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Bring out the beauty of an old glass jar

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Many of us have old glass jars around our homes that we don’t want to part with but that are just cluttering up cupboards.

Instead of adding to your cupboard clutter, why not paint up a jar or two and use it to brighten up your home.

Paint a glass jar into an upcycled vase
How to beautify an old glass jar

You will need


  1. Wipe down your jar and allow to dry.
  2. Apply Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer. This will help the topcoats to stick to the smooth surface.
  3. Apply two coats of your chosen main colour. Nikki used Resene Essence.
  4. Using an artist brush add the dots of metallic colour. Nikki used Resene Gold Dust.
  5. Allow to dry then fill with your favourite flowers or arrangement.

Supplies you will need

Step 3

Step 5

Top tip:  Use seasonal or celebration colours to dress up your entertaining space for spring, summer, birthdays and key events like Christmas.

Project by Nikki Astwood, 2020.

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