint brush in white paint and touching the end to the jar.
If you’ve never tried painting glass, it’s really easy. Just use a light touch and thin coats of paint, rather than one or two thick coats.
Don’t worry if the first coat doesn’t cover well – by the third coat, you’ll have perfect coverage.
Your painted jars can be washed by taking a few little steps once they’re finished. Let your painted jars air dry, or “cure”, for four days.
Put the jars on a baking sheet, place in a cold oven and bake the piece at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Now the paint is set!
Give the jars a little Irish touch with some ribbon tied around the rims. You could use these as favors or gifts for friends to share a little luck!
Fill the jars with flowers, real or silk. I found these glittered silk shamrock stems and white silk flowers with a touch of green at Michaels.
These might just find their way to a few special ladies that I feel especially lucky to have as friends.
Here’s another idea to celebrate all things green and use through spring – these Cupcake Liner St. Patrick’s Day Trees are so easy to make and will look great with our jars!
It’s always a lot of fun to visit with Claire and all of you each month! By the time my next visit rolls around at the end of March, it will officially be spring!
Until then, wishing you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day and extending warm welcome to visit me anytime at Little Miss Celebration.