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How to decorate jars of preserves

How to decorate jars of preserves

The jars of preserves are practical and antiseptic objects that can be easily reused if necessary. For example, with a little imagination they can be transformed into elegant ornaments or into fancy containers . You can also decide to beautify a jar to give a homemade jam. Reading this tutorial you can have some useful tips on how you can decorate these objects.


  • acrylic colors
  • matter
  • rubber bands
  • brushes and sponges
  • water
  • Ideas

Before starting work, it is advisable to protect the table (or other surface) with a cloth or with sheets of newspaper. It is advisable to choose a properly lit floor. Then the jar is carefully washed; if you decide to use it for other foods it is preferable to sterilize it by boiling it in water for about 10 minutes. To paint the jar, a “low-tack” ribbon ring must be applied inside, about 2 cm from the opening. In this way it is a guide for the application of colors. An idea can be to apply some stencils to get a more precise design.

Now you have to mix the acrylic paints (or latex) in small bowls to achieve the desired colors and dilute the paint with water. It is advisable to use a sponge brush to easily take the paint off the plate. Two or more coats of paint should be applied to obtain complete coverage. If a “double level” effect is desired, the varnish must be dried before applying overlapping finishes or embellishments. For another type of decoration you can cut out fabrics in the desired shapes to create an original coating. The jars so decorated can accommodate jams and creams.

If you want to reuse the jars of preserves to make other items to give away or keep at home just give free rein to your imagination. You can create beautiful candles with paraffin, beeswax and wicks to put in the decorated pots; moreover, the external paint can be combined with the color of the wax. Another idea is to lay the soil with seeds in the jar to create an original flower vase. Outside, you can apply plastic flowers, dried leaves or small organza roses.

In order to seal and protect the work, if painting has been used, it is advisable to use a satin-finish, glossy or opaque paint as a cover. After drying, apply a second coat with a soft cloth or a flat brush. If the jars for the preserves are intended for outdoor use, it is preferable to perform a third coat of varnish to ensure greater protection. If the seals have been used for the creation, they must be decorated with a cotton cover. It is fixed with a satin ribbon or with an elastic band sewn inside.

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