I just love how quick and easy it is to turn a glass jar into something pretty and useful. One of my favorite ways to spruce up an old jar is to transform it with a little paint and glitter. I absolutely love the look of glitter glass jars! The only thing I don’t love about them is the mess. Glitter just gets EVERYWHERE! It’s a huge pain to clean up when you’re crafting, and the jars tend to shed glitter long after they’ve dried.
Luckily, I’ve found a way to make glitter glass jars with a lot less glitter mess! They’re super easy to make and hardly require any materials. In fact, you might already have everything you need to make them! You can whip them up just in time to display for an upcoming holiday or party, and nobody will be able to tell that they only took you a few minutes to make and you hardly spent a dime on them! And best of all, you won’t have a glittery mess everywhere you place them.
These DIY glitter glass jars make fantastic centerpieces for flowers, candles, and whatever other accessories you want to include. They’re beautiful and glittery and so pretty… what more could you ask for in a centerpiece? If you’re hosting a party, you can also use them to hold utensils, napkins, straws, etc.! And once the party is over, they’re perfect for storing things around the house like pens and pencils, makeup brushes, and other supplies! Really, there’s very few things you can’t use them for!
You can use any kind of jar you have on hand for this project. I used some old spaghetti sauce jars for mine. Free is the best kind of crafting material! If you’re recycling old jars, you might need some glue remover to get the labels off. Would you believe they glued down every inch of the labels on my jars? What a hassle! It’s almost like they don’t take into account that crafters will be reusing these jars for other purposes! 😉 I used Goo Gone to get the labels off my jars, and it worked pretty well.
The great thing about these DIY glitter glass jars is that you can accessorize them and use them for almost any holiday. I used gold paint and glitter for my jars for New Years, but you can definitely use whatever color your heart desires… red paint and glitter for Christmas, pink for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, etc. Use your imagination and get a little crazy! Just make sure the paint you use will work on glass. It should tell you on the bottle!
Materials Needed to Create DIY Glitter Glass Jars
- Glass jars
- Glitter paint
- Foam/paint brush
Steps to Create DIY Glitter Glass Jars
1. Use your brush to paint your jars with the paint you selected. You might need to use a few layers of paint to get the look you’re going for. Less paint means you’ll be able to see through the jar, and more layers will make it darker and less see through.
2. When you’ve finished painting your jars and they have dried, paint a layer of glitter paint on top. Glitter paint is my secret weapon for getting the glitter look without the glitter mess! I like it because it’s much less messy than regular glitter and glue, plus it doesn’t flake off and leave a huge mess behind. That’s a big win-win in my book! You might need to do an extra layer or two of the glitter paint to get a nice, even layer of glitter on top.
And there you have it. See, super quick and too easy! If you’ve got any glass jars sitting around your house, now you have an easy way to spruce them up and turn them into beautiful decorations. They’re great for holidays, as well as any other day of the year when you just want your home to look fancy.
Now the only thing you need to worry about is what to put in them. The next time you’re looking for some cheap and easy decor, or you’re trying to throw a party on a budget, consider pairing these glitter glass jars with some easy DIY tissue paper flowers. They look really stunning, and it’s so easy to make a bunch of these in no time at all! They’re really quite festive, and will definitely add some color to your celebration!
So, what will you be using your jars for? Let me know in the comments! And if you enjoyed this tutorial, you’ll just love my weekly newsletter. Sign up below for weekly craft, DIY, and home projects and tips!
What a great idea!! I hope to try this in the coming year! Linking up with you at #momssmallvictories 🙂
Thanks so much, Rebekah! They are really easy and don’t take much time at all!
How fun! These are super cute! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories
Thanks! They make such easy, beautiful decor!
Love this! This would look great as a makeup brush holder!
Yes, this would be wonderful for holding makeup brushes and accessories!
Lovely idea! Have an awesome 2016!
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Thank you! Have a wonderful New Year!
LOVE this! I have an embarrassing amount of jars because I can’t make myself throw them out. What a great way to use ’em up!
Haha, glad I could help you find a use for all those jars, Morgan! Sounds like you’ve got a new project ahead of you!
Those are so beautiful!! I love it. They would make a perfect decoration for sure.
You should come link up at our Bloggers Spotlight party on Thursday, we pin everything to our group board and have two separate link-ups, one for posts and one devoted to pins so you get even more exposure!
Thanks! I’ll be sure to check out your link party!
It’s so glittery … I can’t look away. Great idea for old Ball jars, too.
Don’t you love the glitter? And mason jars are perfect for this craft!
This is a really cute idea. I usually don’t allow glitter in the house but since this is glitter paint, not loose glitter that tends to get everywhere, I might make an exception. 😉 (visiting from A Little R & R Wednesday)
Thanks! That’s why I chose the glitter paint. Glitter can make such a mess and it gets EVERYWHERE! I didn’t have any problems with the glitter paint, though!
Really fun! The glitter paint is a great idea!
Thanks, Kristie! The glitter is so fun, isn’t it?!
SO pretty! I love how these turned out!
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Thanks so much, Jess!
Celeste, those glitter jars are amazing!! Love!! Thank you for linking up at my craft party! I pinned your entries! Hope you can make it again on Thursday at 7pm EST.!
Thanks, Denise! You know I’ll be back again next week! Looking forward to your link party!
These caught my eye at the #HomeMattersParty… Yay, no more standing at the trash can, wondering “should I throw it away?” I’m gonna have some pretty pencil holders soon. Thanks for the idea!
Haha, glad I could help you find a use for those extra jars, Jenny. They’ll make great pencil holders!
The jars look great! I like the layer of metallic paint under the glitter. It looks so professional. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.
Thanks, Sherry! I think that extra layer of paint really helps with the metallic gold look!
These are so pretty! I’m thinking these would be very cute in my office as a pencil holder or vase. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thanks, Cara! They’d be perfect for the office or a vase!