Amanda’s Eat Jars with Gloss Enamels

by Crafts by Amanda on January 17, 2011

DecoArt sent me some gloss enamels to play around with. I moved just before Thanksgiving, so I’ve been slowly adding splashes of color to my mostly white kitchen. We painted the cabinets white, the counters and floors are a white tone, and the walls are a color called “toasted nutmeg”. It’s lovely and bright and I adore it, but it begs for bits and pieces of color.

You might remember the distressed eat sign that I made a while back, and I love how the word “eat” just blends perfectly into a kitchen, so this project was really a given. I save all sorts of empty jars. In my collection I had three Spice Island herb jars just begging for a makeover.

For this project you will need:

3 empty glass jars with lids
rubbing alcohol
DecoArt gloss enamels in Burnt Sienna, Dark Chocolate, Honey Brown and White
Krylon satin black spray paint
Black or white transfer paper
Rustic looking fabric scraps
3 acorn tops (or buttons)
Hot glue gun

First be sure that your jars are clean, then wipe them down with rubbing alcohol. Start by painting the top rim of the jar and around the bottom.

Then paint the rest of the jar.

Set the jars aside to dry. Meanwhile, spray the jar lids with >a href=””>black spray paint.

After the jars are dry to the touch, choose a favorite font (I used Saginaw Medium) and print off the letters e a t. Resize until they fit your jars then cut them out. Trace the letters onto the jars using graphite transfer paper.

Using a thin liner brush and white gloss enamel paint, trace over the transferred letter.

At this point, you can wait 48 hours then bake the jars in a low temp oven to set the paint. Mine were just going on a shelf and will not be disturbed, so the other option of air drying for 21 days is what I chose. Therefore, I could move forward with adding my bows.

Cut material into 1/2″ wide strips, fraying the edges by pulling out some of the threads. Tie around the neck of the jar, be sure that the knot is centered above the letter. Trim the ends if needed and fray.

Put the lids on the jars after tying all the fabric. Hot glue an acorn top (or a button) to the center of the knot.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassie At Primitive & Proper January 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm

sooo cute! love the warm colors!

gail January 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm

great project amanda! The bottles are just so darn cute!

Crafts by Amanda January 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Thanks ladies! I’m happy with these little gems, they’re a great addition to that little alcove. :)

Tiffany H January 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Really super cute! The colors are so fun, and I love the acorn tops! :)

Angela January 18, 2011 at 2:21 am

Love these. I’m saving this link as I think these would be so pretty in my kitchen!

Jamie January 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Love them!! Love the colors!!

Katy Lunsford January 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Very nice, thank you for sharing.

vernann macmillan January 26, 2011 at 2:00 am

I did the project called A Snowball Fight just had a question how did you get it to stand up or did you lean it against something love the project

Amanda January 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Vernann – I made that project 10 years ago :) If I remember correctly, I just leaned it up against something, there wasn’t a way for it to stand on its own. Glad you enjoyed it!! :)

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