Recycled Craft Ideas: Glass Jar Vase Projects and Tutorials
Recycled jars are a perfect material for vase craft projects. Instead of purchasing glass jars, just save a few pieces that would otherwise end up in the recycling. There are a wide variety of popular options for decorating jar vases from chalkboard paint to decoupage with something for everyone. Many of these decorating ideas are kid-friendly and make great gifts for Christmas, Mother's Day, and much more. Don't forget to consider seasonal décor options as well as different choices for vase fillers (i.e. glass stones). Happy crafting!
How can you decorate recycled glass jars?
Just a Few Ideas
You can fill your recycled glass jar vase with real or handmade flowers.
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Spray paint is inexpensive and readily available in a wide range of colors and finishes. Some people spray paint jar vases in solid colors while other people add designs and lettering using stencils, rubber bands, twine, and much more. Consider creating a small set of vases in a single palette or mixing it up slightly for a coordinated and not overly matching look.
One of the most popular paint options for vases right now is chalkboard paint. Change up your vase message for the season or a particular occasion or simply as it fits your mood. Are you planning to use your vases as centerpieces or table décor? They double as adorable table numbers or place markers.
There are many different decoupage tutorials that can be applied or slightly modified for a glass jar vase. It is important to check that the tutorial is appropriate for a glass surface, and if not, to make any necessary modifications. Decoupage with scrapbook paper, lace, tissue paper, magazine pages, fabric, and much more. Many people use Mod Podge for a glue medium, but you don't need to feel limited to this option.
If you've been reading my craft articles for any length of time, you know that I love to include button projects whenever possible. Button vases are pretty self explanatory. I highly recommend using vintage or inexpensive buttons that you can purchase in bulk for a project where you need a large quantity of buttons in order to save money. There are also tutorials out there for button flowers, which can be the perfect filler for button vases.
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Most people purchase glass stones as vase fillers, but you can also glue them to the outside of a vase. Decorative stones are available in a handful of different colors and a few different sizes. There are lots of possibilities for creating patterns, pictures, and lettering with them.
You can wrap a glass vase with jute, yarn, twine, ribbon, paper, or fabric. Don't be afraid to mix and match different wrapping options and to combine them with other decorative materials as well, as pictured on the right. Some people opt to wrap an entire vase while other people prefer to wrap a small section or several small sections.
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Instead of using your vases for flowers, consider using them for candles. This switch won't work for all of the ideas in this article, as some of them don't allow light to shine through the glass, but it will work for many of them.
- Glass stones. You can find inexpensive glass stones in the floral section of big box craft stores as well as some big box stores.
- Buttons. Instead of gluing buttons to the outside of the vase, fill the vase up with them.
- Stones or rocks
- Epsom salt
- Popcorn kernels
- Christmas balls or other seasonal items
Seasonal and Holiday Ideas
Virtually all of the ideas in this article can be customized for different seasons, holidays, and occasions (i.e. weddings, birthday parties, baby showers). I have also included a couple holiday specific tutorials here.
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