Thursday, April 21, 2016

Vintage Container made with Recycled Glass Jar

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I recycled a Maille pickle jar to make this vintage looking container to keep cotton balls in our renovated bathroom. I found this project needs a little bit of care and patience from us, and it will turn out rewardingly beautiful. 

Before you start, clean the glass well and remove all the residue. If you looking for a vintage writing like the one I used, you can get it from graphicfairy.com. The picture has to be in mirror image if it has writing. 
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After printing the picture, I put a generous amount of photo transfer decoupage to the picture using a paintbrush and covered the picture with it. I then placed it over the glass and removed the bubbles and excess photo transfer decoupage using a decoupage squeegee I have. I left it to dry overnight, this step is important. 
photo transfer
The next day, I placed a damp sponge over the picture and left it for about two minutes. Then I carefully used the bottom of my finger and rubbed it back and forth to remove the paper leaving the photo that is transferred on the glass jar. If you rub it too much or use your fingernails the picture with the photo transfer glue type material comes off, so don't rub it too much.
photo transfer
Once the excess paper comes off and the photo has transferred, clean up the surface and put a top coat. I used the DuraClear soft touch varnish. The DuraClear varnish can be used on any surface in interior and exterior projects. I like how velvety and smooth the soft touch varnish feels. I painted the container using the cotton ball white DecoArt acrylic paint and left it to dry before putting a second coat of the varnish to all sides of the container.

Once the container is dry, it is ready for you to place whatever you want – I put cotton balls on mine.

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13 comments:

  1. Your project really turned out nice. I love crafts and this would make a nice gift to give to a friend.

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  2. Way to go, it's very cool, well done, LOVE it!

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  3. I haven't seen these sorts of projects in years. Thanks for the revival!
    jan

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  4. Looks like a great way to recycle!! :)

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  5. This turned out so nicely. I would definitely display this.

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  6. What a wonderful idea, recycling at its best

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  7. Looks very cute! Fun project to try doing. (Judy Cowan)

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  8. I've never used photo transfer decoupage. Interesting idea for a pretty jar.

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  9. What a nice finished product! Wonderful use for an empty pickle jar.

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