If you want to brighten up your plain jars and cups, why not consider decoupaging them? Decoupaging is a craft technique that glues decorative paper or fabric to a surface, and you can create a wide range of patterns and images when you make decoupage glass jars. In addition, they make a great decorative choice for gifts, display jars, or simply for home use. So, here is how you can make decoupage glass jars at home.
Prepare the Jar
Choose a jar that has plenty of surface for affixing images or patterns. The larger the surface, the easier it will be to apply.
Wash the jar in warm, soapy water to remove any leftover labels and adhesives as well as any dirt and fingerprints. Use rubbing oil to remove any stubborn adhesive remnants.
3Leave the jar to fully dry. If there are any leftover odours, wash again in soapy water or vinegar.
Prepare the Images
Decide what pattern or image you want to put on your jar, as well as what material to use (wrapping paper, fabric, etc).
Cut out the images to fit the jar. Measure them first to make sure they fit the surface space of the jar.
Trim away any excess paper using a small cutting knife. Make sure you put the image on a cutting mat first to avoid damaging the work surface.
Place the images on the jar in the arrangement you like the most. Use a light marker to mark the exact positions of the images if needed.
Apply the Images
Lay down parchment paper over your work surface to protect it from glue residue. Avoid using newspaper as it can end up sticking to your jar.
Choose a decoupage glue for affixing images to your jar. Alternatively, you can mix your own by mixing equal parts water and white craft glue.
Paint a thin layer of glue on the jar in the area where you will place the image. Make sure to completely cover all the areas where images will touch.
While the glue is still wet, apply the images to the surface of the jar. Use your fingers to gently push down and smooth out any wrinkles. Should you make a mistake you can remove the images gently with tweezers.
Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour. If any air bubbles appear, use a pin or small blade to pop them and use your fingers to smooth them out.
Apply another two to three layers of glue to the jar in order to seal the images in place. Space each layer out by two hours, allowing the previous layer to dry before applying the next one.
Leave the jar to completely dry overnight. By the next morning your jar should be completely safe to use.
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While small alcohol bottles might seem like a niche item to many, the truth is that you can do quite a lot with them. The most obvious use for these small bottles is creating spirits and liqueurs, but you can use them for other crafts as well. Flower holders, spice bottles and miniature lighting are just some uses for small bottles. So be inspired by some of the brilliant ways you can use small alcohol bottles in your home.
The fancy small bottle has an array of uses. If you’re a creative type and like to mix and match, colour coordinate or fulfil the urge to make everything perfect? We can give you an explosion of ideas to help you with your next project.
Eight Tasteful Occassions
WEDDING DAY – Fancy flower jars, add your own cocktail or decorate with bunting
BIRTHDAY SURPRISE – Add stickers to the bottle and fill it with colourful sweets
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – Infuse your own mulled wine, fill with a homely, warm scent
EASTER – Just fill with small chocolate eggs or sticky sweats
FATHERS DAY – Maybe a few drams?
HALLOWEEN – Decorate the bottle as a pumpkin face and insert a small candle
THANK YOU PRESENT – Ignite your creativity and reflect the bottle to match the occasion
ANNIVERSARY – Here’s to another year of love, friendship and happiness, maybe fill with beautiful roses.
Small Alcohol Bottles For Spirits And Liqueurs
When it comes to small bottles, one of the most popular uses is alcohol storage. The basic process to make your own spirits goes as follows:
Begin by adding sugar and yeast to water. The yeast will turn the sugary mixture into alcohol through a process called fermentation.
Add the fermented mixture to a still and boil it so that the alcohol separates from the mixture. Remove and dispose of the mixture and collect the drinkable alcohol.
Put the alcohol through a filtration unit so that it will remove any unwanted elements. This will also ensure carbon does not filter through into the finished product.
Use a hydrometer to test the strength of your alcohol. If it is too strong, add water accordingly until you have reached the desired strength.
Now that you have a base spirit you can use it to make one or more drinks. Use different mixes to create a range of spirit and liqueur flavours and store them in small bottles for later use.
