Thursday, May 30, 2013

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce: Bottles and Jars

Some of my favourite repurposed bottle pics: Life is a Luxury, A Pair and a SpareJenna's Beach Retreat
Recycle, reuse, reduce! It's the mantra of our age and nothing seems to be more popular than repurposed bottles and jars. They've been trending for quite a while now with no sign of going away.
I love it, ever since moving interstate without a job, affordable decor ideas have been my new passion.

My cousin/roommate and I used a left over sparkling bottle as a vase on our new Op Shop dining table.

But sometimes a plain ol' bottle simply won't do, sometimes you want a little spice in your life, sometimes you want colour. It's times like these you need minties you decorate.

I needed another pen holder for my desk and thought that old pesto jar sitting in the pantry would do nicely. I promptly removed the label but wanted it to look a little more fun so away I went. Below are step-by-step instructions for you own bunting/circus inspired jar art.


What would be ideal for this project is a stain glassing craft kit, or Pebeo glass paint. In the absence of these do as I did and use whatever you have handy, I used Posca paint pens, acrylic paint and, luckily, I had some Pebeo porcelain outliner paint for the edging. There is one thing you can't do without however and that's a jar/bottle. So to sum up...
  • Jar/bottle
  • Some sort of paint
  • Paintbrush

1.  Remove any labels and sticky parts from you jar.

2. Start painting on your design. I went for a sort of bunting idea, you can do anything you want.

3. Once the paints are dry outline it with the outliner paint. If you don't have outliner paint a sharpie will do in a pinch (with slightly different result).

4. You're finished! Wasn't that easy and cost effective. Now stick some pens in it, use it as a vase or paint the lid as well and store loose seasonings in it. The possibilities are endless

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