January 29, 2023

Painting Glass Jars:5 Creative Ideas

Ordinary glass jars are great decorations in themselves. You can use them as vases, pen holders, money jars, and so on. But if you want to add colourful beauty to your room, then you can do it yourself by painting the glass jars. The painted glass jars are not only great decorative crafts for your home but can also be used as gifts for celebrations. You don't have to worry about the difficulty of getting started. Even if you are a beginner, this will be the easiest craft for you to make.

Paint Glass Jar

We will present several creative ways to paint glass jars in this article. You just need to choose the way you like best and follow the tutorial to create it.

Supplies for glass painting

  • Glass jar
  • Topical alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Your choice of paint
  • Painting brush or foam brush
  • Sandpaper

Select your desirable glass jar

Any glass jar can be used for painting. To avoid wasting money and recycling glass jars. In your kitchen, you can try to find empty mason jars, coffee jars, yogurt jars, etc.. Glass jars with embossed or embossed letters on the surface will have a unique style when painted. Not only do your decorative crafts look vintage, but they also inspire you to make them. It may reap unexpected results. The best choice is a glass jar without cracks and chips so that there will be no sharp corners attempting to hurt your skin.

Clean your glass jars

A clean glass jar is essential for the paint to stick and go on. So before painting, the glass jar needs to be cleaned inside and out.

  1. Place the glass jar with the label in hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Labels that are not too sticky will peel off easily after soaking.
  2. For the remnants of the sticky label that is too strong, apply a little nail polish remover that can easily remove clean.
  3. After removing the labels, you can start cleaning the inside and outside of the glass jar. Inside the glass jar, rotate the external alcohol, clean, and pour back the alcohol container. Next, use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to wipe the outside of the glass jar a little. Just wipe and air dry. Alcohol can be very good at removing grease and dirt from the glass jar so that the paint will be better.

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How to paint glass jars

Do you like colourful glass jars? Do you also want to use glass jars in your home for decoration? The easiest and most exciting way to decorate them is to colour them. So, now comes the most anticipated part! Use your creativity to paint different glass jars. There are different types of paints, and any paint can be stuck on the glass jars. The following are the types of paint you can use.

  • Acrylic paints

Although you need to paint a primer before painting with acrylic paints, this method is the most common way to paint glass jars.

  • Glass Paint

Glass paint, as the name implies, was created for glass. However, painting a glass jar with glass paint requires baking at 350ºF.

  • Spray Paint

The most significant advantage of making spray paint is that it is easy to use without direct contact. However, paint can release toxic fumes, and it is best to paint outdoors.

  • Chalk Paint

The advantage of using chalk paint is that it does not require a primer before use.

Acrylic paint, chalk paint, and spray paint are some of the more common types of paint. These choices all depend on your preferences. Take a look at these creative ideas on painting glass jars that you need to try.

Acrylic Painting On Glass Jars

When painting glass jars with acrylic paints, it is important to keep the pots clean to facilitate the application of colour. If you want to decorate it as a vase, applying the paint on the outside of the jar is better. Prevent the paint from decomposing with moisture and affecting the survival of the plants inside the vase.

Painting the outside

  1. Prepare a sheet of wax paper and place the glass jar upside down on the wax paper. This is done to prevent the paint-stained glass jar from being difficult to separate from the regular paper during the painting process.
  2. Apply the first layer with a paintbrush or foam brush. Wait 20 minutes for the first layer to dry. Now, apply the second layer in the same way to achieve complete coverage.
  3. Normal acrylic craft paint only need to wait overnight to dry completely. After it has dried, you can sand it to make it as vintage as you like. You can use sandpaper for sanding the raised logo or monogram design on the can, which will bring a different style.

Painting inside

  1. Pour the acrylic craft paint into the glass bottle. The size of the pour depends on the size of your glass bottle. Start with a small amount to avoid waste.
  2. Rotate the paint in the glass jar. Tilt and rotate the glass jar from side to side so that the paint inside the jar fully covers the glass.
  3. Refill the paint as needed; conversely, pour the excess paint from the glass jar.
  4. Invert the glass jar onto wax paper and wait overnight.

Spray Paint For Glass Jars

Spray paint offers a way to give glass jars a smooth finish. A sight to behold.

  1. When using spray paint, it is best to do so outdoors. Lay a newspaper on the ground outdoors and place the glass jar upside down on the paper.
  2. Shake the spray paint can and start spraying at about 20cm from the glass can. Spray horizontally and keep your arm moving to avoid paint dripping during spraying.
  3. After applying a thin layer, let it air dry for half an hour. After it dries, it is painted the same way for the second time.
  4. Spray paint offers a way to give glass jars a smooth finish. A sight to behold.

Chalk Paint On Glass Jars

Decorating glass jars with chalk paint is most seasonal. Because chalk paint comes in many colourful colours, it also creates a matte finish when applied. So it's especially good as a decorative vase with a bright bouquet!

  1. After cleaning the glass jar, dip a paintbrush or foam brush into chalk paint. Hold the mouth of the can with one hand, and paint evenly around the can with the other hand in one direction.
  2. After waiting for the first layer to air dry, you can apply the second layer. After the second layer of coating is inverted for drying, after a night can be sanded to do the old.
  3. Rotate the glass jar and sand it with sandpaper. After sanding is complete, wipe off any dust or residue. Use your waxing brush to moderately coat the surface of the glass jar and allow it to air dry.

Painting Glass Jars with Glass Gel Stain

This is a very easy way to paint glass jars in different colours and also to get the colour to cover the jar completely.

  1. Pour the glass gel stain into the glass jar. It does not need to be a large amount, just enough to cover the bottom of the glass jar.
  2. Close the lid tightly and turn your glass jar upside down. You can also do a rotation of the glass jar so that the inside of the jar is all covered with colour.
  3. Use a hairdryer to dry the excess liquid attached to the surface of the jar until it is completely dry.

Painting a glass jar using cutouts

  1. Print out your preferable sticker, and choose one with a cut-out design. After cleaning the glass jar, apply the sticker to the jar.
  2. Place the glass jar upside down on a newspaper and apply the chalk paint to the jar. Simply apply 2 coats and wait for the air to dry.
  3. Once dry, peel off the sticker. Be careful when removing the sticker to avoid tearing off any other paint around it.

Decorate your painted glass jar

When you have finished painting your glass jars using any of the above painting methods, you can start decorating them.

  1. Wrap a ribbon around the neck of the glass jar and tie it into a bow. You can choose the matching ribbon according to the colour of the glass jar. If you choose a brighter colour when painting the glass jar, you can use lace ribbon to decorate it. If you are painting the glass jar with chalk paint at first, choose jute string to match the vintage style.
  2. Paint the stained glass jar with glitter. After the painted glass jar has dried, apply paper-cut glue to the bottom third of the jar. Sprinkle the glitter over the glue and swirl the jar. Pat off any excess glitter and leave it upside down to dry.
  3. Use your creative ideas for pattern painting. Once the paint has dried, use your fine paintbrush to dip into the various colours and create your own artwork for the body of the can.


This article organizes the more commonly used ideas for painting glass jars. There are many ways in life that you can recycle empty mason jars and storage jars into home decor.

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