Upcycling Old Jars

29 May 2016

Upcycling Old Jars

Upcycling is a pet hobby of mine. I like the process and results of transforming one piece of item into another. I do this for many reasons; sometimes the item has out lived the purpose for which it was initially purchased, or I could not find an item I wanted and decided to make it from something else, or I bought and item and thought I could make this look ‘not so boring.’

Ok, I can already hear someone say, but I am not creative, then you are in the right place, we act as a catalyst and boom, you are on a creative escapade for life.


I bought a few jars from Ikea, you can wash out an old jam jar, trust me the result will be exactly the same.


  1. Spray paint from B&Q or Hobbycraft
  2. Protective mask
  3. Old newspapers and a few heavy objects to use as weights.
  4. Hand gloves,
  5. Some old fabric,
  6. A pair of sharp scissors
  7. A piece of ribbon

Personally, I like it to be sunny and not too breezy as the wind tends to interfere with the spray painting. It is always good to perform this exercise outside or in a well-ventilated area.


  1. Keep pets and kids away from this area; do not expose them to the paint fumes.
  2. Prepare your work area, by laying your newspapers on the ground or table top. Ensure they are secure using the weights (if you have weights lying around the house which have not been used in a while, now is the time to put them to good use)
  3. Place your jars right way up and begin spraying in a sweeping motion. If you keep your hand still, you will have dripping. Let it dry for 30 minutes
  4. Apply a second coat, using the same motion.
  5. You can leave the cap as the original colour or coat it with a different colour
  6. Leave it to dry for another 30 minutes and you are done.
  7. Now you can cut up your fabric to size and dress your jar up.

ikea bottlered bottlemore bottlesdressed up bottles


Please feel free to ask questions in the comments box below.

Thank you.

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