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DIY – upcycling old glass jars

Paint your recycled jars

What to do with old glass jars? There’s something about the beauty of empty glass jars that makes it hard to just put them into the recycling bin. If you’ve been holding onto a few hoping for an inspiring project, you’ll love this super easy idea.

You will need: Empty and cleaned out glass jars, Resene testpots in your choice of colours: we used Resene Wax Flower and Resene Trade Wind.

Top tip: You could also upcycle old tins by painting the outside and adding washi tape for a decorative touch.

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Step by step instructions

Step 1
Step one
Fill the bottom of the jars using the Resene testpots.
Step 2
Step two
Tilt the jars in different directions to get the swirls and bring the Resene paint up from the bottom. Leave to dry overnight.
Step 3
Step three
Leave to dry overnight.
Step 4
Step four
Use to store stationery or as a decorative feature on their own.

Styling by LeeAnn Yare, photography by Melanie Jenkins

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