Other Uses For Small Alcohol Bottles
Whether you are into making your own alcohol or not, you can use small bottles for a range of purposes:
Infuse spirits and liqueurs with pieces of fruit or fruit rinds. This will add a fruity kick to your alcohol that is perfect for summer parties.
Use empty bottles to store a range of herbs and spices. Keep any olive oil or sauces on hand, although make sure you relabel them first. You can even use them as salt and pepper shakers.
Carefully split the bottle in half to create custom shot glasses. Make sure to smooth down the edge of the glass first before you use it.
Create miniature vases for your plants and flowers. A perfect addition to any window shelf or breakfast tray.
Even if you don’t plan on drinking the spirits yourself, you can use your spirit and liqueur bottles for other purposes. Try using them in gift baskets or as competition prizes, or collect them for your minibar.
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Here at The Bottle Jar Store, we have a wide range of small alcohol bottles and other products perfect for any need. We also offer a range of machinery and oenological equipment for making your own alcohol. To find out more about our small glass bottles we invite you to get in touch with us today.
Recycling bottles and jars is a great way to do some good for the planet. But having a sustainable mind doesn’t just mean putting them in the right bin. Why not bring out your creative side and turn your recyclables into some beautiful decorative glass containers?
There are endless ways you can put decorative glass bottles or jars to use. You could create candle holders, soap holders, hanging lights, bottle lamps or flower vases. Whatever you want to make, this article will give you some pointers on how to clean, colour and decorate your bottles.
How To Prepare And Perfect Decorative Glass Bottles & Jars
Before decorating your bottles, you’ll want to make sure you have a good blank canvas to work with. So how do you prepare them?
Firstly, peel off all the labels on the bottle
Rinse the inside thoroughly with hot water and washing up liquid
If the labels have left behind some paper or glue marks, use hot water and a scrubber to clear them away.
Once you have cleaned the glass container, you can start thinking about what you can add. If you’d like to colour your glass bottle or jars, you can do it a few ways.
Spray paint is a quick and easy way to colour the outside of the glass
Fill a bottle with paint to colour the inside
Acrylic paints are perfect for long term use
Paint your glass with bonding glue and roll in glitter for a stunning effect.
However, you might need to bear in mind that your bottles will be opaque if you paint them all over. This means the natural light will struggle to get through the glass, so this might not be the best method if you’re making candles!
So, with your glass painted, how can you add more decoration? There are a few methods you can play with.
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Using glue and some yarn, you can wrap portions of your bottle up to create a rustic, hand-crafted look. Try this around the neck or middle of the bottle
Alternatively, you could use tape or a glue gun to create unique abstract patterns. Apply these to your bottle before adding a new layer of paint. Then simply peel off the tape or glue.
Speaking of glue, why not use it to attach beads or paper decorations. You could use beads to spell out some letters, making for a personalised gift.
Keep it simple and use some fancy labels to announce the contents of each jar or bottle
Colourfull stickers always look nice, especially for children’s works stations and stationary holders
Why not create a beautiful set of tea light holders and let the clean glass container do the work for you
If you have any spare fabric and glue, you can try your hand at wrapping the jars and bottles in fabric and create a vintage set of containers.
Save up about 10-15 jars and create some gorgeous marquee lighting for your garden or outbuilding
Add a little nature to your conservatory with twig vases
Turn your jar into an adventure and create a time capsule; make sure and hide it somewhere safe.
It’s easy to get started with decorative glass bottles and jars. A few simple tricks are all you need to create endless patterns, designs and creative ideas. Well, a few simple tricks and some empty glass bottles.
It’s up to you how you put your decorative glass bottles to use. But a candle or flower holder are two of the simplest uses, to begin with. But if you have a bottle cutter, you’ll have even more options.
Good For Food
Glass containers can also be reused to store a wide range of foods. Moreover, being able to accumulate wet or dry food is a perfect way to save on money, create your own recipes and have a range of ingredients when needed.
Leftover tinned foods (store in the fridge to last longer).
Dry Storage Ideas For Bottles & Jars
Fruits and Nuts
Salt & sugar
Lentils, barley, quinoa, rye and grits
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