Friday, August 5, 2011

DIY Friday! Homemade Blue Ball... Jars

Yayyyy for another....

Recently I was blog stalking  reading through Shabby Creek Cottage as well as The Single Nester blogs and I came across this amazing idea on how to create your own blue Ball Mason jars! Large perfect Mason's usually run- even at Salvation Army- up over $3 a piece. Which is quite a lot really when you think about it. I love how they look though!

Oh gracious my counters are lovely. But even their dusty rose-ness can't hinder the greatness of the blue Ball Jar! So I decided since they were so hard to come across I was just going to have to make my own. Which I'm cool with. I followed The Single Nester's recipe for mixing up the materials needed to paint the clear jars like the one on the right. 

  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tb Elmer's school glue
  • blue and green food coloring (1 drop green 4 drop blue was my favorite)
I did figure out that it starts to separate after awhile so adding more glue is a good choice if necessary. I definitely don't recommend adding more water though. Then it looks weird.

I mixed up all of my ingredients in a red Dixie cup (I'm a college student so of course I have some of those!) and I used a sponge brush to paint the mixture onto the jar. You can get a pack of 4 for .97 cents at WalMart  which is good because they are totally ruined by the glue. 

You can pretty much see the streaks from the sponge brush when you're painting but once it dries...

It looks great! Of course it's not the exact same blue clear glass but it has the same effect and only costs .40 cents. I think it's pretty great myself! Thanks to the Single Nester for the great idea!

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