Two days ago, I woke up in an absolutely amazing mood!
I had a slice of bread with homemade marmalade made from fresh strawberries. It was absolutely delicious!
On a future article, I’ll share with you the homemade recipe that I’ve followed. Definitely superior to any marmalade you find in stores.
No, The FairyPin isn’t transitioning to a food blog. Not just yet 🙂
So what are we talking about?
Well, as I was saying, I finished the marmalade that morning and I ended up with an empty jar. And then a light bulb went on over my head!
I’m a bit concerned that food inspires me the most…
If you’ve been following my blog, you already know by now that I recycle all my empty bottles, jars, boxes, etc. by giving them a new life.
This is why I decided to revive this marmalade jar.
Today, we’re going to decoupage on a glass jar and decorate it with twine.
And that’s not it!
I’ll also repurpose and decorate a second glass jar that used to have honey in it and I’ll turn it into a beautiful pencil holder.
One great thing about today’s tutorial is that I’ve used materials that I’ve found in my house. Most of the used materials are from previous projects and the rest are the ones that you find in any home. Nothing special here!
More specifically, I’ve used jars, twine, gift wrap and napkins. I guess that these materials aren’t hard to find in most places, right?
All these make today’s project a very affordable and simple. You’ll see how we will create two beautiful objects so that you can either decorate your place or offer them as gifts to your friends and family.
You know what’s the best part?
You can do the same thing with any jars that you keep your marmalade, spices, herbs, tea and many many more!
OK, time to control my excitement and let’s get back to work, shall we?
Main materials that we’re going to need
- Bottle or Jar
- Decoupage paper, Rice paper or Napkin
- Acrylic Paints
- Decoupage Glue
- Relief outliner
- Wood Glue
Tools that we’ll use
Step by step decoupage on glass jars with napkin and twine
First thing I want to make sure is that I have all of my tools and materials on my workspace.
Time to get started.
I apply wood glue on the jar starting from the top.
Here’s the trick. I don’t apply the glue on the entire jar just yet since the wood glue dries quickly. For this reason, I cover only a quarter of the jar’s surface with wood glue.
Once I finish applying the glue, I make a knot in the twine at the mouth of the jar. Then I begin wrapping the twine around the jar tightly until the point that there’s no wood glue.
Tip: Pay extra attention while you’re wrapping the twine since you want to have clear lines and a uniform effect.
While I wrap the twine, I apply wood glue again but this time on the twine that I’ve already wrapped.
I continue the same steps with wood glue on jar, twine and wood glue (on the twine) again until the entire jar’s surface is wrapped with twine.
When I’m done with the first jar, I follow the same process for the second jar. For this jar, I use a thicker twine.
As soon as I’m done with the above, I make a final pass with diluted wood glue on both jars and leave them to dry
You’ll notice from the pictures that I left a few gaps while I was wrapping the twine around the jar.
That was on purpose. I wanted to create beautiful contrasting colors from two different twines. I encourage you to do the same for splendid results!
The jars are now dry.
We’re all set to decoupage on the glass jar!
Tip: I understand that the wood glue is dry because the color of the twine is back to its normal color. The wood glue is whitish when it’s freshly applied.
For the small jar, I’m going to decoupage with napkin and for the larger one, I’ll use the paper gift wrap.
I carefully cut the napkin’s pattern (the flowers in this case) and I remove the two napkin sheets on the back side. I’m only interested in the one sheet that has the flower pattern.
For the big jar, I cut the patterns of the gift wrap and I soak them in a bowl filled with water for a few seconds.
This is the time that I apply the decoupage glue on both jars and I stick the patterns on them. Once the patterns are well stuck, I make another pass with the decoupage glue on the stuck patterns.
Tip: You want to be more careful with the napkin since it’s very thin and there are high chances that you may stick the pattern in the wrong way or accidentally tear it.
When you finish, leave both jar until they’re dry.
I’m planning to use the small jar for marmalade and I’m going to decorate the lit accordingly.
First, I’m applying gesso on the lit and let it dry.
Next I’m painting the top of the lit with two layers of acrylic color. I choose an olive green color for the top and brown for the sides. Once done, I let it dry.
When both colors are dry, I decoupage on the lid with the same napkin that I used for the jar, the one that has the flower pattern. Now, leave it for a while to dry.
I finished decoupaging and it’s time for the finishing touch.
I’m adding a few extra decoration elements to make my object prettier.
I use red acrylic paint to color the flower patterns on the small jar to make them stand out. Next thing I want to do is give it a three-dimensional feeling by applying a relief outliner in pink.
I do the something similar for the lid. I use bronze patina to emphasize few spots on the surface of lid.
As for the large jar, I wrap a blue lace around it starting from the jar’s mouth. It makes a great contrast with the twine’s color.
In order to emphasize the large jar’s pattern, I use a colorful glitter glue. As you see from the photos, glitter glue gives you very beautiful effects.
We’re almost there.
There’s nothing left to do in terms of decoration but we want to make sure that our objects will last.
The last thing that I want to do is apply two layers of varnish on both jars. First layer when the objects are dry from the previous steps and the second layer, a day after the first, when the objects are dry again.
All set! Enjoy!