Create a faux pottery finish for glass jars! Beautiful for rustic wedding themes or everyday home decor.
I was wandering through the aisles of Wally World, looking for anything I could turn into craft supplies. A jar of spackling was sitting on the shelf. It really wanted to turn into something beautiful! While I walking through the garage, I spied some jars in the recycling bin and decided to experiment a bit.
That's the inspiration behind these vases :-).
You will need:
Glass jars from your recycling bin
120 grit sandpaper
Utility / putty knife
Find some jars. If the labels are loose, remove them. Don't worry about any glue spots. If the labels are securely adhered, leave them on the jar.
Use the fine grit sandpaper to sand the entire outside of the jar. This roughs up the surface and makes it easier for the spackling paste to adhere. Wipe off the jar with a slightly damp paper towel to remove any dust.
Spread the spackling paste on the jar with your putty knife. Try to layer it 1/4 inch thick or less. It should be enough to completely cover the jar / label. We don't want it too thick or it will take longer to dry. Also, the thicker it's layered on, the more chance of it cracking and falling off.
Be creative with your knife strokes. In the picture below, you can see how the jar on the left was made with up and down strokes while the jar on the left was made with smooth side-to-side strokes.
Let the paste cure for 24 hours.
After it's been cured, the surface should be completely hard. It will feel a bit chalky and flaky. Don't worry! The paint and mod podge will get rid off the chalk and flakiness.
Use sand paper to get rid of any bumps or edges you want to sand down.
Use spray paint to achieve whatever amount of opaqueness you desire. I chose to do a very light spray, leaving some white areas. I then brought the nozzle of the spray can close to the lip of the jar. Bringing the nozzle close helped to create paint drips, simulating a rustic pottery glaze.
After the paint has dried, use a brush to add two coats of mod podge to the jar. Make sure to mod podge the entire surface and all edges of the spackled area. Let dry between coats.
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